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The Mayan Center in Crown Heights is offering new fitness classes led by fitness entrepreneur Sarede Switzer. Full Story

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Love Love Love Sarede's yoga class
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Love Love Love Sarede's yoga class

I look forward to yoga all week! Never did it before in my life but Sarede’s beginner class is amazing, and now I do some yoga stretches/poses at night before I go to sleep, and any time I’m feeling tight or stressed. The breathing and focus techniques Sarede teaches are wonderful. Go Sarede =)

Krav Maga?
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Krav Maga?

I would loooooove to find a women’s Krav Maga / self defense class in CH… with the streets being what they are we should all be able to defend ourselves!! Any chance of adding a class like that to the schedule?

Kosher Yoga
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Kosher Yoga

The amazing thing about Sarede is that she keeps yoga kosher. Not only doesn’t she mix in foreign religions chas v’shalom, she keeps all religion out of her practices and keeps them purely physical exercises. There is no bending into the shape of an alef to connect to some kabbalistic light or any of that stuff. That is despite Sarede being very knowledgeable (in general but specifically) in Chassidus. Another amazing aspect of Sarede is her adherence to the laws of tzniyus. Her students can look up to her as a respectable person when she walks down kingston ave too.… Read more »

another two cents
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another two cents

cent #1: why not just remove the name “yoga” and any other names which confuse the (arguably rightfully so) spiritually sensitive? in other words, heart health does not need to be looked at as originating in other cultures; I am sure there are plenty of sources in torah that say we should try to be healthy, and the science of health, if its origins are indeed more from goyim (which is probably debate-able), can it not be said to be from the more “parve” aspects of goyish culture? maybe the origin of being health conscious is more in Greek culture… Read more »

Big fan of Sarede !
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Big fan of Sarede !

Her classes are gentle and nurturing, as is she. We are lucky we have her !!!

Sara

agree with #4
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agree with #4

you are so right……if it is pure exercise, then why not call it just that. There wouldn’t be anything to modify or explain. We exercise, we breath, we stretch….no problem.

respectfully disagree with number 4
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respectfully disagree with number 4

in today’s American vocabulary – yoga means exercise – with the possibility of mind relaxing add-on’s. the term Yoga has not been forbidden to be used on a Halachic decision. (whereas the name Mumbai has been forbidden.) by using the term Yoga, clients know immediately what Sarede is offering. exercise is needed by a lot of Crown Heights residents. the goal is to get more people to exercise. so the question is: how many of the people who oppose the name, would actually attend if the name was changed v.s. how many people will attend because, by using the name… Read more »

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