Udi Sahar, a charismatic yoga teacher, certified naturopath and nutritionist, opens the latest incarnation of Urban Shaman with his business partner Neomi Bubis. The wellness complex offers everything from Inst-worthy gluten-free avocado toast and stress-reducing mushroom lattes to early morning Vinyasa yoga sessions and Body Work treatments
What started off in its infancy as a juice-cleansing program, grew into a popular pop-up shop, and has now landed prime real estate on Dizengoff Street as a full-on wellness center; Urban Shaman is exactly where it should be. The gorgeously-designed space boasts plenty of fresh air with hanging plants and potted cacti in every corner, an exposed wood bar and plenty of communal seating to get to know your like-minded neighbors. The spot and menu look as if they've been transported straight from Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and Sahar's SoCal vibes are eagerly met with North American transplants loving on the familiar aesthetic.
When Sahar started off as a nutritionist, he managed to offer a cleansing program that catered to a precise mix of photogenic, yet uber healthy, and easy-to-digest options in every way - suiting both people who seek all-encompassing healthy lifestyles, and, those who purchase a juice as a fashionable accessory before their morning cigarette. Sahar distinguishes himself from the onlsaught of other superfood-touting places in Tel Aviv by offering a holistic package designed to accommodate every visitor - even if you just woke up from a bender and your brain is drowning in a sea of hangover...Sahar believes that a specific shot of key ingredients can and will fix the rest of your day.
The Urban Shaman's nutritional delivery program (NIS 180 a day for three weeks) is still a hot seller and can be tailor-made according to your body's needs (weight loss, detoxing body resets, etc) or you can just get your dose of what's good and healthy straight from the eatery; expect deliciously raw options like the Clean Af Salad served in coconut serving bowls, glass jars filled with probiotic-rich vegan yogurt, buckwheat pancakes, and superfood smoothies galore. The wellness complex, also under the umbrella of Urban Shaman, dubbed the 'Teepee' hosts all levels of classes, including kids yoga, guided meditations, and Jivamukti classes.
Urban Shaman, 210 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv. Sunday-Thursday 8:00-21:00, Friday 8:30-16:00 (03-7522102)