Israel Yoga Retreat in English


‘ Self  Transformation through Yoga ‘ 

  

prasad Rangnekar retreat in israel

Prasad Rangnekar teaching @ yogakulu vienna austria

Internationally renowned Yoga teacher, Prasad Rangnekar is in Israel to lead a retreat called ‘Self Transformation through Yoga’ organised by the Israel Yoga Teachers Association.  He will also lead classes in pranayama, asana, meditation and love and devotion in various locations around the country and both the retreat and the classes will be taught in English.  

The retreat, Prasad explains is a  correct mix of  Yoga movements, Yogic Trance, Silence, Meditations, Breath work and interesting discussions on the ancient Yogic Scriptures.  ‘The overall atmosphere of this retreat ‘ he says ‘ is non-competitive and relaxed. The emphasis being on enjoyment and understanding rather than effort, so there’ll be time for personal reflection and time too, to simply enjoy the beautiful nature of Israel’s north.’    

‘Classical Yoga is a truly wonderful system for inner exploration and personal evolution.  Hence, the basis of the workshop is to experiment and to learn from one’s own experience and sensations, cultivating a deep awareness and understanding of the mind and body, finally touching the depths of the Heart.  It’s a journey that brings you closer to the you as you are, generating self-acceptance and self-Love…. which is the basis of Yoga.’  

The weekend retreat is being held at Kibbutz Tuval, located in the heart of the Galilee region, in the breath takingly beautiful Karmiel Mountains.  Kibbutz Tuval has long been an immensely popular accommodation choice for both locals and international tourists due to its beautiful surrounds and tranquil atmosphere and if the kibbutz website photo gallery is anything to go by, it’s very easy to understand why.  The views of the area are delightful!  

If you are coming by car, there is a map on the Kibbutz website. If you are coming by train, you will need to catch a train to Acco, then a sherut ( yellow mini bus) to Karmiel which costs 13 nis, then catch a taxi to Tuval which costs about 40-50 nis. You can also catch a taxi straight from Acco to Tuval which will cost around 120 nis.  I understand that the organisers of the retreat, The Israel Yoga Teachers Association, are planning to organise a couple of pickups from the train station, so get in touch with them to arrange this.  

‘Explore yourself through the ancient path of Yoga, through movements of the body, rhythm of the breath, fullness of Heart and a deeper understanding of the ancient yoga scriptures. Through this retreat we seek to accept ourselves and generate joy in whatever we do to establish a strong conviction of the Love within and thus “Live” yoga rather than just “do” Yoga.’  

   

Retreat:                                        Self Transformation through Yoga  

Date:                                              Thurs 22nd July – Saturday 24th July 2010  

Start time:                                 Check in 3pm Thurs, retreat starts 5pm Thurs  

Location:                                    Kibbutz Tuval  

Price:                                             800 Nis (3 per room) includes food and accom  

                                                           900 Nis    (2 per room) 

                                                           1100 Nis single room    

Info/ Registration:              Call 04-637-2323    

   

Retreat Schedule  

   

Thursday 22nd July 2010  

15:00-16:30 arrival  

17:00-19:00 practice – asana, pranayama, meditation  

19:00-20:30 dinner and break  

20:30-21:30 discussion and meditation  

 Friday, July 23    

7:00-9:00 practice – asana, pranayama, meditation  

9:00-10:00 break  

10:00-12:00 lecture, discussion and reflection in the spirit of Yoga Sutra  

13:00-15:00 lunch and break  

15:00-16:30 discussion on Upanishad and practice of yoga nidra  

17:00-18:00 practice – asana, pranayama, meditation  

19:00-22:00 welcoming the Sabbath, dinner, satsang  

 Saturday, July 24    

7:00-9:00 practice – asana, pranayama, meditation  

9:00-10:00 break  

10:00-12:00 lecture, discussion and reflection in the spirit Bhagavad Gita  

13:00-14:00 lunch  

14:00-16:00 discussion, meditation, summation

 

If you have an event that may interest the English speaking community of Tel Aviv & Israel please contact me

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Israel Theatre with English Subtitles


English speakers can now enjoy the delights of Israel theatre

 

Tel Aviv’s  Cameri theatre has recently been installed with technology that provides simultaneous English translations of their stage productions. 

‘It is absolutely wonderful’says Bela  a long time Cameri theatre enthusiast. ‘ My son married an Australian girl and with Cameri’s new service I am now able to share Israel theatre with her.’  

Located at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Complex near the New Israeli Opera, the Municipal Library and the Tel Aviv Museum is  The Cameri, Tel Aviv’s  municipal theatre.

The Cameri boasts 5 auditoriums and offers a modern, vibrant and friendly atmosphere for theatre lovers.  The theatre’s company includes eighty of Israel’s finest actors along with celebrated directors from Israel and abroad.

For bookings call box office:  972-3-6061960 or 972-3-6060900    e-mail: booking@cameri.co.il

Cameri Theatre English Translation December Program Schedule

Day Date Time Show
Tue 9/12/08 21:00 Oh God
Sat 13/12/08 21:00 Games in the Back Yard
Tue 16/12/08 20:30 Thrill My Heart
Thu 18/12/08 20:30 The Return to Haifa
Sun 21/12/08 20:30 Fiddler on the Roof
Tue 23/12/08 20:30 Fiddler on the Roof
Sat 27/12/08 21:00 Thrill My Heart

Cameri theatre website – In English          Israel travel  guide

Cameri Theatre now offers simultaneous  english translations with its productions

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Learn Hebrew in the sassy beach side city of Tel Aviv


Studying Hebrew is Israel is an opportunity to immerse in a new and interesting culture and to meet new friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Contrary to what the global media would have you believe, Israel is a brilliant country and living in Tel Aviv, the nations flamboyant Mediterranean beach side city, is one experience I recommend to all who enjoy a action packed, fun-filled city life. Tel Aviv rocks 24/7. Regardless of your social preferences, the city offers everything your heart desires.

From international dance and theatre performances to lively outdoor trance music parties , big name International DJ playing in clubs filled to the brim with gorgeous boys and girls to music festivals and performances. Tel Aviv  offers a social life packed with culturally stimulating events and is one of the most alive cities Ive had the fortune to reside in. 

The more religious among us will find Tel Aviv just as delightful. Tel Aviv offers an environment where  religious and secular families of all faiths live in harmony, enjoying the great energies of city life. Gorgeous old churches and mosques holding regular services in Jaffa and beautiful, quaint neighbourhood synagogues by the bakers dozens around the city… and for the holiday season, especially Jewish holidays, tel aviv is amazing!

Whether in Israel for a month or a year, here on business, simply coming to enjoy an adventure in the holy land or deciding whether to make Israel home, joining a class at Ulpan is a fantastic way to begin learning Hebrew, Israel’s national language.  

But more than that, its a wonderful way to begin integrating into the community and making friends. Like Israel, classes at Ulpan are made up of a dynamic cross section of people from around the globe. Its a  real melting pot of characters making it a truly fun and interesting experience. 

Each student has their own story of what brought them to Israel. Some for work, for study, for holidays, to simply have an adventure, to connect with their Jewish roots , to be with a lover, to find a lover, to visit a friend and sometimes to try a ‘living in Israel ‘ experience to decide if they could make it their home… the reasons are infinite  and so too in a sense, are the ages of the students.  In my class ages ranged from 18 – 65. It was a blast.

The fact that everyone is relatively new to Israel and new to the language of Hebrew, bonds created are genuine and more often than not open up opportunities to develop friendships that often become life long connections.

Ulpan Gordon on Le Salle Street in Tel Aviv is a fabulous school.  Located in heart of Tel Aviv , a stones throw from the beach, in a quiet street off Ben Yehuda, the school offers a variety  of classes.  Classes are are held at different times throughout the day and evening, some more intense than others. 

Ulpangordon.com  is a very helpful user-friendly website, providing up to date information on all the classes and courses on offer in the school.  Set up by a previous student, an American girl (aka americanbabble. com) who,  after serving in the US army in Iraq, visited Israel and attended the school.

Finding the official govt website for Ulpan studies in Israel to be outdated and not really providing easily accessible and easy to understand information, she created Ulpangordon.com to assist potential students  with tips ideas and general information on signing up for Hebrew lessons in Tel Aviv. 

Being able to speak Hebrew, even if its only the basics, can dramatically enhance your Israel experience, transforming it from great  to absolutely brilliant, so seriously consider starting the learning process, its a superb adventure! 

For those whom just the thought of being in a classroom environment makes you nervous, know that you wont be the only one feeling that way in an Ulpan classroom. There are many people who haven’t studied for many years there to learn.  

If you are still not convinced, or don’t feel you can commit to a regular class, then try the fun and affordable option of  Ulpanet.  This is a fun and easy online Hebrew class, where you can learn at your own pace for about $1 hour with  your membership valid for 12 months.  Its like having your own private Hebrew teacher on call whenever you fancy putting some time to learning.  Its a great option for busy people who cant commit to a specific time each week to attend a class or who feel a little shy to begin Ulpan classes.  Ulpanet was my first Hebrew class and I was very happy with how easily I learnt the basics of the language.  

Ulpan, Ulpanet, visiting Israel, life in Tel Aviv, making friends, learning Hebrew…

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