Schedule of a Typical Workshop (two-day)
Objectives of the workshop are to learn the basic inner practice and all basic letter postures and sequences.
The student will be prepared to practice on their own, having done all the letters required to be in tune with the creation in terms of the month, the day and the eternal..
Hour 1— Introduction to meaning of Ophanim , relation of breathing and inner awareness to postures. Brief survey of basic ideas in the Sefer Yetzirah. Meaning of ” yud-ke” or 10/5 breathing, locations of awareness in body, mental vocalizing. Beginning practice of breathing
Hour 2 —Continuing breathing practice. Introducing awareness of 10 regions in body while doing vav position. Introducing mental vocalizing of “yud-ke”
Beginning to learn the letter sequences: ” mothers”, “doubles” and “elementals”.
(Note: “doing” a letter means mainly learning the correct posture and doing at least ten breaths in each posture. Certain essential qualities and benefits of the letter are also related.) Doing the mother letter, mem, attempting to integrate breathing-awareness- mental vocalizing. Variation on the mem, the “flying mem”
Hour 3— Doing mother letter, aleph, in both orientations. Doing the vav, working on integration of breathing-awareness-mental vocalizing. Doing the mother letter, shin, in four orientations. Return to do letter vav before going into weekday letters. Introduce concept of “double” letters related to days of the week.
Hour 4—Do double letters: bet, gimel, dalet, and chaf (extended practice to focus on integration of breathing-awareness-mental vocalizing.
Hour 5—Begin with short daily routine of vav, aleph, mem, shin. Do double letters: peh and resh. Do final mem. Do monthly letter (for present month). Finish with vav. This is a complete practice for the given time.
Hour 6—Do double letter tav and elemental (monthly) letters: heh, zayin, and chet.
Hour 7— Do elemental letters: tet, yud, lamed, and nun.
Hour 8— Begin with short daily routine of vav, aleph, mem, shin. Do elemental letters: samech and ayin.
Hour 9— Do elemental letters: tzadi, moving heh and moving yud, and final letter: nun.
Hour 10—Do final letters: tzadi, peh and chaf. Review of any postures.
Hour 11 & 12(optional)—Practice doing the mem (basic meditation) posture. Continued practice including the daily routine. Personal initiations in advanced stages of Jewish Prophetic Meditation (part of teacher-training).
List of Instructors
Zvi Zavidowsky - Director
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Ophanim: Yoga of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet: A Practical Guide by Zvi Zavidowsky now. The cost is $32 USD (includes airmail postage)
This book includes photographs and instructions for all postures, breathing and meditation techniques, information about meaning and benefits of each letter pose, and introduction to the basic concepts of Ophanim and the Sefer Yetzirah, and how Ophanim came to be rediscovered/revealed in the present time.