Embodied Prayer Workshop with Cantor Joshua Schreiber Shalem

We are commanded to love G*d bechol me’odecha — with all our being. What could that mean other than a call to be present in our bodies when we pray? And yet, our experience of prayer is more often one of words and thoughts, despite all the singing and bowing and references to breath and eagles' wings. This workshop will draw on the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to develop in the participants a deep sense of mind-body connection, put in context by close reading of select passages from psalms, the siddur, and Rabbinic and Hassidic teachings. In other words — we'll look at embodied themes as they come up in our davenning tradition, and explore what it's like to actually feel these ideas in our bodies as we pray. 

At the end, we will enjoy an ‘embodied’ Havdalah service together to say farewell to the Sabbath.

(Josh Schreiber Shalem, MM, GCFP is a musician, Jewish prayer leader, and teacher of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education (developed by Israeli physicist and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais). He has spent the last decade and more developing a unique blend of these pursuits, combining deep mind-body awareness with the musical, spiritual and intellectual traditions of Jewish prayer, to create an experience he calls “Embodied Judaism.” Find out more at http://discover-yourself.com/category/embodied-spirituality/ )