"Hakol" has a double meaning in Hebrew - "everything" and "the voice". These two are what yoga is for me...
My name is Yifat. A few years ago, when I rediscovered yoga, it felt like home. Yoga and mindfulness have become part of me and a way of living. They helped me become a stronger woman and have my voice, which had been muted for a long time, be heard. I am now a certified yoga teacher both in Israel and the US and run an intimate home studio. With a Master's in public health and a strong background in biology, I view yoga and mindfulness as preventive medicines.
Why is yoga important to me?
Yoga, for me, is a sweet spot of being steady and at ease simultaneously, a link between body and mind, and a platform where
attention and awareness are keys to progress. Yoga is a way for me to discover my inner self and dive inside. In turn, it allows me to step out. By practicing yoga on and outside of the mat, I understand my needs better and can thus set clear boundaries. When boundaries are clear, I can let go of walls and open my heart to others, whomever they are.
I specialize in yoga therapy and integrative yoga. Methodologies that put the trainee in the center and explore how one's body feels at any given moment during practice (and in life). If pain or stress arises, we respect it and disentangle it through breaths and mindful movement. My yoga is therefore gentle, yet engages all core muscles. In my view, it obeys one of the key sutras of Patanjali - 'Stahira Sukam' - being at steady and ease at the same time. I remind my trainees that being too relaxed may lead them to collapse and being too stable may get them stiff and rigid and eventually broken. Magic happens in the balance...
"Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home. To yourself."
― Nayyirah Waheed
Words are Windows
(Or They’re Walls)
I feel so sentenced by your words
I feel so judged and sent away
Before I go I got to know
Is that what you mean to say?
Before I rise to my defense,
Before I speak in hurt or fear,
Before I build that wall of words,
Tell me, did I really hear?
Words are windows, or they’re walls,
They sentence us, or set us free.
When I speak and when I hear,
Let the love light shine through me.
There are things I need to say,
Things that mean so much to me,
If my words don’t make me clear,
Will you help me to be free?
If I seemed to put you down,
If you felt I didn’t care,
Try to listen through my words
To the feelings that we share.
~ Ruth Bebermeyer
Hakol Yoga is not just my voice... It is the voice of everyone, yours, ours. Equality means that everyone is entitled to have their voice heard and it is important that they do so. Let there be a real and deep discourse, crossing genders, nations, looks, and prejudices. Equality between all of us, humans, but also between us and the animals, the trees, the sea, and the earth. I wish that we would let go of conditioning. I wish that there would be no boundaries... OM.
Classes & courses
Kids Yoga Class (Ages 3-6)
"Yow are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play and run all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again."
-JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, EMILE-
"The real world is beyond the mind's understanding: we see it through the net of our desire, divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is full of holes."
-SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ-
Sangha is a group of people that walk together. I invite you to join our group to meditate, share, hear, and support.
Group Yoga Class
"We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens."
Join our intimate groups or sign up for a private lesson. Classes are “all-level”, so join even if you're a first-timer!
Yifat Aluf Davidi
Tel: +1 617-396-6482
Brookline, MA or online via Zoom
In the covid era, all classes are available in-person or on zoom. If you wish to visit my studio, please know that the studio is disinfected between classes and I personally get tested for coronavirus once a week. I expect all participants to avoid classes in case of symptoms and obey CDC and state guidelines to minimize the spread of disease. Health screen forms will be sent out before each class.