Fitness trainer Rafi Sadeh started his career at the age of 17 as a professional tennis player and has since moved into a variety of health professions, from teaching yoga to helping people get fit and lose weight.
“I started yoga because I was bored of working out and wanted to have a healthy life,” he said.
Sadea is one of the first yoga teachers to start a fitness center in Israel, where he plans to expand his offerings and offer courses to students from the ages of 14 to 25.
Sadesh said that the first lesson he taught his students involved “exercising without any physical limitations” — a reference to yoga’s ancient Indian concept of “exhaling” the breath.
“At the beginning of every class we start with a few minutes of breathing exercises,” he told The Jerusalem Times in a recent interview.
“This allows us to feel the breath as if we are taking a deep breath.
We then use the breathing exercises to help them improve their body posture and core strength.
We use yoga to help people get into the state of deep relaxation.”
“This is a very positive and practical program,” said Sadehan, who plans to continue to teach yoga in Israel.
“We are not interested in the traditional path.
We want to bring our students into a more holistic way of living.”
Sadeha said he plans on opening at least a dozen more centers in Israel and abroad, starting with a “sushi training” center in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2020.
“It’s going to be a big expansion,” he added.
“But this is the beginning.
It’s going a long way to give our students a healthier and more positive lifestyle.”