Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Princeton Paket
Written by: Susan Van Dongen, Special Writer
Winter is finally giving up its bearish grip on Central New Jersey, but we humans might be finding it hard to leave hibernation mode. Listlessness, irritability, and, the all-time favorite, irregularity may be plaguing some folks. Or, a winter cold or cough may be lingering.
Dr. Jeffrey Migdow to the rescue.
A physician, Reiki Master and longtime practitioner and teacher of yoga, Mr. Migdow will be returning to the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in Skillman from April 12-14, to guide folks through several intense and revitalizing workshops, as well as giving individual Reiki, Flower Remedy and homeopathic consultations.
After even one workshop, Mr. Migdow is confident practitioners will feel more vigor, as his workshops are specially designed to stimulate detoxification of mind, body and emotions, and to jumpstart the flow of energy through the chakras or energy centers.
Spring is an especially important time to stimulate and detoxify our thyroid and adrenal glands, Mr. Migdow says, which normally become stressed and/or lethargic over the cold months.
”During the winter, in ‘hibernation,’ people don’t get much stimuli to the thyroid and adrenals, and we get tired and sluggish,” he says, speaking from his office in Lenox, Mass. “Spring is not only a great time to clean house, it’s a great time for spring cleaning of the body, too. We can cleanse our adrenals with breathing, sounds, yoga postures, lifestyle and diet modifications, which will also help to detox the mind, body and emotions.”
”We’ll get all those toxins out that have built up over the winter, and then for Sunday’s workshops, we’ll go deeper, through the ancient Five Tibetan Rites and prana yoga,” Mr. Migdow says. “They’re basically yoga-like exercises you do in the same sequence every day, and you do them repetitively. They’re designed to work on the chakras directly, to stimulate the energy centers from the bottom up. The energy comes in from the universe, and from there it comes through the glands. When prana flows in, you get spiritual and physical benefits.”
The final workshop on April 13 will focus on vibrational healing of the chakras through prana yoga, sound and mantras. Mr. Migdow will explore the chakras in terms of their vibrational qualities and their individual sound vibrations. Practitioners will then learn how specific sounds, mantras and yoga postures stimulate and balance the chakras, leading to physical and inner healing, rejuvenation and well being.
”We’ll be utilizing sounds and chanting, stimulating the centers,” Mr. Migdow says. “So, people can come for the whole weekend, or they can come either day. It should be especially powerful this time of the year. I am also a Reiki Master, so I’ll be doing private sessions after the workshops, as well as all day Monday the 14th.”
In addition, the evening of Sunday the 13th, Mr. Migdow will be leading a free introduction for his Prana Yoga Teacher Training, which is schedueled to come to Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in October.
He’s been exploring and teaching yoga, health and consciousness since 1969, in places as varied as India, Nepal, Canada, Columbia, Brazil and Peru. As a member of the Kripalu ashram in Lenox, Mr. Migdow directed the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program. He developed and has directed Prana Yoga Teacher Training in New York City since 1997. He also sees clients for “Reiki and remedies” once a month in New York City.
A holistic physician since 1980, his practice in Lenox includes homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and Reiki healing and attunements. Discovering yoga in the 1970s, Mr. Migdow first tried a shoulder stand and felt immediate, positive results.
”A friend said, ‘try this, you’ll feel great,’ so I did, and it was really blissful,” Mr. Migdow says. “I did really well in school so everyone was pushing me to go to medical school. I didn’t want to, but I meditated strongly and a (mentor) I respected came to me in my meditation. His message was, ‘If you go to medical school, you can do anything you want.’ I basically studied and practiced yoga on the side while I was in medical school, but it was through doing a lot of yoga that I got through med school.”
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine in 1978, and interned at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
”Yoga not only helped get me through medical school, it also helped when I was working in the hospital,” he says. “I was trying to put the different things together, to share some of this knowledge with patients. I had them stretching in their beds, recommended vitamins while they were in the hospital, and suggested different herbs to take when they got home.”
Mr. Migdow admits that the popularity of vitamins and supplements seems to come in waves, and suspects that negative messages are generated by pharmaceutical companies. However, he has only positive thoughts on vitamins, herbs and homeopathic solutions. In fact, through vitamins and holistic practices, he recalls one time when he sent all of his patients home from George Washington University hospital.
”I actually cleared out my patients,” Mr. Migdow says. “Everyone was mad at me because I didn’t have to come in. I took the day off, rode my bike around D.C. and then went and saw the Who movie, ‘Quadrophenia.’ It was this incredible day.”
Dr. Jeffrey Migdow will be at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, 88 Orchard Road., Skillman, April 12-14. Saturday workshops are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Sunday workshops are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Fee for the entire weekend is $190; fee for Saturday or Sunday is $110. Mr. Migdow will also be available for individual Reiki and healing sessions after the workshops, and all day Monday, April 14. $60 per session. To schedule with Mr. Migdow, call 413-637-1513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Princeton Center for Yoga and Health on the web: www.princetonyoga.com. 609-924-7294.