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I was born in 1938 in the Soviet Union and have been writing my memoir and teaching Yoga for over 40 years. I was blessed to become a student and friend of R D Laing, psychiatrist, poet, musician and spiritual teacher who, in the process of enabling me to transcend my harsh Russian childhood, initiated me on the path of awareness through the practice of Yoga and mindfulness. This, combined with a determination to find my authentic voice, through the study of singing and sound with Guillermo Rozenthuler, led to a unique way of teaching and what has evolved is a way of practising and teaching which incorporates our whole being - emotional, mental, physical and spiritual, in daily life and relationships. That led to transcending my traumatic past and expressing what happened without self-pity. My aim is to liberate the mind and body of everything that obscures the spirit of joy, love, compassion, spontaneity and playfulness. The royal jelly of all my practice is the spirit of love!
You Don't Have to Die of Disappointment
My book is an account of my life unfolding in a series of vivid experiences, struggles and disappointments amongst many colourful characters, witnessing strange and often very funny ways of surviving in dire circumstances in Russia during the Stalinist purges where there could be a knock on the door in the middle of the night and people arrested for nothing. On to South Africa via Poland and Israel where I eventually married a goy (gentile), to my Yiddishe mama’s dismay; becoming existentialists with my husband in Mallorca, reading Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, wearing black clothes and heavy kohl eyeliner. On to London in the swinging sixties where the only swinging I did was between total dejection and extreme elation until I met and began to work with R D Laing who helped me find the thread of my life.