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Ida Unger, M.Ed. Bio

 

 

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Student of Torah and Kabbalah

 

Unger is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor with extensive experience in guiding students to understand and practice the ancient mind-body science of yoga. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and a B.A. in English, both from UCLA, and has extensive experience teaching yoga at college, high school, adult school, private studios, and in retreat settings. Since the early 90’s, she has been connecting her Jewish “roots’ with her yogic ‘wings”, resulting in the development of an innovative curriculum that honors both traditions, while offering an illumination of their commonalities.

 

She has taught her "Yoga and Judaism" course to hundreds of people, via The Brandeis Bardim College Institute (2003-2013), Jewish renewal national conference - the Alef Kallah (1999-2013), HUC, Elat ChayyimCenter for Jewish Spirituality, a Shir Kelali for the Rabbinaical School at AJU (2005 & 2008), the Rabbis of the Spirituality Institute of Metivta, Temple Beth Shir Shalom, the Chavurah movement, as well as numerous engagements at Hillels and Hadassah and temple groups around the greater Los Angeles area. She has been part of a lecture/panel discussion at The Museum of Tolerance about the value of Yoga for Jews. Most recently she coordinated six yoga events for the Kalsman Institute’s Week of Jewish Wisdom and Health, 2013.

 

Ida taught classes at Santa Monica College from 1993 to 2006, where she was instrumental in the expansion and updating of the yoga program throughout the college: in the Physical Education Department, Continuing Education and the Emeritus Programs. She then taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she initiated a yoga program for teens. Additionally, she opened her own studio, Santa Monica’s Yoga Garden Studios in 1987, offering just two classes a week. The "Garden" grew to be a vibrant facility with over twenty classes per week, and a dedicated staff of teachers. The studio closed in December 2006, due to zoning changes.

 

Born in Los Angeles to parents who were survivors of the Holocaust, Ida grew up with a strong Jewish identity, and a yeshiva education. She has spent time in Israel including a year long program while in college. Her Hebrew is fluent. After graduating, she turned her passion for Judaism into action by visiting with Jews who were unable to leave the former Soviet Union, the “refusniks”. These days, she studies Torah and Kabbalah in numerous formats, and affiliates with every branch of Judaism.

 

Ida Unger’s work is motivated by her own deep yoga and meditation practice and a belief that she is guided and obligated to share this work. Her vision is that as yoga provides a sense of peace for the practitioner, with Jews doing yoga, we will be able to achieve peace in our collective body, Israel. She is delighted for the opportunity to teach within a strong and vibrant Jewish setting.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781