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

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

 

Jodie Aiyana Shuster: The Smiling Yogini

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

Sign up here

JUST ADDED:
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.)

REGISTER NOW and SAVE by 10/2

Art at Princeton Yoga: “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota

Princeton Yoga is honored to have received this beautiful painting “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota, a local artist and yoga student.

“Equilibrium”

acrylic on canvas, 2019

We constantly face the duality of life: body & soul, stillness & motion, resistance & surrender… Although these may seem like opposites, their relationships are actually complementary; achieving balance between them is the key to maintaining the serenity and strength required to live a healthy life.  As a symbolic artist, I have always been familiar with the concept of yin and yang, but my yoga practice has allowed me to comprehend it not only philosophically, but also in terms of how it pertains to my body. This holistic understanding lets me feel the alignment between my brain and body, thus inspiring me to create this piece.


Minako Ota is an award-winning artist based in Princeton, NJ. Born in Osaka, Japan, she studied traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Upon graduation, she attended Cambridge University in England where she focused on western painting conservation. Her paintings reflect her persona as a cultural hybrid between Japan and the West. She combines western painting techniques that she learned through her 20+ years as a professional painting conservator and traditional Japanese aesthetics that she grew up with.

For more information on Minako Ota, visit: www.minako-art.com

Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian: Sharing Enthusiasm for Healthy Living with Others

Cynthia’s intention in teaching Yoga is to create a space where participants can improve their personal practice while sharing the spiritual energy of others to support that goal.

In 2016, Cynthia focused on the power of her breath, meditation and Yoga to overcome a life threatening health crisis. Now fully recovered, she is compelled to share this modality with others through teaching.

After completing a basic 200 hour Prana Yoga teacher Training with Dr. Jeff Migdow, at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, a sacred space created by Deborah Metzger, she is looking forward to sharing her passion with others. Her professional background is as a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, practicing since 1982. As part of the practice of massage and bodywork, she instructs clients in exercises to maintain the results of massage and bodywork therapy. Similarly, Yoga is a modality with a wide range of applications and easily modified for people of all ages. She is also a healthcare educator for Penn Med Princeton Health for the Department of Community Wellness. Besides teaching yoga, you may see her at wellness festivals around the central NJ region sharing her enthusiasm for healthy living with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

… anyone who would like to improve their personal practice or begin a personal practice.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

To become proficient in teaching the methodology of asanas.

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

that I am only a guide for their foundation to learning more about their body, mind and spirit connection.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

During the Prana Yoga Teacher Training I felt confident in being able to share my enthusiasm for the practice and study of Yoga.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The moment when I am looking at a group of people smiling back at me when they feel the prana flow.

Who are your greatest influences?

Dr. Jeff Migdow – my first Teacher Training mentor and my Prana sisters in the PYTT graduating class of 2019.

Come and meet Cynthia during her weekly class:

Community Class: Hatha (Gentle) – By Donation

Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 pm

What to expectThese classes help one experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful yoga practice, designed to release tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Teachers place a strong emphasis on self-awareness, breath and honoring the body.

Is this class right for youNo experience necessary. This class is appropriate for both beginners and students with limitations, as well as experienced practitioners looking for a less physically challenging and more relaxation-based practice.

Community Classes at Princeton Yoga
Some of our Community classes are taught by experienced and in training teachers who donate their time in “karma yoga” in support of our selected charities. Our Community Classes are by donation and provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to experience yoga. Do something wonderful for yourself with the knowledge that you are supporting a worthy cause.

Sign up here

 

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 Bethany 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.

 

 

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

 

Jodie Aiyana Shuster: The Smiling Yogini

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

Sign up here

JUST ADDED:
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.)

REGISTER NOW and SAVE by 10/2

Art at Princeton Yoga: “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota

Princeton Yoga is honored to have received this beautiful painting “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota, a local artist and yoga student.

“Equilibrium”

acrylic on canvas, 2019

We constantly face the duality of life: body & soul, stillness & motion, resistance & surrender… Although these may seem like opposites, their relationships are actually complementary; achieving balance between them is the key to maintaining the serenity and strength required to live a healthy life.  As a symbolic artist, I have always been familiar with the concept of yin and yang, but my yoga practice has allowed me to comprehend it not only philosophically, but also in terms of how it pertains to my body. This holistic understanding lets me feel the alignment between my brain and body, thus inspiring me to create this piece.


Minako Ota is an award-winning artist based in Princeton, NJ. Born in Osaka, Japan, she studied traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Upon graduation, she attended Cambridge University in England where she focused on western painting conservation. Her paintings reflect her persona as a cultural hybrid between Japan and the West. She combines western painting techniques that she learned through her 20+ years as a professional painting conservator and traditional Japanese aesthetics that she grew up with.

For more information on Minako Ota, visit: www.minako-art.com

Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian: Sharing Enthusiasm for Healthy Living with Others

Cynthia’s intention in teaching Yoga is to create a space where participants can improve their personal practice while sharing the spiritual energy of others to support that goal.

In 2016, Cynthia focused on the power of her breath, meditation and Yoga to overcome a life threatening health crisis. Now fully recovered, she is compelled to share this modality with others through teaching.

After completing a basic 200 hour Prana Yoga teacher Training with Dr. Jeff Migdow, at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, a sacred space created by Deborah Metzger, she is looking forward to sharing her passion with others. Her professional background is as a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, practicing since 1982. As part of the practice of massage and bodywork, she instructs clients in exercises to maintain the results of massage and bodywork therapy. Similarly, Yoga is a modality with a wide range of applications and easily modified for people of all ages. She is also a healthcare educator for Penn Med Princeton Health for the Department of Community Wellness. Besides teaching yoga, you may see her at wellness festivals around the central NJ region sharing her enthusiasm for healthy living with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

… anyone who would like to improve their personal practice or begin a personal practice.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

To become proficient in teaching the methodology of asanas.

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

that I am only a guide for their foundation to learning more about their body, mind and spirit connection.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

During the Prana Yoga Teacher Training I felt confident in being able to share my enthusiasm for the practice and study of Yoga.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The moment when I am looking at a group of people smiling back at me when they feel the prana flow.

Who are your greatest influences?

Dr. Jeff Migdow – my first Teacher Training mentor and my Prana sisters in the PYTT graduating class of 2019.

Come and meet Cynthia during her weekly class:

Community Class: Hatha (Gentle) – By Donation

Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 pm

What to expectThese classes help one experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful yoga practice, designed to release tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Teachers place a strong emphasis on self-awareness, breath and honoring the body.

Is this class right for youNo experience necessary. This class is appropriate for both beginners and students with limitations, as well as experienced practitioners looking for a less physically challenging and more relaxation-based practice.

Community Classes at Princeton Yoga
Some of our Community classes are taught by experienced and in training teachers who donate their time in “karma yoga” in support of our selected charities. Our Community Classes are by donation and provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to experience yoga. Do something wonderful for yourself with the knowledge that you are supporting a worthy cause.

Sign up here

 

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 Bethany 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.

 

 

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

 

Jodie Aiyana Shuster: The Smiling Yogini

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

Sign up here

JUST ADDED:
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.)

REGISTER NOW and SAVE by 10/2

Art at Princeton Yoga: “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota

Princeton Yoga is honored to have received this beautiful painting “Equilibrium” by Minako Ota, a local artist and yoga student.

“Equilibrium”

acrylic on canvas, 2019

We constantly face the duality of life: body & soul, stillness & motion, resistance & surrender… Although these may seem like opposites, their relationships are actually complementary; achieving balance between them is the key to maintaining the serenity and strength required to live a healthy life.  As a symbolic artist, I have always been familiar with the concept of yin and yang, but my yoga practice has allowed me to comprehend it not only philosophically, but also in terms of how it pertains to my body. This holistic understanding lets me feel the alignment between my brain and body, thus inspiring me to create this piece.


Minako Ota is an award-winning artist based in Princeton, NJ. Born in Osaka, Japan, she studied traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Upon graduation, she attended Cambridge University in England where she focused on western painting conservation. Her paintings reflect her persona as a cultural hybrid between Japan and the West. She combines western painting techniques that she learned through her 20+ years as a professional painting conservator and traditional Japanese aesthetics that she grew up with.

For more information on Minako Ota, visit: www.minako-art.com

Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian: Sharing Enthusiasm for Healthy Living with Others

Cynthia’s intention in teaching Yoga is to create a space where participants can improve their personal practice while sharing the spiritual energy of others to support that goal.

In 2016, Cynthia focused on the power of her breath, meditation and Yoga to overcome a life threatening health crisis. Now fully recovered, she is compelled to share this modality with others through teaching.

After completing a basic 200 hour Prana Yoga teacher Training with Dr. Jeff Migdow, at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, a sacred space created by Deborah Metzger, she is looking forward to sharing her passion with others. Her professional background is as a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, practicing since 1982. As part of the practice of massage and bodywork, she instructs clients in exercises to maintain the results of massage and bodywork therapy. Similarly, Yoga is a modality with a wide range of applications and easily modified for people of all ages. She is also a healthcare educator for Penn Med Princeton Health for the Department of Community Wellness. Besides teaching yoga, you may see her at wellness festivals around the central NJ region sharing her enthusiasm for healthy living with others.

Who should come to your yoga class?

… anyone who would like to improve their personal practice or begin a personal practice.

What are you focusing on right now in your practice?

To become proficient in teaching the methodology of asanas.

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

that I am only a guide for their foundation to learning more about their body, mind and spirit connection.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

During the Prana Yoga Teacher Training I felt confident in being able to share my enthusiasm for the practice and study of Yoga.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The moment when I am looking at a group of people smiling back at me when they feel the prana flow.

Who are your greatest influences?

Dr. Jeff Migdow – my first Teacher Training mentor and my Prana sisters in the PYTT graduating class of 2019.

Come and meet Cynthia during her weekly class:

Community Class: Hatha (Gentle) – By Donation

Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 pm

What to expectThese classes help one experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful yoga practice, designed to release tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Teachers place a strong emphasis on self-awareness, breath and honoring the body.

Is this class right for youNo experience necessary. This class is appropriate for both beginners and students with limitations, as well as experienced practitioners looking for a less physically challenging and more relaxation-based practice.

Community Classes at Princeton Yoga
Some of our Community classes are taught by experienced and in training teachers who donate their time in “karma yoga” in support of our selected charities. Our Community Classes are by donation and provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to experience yoga. Do something wonderful for yourself with the knowledge that you are supporting a worthy cause.

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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 Bethany 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.