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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

Celebrating 19 years, thanks to you!

Princeton Yoga recently celebrated our 19th anniversary. When we opened in September 1996, were the first yoga studio of its kind in our area and we remain grateful to all the many students, teachers and volunteers who have supported us in so many ways over the years. In honor of our celebration, we offered three “19” themed raffle prizes.

Karen Rose Tank is the first prize winner: 19 weeks of unlimited classes. The happy note from Karen below is both heartwarming and inspirational. Karen shares how the varied classes and programs she experienced at the Center over 13 years have taken her to new levels of healing for herself and is now supporting others on their paths.

 

Dear Deborah,

I was thrilled to receive your call yesterday to learn of my winning the first place prize in your 19th year anniversary contest for PCYH!!! Thank you so much! Yoga has been an underpinning and grounding force of my life for years. In fact, my first yoga class upon moving to Princeton was at Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (PCYH), two locations ago, in 2002. At the time PCYH was the only yoga game in town…and I was fortunate to have found you. Since then, over the past 13 years, PCYH has been one of my dearest “yoga homes” as my practice has expanded, deepened and continually grows. My yoga journey has taken me through a 200 hour yoga teacher training as well as a 180 hour Yoga Therapy TT. I have benefitted greatly from the numerous classes, programs, workshops and trainings I’ve taken over these years at PCYH. Plus, 6 years ago, I went back to school to become an Integrated Nutrition Health and Diabetes Coach where I utilize many aspects of yoga with my clients.

What I love about PCYH is that it offers all styles and schools of yoga with openness and acceptance and joy! There is so much to discover when we open our hearts, our minds and our souls without judgement. It is all yoga. PCYH’s offerings enable students to try different styles and discover what works best for them and their body at the present moment. Trust me… your body will change… In fact, the only constant in life is that of change!

Yoga has been vital in helping me face and cope with the many challenges of living with the chronic condition of type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent) over the past 20 years. I took one of the first MBSR programs offered at the center and am lucky to be invited back annually for mindfulness retreats as an alumni of the program. I am a devoted student of Rama’s, a gem in our yoga community, who in his 80’s, is a vision of health and teacher extraordinaire of all aspects of yoga… all eight limbs. My other favorite PCYH teacher is Andrea Sacchetti, who has helped guide me as my body continues to age and presents physical limitations and challenges. Andrea’s training in therapeutic yoga embraces the concept that yoga is available for everyone, regardless of your knees, hips, or back making you think it is not so. Over the years I have discovered the benefits of pranayama and meditation and am thrilled to have found classes like Rama’s and Andrea’s that include these aspects in addition to the movements of asana.

I encourage everyone to try a class at the beautiful PCYH center. Or attend one of the many amazing workshops and teacher trainings from internationally renowned yoga teachers. I have attended many workshops there and feel like it is a gift to have these offerings available in our own backyard! A visit to PCYH is like a mini vacation right here at home!!! Some times after class I stroll around the pond and the farm house, or sit in the outdoor areas… a very peaceful retreat that is available to all on any day you drop by.

Thank you PCYH for the awesome gift of yoga and for sharing your amazing vision with all of us.

Karen