We are excited to welcome Jodie Aiyana Shuster to our teaching community!
Jodie, tell us a bit about yourself!
My path to yoga began back in 1998 with a home practice. I took my first class at The Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in 2004. A slight interest turned into a passion. Being a Certified Personal Trainer and a 200 hr. Certified Yoga Teacher I approach yoga as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle – mind, body and soul.
As a person who is well into her 40’s, having a sense of humor is key! My body snaps, crackles and pops and sometimes I show up to class with my pants on inside out, because I changed in the car. The great thing is – no one really cares. It is ok to be a hot mess express from time to time. We are human. Yoga is a place to let it all go, tune into your body and accept the fact that you are a Goddess/God.
My goal is to introduce you to an ancient, beautiful and transformative practice with a light heart. Yoga can be whatever you need it to be. IT IS YOUR PRACTICE!!! From strength and balance to recovery and beyond – yoga is for you!
Who should come to your yoga class?
Everyone wanting to experience a class that will focus on tuning into the needs of your body. Truly listening to your body and the wisdom within it. Special attention is always given to strength, balance and mobility. Both fluid motion and isometric holds – the best of both worlds.
As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?
That yoga is for everyone! It belongs to you and me, not just to people who can throw their legs over their head and walk on their thumbs (lol!) In all honesty, my favorite part of yoga is the inclusiveness. There is so much for everyone to learn and glean from a regular practice. Yoga is more than just motion, it is about stillness too and getting to know yourself , above all. Yoga is a seed and how we choose to nurture that seed is what we will get in return. It’s your choice, and that freedom is extraordinary and really unique to Yoga. Oh, and don’t forget to smile 🙂
What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?
I love teaching people to reclaim their mats, to own their strength and embody the Gods and Goddesses that we all are!
Who are your greatest influences?
In life, of course, my family. My mother was only the third woman executive in Major League Baseball, so she really instilled in me the drive to shatter the glass ceiling. When she started working back in the early 70’s I watched firsthand what she went through and how she always persevered. My husband remains a huge influence for me – he has a unique ability to remain the calm in the storm (basically calming me down when I need it). He has taught me so much about patience and love.
In business, my mother (again) and Richard Branson. Richard Branson built an empire by treating his employees with respect and dignity, knowing that making your employees happy will make your customers happy. I really value loyalty and he knows how to inspire it!
Yogically speaking, my biggest influences are my fellow teachers, students & clients. Intuitively learning from them on a daily basis. Connecting with this community of diverse people – experiencing life through their perspective, this is truly enriching. Everyday I learn something new. I remain eternally grateful for them and all they have contributed to my life. Special shout to Deborah and My Prana Sisters!!!
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Two favorites – 1. Virabhadrasana (Warrior) 3 – it is balance and grace combined. The beauty of the form and the meaning of the sanskrit word Virabhadrasana (hero of devotion) has become a defining characteristic in this stage of my life. 2. Lotus – through this posture I have meditated a thousand times and have learned the fragile balance of life and self acceptance. I am grateful I can continue to perform these poses everyday. Namaste
Come and meet Jodie during her weekly classes:
Community Class: Prana Yoga (Mixed Level) – By Donation
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 5:30 pm
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. Some experience is recommended; however variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.
$5 Hatha (Prana) – $5 Drop-in
Mondays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Prana Yoga guides students through the prana body with the use of movement, breath, sound, concentration, and meditation. Through an easy to understand approach, students will learn how to apply core sounds to balance and heal the body’s energy centers. The class presents the foundations of Prana Yoga, a guided meditation and breath work in a fun, safe and relaxing environment. No experience necessary. This class is recommended for beginners and/or experienced students seeking a less-challenging practice.
This is a great class to learn and get the feel what to expect in our Prana Yoga Teacher Training with Jeff Migdow, MD, starting November. More information here
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Kids Yoga (4 weeks series)
Thursdays, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
4 weeks start 10/3
Moms & Dads, did you know your kids can benefit from Yoga, too? That’s right! Among the many benefits of Yoga are boosting self-esteem and confidence, developing focus and concentration, and easing anxiety. PLUS – it is really fun!!! Let their imagination run wild, let them play and experience the beauty of yoga, all while you may attend one of our Community: By Donation* yoga class of your own getting your Zen on.
(This class is appropriate for children ages 5 – 10 years old.)
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