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Boston Jewish Music Festival: Shira Yoga and Chant Workshop

Shira Yoga is a new practice that integrates two authentic pathways: yoga and the global Jewish music of Piyut. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful, sustained culture of Jews from North Africa, the Middle East, India, and beyond, this workshop will provide a flexible space for aspiring yogis of all levels to explore the richness of Jewish creativity and spirituality. Awaken the body, heart, and mind through centering movement, live music and guided chanting of devotional music from Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Persia, and other places Jews lived for centuries. Co-presented by Piyut North America, the Boston Jewish Music Festival and New Center NOW.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is an all levels yoga class–please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Yoga mats and other props will be provided. No previous experience with yoga or singing is required, full instruction and adjustments for different levels will be offered. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to sign the studio’s waiver and get ready for class.

Registration: $18 in advance $20 at the door. Click here for tickets. LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE.


Tina Goldsmith is a nationally certified yoga instructor in the Iyengar method and has traveled to India seven times since 1989 to study with the B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta. Tina’s work has been influenced by the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, and she is involved deeply in Vipassana, or insight meditation. She serves as a practice leader at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Tina is also certified in Structural Yoga Therapy. Currently, her classes are held at the Harvard School of Public Health, and she offers private sessions in Cambridge.

Julie Newman is a singer-songwriter, cantorial soloist, and Jewish worship leader. Currently a full-time cantorial student in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, Julie has also participated in the Cantor’s Cohort and the Torah Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.