How are you navigating life’s bumps in this particularly turbulent time for our country?
Do you have a spiritual practice?
Do you want one?
Yogapedia defines spiritual practice as “a discipline of regular actions or activities performed to cultivate spiritual development or create spiritual experiences.”
A spiritual practice can help you become more comfortable in your own skin, understand your place in the world, and show up as who you are meant to be. And, it gives you something to come back to when life gets bumpy.
Yoga is a well known Eastern spiritual practice. Yogapedia explains that “yoga facilitates the search for meaning, connection with the true Self, and union with a higher power.” Some people do yoga for exercise and relaxation, which helps you feel better in the moment. Yoga as a spiritual practice transforms who you are.
Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice to help us realize our potential to become a mensch, a person of outstanding character. Each of us has the capacity to grow into more of a mensch, because at our core, we were created in the image of the Divine. If you are not sure about the Divinity, you can think of it as that common core of humanity we all share.
Please join American Mussar Mavin Greg Marcus and Israeli Yogini and Mussar facilitator Helaine Sheias for a highly experiential virtual workshop to help you begin or deepen your spiritual practice.
Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop is for Yogis who want to complement their asana and/or meditation practice with gems of Jewish wisdom. Mussar will give you a Jewish spiritual lens to understand yourself better, and help you overcome the blind spots in your current practice.
The Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop is for Mussar beginners or thriving Mussarniks who want to bring their whole selves to their practice. Mussar teaches that we don’t have a soul, we are a soul. Your soul is in your body. As Rabbi Elya Lopian taught, Mussar helps the heart learn what the head already knows. And one of the things that keeps the heart closed is the disconnectedness from one’s body. Mussar has elements of meditation and self reflection. Yet in the Jewish world, our meditative traditions were lost thousands of years ago. The practice of yoga, can teach us how to get back into our physical bodies.
Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop Details
The Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop will meet three times by Zoom video conference over three weeks. Each meeting offers you a highly interactive experience to get in your body and see the world through a lens of Jewish Wisdom.
For example, in the first you’ll meet yourself where you are using the Soul Trait of Humility. You’ll walk away with practices to both embrace who you are, and make choices to help you grow and heal towards who you are mean to be. And you’ll start working on your Spiritual Practice Plan.
The second two meetings will grow and deepen that experience, to help you incorporate the teachings into what you are already doing today. After each meeting, you’ll add to your Spiritual Practice Plan.
Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop: Begin or Deepen Your Personal Practice will meet on March 19, 26 and April 9. from 4:30 to 5:45 Pacific time by Zoom videoconference. Note there is a break the week of April 2 to give you a week of integration.
To ensure an intimate experience, enrollment will be limited to 12 people.
Mussar Yoga Practice Workshop: Begin or Deepen Your Personal Transformation Journey will cost $89.
Scholarships are available.
Register here with Paypal or credit card
In addition, you can upgrade your workshop to include a 1:1 coaching session with either Greg or Helaine for an additional $99.
To ensure an intimate experience, enrollment will be limited to 12 people.
About The Faculty
Greg Marcus has been practicing and facilitating Mussar for seven years. He is the founder of AmericanMussar.com, and the author of The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar. Greg earned a Ph.D from MIT in biology, and worked for ten years as a marketer in the genomics industry before a spiritual experience on Yom Kippur changed the course of his life. He is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s Manchim facilitator training program, and is currently facilitating three Mussar groups. Greg offers guidance on how to lead a life of mindful harmony and spiritual integrity, drawing upon timeless Jewish teachings and contemporary wisdom.
Helaine Sheias is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga – a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a PhD in Human Sciences, and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in Massachusetts, Helaine made Aliyah to Israel in her teens, served in the IDF, and settled in Israel for more than two decades. She returned to the U.S. in 2007 and has found her place in the Bay Area. Yoga reopened her passion to spiritual journeying – igniting her curiosity in Mussar and Jewish Learning. She is a graduate of the Yesod training program at the Mussar Institute and is currently facilitating TMI’s “Taste of Mussar” course. Mussar has opened her heart, softened her soul, and lifted her spirit. She feels blessed and honored to embrace Mussar as part of her Jewish spiritual journey.
What People Say About Working With Greg
I just wanted to take a minute before Shabbat, to thank you for a lovely workshop experience last evening. Your virtual Mussar workshop really made my Jewish High Holiday season so much more meaningful, and spiritually relevant. Also, being able to share the journey with other individuals, who were also in the process of transforming their lives, was the true delight of this workshop. We were all companions on this journey together, and it was wonderful to have input from others. Lastly, I was able to experience true teshuva – a return to God, with an even deeper connection than I had had previously. I most heartedly recommend these superb Mussar workshops to anyone, of any faith, who wants to dig deeper into their soul to help achieve a more magnificent sense of calmness and peace. – Selina Glater
Before I met Greg, I did not know what Mussar is. Greg’s clear and wise way of presenting and engaging people in Mussar has allowed me to develop both a daily practice and ongoing reflection. I encourage anyone who is interested in Mussar to learn from Greg and American Mussar. – Elisabeth Sylvan, Ph.D
My wife and I have participated in several Mussar classes led by Greg. He is an excellent teacher and facilitator; in each class, he has a manner and approach which enables the students to find their own path to an insight. The discussions he leads have been meaningful and compelling, and makes connecting the particular Mussar topic under question connect deeply the participants’ everyday life. – Micah Yairi
What People Say About Working With Helaine
Helanie is the most amazing teacher I have been blessed to practice under. As a former world class swimmer I can attest to teachers that engage their students through a true art. She has helped me and countless other achieve a path of deep enlightenment through her practice. It makes my day when u have the blessed opportunity to practice under her. – Jason Z. Petaluma, CA
Helaine’s work is centered around you… the whole you.
Body, mind, spirit, soul, beliefs, psychology, chakras, yoga and spirituality, with a focus on that which will bring you to a greater level of integration within your self.
She is highly trained in the arts and sciences of psychology and yoga, and can bring both to bear simultaneously. Her work is adaptive ~ again, always focused on that which will bring you to a greater level of integration, now. Her work is more authentic in its attention to yogic practices and yogic philosophy than most standard US yoga instructors.
If you wish to discover more of who you are, who you can be, and ~ not necessarily eliminate your “blocks” to this, but rather learn to have these more difficult parts integrate themselves into your whole self, rather than continuing to stand apart within you saying “no!” to your authentic life ~ go see Helaine! – Markus T. Alameda, CA