88 Orchard Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
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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

What to expect: These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students mindfully from one pose to the next. There are some weight-bearing poses (such as planks) offered, but not many. Basic-Moderate poses are taught.

Is this class right for you? No experience necessary. This class is recommended for beginners and/or experienced students seeking a less-challenging practice.

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, March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
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, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Sign up here
More up coming classes

Andrea Kantrovich: Exploring Yoga – Let her be your guide

Andrea stumbled upon yoga in late 2010 while recovering from a knee injury. In 2013 she began doing yoga photography which allowed her to truly sit in the seat of the student and provided the opportunity to watch as people were transformed. Through the yoga photography she became more immersed in not only the asana practices but in the history, culture, and spirituality of yoga as well. In early 2015 Andrea realized that she had fallen in love with the positive transformation yoga offers the individual and decided to embark on a yoga teacher training journey. In October 2015 she completed an intensive 200 hour Vinyasa and Hatha Teacher Training through Frog Lotus International in Costa Rica with Jennifer Yarro and Jennilee Toner.

Andrea’s classes focus on the breath, mindfulness, sequence alignment, anatomical safety, and longevity. She is very excited to help others discover their own yogic journeys in a safe and encouraging environment. Check out what she has to say!

Who should come to your yoga class?

People that are interested in learning about themselves and how their body moves and connects and those who just need a way to flow out whatever is going on in their life in a safe, encouraging, and open space.

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

Exploration. Currently I’ve been really intrigued with how the mind and body move throughout my practice and am exploring that. I’ve also been exploring different variations of poses and just learning and absorbing information in regards to my bio-mechanics.

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

The art of being and not just mindlessly doing.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

Curiosity. Curiosity of the body, the mind, and their capabilities. And the curiosity of finding a way to help others truly discover or rediscover parts of them.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

I enjoy watching people start to shed their armor and truly be able to be themselves without fear of judgement. I also love the excitement that comes when someone reaches  a personal goal or intention they set for themselves.

Who are your greatest influences?

In yoga my greatest influences are my teachers, especially Jennifer Yarro, Julie Mellk,and Alexandria Crow, and,of course, my students.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

I have a little bit of an obsession with being upside down and right now I’d have to say my favorite pose is technically not a “real”  pose- but I love Hollow-back handstand. I feel calm when I’m upside down as it helps me to clear my thoughts and see things literally from a new perspective.

Come and meet her at one of her weekly class:

  • $5 Flow (Moderate)
    Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • $5 Hatha (Gentle)
    Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Hatha (Moderate)
    Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00 pm
  • Flow (Moderate)
    Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

    Sign up here

Mukunda Chandra Das: Balancing the Physical and Mental Challenge of Yoga

Mukunda Chandra 02Mukunda’s well-rounded asana classes incorporate creative Vinyasa sequencing along with meditation, clear intention, and uplifting music. Michael’s asana classes are infused with devotion and aligned with the spiritual teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali. He strives to embody the qualities of yoga – humility, compassion, devotional service and non-violence, and he believes his role is to serve others through the practice of yoga, enabling students to become steadfast in their yoga. He believes that in serving others, we come to realize our true purpose.

Mukunda is a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach and a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher who works with others to help them restore balance in their lives by helping them to make healthier and more conscious lifestyle choices.

Check out what he has to say!

Who should come to your yoga class? 

Anyone with an open mind and a willingness to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams

Mukunda Chandra 03What are you focusing on right now in your yoga practice?

Combing the spiritual practice of yoga , mindful living and devotion to that infinite source of all creation that has many names, and an alignment based therapeutic yoga

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

Combing the spiritual practice of yoga , mindful living and devotion to that infinite source of all creation that has many names, and an alignment based therapeutic yoga

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

The ability to help other unlock their potential in life.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

Having fun with the students.

Who are your greatest influences? 

Mukunda Chandra 07H.H. Radhanatha Swami , Sharon Gannon, Jousha Greene, Yoga sutras of patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Jivamukti Yoga School, Dig Yoga School, Ragunath Cappo, Sandra Loring, Sue Elkind, Niame Jennzy, Way of a Peaceful Warrior.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Any Arm Balance – the physical and mental challenge

Want to learn more visit his website: YourWellnessYogi.com


 

Come and meet him at his weekly class:

Vinyasa Flow
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

This vinyasa flow yoga class is a combination of dynamic poses designed to tone, and detoxify your body and mind. The yoga class is for all levels from the beginner to most advanced student. Be prepared to move, sweat and smile.

Dan Fernandez: Facing life’s challenges with joy and YOGA!

Dan Fernandez 01Princeton Yoga teacher Dan focuses on yoga as the “middle-path” in life, specifically on the long-term benefits of yoga as a lifestyle that helps regulate the nervous system, reduce stress, bring mindfulness, and tone the body. Dan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. Because of this potentially debilitating disease, he began exploring yoga to improve the health of both his body and his mind. Now, through daily practice of yoga, he has found that he continues to improve both physically and spiritually. It is his wish to share these benefits with others so that they too can learn how to heal and grow.

Check out what he has to say!

Who should come to your yoga class? 

Most people start coming to my yoga classes because of an injury, tightness or weakness in the body, or a mind that is over-active. Whatever the initial motivation, please stay to experience the joyful awakenings that go well beyond the initial physical reasons.

Dan Fernandez Pose 2_originalWhat are you focusing on right now in your yoga practice?

Simple, useful messages that help get us through this day  – a new asana every week with detailed instruction along with noting the healing benefits.

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

The joy of becoming nothing.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

“FEAR!”. I really enjoy being mobile – so I found a way of being through yoga and meditation that keeps Multiple sclerosis far away.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

Everyone’s face.

Dan Fernandez Pose 4_originalWho are your greatest influences? 

Rama Ramanathan (my initial teacher), Michael Visnov (a living buddha),  Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema, Jack Kornfield, each practitioner

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Right now, Starfish, which I have renamed Ronasana after one of my good friends from the Thursday night sangha. This is a low-risk pose that improves balance and focus, and is perfect for those of us with limited movement in the knees, legs and feet.


 

Come and meet him at his weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am Mixed Level Hatha YogaSign up
Thursdays, 7:45 – 9:00 pm Yoga for BeginnersSign up
Sundays, 10:30 – 11:45 am Yoga for Stress ReductionSign up

Also join him for one of his workshops:

Click here for his upcoming workshops

Yoga Seminar for people with MS, other autoimmune issues, and anxiety disorders

Saturday, May 6 from 12 to 2:30 pm and Sunday, May 7, from 12 to 1:30 pm

Practitioners will learn why the practice of yoga is extraordinarily beneficial for people with MS, other autoimmune issues, and anxiety disorders.

During this focused, 2-day seminar, practitioners will be introduced to the beautiful tools of yoga, that can be used in the yoga studio and all other life situations. These tools include:

  • breathing techniques designed to settle and balance the central nervous system
  • key yoga poses that specifically benefit the central nervous system, relieve tension, and strengthen the body
  • meditation exercises designed to bring you back into healthy communication with the body
  • deep relaxation practices

Join us for this special seminar, and become informed, empowered and refreshed.

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health is marking 20 years of healing

By Susan Van Dongen,
Published

2016_07 Labyrinth walking (6)Deborah Metzger, founder and director of the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, has a special connection to a certain line from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” — the first book in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

”Not all those who wander are lost,” is part of the poem in a letter from Gandalf the wizard to Frodo the hobbit, which goes on to have layers of meaning within the book and trilogy.

Ms. Metzger has taken this particular line to heart, because the idea of “wandering with meaning” not only resonates with her journey watching PCYH evolve over the last two decades, but connects beautifully with the new labyrinth that was built on the center’s grounds this summer.

”The labyrinth is part of that same idea,” Ms. Metzger says. “In the labyrinth, you’re wandering around and there’s no ‘right’ place to go, there are just circuits.”

Because the labyrinth had its inaugural event in late August as the sun was going down, the participating walkers had to trust in the carefully laid paths to find their way.

2016_08_24 Walking the labyrinth Picture by Chris Gabaly 15   ”I myself had a tiny moment of panic,” Ms. Metzger says. “Sometimes you think you’re getting close to the center, and then you’re on the outer rim again — but you can’t get lost. The labyrinth is a wonderful metaphor for living, because sometimes you’re also meandering around in your life.”

All those years ago, Ms. Metzger’s idea behind PCYH was that it would be a place for mindful experimentation, where you could “try things on for size” — like labyrinth walking, meditation, drumming and dancing, and any number of yoga styles and practices — and ultimately see what fit your personal journey, your heart’s desire.

Even if something was not a perfect fit, however, at least coming to PCYH and discovering all there was to offer might point you in the direction of balance, healing and mindfulness.

”I believe everybody has the knowledge inside themselves, and all we need is a quiet place where we can access our intuition and get the answers,” Ms. Metzger says. “I wanted to create a space where people would do that, would join me in this experiment.”

On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 PCYH — located on Orchard Road in Skillman since 2012 — will celebrate 20 years in the Princeton area with an afternoon and evening of yoga, dance, drumming, chant, food, community and connection.

The free festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a special one-hour Hatha Yoga class led by Denise Corsini, and capped with a guided relaxation/meditation. A little later, there will be a drum and dance session, featuring percussionist Mark Wood and Arielle Wortzel, yoga teacher and JourneyDance facilitator.

Celebrants can nourish themselves with a pot luck supper, and then, at 6 p.m., head over to PCYH’s new labyrinth, for a special group “walk” and blessing, guided by Deborah Ketter, a labyrinth facilitator who led the building of the labyrinth earlier this summer.

”There were things I had envisioned from the beginning, and this labyrinth was one of them,” Ms. Metzger says. “Ours is the classic design of seven circuits, but we made the center a bit larger and we put a big boulder in there so people could gather.”

2016_08 Labyrinth the box of intentions (3)  ”It was wonderful to work with Debbie, she really has studied it,” Ms. Metzger says of Ms. Ketter. “We picked out the materials, including many, many river stones, but we also used found objects that have come to us from time to time. We also have a box in the center we call ‘The Heart Box,’ and you put your intentions in there.”

The culmination of the anniversary jubilee will be an evening of kirtan chant, featuring kirtan artist Suzin Green, with Daniel Johnson and David Freeman. These master artists of the tradition — rooted in ancient Sanskrit mantras and rhythms — weave rapturous kirtan, the focus of mantra, and the exhilarating rhythms of the drum.

Ms. Metzger says Ms. Green essentially got her start at PCYH, and that she had moved to the Princeton area in 1996, around the time PCYH was opening its doors. The physical practice of yoga was just starting to take root, and yogic mantra, kirtan chanting and meditation were still on the fringes of the mainstream.

2016_10 Celebration (4)”Suzin Green started coming to our yoga classes, and came up to me and said ‘I do kirtan chanting, do you think the community would be open it?’” Ms. Metzger recalls. “So, basically, we brought kirtan to the area.”

While looking back, Ms. Metzger is simultaneously planning for the future at PCYH, and is especially pleased to present guests such as Dr. Larry Payne, the author of “Yoga for Back Pain,” “Yoga Therapy RX,” “Prime of Life Yoga” and more, who will be at PCYH in November.

”He usually only appears in Hawaii and California, but he loves coming to see us,” she says.

In the spring of 2017, PCYH will welcome Dr. Mala Cunningham, who developed “Yoga for Cardiac Care,” a therapeutic modality of working with people who suffer from heart disease and related ailments to incorporate the practice of yoga. As Ms. Metzger notes, Western science is catching up with what the ancients knew about yoga’s physiological and mind-body benefits.

”There’s been so much research about how the brain changes with yoga, how blood pressure goes down, how issues of aging are helped through yoga,” Ms. Metzger says. “It’s being used for veterans and other people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These are all benefits of the mindful yoga practice, and it doesn’t matter if you’re doing yoga from a seated position or you’re doing all these dramatic poses.”

”We’re really happy that we’ve been able to host nationally and internationally acclaimed yoga educators, and bring deeper understanding of yoga and meditation practices to yoga teachers and our community,” she says.

Ms. Metzger reflects that PCYH is the first place of its kind in the area and is the oldest, at a time when there seems to be a yoga studio opening every week. Interestingly, many of the people in the area launching their own studios once practiced or took classes at PCYH.

”There are a lot of new things out there, but we remain here,” Ms. Metzger says. 2016_07 Building it Labyrinth  (1) outdoors“But, it’s not about us, it’s about this beautiful space where people can try things, and we’ll support them. I still have ideas, I still don’t know exactly where it will go.”

”(When I started PCYH), I wasn’t attached to what it was supposed to be,” Ms. Metzger continues. “The whole center is my practice, and part of my practice is not to be attached — which is a paradox. How do you have a goal and not be attached? Yes, we all have aims, we all want ‘to get to California,’ but you never know what might happen along the way. You don’t have a clue, you just enjoy the journey.”

The Princeton Center for Yoga and Health will celebrate “20 Years of Commitment to Yoga and Health,” at PCYH in the Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman, Oct. 1, starting at 3 p.m. Free, but reservations are required for planning purposes. For more information, go to princetonyoga.com/20thanniversary/ or call