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Denise Corsini: Yoga is Life. Yoga is my Life.

Denise was introduced to yoga in 2006 and was fascinated by the unique combination of mental stimulation and physical demand. Compelled to learn more, she enrolled in a 200 Hour Hatha Teacher training with Jeannine Dietz. After she completed the teacher training, she jumped right into teaching. She found that the more she taught, the more she wanted to learn! In 2014 she continued her studies of alignment-based yoga with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny at Dig Yoga. She has now earned her 500 Hour Teacher Training certificate through their yoga school. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of how practicing yoga with optimal alignment enhances overall body awareness and appreciation for what the body can do. She also strives to show students how a regular yoga practice can help them to live more fulfilled and conscious lives. This practice has transformed her life beyond what she could have ever imagined, and she hopes to guide the way for her students to have the same experience. She is forever grateful to her teachers, and to the PCYH community for creating a peaceful place to practice yoga.

Today Denise is the Studio Manager of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, she makes sure that every student can find his or her center at the center. Her warmth and dedication to a holistic lifestyle make PCYH a home to many.

As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?

As a big picture, I hope to teach my students that life is a gift and it is meant to be enjoyed. For me, one of the most profound lessons that I have learned through yoga is that too often, we stand in our own way. The practice of yoga has a unique way of helping us understand ourselves, and through this understanding, we can make choices that serve our highest potential.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I was first introduced to yoga when I was a senior in high school. I had been recovering from an eating disorder, and was not in a good place. I had a looming feeling of inadequacy and was stressed out about where to go to college and what to do with my life. I was completely out of touch with the present moment. A friend’s mother suggested that I try a yoga class. I agreed and was instantly hooked! I left the class with a sense of inner peace and groundedness that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I decided to go once a week. I looked forward to going every week, but I don’t think that I fully understood why I enjoyed it so much.  At the time, it just seemed like a cool, alternative way to get some exercise, take a break from outside stresses, and wind down. After graduating high school, I went to college and practiced occasionally. It wasn’t until I graduated college and started working that I joined a studio and started practicing 3-4 times a week. The benefits that I felt were remarkable. I found that I was less stressed, less reactive, more confident, and overall happier than I had been before. I had to learn more about the practice, so I looked up Teacher Trainings in New Jersey, and found that there was one at PCYH! I enrolled in the teacher training with Jeannine Dietz, and it was a truly life-changing experience. I am forever grateful for it. Soon after, I began teaching and have been teaching and training ever since.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

What I enjoy most about teaching yoga is the people that it has connected me to. In my earlier years of practicing, I attended many workshops and classes alone. At the time, I enjoyed the “me-time”, and of course, still do once in awhile. However, being in the yoga community as a teacher and long-time student has allowed me meet so many friendly and inspiring yogis! I am forever grateful for the friendships I have formed through the yoga community, especially our warm, loving community at PCYH. 

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are Naime Jezzeny and Sue Elkind. I completed my 500 hour teacher training with them, and still attend classes with them weekly. They have taught me to teach, think about, and practice asana in a way that is both safe and sustainable. They inspire me to embrace life and enjoy it!

How does yoga influence you in your role as Studio Manager?

In an everyday sense, my yoga practice is my sanity. Consistent practice helps me to juggle the many tasks that come along with managing the studio without feeling overwhelmed. Running a yoga studio comes with various demands, and I often have to wear a lot of hats. It can get hard to squeeze in my practices sometimes, but I remind myself that the better I care for myself, the better I can care for the center and our community.

As a big picture, part of my “off the mat” yoga practice is to uplift, empower and be of service to others wherever possible. As the studio manger, I strive to make everyone who walks through our doors–from teachers, the SEVAS (awesome volunteer desk staff), to students–feel welcome and open sharing and exploring our many offerings. I especially love giving teachers the opportunity to teach from their hearts, and sevas the gift of being of service to community.

I am extremely thankful to everyone who makes my work possible, especially to our founder, Deborah Metzger, who has given me the opportunity to do what I love. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Try out one of Denise’s classes:

Hatha (Moderate)

Mondays, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm
Fridays, 9:30 to 11:00 am

Medium pace with fairly long holds for each pose.

What to expect:
These classes integrate physical yoga poses (asanas), breath work (pranayama), philosophy, and relaxation. Teachers sequence each class intelligently and creatively, and guide the students through optimal alignment in each pose. The poses that are taught are moderate to challenging.

Is this class right for you?
Some experience is recommended; however variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Richard Parrella: Back to basics, back to self.

Since a young age Richie has always had an interest in mental health, understanding the self, and supporting others in their journey. His welcoming and helpful attitude is what makes Princeton Yoga a place to come home to yourself. Richard has many gifts and we are excited that he is going to share some with our community in his upcoming workshop ‘From Nature to Nurture’ in September.

How did you find Princeton Yoga?

I heard about one of the teachers, Rama through a friend, and was told he was basically the “Yoda of yoga”, so needless to say I was intrigued.

What drew you to volunteering at Princeton Yoga?

I honestly had a tight budget, and thought, “Well, here’s an opportunity to help budget my practice, be of service to the studio, and get to know more people within the studio and community that supports it”.

Share your favorite experience you’ve had at Princeton Yoga.

Honestly, it’s tough for me to single out one specific experience that outweighs all others because a few specific ones that come to mind. My fiancé’s father, who is a professional percussionist, came to the drum circle with us, and it was a real bonding experience for Alex, her father, and I to play together. Another that comes to mind was when Dan Fernandez hosted his full mooji practice, which began with light asanas and moved into a deep awareness meditation. It was exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it. Another great experience I’ve had has been attending Prayers for Peace. It was my first experience with Kirtan, and I have since bonded with Devi and Marleny outside of the studio and formed friendships with them.

Do you practice yoga? If so, what are your favorite practices?

I do practice yoga. It is a practice of coming home to myself, and realizing who I am, and where I’m at in all facets of life. I pay respect to history and traditions of yoga, by learning the yamas and niyamas and following them. I also practice mantra, pranayama (breathing techniques), asana, dance, and meditation. I really enjoy fusing asana and dance, as not only a means of exercise, but as a means to full self-expression.

Do you have a favorite class at Princeton Yoga?

Phew, that is a tough question. There are so many amazing teachers here, and they all have such individual practices based on who they are as people. I find myself drawn in many different directions based on where I’m at in my life. Rama’s class is the most complete practice that speaks to me, incorporating mantra, pranayama, asana, yoga nidra, and meditation. It really is the complete yoga. After his class, I’m generally ready to dance the rest of the day away.

How have yoga and/or holistic practices affected your life?

Yoga restores balance. It purifies my body and mind. It helps me to see myself from a whole new perspective. It has given me the ability to focus and concentrate my energy in ways I never could before. It has been a means for me to truly find love and compassion for myself, and with that, for all others. I have learned the holistic practices are the only practices that truly work.
When I’m not thinking holistically, something will inevitably be out of balance in my mind and body. To be well/feel well, I must treat Mind, Body, and Spirit all simultaneously. It is the only way to true contentment.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I would like to share how grateful I am to have a place where I can go and feel truly safe. I have always felt respected, cared for, and genuinely welcome at the studio. Deborah, Denise, and all of the instructors have so much light to share, and being in a space like this continues to inspire me to contribute to this community, and to all other communities in our world.

Coming Soon:

From Nature to Nurture

Saturday, September 30, 2017
at 1:00 pm – Sign up here

In this workshop we will be experiencing plants and nature from many different facets. We’ll take a journey together becoming a tree and practice growing your very own seed. We’ll learn about 5 natural and medicinal plants, the benefits they can provide, and how to grow them at home.

REGISTER NOW

Kara Unal: From Breath to Movement to Strength and Stability

Kara has been practicing yoga since 2000. Originally a classically trained violinist, she turned to yoga to relieve stress and anxiety associated with performing. She attended law school and practiced as an attorney for four years, but realized she was most at peace on the mat. She received her 200 hour teacher training through All About Yoga in Las Vegas, NV in May 2014. Kara moved to Los Angeles to pursue further yoga training, and completed her 300 hour teacher training with YogaWorks, mentoring with Alexandria Crow, in July 2015.

Kara teaches yoga as a tool for students to notice patterns of movement and behavior in their bodies and minds. She incorporates alignment principles and safe sequencing into her classes, and seeks to help students find a practice that benefits them outside of the yoga classroom.

Who should come to your yoga class? 

Anyone who is interested in exploring breath and movement.  Expect different
variations on classical yoga poses, and be ready to move in  new and different ways!

What are you focusing on right now in your yoga practice?

In my personal practice, I am focusing on building strength and stability.  I am still recovering from a shoulder injury I sustained about a year ago, and to prevent repetitive stress injuries, I incorporate many different movement modalities into my practice.  Even if I do nothing else, I spend time each day in restorative poses as they have been crucial to injury recovery and reducing chronic pain.

As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?

I hope students leave my class feeling empowered in their bodies, excited about movement and curious to learn more.  Movement, and yoga, should be enjoyable, and I strive to create an environment where students can ask questions and explore.  Yoga has opened me up to a world of possibility, and I want to create the same for my students.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I’ve practiced yoga since high school, when I took a class at the local community center.  I fell in love with the practice, and continued to practice through college, law school and a career as an attorney.  I finally decided to take my first teacher training when I realized the best part of my day was on my mat.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

I love educating and empowering students. Every day, and every student, is different, and I enjoy that there is always something new to learn.  For me, being a teacher means being a life-long student.

Who are your greatest influences? 

My Alexander Technique teacher, Diane Young Sussman, greatly influences my teaching and practice.  I have been fortunate to learn from so many strong, intelligent women, including Maty Ezraty, Jasmine Lieb, Jennifer Pierotti, and Alexandria Crow.  And of course my students!

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

I have so many favorites, but I practice legs up the chair almost every day.  I love this variation of legs up the wall as it relieves lower back tension and provides a very gentle inversion.

Try out one of Kara’s classes:

Flow (Moderate)

Mondays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm
Fridays, 4:15 to 5:30 pm (Community Class – By Donation)

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.

 What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs . Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions are often offered.
 
Is this class right for you?
Some experience is recommended; however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Laura Hans: Her smile welcomes you!

As we continue our series of People of Princeton Yoga we are excited to introduce some of our staff.

Laura lights up our welcome desk with her extremely kind, helpful and down to earth attitude. Her lively presence and smile is treasured by clients as well as teachers and staff. From making the members of our community feel welcome, to making sure our props are neatly arranged, we know that we can count of her for anything and everything!

How did you find Princeton Yoga?

I moved to Skillman 6 1/2 years ago.  I knew that one of the first things I needed to find in my new area was a yoga studio.  PCYH was located about 500 feet from my house.  My daughter-in-law gave me a gift certificate to PCYH because she knew how important yoga was to me.  I was very nervous and reluctant to go to a new studio after practicing at the same studio for 11 years.  But, it was a great class and I never looked back.

What drew you to volunteering at Princeton Yoga?

I retired about a year after moving to Skillman and was looking for some extra activities to fill some new spare time that I found myself with.  I saw a notice on the PCYH website about volunteering, made a phone call to the studio and the following week I was being trained at the front desk.  I truly look forward to my morning at the front desk each week.

Share your favorite experience you’ve had at Princeton Yoga. 

My favorite experience was a Thanksgiving class a few years ago.  There were about 50 people in the class.  It was very invigorating and energetic.  The euphoric feeling that I had during that class stayed with me the entire day.  It was AWESOME!!

Do you practice yoga? If so, what are your favorite practices? 

This is my 17th year practicing yoga.  I try to get to two or three classes a week.  I most enjoy gentle and moderate hatha yoga classes.

Do you have a favorite class at Princeton Yoga?

My favorite classes are Tuesday and Friday morning hatha (moderate) classes.

How have yoga and/or holistic practices affected your life?

Yoga has helped to keep me more grounded.  It has also helped me to appreciate all that is good in my life and not to sweat the small stuff.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

There is a great sense of community among the people (both teachers and students) at PCYH.  When I walk into a class, I know most people by name and they know me as well.  Since I mostly take morning classes, yoga is a wonderful start to my day.  I also appreciate the donation classes.  Last year my daughter participated in a 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer in young women.  The studio made a donation to her cause and was much appreciated.

Try out one of Laura’s favorite classes:

Hatha (Moderate)

Tuesdays, 9:30 -10:45 am with Dan Fernandez
Friday, 9:30 -11:00 am with Denise Corsini

Medium pace with fairly long holds for each pose.
What to expect:
These classes integrate physical yoga poses (asanas), breath work (pranayama), philosophy, and relaxation. Teachers sequence each class intelligently and creatively, and guide the students through optimal alignment in each pose. The poses that are taught are moderate to challenging.
 
Is this class right for you?
Some experience is recommended; however variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Arielle Wortzel: Her playfulness, happiness and joy shines through her teaching!

Arielle was born into a family of yogis. She has been practicing since she was a young teenager and followed in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a certified teacher in Kripalu Yoga. Arielle leads a range of beginner, gentle, and intermediate yoga classes. In each of Arielle’s classes, her energy is focused on properly warming up the body, and honoring everyone’s unique style with modifications and variations for different postures. This way, each and every student can practice safely and tailor the yoga class to fit his or her own personal intention!Additionally, Arielle is certified in a form of guided meditation know as Yoga Nidra, and a freeform conscious dance style called JourneyDance. Arielle uses yoga, meditation, and dance to form community, find her center, and feel embodied. She hopes to share with others these particular forms of movement and meditation so they too can find and celebrate its benefits.

Who should come to your yoga class? 

My class is an invitation for students to drop in and strengthen their connection to breath and movement in order to encourage space in the physical body for energy to flow freely. My classes focus on the spiritual and meditative practice of yoga. In each class I devote a large portion of time connecting with breath and “dropping in.” Often times, most people spend their days distracted by out side stimulation from the external world, (car honking, phone ringing, email sending, etc.) and spend little time being present in their internal world (energy awareness, breath and body sensation). In each class, I set time aside to establish inner awareness around the breath and eventually layer on movement with the breath – sometimes in the form of postures, but often the movement takes on a kriya (spontaneous movement to assist open flow of energy) guided by one’s inner wisdom. Come to class and you will discover an experience that embodies a constant flow of body and breath moving as one- a meditation in motion to help promote personal freedom and inner growth!

As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?

It is my hope that each student is learning to practice safely and mindfully while honoring his or her own unique intention. One should never compare his or her personal practice or journey on the mat to someone else. Each student comes to his or mat with different intentions and those intentions should be honored. I hope my students learn to celebrate the unique gifts they have to offer in addition to practicing non-judgment around his or her own journey on and off the mat.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

As  a teacher, I enjoy creating community and cultivating an invitation for self-love and acceptance while promoting a peaceful and compassionate environment.

Who are your greatest influences? 

My parents are my greatest influence. I grew up in a house   hold with my mom as a yoga teacher and my dad as a regular meditation and QiGong practitioner. For me, I always knew meditation and yoga to be part of a daily routine. Since I was three years old, I have spent most summers at Omega and other yoga retreats dancing around drum circles and “OM-ing” regularly. I thank my parents for introducing me to a yoga lifestyle and inspiring my personal practice from such a young age.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Tree pose (Vrksasana) has become one of my favorite postures because it reminds me to ground. I often avoid growing roots in my life and instead leave myself to the wind so it can carry me to discover new places and meet new people. I find Tree pose is a great reminder in understanding the importance of grounding and growing roots to find that place of balance and stillness within myself. 

Come and meet her at her weekly class:

Flow (Gentle)
Slow paced, less physically demanding postures
Mondays, 6:00-7:15 pm – Sign up here

Restorative Yoga
Relaxation based practice
Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 pm – Sign up here

Or at one of her workshops

Hoop Jam Class
Hula hooping has become a practice for me- a meditation in motion for my entire body. Hooping reminds me to be playful, inspires creativity and gets me up and moving when I am feeling stagnant. Come experience the playful, artful, and meditative forms of hooping with me at Princeton Yoga. Whether you are a beginner or advanced hooper- come join in community, listen to some tunes, experiment with some new tricks and most of all- experience the joys of hooping!

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
More upcoming classes

JourneyDance
JourneyDance is a conscious dance form that combines freestyle and structured movement to lead participants into a physical and emotional transformation. JourneyDance provides an opportunity for students to embody joy, pleasure, and power of movement, dance and affirmation in an environment where self-love and acceptance are cultivated. Come and experience the beauty of dancing in community where you can truly celebrate, express, and embrace the fullest expression of yourself and all it is that you have to offer.

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
More up coming classes