Anat the founder of Yoga-Studio – Yoga Dharma School in Tel Aviv. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a practitioner and teacher of Yoga, meditation and Buddhism. She conducts the Yoga Dharma teacher’s training program and certifies the graduates as “Yoga Dharma Teachers”. Anat is leading Yoga Dharma retreats and workshops and Vipassana meditation retreats. She is also known as a Dharma speaker and leads private and group tuition called Dharma mentoring. Anat’s background as an artist generate her unique and creative way of teaching allowing a direct spiritual experience.
Anat has been practicing Yoga since the early 1980’s. Later she broadened her learning into Tai Chi-Chuan, Chi Kung, Taoism and Buddhist studies, a fact that led her in 1994 to her first Vipassana Meditation retreat as taught by S.N. Goenka. Since then Buddhism has become the basis of her life view and action.
In 1996 she focused her Yoga practice in the system developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, which she adopted as her personal Yoga style, and in 1999 she was accredited as a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher from the RIYMI center in Pune, India. Anat participated Yoga workshops with various Senior teachers at different countries, including B. K. S. Iyengar himself, visited the RIYMI center in Pune, several times to study with the Iyengar family.
In 1999 Anat started practicing Vipassana in the Mahasi Sayadaw Burmese Method, since then she has been traveling and staying at least for a monthly retreat at the Chom Tong monastery in Northern Thailand practicing Vipassana Meditation under the guidance of Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo, and her teachers Kate and Tanath Chindaporn. Anat translated to Hebrew the book ” The Only Way, a Path to Nibbana “.
On July 2011 she was first ordained as a Bhikkhuni (fully ordained female Buddhist monastic) in a traditional ceremony, for the occasion of the first visit in Israel of Ven. Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo, the chief Vipassanā Kammatthana Master of the northern region of Thailand and is one of Thailand’s most respected meditation teachers.
In addition to her practicing of Buddhism according to the Theravada tradition, Anat researches and practices also Mahayana and Zen Buddhism.
Anat gives Dharma talks on Buddhism and meditation at the Bhavana House in Tel-Aviv more then10 years. She is part of Israelis leading Buddhist teachers and lecturers that are organized as a group called ” Buddhism – Israel”.
She is invited as a speaker and teacher on special yoga and buddhist festivals in Israel and abroad. She was invited to teach at the Yogacharya Festival dedicated to B.K.S Iyengar, on July 2007, in Santa Clara, U.S.A. She is the director and teacher of the Yoga Dharma teachers’ training courses. Since 2005 until now there is a very successful T.V program that is being broadcast, a series of 12 chapters of Iyenger yoga classes.
Anat travels yearly to Santa Cruz Clifornia, there she teaches in veroius schools Yoga Dharma, and gides meditation sittings and Dharma talks.
Anat and her life companion, Dr. Reuven Barak, MD, a Physician practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine, are the authors of the book Mapa’s Guide for Healthy Life, published in Israel.