In this new episode of Somatic Podcast, we begin a two part mini-series on the history and politics of modern postural yoga. In this part one, we play an interview with Dr. Andrea Jain, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. This episode coincides with the release of Dr. Jain’s new book Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality (Oxford University Press). In our discussion, Dr.
Research Query: Why is the image of an "apple orchard" central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? True, the core idea of תפוחים (usually translated as apples) as relating to romantic love is found in Song of Songs 3, 3 and 8,5, but why does the Zohar refer to the Garden of Eden as ‘The Orchard of Holy Apples’ – קדישין תפוחין חקל Chakal Tapuchin Kadishin (e.g.