Twenty years for the experiment called Princeton Yoga!
by Deborah Metzger, Owner and Director
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J. R. R. Tolkien
Over twenty years ago, following a personal healing crisis which led me to a path of yoga and alternative healing practices, I set out to create a warm, inviting environment for all to explore different paths to health, healing and personal growth. The studio was the first of its kind in our area and we are humbly proud to have trained and/or inspired many other new teachers to follow their own vision to open their own studios, planting even more ‘seeds’ of yoga. Today, thanks to the community’s support, our oasis of calm and comfort has evolved to serve the greater Princeton area, much of Central Jersey and beyond. Now in our third location at 88 Orchard Road, Skillman – a scenic 5 acre campus – our light filled and serene new home offers an abundance of opportunities to fulfill that original vision and mission as we continue to evolve.
In honor of this milestone anniversary, we’ve created a labyrinth for all to enjoy. Many people find profound effects in walking the labyrinth, often in times of transition or when seeking inspiration – or simply finding a stillness and peace – and so I found it a fitting and meaningful addition to our Center.
As many of you may know, I am intrigued by mystical and Kabalistic symbolism in all the many realms. The Hebrew letter for 20 is Kaf and means ‘palm’ (its early ancient form is represented as an open palm of the hand). Thus it can be viewed as a symbolic invitation to open to life and activity, or a way to “allow” something. The number 20 also represents a powerful awakening, bringing new purpose in our ongoing evolution. The essence of the number represents wholeness, inclusiveness and infinite potential. Comprised of two numbers, it realizes itself best while part of a team, or community in our world.
With much love in my heart, I thank all of you who come through our doors on your journey to health and well-being and appreciate all your support, dear friends. As I look to the future, I am dedicated to keeping the Center the region’s premiere quality yoga studio that our community has come to love.
So on this 20th anniversary of the experiment we call Princeton Yoga, I extend an open palm to each of you in an invitation to continue to wander with me and place my open palms together in deep gratitude for your ongoing support.