Yoga on High, Part II

For the past 12 months, I had been emailing the manager of one of the most stunning yoga studios I had ever seen. Called Ella Yoga, it is about five years old and part of the renovated Tel Aviv Port. With three rooms, Ella offers up to 80 classes a week; there is Ashtanga, Iyengar, vinyasa, viniyoga, Yoga Works, Kundalini, Sivananda, pre- and post-natal. There is everything but Anusara.

For the past 12 months, the studio manager responded to my emails, each time insisting that I had to wait, arrive, call, meet Ella and see.

Finally, a month after our arrival, after the chaos had lessened, I succeeded. Ella and I had a meeting.

We spoke in Hebrew about my background, my family, my intention, my yoga teaching, my Anusara involvement. She told me that she and the manager were open to offering Anusara after hosting some of the teachers that had come from the U.S. the past few years and seeing the response, but that there was only one possible opening on the schedule: Sundays from 1-2:30pm. Recently, they had added midday classes at this same time on Monday through Friday, which left Sunday free. I practically jumped out of my seat not only because of the opportunity but also because an early afternoon class meant no traffic in either direction. She made it clear that it would be challenging to start a new class as a new teacher of a new style with only one time slot; I told her I was up for the challenge, that I had built a gentle community at Sage from nothing. And then she asked me the question I had been waiting for.
“So what language will you teach in?” She sat back in her chair, awaiting my response.

“Hebrish or Englew, whatever you want to call it,” I said without hesitating.

“Ma ze?” she asked, wanting to know what I meant.

I explained that I can start in Hebrew and speak as much as possible, until I get stumped and have to resort to English. And that I knew it worked since I had already subbed three times for Erel, who used to teach at Ella before opening up his own studio. Name dropping worked like a charm.

Ella was impressed by my ballsy confidence.

“Tov.” She nodded her head and smiled, good. “Brucha haba,” she said, welcome. We had a deal and discussed the terms, and I walked out, floating on a yoga high.

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20 Responses to “Yoga on High, Part II”

  1. Jeanette November 14, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Mazeltov Jen, only you could do that. I know it will go great, go get ’em!!

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks, Jeanette. I don’t always feel so get up and go get ’em but appreciate the support. xo

  2. Laura Rotter November 14, 2011 at 4:35 am #


    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      Toda raba!

  3. Carmella Abraham November 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi Jennifer,

    Mazal Tov on another door opening for you!
    Best Carmella

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks, Carm. I just mentioned you the other day. One of my students is named Carmel and I accidentally called her Carmella, then apologized and told her about you/your name and to please understand if I slip again. Mental telepathy… xo

  4. Doris Fankhauser November 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Congratulations Jen, that is just wonderful and I am sure your new students will love your classes just as much as we did here in Armonk

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      I hope so. For right now it is SLOW going and I have to remind myself my gentle classes there were the same in the beginning.

  5. Cathleen B November 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Yay! Our loss is Israel’s gain.

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      xo and xo and xo again…

  6. Barbara Liss November 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    How fabulous! They will love you.

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      Thanks, Barbara. How is your other half? Regards to him and everyone at Sage.

  7. Ellen Atzmon November 15, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    I am proud that you continue to face fear and win.
    You inspire me.
    hugs and kisses

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks, El. Smiling and a sense of humor help!

  8. Annette November 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    That is sooooooo amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! I see this as a start to a snowball (lol in hot Israel) for many more great things to come.
    I have the goosebumps I’m so excited for you!!!

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks, Annette. As we say over here, from your mouth to you know who’s ear… xo

  9. Bob Liss November 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Good to see you are getting on just fine….. and I am well, thank you very much. Thanks for asking!

    • Jennifer Lang November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Anytime!!! Feel good.

  10. Marina November 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    How great is this????? I’m so excited for you!!! I know there are only great things to come for you.

    • Jennifer Lang November 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks, Marina. How are things in your life? I hope great too!

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