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News about yoga, health, stress management, mindfulness – featuring Princeton Center for Yoga and Health

Bethany Mariman: Invites you to let self-reflection guide your practice.

We are excited to welcome  Bethany to our teaching community!

Bethany, tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Bethany Mariman. I am an artist by nature. I look around me
and watch a beautiful story unfold. I see the way I create the paths beneath
my feet. I watch myself shift and the road moves with me. I am a student of
this observation. On a journey towards infinite remembering.

My yoga, my practice, is an effort to attune myself. To tune into my vessel, and in that space of complete attention, realign my physical body as I return to my soul alignment. Practice is the process of bringing the alignment of my physical vessel to house and reflect and remind the direction of my spirit.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

I am focusing, at this time, in a new level of discipline. In a more thoughtful and directed approach to movement, where my natural flow is very open and improvisational. I am working to ground my free movement into a discerned, studied practice. With grace and mercy I accept that my natural gift is my fluidity, but with humility I understand that every gift needs roots, and hard work.

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

My greatest wish for my students is to guide them into this practice of self-reflection; this gift of reflective alignment that keeps giving back. I teach because I am learning. I teach because this is the space I have come to over and over, the space that has always met me and nurtured me when the rest of the world seemed fruitless. This is the space that has taught me, every time, that there is hope, and purpose.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My greatest joys in teaching come when I see my students release, expand, and reach levels (physical, energetic, emotional, etc.) that they had once only dreamed of. This progress always being a direct result of the ways in which my students show up for themselves.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest teachers have always been, the wind and the sky and the trees and the thorns and the leaves and the distance between who I am and who I am becoming. I most look up to experience, and the strangers placed on my path to teach me— a coffee shop conversation, a student in my class taking a deep breath, someone driving recklessly beside me, an unexpected rainstorm, a wise man in the woods. I have been so blessed to discover teachers and lessons around every corner.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.
Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

 

 

Tiffany Cooper: Setting Intentions to Joyful Living

Tiffany Cooper began her journey with yoga in 1997 while living in Santa Monica, California. After moving to Yardley, Pennsylvania she found a supportive community of yoga practitioners and decided she wanted to share the many gifts yoga has given to her with more people. She completed 200 hour teacher training in June of 2013. Tiffany’s main focus is Vinyasa Flow which focuses on connecting pranayama, the life force or breath, with an intentional sequence of postures. She is also very experienced in teaching Gentle and Restorative yoga and holds a Reiki I certification. Tiffany actively works to deepen her practice on a daily basis which is not only her passion but her lifestyle. Her classes are filled with a deep sense of joy, reverence and love that create an environment of strength and self-discovery.

Tiffany, tell us a bit about yourself!

I am the mother of 3 beautiful grown-up children…which is my favorite part of my life! I love cooking, traveling, reading, writing short stories and poetry. I am also very dedicated to my spiritual path. As a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga I have a strong practice of chanting and studying ancient texts that reveal the nature of the soul. As a yoga asana teacher I enjoy weaving spirituality into physical practice to help students dive deeper into their practice overall. Yoga is about connection. I try to guide students into exploring what is in their hearts so that they can use it to manifest a true connection with those around them.

I am also an energy worker trained as an Usui Reiki Master and a Shaman. Healing on every level is important to me and I use my skills with integrity and love to help people find what they need to be happy. My other life practices are herbalism and astrology, both of which have a strong energetic component. I also use them to help others heal in ways that are not so apparent.

Energy is also major part of my yoga practice. In class we focus on the breath as a mover of prana, or life force, on the subtle level. I encourage students to plug into their own energy, as well as the flow of energy around them. By doing so we become more aware and present in any given moment.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Students who are interesting in building a strong practice full of intention and joy.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Right now I am focusing on slowing down the body and especially the mind. I just spent almost a month and a half in India where my focus was “Simple Living, High Thinking”. I am cultivating more of that in my life. We live in such an overstimulating world and it is wreaking havoc on our sense of peace. I want to do my part to help change that for anyone I can.

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

My aim is to teach students to become aware of their inner selves and seek the tools they need to live a fulfilling life. To breathe into every moment and be present so they can live with intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

As a student for many years, yoga gave me so many precious gifts. I wanted to share those gifts with others.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The thing I enjoy most about teaching is watching students transform, grow and let go of so much of whatever is weighing them down

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are my many spiritual teachers on my Bhakti path and anyone who is truly working to make a positive difference in the world.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Don’t Miss Tiffany’s Memorial Day Community Yoga Class

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:30 am – By Donation – Sign up here

The class will be a gentle practice focusing on Bhakti or devotion and love. We will begin with a short film and meditation then move into an intentional asana practice.

Gabriella Proffitt: Yoga and Dance to Freedom, Self-Knowledge and Healing

Gabriella Proffitt holds a BFA in Dance Education with a specialization in Ballet Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from University of the Arts. After graduation, she danced professionally with Ballet Fleming, Ballet 180, and Roxey Ballet. Gabriella is a local freelance performer and maintains several ballet teaching engagements. She received a 200-hour certification in Prana Yoga and a Reiki I certification from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health under the direction of Dr. Jeff Migdow. Gabriella is entering a doctoral program in Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her supplementary interests lie in music, alternative somatic modalities, and multidisciplinary collaboration – all of which inform her work as an arts and healing educator.

Gabriella, tell us a little about yourself:

I work primarily as a contemporary dancer and ballet educator. Discovering yoga alongside dance several years ago transformed my experience with movement into a realm that provides freedom, self-knowledge, and healing on many levels. My deeply felt purpose as a movement educator is to nurture and facilitate healing.

Who should come to your yoga class?

People who seek to make contact with the present moment through their bodies; who wish to meet themselves where they are, and learn to listen to what their bodies are saying; who want to unblock the life-force energy through the physical body, and find a place of stillness within themselves.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Self-compassion: being gentle with what I ask of my body, mind, and emotions. Only then can we relax enough discover and begin to resolve our limitations. My ultimate aim is to move and live most optimally in my body.

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

I hope to teach the process of kinesthetic discovery. I believe optimal living is attainable for those who learn to harness the positive and powerful tools afforded to them through kinesthetic inquiry. Many people do not know how to approach their bodies, nor do they feel comfortable moving freely. There are many entry points, and I hope to guide people to a place where they feel responsible for and autonomous in their own practice.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

Practicing yoga became primary nourishment for my whole being and a necessity for my physical studies and personal awareness. I discovered a space for my whole self where I am cared for and strengthened by tradition and inner truth. I have no greater tool to share with the world, and I cannot help but want to share it!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love to present the possibility for human flourishing through such a personal medium. Caring for individual people and their bodies through movement exploration has become very meaningful to me.

Who are your greatest influences?

The philosophical and pranic approach to yoga that Jeff Migdow teaches in the teacher training at PCYH has been my primary influence in cultivating a personal practice.

Come and meet Gabriella during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm –  Sign up here

$5 Hatha Prana (Mixed Levels)

Slow paced yoga practice, with elements of meditation and breath work.
What to expect:
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.
Is this class right for you?  
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 October. More information here: http://princetonyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/prana-yoga-teacher-training/
Come enjoy and help spread the word!

Merry Martin: Yoga guided by Grounding and Cosmic Wisdom

After completing a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a desire to understand the inner workings of life led Merry to Costa Rica to pursue a YT 200 certification training. Greatly influenced by her teachers, along lineages of Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative and Saraswati, Merrys belief, ‘who we are on the mat is directly related to who we are in the world’, is ever present in her teaching. Merry is a passionate student of yoga, new thought, moon-based wisdom, and the creative process. You can expect her classes to be skillfully woven with Dharma (moon-based wisdom and yogic/Buddhist philosophy), and infused with the things that inspire her most, namely, the power of a focused practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up with the power of intention.

Merry, tell us a bit about yourself!

I love teaching others! After spending the larger part of my career teaching private piano lessons and classroom music to elementary grades k-8, now, yoga.

I first came to the mat in 2003, with Hatha. I love how asana grounds, and helps me to harmonize the inner and the outer.

I’m a natural in the kitchen and in the garden, and with most things creative. I love to cook healthy meals and eat healthy food, I love to design gardens and landscapes, and redecorate homes.

My mother was a practicing Astrologer, and so, we all grew up, ‘speaking astrology’ at home. I tagged along with my mother to her classes and enjoyed it as much as she did. I’m amazed at how this aspect of my life has come full circle and I love being able to share this part of myself with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Seekers who want to experience a well-balanced and nourishing journey- both physically and spiritually

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Lots of things, haha! I’m always wanting to be better at holding poses longer. Strengthening my core. Creating interesting sequences. Expanding my arm balance repertoire.

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

I hope to pique my students’ curiosity about the power of their focus and intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I am a long-time practitioner, and whenever I am passionate about something, I always want to be the best at it, that I can be. A 200-hour, yoga teacher training seemed like the first step toward achieving that.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love creating an experience for my students and taking them on a journey through dharma and storytelling, inside a holistic and well- balanced, physical practice.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest yoga influences would be my own teachers, Rae Ann Banker, Gabrielle Whitewolf, Joe Miller, and Edward Jones.
I also like Schuyler Grant, a lot. She has a very beautiful, smart, and thoughtful practice. Right now, I’m on day 11 of a 21-day challenge with her- it’s the second one that I’ve done. I always take away something new and valuable from Schuyler!
Tara Brach, Esther Hicks, and, if course, many spiritual masters (spiritual)
Frances Clark (musical)
My mother (personal)

Come and meet Merry during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Flow (Moderate)
Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm $5 Hatha (Gentle)
Fridays, 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Community Class: Flow (Moderate) – By Donation
Sign up here

Daunted by Meditation? Try Eating a Raisin!

by Deborah Metzger

If the thought of meditation conjures up sitting in a lotus position for hours or chanting something unintelligible with knees screaming and legs falling asleep, let’s dispel that myth right now!

The fact is that most of us cannot sit still for even a nanosecond without time traveling in our minds – concerns about the future, or lingering thoughts about the past or that itch that comes up within seconds that just won’t quit….so, let go of any notion that you ‘can’t” meditate.

One technique that we teach at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (PCYH) is Mindfulness Meditation, which is really about training the mind to focus so that we can live our lives more fully. It’s about doing things and noticing that you’re doing them.

Mindfulness practices aid us in stopping and focusing our minds. Mindfulness helps you turn down all the noise in your head- the guilt, anger, doubts, and uncertainties that upset us moment to moment. It is a technique that encourages you to stop and smell the roses. Developing our ability to stop helps us reduce the amount of stress in our lives and be more available to the present moment – an opportunity to see reality as it is and to experience life in its fullness.

Though it sounds simple, mindfulness takes practice, and the longer you practice, the easier the process becomes.

We typically begin our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Habit Change (MBHC) programs at (PCYH) with a raisin eating exercise. It’s an easy introduction to the practice.

Try it now!

Take a raisin (yes, just one!) and hold it in the palm of your hand or between your finger and thumb. Imagine that you have just dropped in from Mars and have never seen an object like this.

Look at this raisin. Let your eyes explore every part of it, examine the highlights where the light shines, the darker crevasses, the folds and ridges, and any unique features.

Feel the weight of it. Turn the raisin over between your fingers. Notice its texture, its ‘topography’. Hold the raisin to your ear. Squish it a bit. Does it make a sound?

Hold the raisin beneath your nose, with each inhalation drink in any smell, aroma, or fragrance that may arise, noticing as you do this if there is anything interesting happening in your mouth or stomach.

With awareness, slowly bring the raisin up to your lips, noticing how your hand and arm know exactly how and where to position it, perhaps noticing that saliva starts to get secreted just as you bring the object towards your mouth. Gently place the object in the mouth, without chewing, noticing how it gets into the mouth in the first place. Spend a few moments exploring the sensations of having it in your mouth, exploring it with your tongue.

When you are ready, prepare to chew the raisin. Then, very consciously, take one or two bites into it and notice what happens in the aftermath, experiencing any waves of taste that emanate from it as you continue chewing. Resist the urge to swallow it. Notice the sensations of taste and texture in the mouth and how these change over time, as well as any changes in the object itself.

When you feel ready to swallow the raisin, see if you can first detect the intention to swallow as it comes up, so that even this is experienced consciously before you actually swallow the raisin.

Finally, swallow the raisin – see if you can feel the raisin going down towards your stomach and even entering your stomach. Perhaps noticing what it feels like to be one raisin heavier.

Sense how the body as a whole is feeling after completing this exercise in mindful eating. Notice your thoughts.

Notice that there is nothing magical about mindfulness. Most of us do a lot of different things when we’re eating—read, talk, watch television. Notice how slowing it down and really tasting your food helps bring you into the present moment and can really change the nature of your experience.

Often, when we do one task, we are already thinking about the next task.

So, relax, slow down. Stop and smell the roses – or taste a raisin!

About Deborah Metzger
Founder and director of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Deborah Metzger, is a certified 500 Hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga teacher and certified Dharmic Yoga Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and a Body-Centered Therapist trained in the Hakomi Method and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is a graduate of the 2 year comprehensive Hakomi training and has taken advanced Hakomi training modules. Deborah is a licensed social worker and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, and additional courses in Structural Yoga Therapy and Reiki, trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and completed the Practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical Center.

Bethany Mariman: Invites you to let self-reflection guide your practice.

We are excited to welcome  Bethany to our teaching community!

Bethany, tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Bethany Mariman. I am an artist by nature. I look around me
and watch a beautiful story unfold. I see the way I create the paths beneath
my feet. I watch myself shift and the road moves with me. I am a student of
this observation. On a journey towards infinite remembering.

My yoga, my practice, is an effort to attune myself. To tune into my vessel, and in that space of complete attention, realign my physical body as I return to my soul alignment. Practice is the process of bringing the alignment of my physical vessel to house and reflect and remind the direction of my spirit.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

I am focusing, at this time, in a new level of discipline. In a more thoughtful and directed approach to movement, where my natural flow is very open and improvisational. I am working to ground my free movement into a discerned, studied practice. With grace and mercy I accept that my natural gift is my fluidity, but with humility I understand that every gift needs roots, and hard work.

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

My greatest wish for my students is to guide them into this practice of self-reflection; this gift of reflective alignment that keeps giving back. I teach because I am learning. I teach because this is the space I have come to over and over, the space that has always met me and nurtured me when the rest of the world seemed fruitless. This is the space that has taught me, every time, that there is hope, and purpose.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My greatest joys in teaching come when I see my students release, expand, and reach levels (physical, energetic, emotional, etc.) that they had once only dreamed of. This progress always being a direct result of the ways in which my students show up for themselves.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest teachers have always been, the wind and the sky and the trees and the thorns and the leaves and the distance between who I am and who I am becoming. I most look up to experience, and the strangers placed on my path to teach me— a coffee shop conversation, a student in my class taking a deep breath, someone driving recklessly beside me, an unexpected rainstorm, a wise man in the woods. I have been so blessed to discover teachers and lessons around every corner.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.
Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

 

 

Tiffany Cooper: Setting Intentions to Joyful Living

Tiffany Cooper began her journey with yoga in 1997 while living in Santa Monica, California. After moving to Yardley, Pennsylvania she found a supportive community of yoga practitioners and decided she wanted to share the many gifts yoga has given to her with more people. She completed 200 hour teacher training in June of 2013. Tiffany’s main focus is Vinyasa Flow which focuses on connecting pranayama, the life force or breath, with an intentional sequence of postures. She is also very experienced in teaching Gentle and Restorative yoga and holds a Reiki I certification. Tiffany actively works to deepen her practice on a daily basis which is not only her passion but her lifestyle. Her classes are filled with a deep sense of joy, reverence and love that create an environment of strength and self-discovery.

Tiffany, tell us a bit about yourself!

I am the mother of 3 beautiful grown-up children…which is my favorite part of my life! I love cooking, traveling, reading, writing short stories and poetry. I am also very dedicated to my spiritual path. As a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga I have a strong practice of chanting and studying ancient texts that reveal the nature of the soul. As a yoga asana teacher I enjoy weaving spirituality into physical practice to help students dive deeper into their practice overall. Yoga is about connection. I try to guide students into exploring what is in their hearts so that they can use it to manifest a true connection with those around them.

I am also an energy worker trained as an Usui Reiki Master and a Shaman. Healing on every level is important to me and I use my skills with integrity and love to help people find what they need to be happy. My other life practices are herbalism and astrology, both of which have a strong energetic component. I also use them to help others heal in ways that are not so apparent.

Energy is also major part of my yoga practice. In class we focus on the breath as a mover of prana, or life force, on the subtle level. I encourage students to plug into their own energy, as well as the flow of energy around them. By doing so we become more aware and present in any given moment.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Students who are interesting in building a strong practice full of intention and joy.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Right now I am focusing on slowing down the body and especially the mind. I just spent almost a month and a half in India where my focus was “Simple Living, High Thinking”. I am cultivating more of that in my life. We live in such an overstimulating world and it is wreaking havoc on our sense of peace. I want to do my part to help change that for anyone I can.

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

My aim is to teach students to become aware of their inner selves and seek the tools they need to live a fulfilling life. To breathe into every moment and be present so they can live with intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

As a student for many years, yoga gave me so many precious gifts. I wanted to share those gifts with others.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The thing I enjoy most about teaching is watching students transform, grow and let go of so much of whatever is weighing them down

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are my many spiritual teachers on my Bhakti path and anyone who is truly working to make a positive difference in the world.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Don’t Miss Tiffany’s Memorial Day Community Yoga Class

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:30 am – By Donation – Sign up here

The class will be a gentle practice focusing on Bhakti or devotion and love. We will begin with a short film and meditation then move into an intentional asana practice.

Gabriella Proffitt: Yoga and Dance to Freedom, Self-Knowledge and Healing

Gabriella Proffitt holds a BFA in Dance Education with a specialization in Ballet Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from University of the Arts. After graduation, she danced professionally with Ballet Fleming, Ballet 180, and Roxey Ballet. Gabriella is a local freelance performer and maintains several ballet teaching engagements. She received a 200-hour certification in Prana Yoga and a Reiki I certification from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health under the direction of Dr. Jeff Migdow. Gabriella is entering a doctoral program in Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her supplementary interests lie in music, alternative somatic modalities, and multidisciplinary collaboration – all of which inform her work as an arts and healing educator.

Gabriella, tell us a little about yourself:

I work primarily as a contemporary dancer and ballet educator. Discovering yoga alongside dance several years ago transformed my experience with movement into a realm that provides freedom, self-knowledge, and healing on many levels. My deeply felt purpose as a movement educator is to nurture and facilitate healing.

Who should come to your yoga class?

People who seek to make contact with the present moment through their bodies; who wish to meet themselves where they are, and learn to listen to what their bodies are saying; who want to unblock the life-force energy through the physical body, and find a place of stillness within themselves.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Self-compassion: being gentle with what I ask of my body, mind, and emotions. Only then can we relax enough discover and begin to resolve our limitations. My ultimate aim is to move and live most optimally in my body.

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

I hope to teach the process of kinesthetic discovery. I believe optimal living is attainable for those who learn to harness the positive and powerful tools afforded to them through kinesthetic inquiry. Many people do not know how to approach their bodies, nor do they feel comfortable moving freely. There are many entry points, and I hope to guide people to a place where they feel responsible for and autonomous in their own practice.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

Practicing yoga became primary nourishment for my whole being and a necessity for my physical studies and personal awareness. I discovered a space for my whole self where I am cared for and strengthened by tradition and inner truth. I have no greater tool to share with the world, and I cannot help but want to share it!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love to present the possibility for human flourishing through such a personal medium. Caring for individual people and their bodies through movement exploration has become very meaningful to me.

Who are your greatest influences?

The philosophical and pranic approach to yoga that Jeff Migdow teaches in the teacher training at PCYH has been my primary influence in cultivating a personal practice.

Come and meet Gabriella during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm –  Sign up here

$5 Hatha Prana (Mixed Levels)

Slow paced yoga practice, with elements of meditation and breath work.
What to expect:
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.
Is this class right for you?  
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 October. More information here: http://princetonyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/prana-yoga-teacher-training/
Come enjoy and help spread the word!

Merry Martin: Yoga guided by Grounding and Cosmic Wisdom

After completing a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a desire to understand the inner workings of life led Merry to Costa Rica to pursue a YT 200 certification training. Greatly influenced by her teachers, along lineages of Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative and Saraswati, Merrys belief, ‘who we are on the mat is directly related to who we are in the world’, is ever present in her teaching. Merry is a passionate student of yoga, new thought, moon-based wisdom, and the creative process. You can expect her classes to be skillfully woven with Dharma (moon-based wisdom and yogic/Buddhist philosophy), and infused with the things that inspire her most, namely, the power of a focused practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up with the power of intention.

Merry, tell us a bit about yourself!

I love teaching others! After spending the larger part of my career teaching private piano lessons and classroom music to elementary grades k-8, now, yoga.

I first came to the mat in 2003, with Hatha. I love how asana grounds, and helps me to harmonize the inner and the outer.

I’m a natural in the kitchen and in the garden, and with most things creative. I love to cook healthy meals and eat healthy food, I love to design gardens and landscapes, and redecorate homes.

My mother was a practicing Astrologer, and so, we all grew up, ‘speaking astrology’ at home. I tagged along with my mother to her classes and enjoyed it as much as she did. I’m amazed at how this aspect of my life has come full circle and I love being able to share this part of myself with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Seekers who want to experience a well-balanced and nourishing journey- both physically and spiritually

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Lots of things, haha! I’m always wanting to be better at holding poses longer. Strengthening my core. Creating interesting sequences. Expanding my arm balance repertoire.

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

I hope to pique my students’ curiosity about the power of their focus and intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I am a long-time practitioner, and whenever I am passionate about something, I always want to be the best at it, that I can be. A 200-hour, yoga teacher training seemed like the first step toward achieving that.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love creating an experience for my students and taking them on a journey through dharma and storytelling, inside a holistic and well- balanced, physical practice.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest yoga influences would be my own teachers, Rae Ann Banker, Gabrielle Whitewolf, Joe Miller, and Edward Jones.
I also like Schuyler Grant, a lot. She has a very beautiful, smart, and thoughtful practice. Right now, I’m on day 11 of a 21-day challenge with her- it’s the second one that I’ve done. I always take away something new and valuable from Schuyler!
Tara Brach, Esther Hicks, and, if course, many spiritual masters (spiritual)
Frances Clark (musical)
My mother (personal)

Come and meet Merry during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Flow (Moderate)
Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm $5 Hatha (Gentle)
Fridays, 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Community Class: Flow (Moderate) – By Donation
Sign up here

Daunted by Meditation? Try Eating a Raisin!

by Deborah Metzger

If the thought of meditation conjures up sitting in a lotus position for hours or chanting something unintelligible with knees screaming and legs falling asleep, let’s dispel that myth right now!

The fact is that most of us cannot sit still for even a nanosecond without time traveling in our minds – concerns about the future, or lingering thoughts about the past or that itch that comes up within seconds that just won’t quit….so, let go of any notion that you ‘can’t” meditate.

One technique that we teach at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (PCYH) is Mindfulness Meditation, which is really about training the mind to focus so that we can live our lives more fully. It’s about doing things and noticing that you’re doing them.

Mindfulness practices aid us in stopping and focusing our minds. Mindfulness helps you turn down all the noise in your head- the guilt, anger, doubts, and uncertainties that upset us moment to moment. It is a technique that encourages you to stop and smell the roses. Developing our ability to stop helps us reduce the amount of stress in our lives and be more available to the present moment – an opportunity to see reality as it is and to experience life in its fullness.

Though it sounds simple, mindfulness takes practice, and the longer you practice, the easier the process becomes.

We typically begin our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Habit Change (MBHC) programs at (PCYH) with a raisin eating exercise. It’s an easy introduction to the practice.

Try it now!

Take a raisin (yes, just one!) and hold it in the palm of your hand or between your finger and thumb. Imagine that you have just dropped in from Mars and have never seen an object like this.

Look at this raisin. Let your eyes explore every part of it, examine the highlights where the light shines, the darker crevasses, the folds and ridges, and any unique features.

Feel the weight of it. Turn the raisin over between your fingers. Notice its texture, its ‘topography’. Hold the raisin to your ear. Squish it a bit. Does it make a sound?

Hold the raisin beneath your nose, with each inhalation drink in any smell, aroma, or fragrance that may arise, noticing as you do this if there is anything interesting happening in your mouth or stomach.

With awareness, slowly bring the raisin up to your lips, noticing how your hand and arm know exactly how and where to position it, perhaps noticing that saliva starts to get secreted just as you bring the object towards your mouth. Gently place the object in the mouth, without chewing, noticing how it gets into the mouth in the first place. Spend a few moments exploring the sensations of having it in your mouth, exploring it with your tongue.

When you are ready, prepare to chew the raisin. Then, very consciously, take one or two bites into it and notice what happens in the aftermath, experiencing any waves of taste that emanate from it as you continue chewing. Resist the urge to swallow it. Notice the sensations of taste and texture in the mouth and how these change over time, as well as any changes in the object itself.

When you feel ready to swallow the raisin, see if you can first detect the intention to swallow as it comes up, so that even this is experienced consciously before you actually swallow the raisin.

Finally, swallow the raisin – see if you can feel the raisin going down towards your stomach and even entering your stomach. Perhaps noticing what it feels like to be one raisin heavier.

Sense how the body as a whole is feeling after completing this exercise in mindful eating. Notice your thoughts.

Notice that there is nothing magical about mindfulness. Most of us do a lot of different things when we’re eating—read, talk, watch television. Notice how slowing it down and really tasting your food helps bring you into the present moment and can really change the nature of your experience.

Often, when we do one task, we are already thinking about the next task.

So, relax, slow down. Stop and smell the roses – or taste a raisin!

About Deborah Metzger
Founder and director of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Deborah Metzger, is a certified 500 Hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga teacher and certified Dharmic Yoga Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and a Body-Centered Therapist trained in the Hakomi Method and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is a graduate of the 2 year comprehensive Hakomi training and has taken advanced Hakomi training modules. Deborah is a licensed social worker and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, and additional courses in Structural Yoga Therapy and Reiki, trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and completed the Practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical Center.

Bethany Mariman: Invites you to let self-reflection guide your practice.

We are excited to welcome  Bethany to our teaching community!

Bethany, tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Bethany Mariman. I am an artist by nature. I look around me
and watch a beautiful story unfold. I see the way I create the paths beneath
my feet. I watch myself shift and the road moves with me. I am a student of
this observation. On a journey towards infinite remembering.

My yoga, my practice, is an effort to attune myself. To tune into my vessel, and in that space of complete attention, realign my physical body as I return to my soul alignment. Practice is the process of bringing the alignment of my physical vessel to house and reflect and remind the direction of my spirit.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

I am focusing, at this time, in a new level of discipline. In a more thoughtful and directed approach to movement, where my natural flow is very open and improvisational. I am working to ground my free movement into a discerned, studied practice. With grace and mercy I accept that my natural gift is my fluidity, but with humility I understand that every gift needs roots, and hard work.

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

My greatest wish for my students is to guide them into this practice of self-reflection; this gift of reflective alignment that keeps giving back. I teach because I am learning. I teach because this is the space I have come to over and over, the space that has always met me and nurtured me when the rest of the world seemed fruitless. This is the space that has taught me, every time, that there is hope, and purpose.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My greatest joys in teaching come when I see my students release, expand, and reach levels (physical, energetic, emotional, etc.) that they had once only dreamed of. This progress always being a direct result of the ways in which my students show up for themselves.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest teachers have always been, the wind and the sky and the trees and the thorns and the leaves and the distance between who I am and who I am becoming. I most look up to experience, and the strangers placed on my path to teach me— a coffee shop conversation, a student in my class taking a deep breath, someone driving recklessly beside me, an unexpected rainstorm, a wise man in the woods. I have been so blessed to discover teachers and lessons around every corner.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.
Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

 

 

Tiffany Cooper: Setting Intentions to Joyful Living

Tiffany Cooper began her journey with yoga in 1997 while living in Santa Monica, California. After moving to Yardley, Pennsylvania she found a supportive community of yoga practitioners and decided she wanted to share the many gifts yoga has given to her with more people. She completed 200 hour teacher training in June of 2013. Tiffany’s main focus is Vinyasa Flow which focuses on connecting pranayama, the life force or breath, with an intentional sequence of postures. She is also very experienced in teaching Gentle and Restorative yoga and holds a Reiki I certification. Tiffany actively works to deepen her practice on a daily basis which is not only her passion but her lifestyle. Her classes are filled with a deep sense of joy, reverence and love that create an environment of strength and self-discovery.

Tiffany, tell us a bit about yourself!

I am the mother of 3 beautiful grown-up children…which is my favorite part of my life! I love cooking, traveling, reading, writing short stories and poetry. I am also very dedicated to my spiritual path. As a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga I have a strong practice of chanting and studying ancient texts that reveal the nature of the soul. As a yoga asana teacher I enjoy weaving spirituality into physical practice to help students dive deeper into their practice overall. Yoga is about connection. I try to guide students into exploring what is in their hearts so that they can use it to manifest a true connection with those around them.

I am also an energy worker trained as an Usui Reiki Master and a Shaman. Healing on every level is important to me and I use my skills with integrity and love to help people find what they need to be happy. My other life practices are herbalism and astrology, both of which have a strong energetic component. I also use them to help others heal in ways that are not so apparent.

Energy is also major part of my yoga practice. In class we focus on the breath as a mover of prana, or life force, on the subtle level. I encourage students to plug into their own energy, as well as the flow of energy around them. By doing so we become more aware and present in any given moment.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Students who are interesting in building a strong practice full of intention and joy.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Right now I am focusing on slowing down the body and especially the mind. I just spent almost a month and a half in India where my focus was “Simple Living, High Thinking”. I am cultivating more of that in my life. We live in such an overstimulating world and it is wreaking havoc on our sense of peace. I want to do my part to help change that for anyone I can.

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

My aim is to teach students to become aware of their inner selves and seek the tools they need to live a fulfilling life. To breathe into every moment and be present so they can live with intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

As a student for many years, yoga gave me so many precious gifts. I wanted to share those gifts with others.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The thing I enjoy most about teaching is watching students transform, grow and let go of so much of whatever is weighing them down

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are my many spiritual teachers on my Bhakti path and anyone who is truly working to make a positive difference in the world.

Come & meet Tiffany during her weekly class:

Flow (Moderate): Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm – Sign up here

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.
 
What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs. Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions may be offered.Is this class right for you?
Some experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended (not best for beginners); however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.

Don’t Miss Tiffany’s Memorial Day Community Yoga Class

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:30 am – By Donation – Sign up here

The class will be a gentle practice focusing on Bhakti or devotion and love. We will begin with a short film and meditation then move into an intentional asana practice.

Gabriella Proffitt: Yoga and Dance to Freedom, Self-Knowledge and Healing

Gabriella Proffitt holds a BFA in Dance Education with a specialization in Ballet Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from University of the Arts. After graduation, she danced professionally with Ballet Fleming, Ballet 180, and Roxey Ballet. Gabriella is a local freelance performer and maintains several ballet teaching engagements. She received a 200-hour certification in Prana Yoga and a Reiki I certification from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health under the direction of Dr. Jeff Migdow. Gabriella is entering a doctoral program in Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her supplementary interests lie in music, alternative somatic modalities, and multidisciplinary collaboration – all of which inform her work as an arts and healing educator.

Gabriella, tell us a little about yourself:

I work primarily as a contemporary dancer and ballet educator. Discovering yoga alongside dance several years ago transformed my experience with movement into a realm that provides freedom, self-knowledge, and healing on many levels. My deeply felt purpose as a movement educator is to nurture and facilitate healing.

Who should come to your yoga class?

People who seek to make contact with the present moment through their bodies; who wish to meet themselves where they are, and learn to listen to what their bodies are saying; who want to unblock the life-force energy through the physical body, and find a place of stillness within themselves.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Self-compassion: being gentle with what I ask of my body, mind, and emotions. Only then can we relax enough discover and begin to resolve our limitations. My ultimate aim is to move and live most optimally in my body.

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

I hope to teach the process of kinesthetic discovery. I believe optimal living is attainable for those who learn to harness the positive and powerful tools afforded to them through kinesthetic inquiry. Many people do not know how to approach their bodies, nor do they feel comfortable moving freely. There are many entry points, and I hope to guide people to a place where they feel responsible for and autonomous in their own practice.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

Practicing yoga became primary nourishment for my whole being and a necessity for my physical studies and personal awareness. I discovered a space for my whole self where I am cared for and strengthened by tradition and inner truth. I have no greater tool to share with the world, and I cannot help but want to share it!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love to present the possibility for human flourishing through such a personal medium. Caring for individual people and their bodies through movement exploration has become very meaningful to me.

Who are your greatest influences?

The philosophical and pranic approach to yoga that Jeff Migdow teaches in the teacher training at PCYH has been my primary influence in cultivating a personal practice.

Come and meet Gabriella during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm –  Sign up here

$5 Hatha Prana (Mixed Levels)

Slow paced yoga practice, with elements of meditation and breath work.
What to expect:
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.
Is this class right for you?  
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 October. More information here: http://princetonyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/prana-yoga-teacher-training/
Come enjoy and help spread the word!

Merry Martin: Yoga guided by Grounding and Cosmic Wisdom

After completing a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a desire to understand the inner workings of life led Merry to Costa Rica to pursue a YT 200 certification training. Greatly influenced by her teachers, along lineages of Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative and Saraswati, Merrys belief, ‘who we are on the mat is directly related to who we are in the world’, is ever present in her teaching. Merry is a passionate student of yoga, new thought, moon-based wisdom, and the creative process. You can expect her classes to be skillfully woven with Dharma (moon-based wisdom and yogic/Buddhist philosophy), and infused with the things that inspire her most, namely, the power of a focused practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up with the power of intention.

Merry, tell us a bit about yourself!

I love teaching others! After spending the larger part of my career teaching private piano lessons and classroom music to elementary grades k-8, now, yoga.

I first came to the mat in 2003, with Hatha. I love how asana grounds, and helps me to harmonize the inner and the outer.

I’m a natural in the kitchen and in the garden, and with most things creative. I love to cook healthy meals and eat healthy food, I love to design gardens and landscapes, and redecorate homes.

My mother was a practicing Astrologer, and so, we all grew up, ‘speaking astrology’ at home. I tagged along with my mother to her classes and enjoyed it as much as she did. I’m amazed at how this aspect of my life has come full circle and I love being able to share this part of myself with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

Seekers who want to experience a well-balanced and nourishing journey- both physically and spiritually

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

Lots of things, haha! I’m always wanting to be better at holding poses longer. Strengthening my core. Creating interesting sequences. Expanding my arm balance repertoire.

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

I hope to pique my students’ curiosity about the power of their focus and intention.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I am a long-time practitioner, and whenever I am passionate about something, I always want to be the best at it, that I can be. A 200-hour, yoga teacher training seemed like the first step toward achieving that.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love creating an experience for my students and taking them on a journey through dharma and storytelling, inside a holistic and well- balanced, physical practice.

Who are your greatest influences?

My greatest yoga influences would be my own teachers, Rae Ann Banker, Gabrielle Whitewolf, Joe Miller, and Edward Jones.
I also like Schuyler Grant, a lot. She has a very beautiful, smart, and thoughtful practice. Right now, I’m on day 11 of a 21-day challenge with her- it’s the second one that I’ve done. I always take away something new and valuable from Schuyler!
Tara Brach, Esther Hicks, and, if course, many spiritual masters (spiritual)
Frances Clark (musical)
My mother (personal)

Come and meet Merry during her weekly classes:

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Flow (Moderate)
Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm $5 Hatha (Gentle)
Fridays, 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Community Class: Flow (Moderate) – By Donation
Sign up here

Daunted by Meditation? Try Eating a Raisin!

by Deborah Metzger

If the thought of meditation conjures up sitting in a lotus position for hours or chanting something unintelligible with knees screaming and legs falling asleep, let’s dispel that myth right now!

The fact is that most of us cannot sit still for even a nanosecond without time traveling in our minds – concerns about the future, or lingering thoughts about the past or that itch that comes up within seconds that just won’t quit….so, let go of any notion that you ‘can’t” meditate.

One technique that we teach at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (PCYH) is Mindfulness Meditation, which is really about training the mind to focus so that we can live our lives more fully. It’s about doing things and noticing that you’re doing them.

Mindfulness practices aid us in stopping and focusing our minds. Mindfulness helps you turn down all the noise in your head- the guilt, anger, doubts, and uncertainties that upset us moment to moment. It is a technique that encourages you to stop and smell the roses. Developing our ability to stop helps us reduce the amount of stress in our lives and be more available to the present moment – an opportunity to see reality as it is and to experience life in its fullness.

Though it sounds simple, mindfulness takes practice, and the longer you practice, the easier the process becomes.

We typically begin our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Habit Change (MBHC) programs at (PCYH) with a raisin eating exercise. It’s an easy introduction to the practice.

Try it now!

Take a raisin (yes, just one!) and hold it in the palm of your hand or between your finger and thumb. Imagine that you have just dropped in from Mars and have never seen an object like this.

Look at this raisin. Let your eyes explore every part of it, examine the highlights where the light shines, the darker crevasses, the folds and ridges, and any unique features.

Feel the weight of it. Turn the raisin over between your fingers. Notice its texture, its ‘topography’. Hold the raisin to your ear. Squish it a bit. Does it make a sound?

Hold the raisin beneath your nose, with each inhalation drink in any smell, aroma, or fragrance that may arise, noticing as you do this if there is anything interesting happening in your mouth or stomach.

With awareness, slowly bring the raisin up to your lips, noticing how your hand and arm know exactly how and where to position it, perhaps noticing that saliva starts to get secreted just as you bring the object towards your mouth. Gently place the object in the mouth, without chewing, noticing how it gets into the mouth in the first place. Spend a few moments exploring the sensations of having it in your mouth, exploring it with your tongue.

When you are ready, prepare to chew the raisin. Then, very consciously, take one or two bites into it and notice what happens in the aftermath, experiencing any waves of taste that emanate from it as you continue chewing. Resist the urge to swallow it. Notice the sensations of taste and texture in the mouth and how these change over time, as well as any changes in the object itself.

When you feel ready to swallow the raisin, see if you can first detect the intention to swallow as it comes up, so that even this is experienced consciously before you actually swallow the raisin.

Finally, swallow the raisin – see if you can feel the raisin going down towards your stomach and even entering your stomach. Perhaps noticing what it feels like to be one raisin heavier.

Sense how the body as a whole is feeling after completing this exercise in mindful eating. Notice your thoughts.

Notice that there is nothing magical about mindfulness. Most of us do a lot of different things when we’re eating—read, talk, watch television. Notice how slowing it down and really tasting your food helps bring you into the present moment and can really change the nature of your experience.

Often, when we do one task, we are already thinking about the next task.

So, relax, slow down. Stop and smell the roses – or taste a raisin!

About Deborah Metzger
Founder and director of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Deborah Metzger, is a certified 500 Hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga teacher and certified Dharmic Yoga Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and a Body-Centered Therapist trained in the Hakomi Method and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is a graduate of the 2 year comprehensive Hakomi training and has taken advanced Hakomi training modules. Deborah is a licensed social worker and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, and additional courses in Structural Yoga Therapy and Reiki, trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and completed the Practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical Center.