Meet Ruthie: a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother who doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. But when her granddaughter Stephanie gives her a year of yoga classes as a gift ("I think it will help you grieve, Bubby"), she doesn't want to risk offending her.
At first, Ruthie is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation ("You know what's wrong with yoga? They haven't mastered the art of kvetching!"). She can't resist poking fun at some of the new words and rituals she encounters, translating the exotic language of Yoga into the more familiar idiom of her native Yiddish culture.
As Ruthie's journey progresses from week to week, she forges new paths, new postures, and unexpected friendships, slowly overcoming her grief. Yiddish Yoga is a poignant, witty, and human story of love in its many expressions—between grandmother and granddaughter, between an older woman and her younger yoga teacher, between a widow and her beloved husband of fifty years. As Ruthie learns to let go of the past without forgetting, she shows us how to embrace the present with new vigor, strength, and courage—and, above all, makes us laugh.
Stephie's Gift of Yoga; The Cost of Dreams; Ruthie Goes To Yoga; Schvitzing and Noshing in Yoga Class; What to Wear to Yoga Class?; Props; Sat Yam Lupinsky, a Mensch; Touchy-Feely YogaNot!; Injuries; Yoga Adjustments for a Widow; Dhyna: Meditating; KapalabhatiWho?; Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward Dog; Kirtan: Devotional Chanting; Simhasana: Lion Roar; Cults; On Stiffness, Humor, and Grief; The Monkey Mind; Yoga in the Details: Mudras; Surya Namaskar: Sun Salutes; Yoga of Klezmer; Natarajasana: Dancing Shiva Pose; Setting a New Intention; Vriksasana: Tree Pose; Lateness, Shmateness.