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Reclaim Your Bliss! Mental Health Toolbox w/ Cindy Beers

ZOOM – Mental Health Toolbox

Workshop Dates: August 3rd-7th, 2020

Workshop Time: 1:00 pm (est) to 2:30 pm (est)  Register Here

We are in trying times which can bring on mental difficulties.
This training is for anyone who would like to use holistic ways in dealing with common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and stress.
This training will emphasize the following techniques and practices:
• Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) – EFT is using acupuncture points with your fingers to help relax the central nervous system
• Meditation –mantra-based meditation helps the mind from racing, keeps one present, and calms the central nervous system
• Pranayama (breath) – there are three different breathing techniques to help simply relax the sympathetic nervous system
• Chakra’s – understand what chakras are and how they can be used to identify issues within the body
• Affirmations – using affirmations to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts
• Body Positivity and how you view your own body
• Self-Compassion-how to have it and how to keep itEach session will be approximately 1.5 hours and will be recorded so you can go back to it anytime.Register Here

Yoga Center Re-Opening Guidelines

Dear PCYH Family,

We are beyond thrilled that Governor Murphy is allowing yoga studios to re-open (see article here https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/07/yoga-pilates-martial-arts-studios-can-reopen-for-indoors-classes-in-nj-here-are-the-new-rules.html?utm_source=subtext&utm_medium=sms&utm_campaign=coronavirus).

To ensure the safety of the students and staff, please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Room capacity is limited to 8 people, therefore, you must pre-register for classes before coming to the studio.  No Exceptions.
  2. We will take your temperature upon arrival (touchless thermometer).  Your temperature must be less than 99.2 to participate in class.
  3. If you feel ill or have had contact with anyone who is currently feeling ill, we ask that you please refrain from coming into PCYH.
  4. Covid-19 Release Forms must be signed before you enter into any studio or into the restrooms.
  5. Masks must be worn at all times, and all students must remain 8 feet apart.
  6. You must supply your own yoga mat, yoga blocks, yoga strap, towel, masks, gloves, etc…
  7. Each studio is allowed to operate at 25% capacity.  For extra safety, we are capping the indoor class size at 8, for the time being.
  8. To keep a safe distance, follow blue lines on the floor.
  9. Live classes will also be Zoom’d simultaneously.
  10. Only come into the Center if you feel completely comfortable.  There are many class options and we will do our best to make sure everything will be Zoom ready. 🙂
  11. In person classes will begin on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
  12. Some classes on the schedule will remain Zoom Only.
  13. Pretty please be patient as we update the current schedule.  It is going to be trial and error.
  14. We love you and have missed you!

I know it seems that we are being extra cautious, but we want to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable.

Thank you so much for all the support you have shown us!

Wishing you abundant health and happiness,

Jodie & Steven Shuster, Owners, PCYH

The page turns. by Paul Schindel, Three Bears Communications

When we met in 1999, Deborah was mailing out a multipage, black and white, typewritten, xeroxed newsletter every quarter with program notes and her teachings. I made some suggestions that helped PCYH reach more people more economically, and look much better in the process, and we’ve been working collaborators ever since. In time, Three Bears secured the best domain name for the Center (PrincetonYoga.com) and launched the first PCYH website and all of the iterations ever since. We launched the email newsletters, and the social media presence, and did a thousand and one other things to support the Center, the brand, and Deborah.


She’s the Earth Mother, Deborah is.  And Princeton Center for Yoga & Health was her medium for making the world a better place through the teaching and practice of righteousness, in various forms. It turns out that I think Earth Mothers are cool, and that we share a lot in common, not the least being our shared birthday. We’re birthday triplets, in fact, because Franzie, too.
Deborah is now free to point her energies in new directions. I have no doubt that everything she does and everyone she engages with will make the world a bit better than she found it.
Communications dones just right. ThreeBears.comLearn more about Paul Schindel, CEO and creative director of Three Bears Marketing Communications: Cute name. Serious results.
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Alexandra Pillion: Love in the Time of…Corona

We are currently being knocked over by a tidal wave of uncertainty and fear as we collectively navigate the Coronavirus pandemic, and it’s that very state of being that is bringing out the shadow sides of humans, and the pain and suffering of the human experience. Dismal, I know. This week, someone stole from my job (a yoga studio!), people are hoarding toilet paper and diapers and soap and not leaving enough for all of us, and schools are closing but not appropriately planning for the thousands of kids who will miss out on meals they rely on during their school day. The list unfortunately goes on, and I know I don’t have to elaborate more because I’m sure you’ve also been inundated with it all, too.

What I don’t think is being brought to the forefront right now is how we can proactively (not REACTIVELY) manage this situation and care for ourselves and one another. But the question is, how can we practice love and self-love in a time when we are scared?

Fear is a motivator for people in a way that promotes reactivity, and reactivity does not always equal healthy behavior. Reactivity is a lot like the fight, flight, or freeze response, and I truly believe many people (especially the ones hoarding goods) are in a trauma response right now and doing whatever they can to survive. What is CRITICAL to practice right now is awareness, mindfulness, wise-mindedness (a healthy balance between thinking emotionally and rationally) and, I think most importantly, love; love for others, and love for ourselves.

Love for others, especially in a time when scary things are happening can look like:

  1. Practicing good hygiene and social distancing so that you can prevent the spread of infection (knowingly and/or unknowingly).
  2. Helping the elderly, economically disadvantaged, and immunocompromised community members you know. Even a phone call to check in (which also practices #1 on the list) can be helpful and loving.
  3. Sharing. Share the goods on the shelves at the grocery store with others. Make space for others to shop and to have their own experience with what’s going on.
  4. Being honest. If you’re sick, say something and keep your distance. Deceit is not loving, in any form.
  5. Being aware of our fear responses, our automatic behaviors, our triggers, which really means:

**Engaging in self-love, which is also a form of love for others.**

When we love and care for ourselves, when we nurture our bodies and minds and souls in the ways they need, we contribute to the collective. We are trend-setters, every single one of us. We create the environment we are a part of. We dictate what our reality is. When we love ourselves, we love others. Isn’t there that saying, “You can’t love someone until you love yourself”?

Let’s all practice contribution to our communities. Let’s all nurture and nourish ourselves. Let’s protect ourselves and others. We are all in this together.

Read more and follow Alexandra Pillion on her blog.

Cynthia Beers: Anxiety and Depression are real and on the rise!

Cindy Beers has experienced stress, anxiety and depression first hand. She integrates her real life experiences into her teaching and has created an effective workshop/training that can help you find ways to cope and take your life back.

In her own words:

Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD are on the rise. Approximately 40 million Americans have anxiety (or some type of anxiety disorder which includes PTSD and depression) (https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics). As yoga teachers, parents, anyone, how can we help? Simple, by learning as much as you can about the brain, body, and holistic modalities so we can not only help ourselves but our clients.

I built the Yoga for Mental Health program because I needed some help. It was honestly an aha! moment for me. I was in my 300 RYT program where my instructor was teaching us EFT/Tapping and she showed us a video about Gary Craig (who started EFT) working with veterans. At the time I had major anxiety, PTSD, and some depression (great combo right?). So, I started doing EFT twice a day along with my meditation and yoga practice. Immediately I saw differences. It got to the point I was able to get off of anti-depressants and really get a hold of my life. I learned more about the brain and how anxiety/depression/PTSD/stress affects the body. I had some health issues which were befuddling the doctors. Get this, once I started doing the EFT, meditation, affirmations, and yoga daily, my health got better. I realized I had something here. I didn’t share with anyone but knew I was getting better.

About 2016, a colleague of mine had a 13-year-old daughter whose anxiety was off the charts bad. They were thinking of home schooling because her anxiety was really bad. So, I used what I learned and used on myself. It worked! This young lady thrived after her classes. She’s now a sophomore in high school and very outgoing and enjoying being a teen.

This is a great teacher training/workshop which would benefit anyone who wants to help their clients or their own lives. www.cindybeers.com

Learn more about the upcoming training here:

Mindful Yoga for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, & Stress Teacher Training

with Cindy Beers
October 25-27, 2019

The Mindful Yoga for anxiety, depression, PTSD & Stress program teaches a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping), Daily Energy Routine and relaxation.
Learn More