The Merrimack Valley chapter of Hadassah kicks off a new series of restorative workshops titled “Ignite Your Heart” this weekend.

The series is being presented in conjunction with the national Hadassah initiative, “Every Beat Counts.”

According to organizers, programs were designed to help individuals focus on heart health and well-being, including both the spiritual and physical aspects. Each Sunday program will be a self-contained event.

The first program, “Jewish Spiritual Meditation and Mindfulness,” will be held Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Rabbi Miriam Phillips, lifelong learning director at the temple, will lead the workshop. Registration is required, but there is no cost to attend.

The series will continue Sunday, May 18, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. with “Restorative Relaxation” at HOME Yoga, 28 Chestnut St., Andover. Owner Kristin Olson will lead the class that will focus on Increasing relaxation and decreasing stress to improve one’s health, including their heart. No prior yoga experience or physical strength is needed. There is a small fee for the program, and registration is required. Space is limited, and preference will be given to Hadassah members.

The third and final program will be held in the fall and will continue the theme of heart health and well-being.

Hadassah was founded 102 years ago by Henrietta Szold and is now the largest women’s organization in the U.S., as well as being the largest Jewish membership organization. It raises money for programs in both the U.S. and in Israel, including the world-renowned Hadassah Medical Organization.

For more information or to register for the programs, email the chapter at hadassahmv@gmail.com.

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