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About Linda Hoffman
I grew up in a secular Jewish home knowing and valuing my Jewish background but without a Torah education. Developing an interest in learning Torah and understanding the importance of God, I turned to books and classes.
I have practiced yoga and studied Torah for more than twenty-five years and find that the wisdoms of the weekly parsha and the benefits of yoga combined and enhanced the learning of each. The concentration needed to do yoga poses and the adaptability of each pose to the level of the student led me to a connection of yoga to the Torah. Just as we understand the weekly parsha at the level of learning we have reached, so we practice our yoga at the level of flexibility and strength of our body.
The weekly parshas teach how we can use our potential to become the best "me" that we can be. This is our purpose in life. Being the best "me" is how we are measured. We are not deemed successful by our money, houses, or clothing, and the parties that we attend or the vacations we take. Success is using our potential and not being a coulda, shoulda, woulda. Quoting Terry in On The Waterfront, "I coulda been a somebody". What a shame to find that you did not use the abilities that you have.
My goal in writing “Parsha and Yoga – Life Lessons from the Weekly Parsha and Yoga” is to make the weekly parsha interesting, relevant and accessible to more women. It is wonderful to teach the parshas along with the physical and mental benefits of doing yoga. The word Torah means to teach and it is a mitzvah to learn and to teach Torah (Deuteronomy 6:7).
I have had a varied career as a day care center owner and director, a manager in a national insurance company, college instructor of CPCU insurance courses and an owner of a bead store. Just like most of you, I have worn many hats as a mother, grandmother, business woman, student and teacher.
Now retired I teach "Parsha and Yoga" classes at synagogues as a contribution to the community.