Being Rabbi at the Shul on the Beach gives me the opportunity to meet many people from all over the world with different backgrounds and a variety of interests. One of the more interesting people I have met in my Shul is Audi Gozlan.
Audi is an orthodox Jewish Yogi (also a lawyer) from Montreal Canada. He visits Venice on a regular basis to try and satisfy the local thirst for innovative and exciting Yoga programs. Audi teaches a discipline of Yoga that he personally developed called Kabalah Yoga.
Kabalah Yoga has become quite popular and Audi session’s are packed with instructors who want to teach Kabalah Yoga. Some sessions have upwards of 200 people in attendance. The attendees are usually quite surprised when they see Audi. He looks very religious and they start to think they are in the wr0ng place. But when Audi starts his session, they are shocked to see this man in a kipa and silver beard contort his body like a skilled Yogi.
The poses of Kabalah Yoga are in the shape of the letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. The letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet have been interpreted in many ways. There is an entire corpus of study that uses the letters, their shapes, their sounds and their numerical values as tools for unlocking Torah secrets.
Audi is using them to unlock secrets of the human body.
I confess to never having participated in one of Audi’s sessions. But from what I hear, they are incredible. In Canada, a prime time Cable television show is being produced starring Audi and Kabalah Yoga. We may get it in the United States before long as well.
If you have any interest in Yoga in general I am sure you will find Audi’s website and videos fascinating.
Here is a very cool (well produced) sample video.