International Yoga Day: A Unique Opportunity for Yiddish Enthusiasts

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On June 21st, the world celebrates International Yoga Day, providing an opportune moment for individuals to enhance their physical and mental well-being while engaging with the rich culture of Yiddish.

Recognizing the global significance of yoga, the United Nations General Assembly established International Yoga Day in 2014. The date of June 21st was chosen by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to align with the summer solstice, a day imbued with cultural significance in many parts of the world.

In honor of this special day, Yiddish-speaking yoga instructors like Berkeley resident Reyna Schaechter have emerged, offering a unique blend of physical practice and linguistic immersion. Schaechter, also known for her role in the marketing department at Peleton, gracefully demonstrates various yoga poses against a breathtaking Californian backdrop, guiding students through the movements in fluent Yiddish.

Schaechter is part of a growing collective of Yiddish-fluent yoga instructors who share a passion for integrating the language and practice. Tanya Yakovleva, based in San Diego, conducts virtual yoga classes in Yiddish, while Vera Sabo offers in-person sessions in Jerusalem.

Benefits of Yiddish Yoga

  • Improved flexibility and posture
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Increased cultural awareness and language proficiency

By embracing the synergy between yoga and Yiddish, practitioners not only enhance their physical and mental health but also delve into the rich tapestry of Jewish culture and tradition.


Sarah Goldstein, PhD

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