Yoga for Healthy Aging, SUKHA Sweat, Slow Flow, Pilates and More..

Yoga is for everyone!! The benefits are endless. Doctors are prescribing yoga to their patients, kids are learning about yoga and mindfulness in schools and yes, even dogs are practicing yoga!!

At SUKHA, there are classes for everyone. The ones who like to move and sweat and the ones who just like to chill the mind and body. We offer classes for beginners, advanced, intermediate and for anyone recovering from injury or has aches and pains. All classes are guided in a “non-intimidating” way.

Start your week off with Monday Morning Moving Meditation at 9:30 am with Tara. This all level vinyasa flow that will nourish your body breath connection to better calm your mind and open your heart to gratitude for the beautiful week to come.

Maybe you need to relax yourself from a long, hot, weekend with a refreshing, 72 degree, peaceful yoga class. Gentle/slow/relaxing class to prepare you for the work week ahead. Moving your body and the right pace and relaxing your mind to get ready for the week ahead. Join Gloria every Monday at 4:30 pm for peace and serenity for all ages and levels. Enjoy a cold wash cloth with Serenity Essential Oil and ending class with a refreshing Turmeric Tea. You can enjoy a Slow Flow class with Gloria every Thursday at 9:30 am. Slow Flow welcomes all levels of yoga students. This class is ideal for beginners or people getting back into yoga after an injury. You will warm up working our way into a slow flow and then off to relaxation. For those that think that “slow flow” is easy or you are too “advanced” think again. Come and see for yourself.

Are you looking for a bit more heat so you can sweat, build strength and increase flexibility? Join Sarah every Monday at 6:00 pm for SUKHA Sweat. SUKHA Sweat is a warm, vinyasa flow that allows for deep opening of the muscles and the mind. This flow incorporates fun and challenging poses for those who want to play and modifications for all levels--allowing you to move at a pace that suits your body.

The studio temp will be set at 80-85 degrees and additional body heat will be generated as we flow. This is an intermediate class-all levels are welcome.

Tuesday at 9:30 am, Thursday 5:00 pm, Friday 9:30 am and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am at SUKHA are for Motion and Music. Maribeth opens with a Dharma talk that will always hit home followed by an all levels, guided flow with music that will have you singing, laughing and maybe crying. This class consists of basic yoga poses with creative sequencing. You will be guided every step of the way. All levels are welcome.

Are you looking for a challenge and deepen your practice but feel nervous? Don’t be afraid of the challenge!! During Amy’s 6:30 pm class you will transition quickly, often building upon a base sequence to create one long moving meditation of movement and strength. This class is intermediate to advance. As always; all levels are welcome.

Looking to completely relax and restore after Amy’s class or after a long day? What better way to end the day and get ready for a peaceful night sleep with Candlelight elight Restorative Yoga with Danielle at 8:00 pm every Tuesday.

Restorative Yoga helps you to remember how to find the calm in the storm, have strength from within and revitalize yourself so that you feel whole again. By stilling our bodies with restorative yoga, we create space for rest and restoration, which lets the body’s natural healing process take place. Deep states of relaxation create an opportunity to connect with our inner essence, healing themind, body and spirit. In Candlelight , students will practice restorative poses, long luscious holds, breathwork, mantras and meditation on;using props to support relaxation of the whole body. This is an extremely gentle class to clear your mind and relax your body, and is appropriate for all levels, offering the perfect balance to a more active practice. The instructor combines a calming combination of Restorative Yoga and the ancient Japanese technique of Reiki. Using light touch or by simply applying energy work to the space in the room, Reiki activates the natural healing processes of the body and restores physical and emotional well being. No experience with Reiki is needed to attend this class. This class is capped at 15, so be sure to sign up early!!

Do you rise and shine at the crack of dawn and ready to start your day by 6:00 am? SUKHA offers two 6:00 am classes every Wednesday and Friday with Crystal. Wake up the body and ignite the fire within you so you can meet the day head on. All levels welcome.

Mid morning classes continue with Tara as she reads every Wednesday at 9:30 am from Journey to the Heart.

Beginning each class with a daily reflection from the book Journey to the Heart, by Melody Beattie, this all levels, beginner friendly Hatha Flow style class will explore a deeper layer of your physical yoga practice beyond the traditional warrior.

Journey to the Heart will inspire students to connect more deeply with their own unique purpose and inner joy and leave them feeling refreshed and revitalized and ready to enjoy the day.

New to SUKHA, starting 10/2 at 4:30- Yoga for Healthy Aging with Mary!! We all start to age from the day we are born. It is important to focus on our health at every stage, 20, 30, 40, 99!! This class will focus on a practice that works toward meeting each yogi’s individual health goals. We will work on strength, flexibility, agility, balance and stress management with options for each posture. This class is based on the teachings of Baxter Bell, M.D. and Nina Zolotow. Mary Piersa is a certified Yoga for Healthy Aging Instructor.

Pilates is a great compliment to yoga. Pilates helps improve flexibility, tones and increases muscle strength of your abdominal muscles lower back, hips and butt. No experience necessary. Join Pilates Peg every Wednesday and Saturday for a one hour Mat Pilates class focusing on improving strength, flexibility and endurance for the small muscle groups of the entire body. Using bands, weights, rings, and gliders as props to make the class challenging and fun. Open to all levels and modifications are always offered.

Saturday is Yoga with Jake at 9:00 am. This Saturday morning class consists of all levels. Every Saturday is different with Jake. From partner poses to Kudalini, Jake does it all and has a blast doing so. All levels welcome. This class offers adjustments and modifications. Great for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Do you like to sleep in on Sunday and not in the mood to flow? Every Sunday Cathy will be back starting 10/6 at 10:30 am guiding you through a gentle/restorative yoga class. All levels are welcome to this relaxing class. Each class will include gentle yoga poses to warm and stretch the body, followed by calming, restorative poses which allow the body’s natural healing process to take place. Meditation, pranayama (breath control) and essential oils will be used to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to prepare to relax and restore.

From now until 9/30 new friends can buy one month for $70 and get one month FREE!! SUKHA has a great schedule and non-intimidating instructors to guide you if it’s your first time or if you have been practicing for years.

Donation Class for Big Hearts to Little Hearts Saturday 10/5 Point Pleasant Beach 8:00 am $10 suggested donation. Guided by Maribeth Woodford

Keep a Breast Donation Class Schedule

10/8 6:30 pm Amy

10/12 8:00 am Pilates with Peg

10/20 9:00 am Maribeth

Friday 10/25 5:30 pm Gloria

Full Moon Awakening Workshop

Sunday 10/13

4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Yoga, Meditation and Malas with Maribeth Woodford and Krista Lyn from Krista Lyn Designs.

Early Bird Sign Up Discount $35 (See Facebook Page for link)

After 9/30 $40 cash at studio

Call 877-SUKHA-11 for any questions you have regarding yoga, workshops, teacher training and pricing.

Who's Your Witness? Your Person?

I wanted to thank everyone who reached out personally to check in. Thank you, thank you for being so kind.

Close to 500 people read my last blog!!! I was shocked when I saw the website analytics.

I will be posting within the next few weeks and then I will be off the grid for two weeks as I will be having surgery mid-month. All of the details and info will be written and posted post-op so stay tuned.

Kindness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartednes , goodwill, affectionateness, affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern, care.

Seems like a no brainer to be kind. But why is it so hard for so many not be kind?

Kindness is actually very simple. A simple idea with a significant impact.

I am not going to sit here and preach that we all must be kind 24/7. That would almost impossible for anybody. We all have our moments that’s for sure, I have had plenty past and present. Lately I have really thinking about what has made me be unkind in certain times in my life. What were the triggers? What set me off to be unkind to a parent, sibling, child, friend, co-worker, boyfriend, etc…?

After meditating, writing, and reading on this, its pretty simple what the answer is. PAIN.

When people suffer they become unkind, distant or maybe even mean. How do we fix this when there is no normal life that is free of pain? Pain, heartache or heartbreak helps us grow so therefore we need it, but how can we be kind during all of the tough times we have in our life?

It”s the answer we have all probably known all along.

You need a person (or multiple) but what I have found is way less is WAY more. The person or people that have known you for years, the people that listen, the ones who truly care and understand you and where you are coming from. The authentic people that have your back and not turn theirs.

Author Alice Miller calls that person a “witness”.

“In order to transform pain into kindness and love you need a witness.

One human being to witness your pain.

One human being to feel your sadness.

One human being to see you. To feel your aloneness and brokenness.

Once you have that one witness, you get to feel your own pain and know that there is hope.

In order to transform pain into kindness and love you need”

Even your “person” or “witness” will never feel exactly what you feel, but just to know that you have that person is comforting and healing.

After thinking about how amazing I have felt during moments of kindness; I realized, it’s true. Kindness is a piece to the puzzle. Wether its raising money for a good cause, holding the door for someone, asking someone if they are okay, letting someone go ahead of you in the grocery store or most importantly; being that PERSON/WITNESS, whatever or to whomever it may be; very quickly you will see how your moods and spirits are lifted. Not only yours but those around you.

Keep in mind, being kind is not about doing something to get something. It’s about doing something for the sake of making someone feel seen. Making someone feel good.

Think about it…..

How did you feel when someone did something kind for you? Even if it was for a brief moment, how happy did it make you feel? Did you think about the pain? The suffering?

When we are kind we feel good. It’s not bullshit. It’s a fact. Kindness releases feel-good hormones, boosts your serotonin which is the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of satisfactions and well-being.

Being kind eases anxious feelings, is good for your heart, reduces stress, can prevent illness, and will help you live a longer, happier life. (just like yoga)

Hold the door.

Say hello to a stranger.

Reach out to a friend or family member. Be someone’s person/witness.

Donate to a charity.

Leave extra as a tip or pick up someone's bill (only if you can afford too)

Or just lift your head up from your device and say hi to stranger or maybe the person sitting next to you.

Be Kind.

“The less you open your heart to others, the more yours suffers” Deepak Chopra

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Stuck in a Dark Black Cloud

Many people have asked the last few weeks “Where have you been”?. No blogs, no podcasts, and you hardly teach. Are you okay?

So, I decided to let it all out on July 19, 2019. My 48th birthday.

I have been living in a dark cloud. A dark, uncomfortable place. Feeling very alone.

A place that I never thought I would be. For almost a year I have been hiding, blaming yoga on being introverted, blaming my age, fatigue and just about everything else on being a single mom for 13 years, menopause and just life catching up with me. But how can this be??? How? I eat well, I WAS extremely active. Shit, four years ago any chance I had to jump on a paddle board, bike or go for walk at sunrise, I would take it. Now; I take every opportunity to look for my bed to nap, I take it. Who is this person? I hardly get dressed and out makeup on, my hair is never done, I have no interest in going out. I have been in hiding except to teach. Ask me how hard that has been. To get up in front of a room of people and teach a class when you can hardly get words out. And when they come out you sound like you have been drinking because the words are just slurring out, And wear a tank top and tight yoga pants when your stomach is hard and decended for days at a time? Now that’s hot!! Rashes, Plurisy, exhaustion, no tolerance for certain foods and alcohol, brain fog, blurred vision and a few more that are just too embarrassing to write.

Something is not right. I know my body and I know it well. I know my mind and I know it well. I know Maribeth Woodford and I know her really fucking well. Better than anyone else. So, I am going to listen to her. And that is exactly what I did.

After months and months of doctors appointments. holistic practitioners, and research on April 29th the blood tests were in. Biotoxin Illness!!!! WTF??

What is Biotoxin Illness?

It is an inflammation within the body which is caused by an immune system that has gone haywire. Mold Illness is a subcategory of biotoxin illness called Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

My doctor completed genetic testing that show that I have a genetic-Susceptibility eptibilty to developing this illness.

With this genotype, if my body is exposed to toxins, like mold, my body reacts differently then do the bodies of those without this genotype.

The biotoxin panel lab consists of a few tests. The results are still hard to swallow and I feel the need to share with all of you so you can see where I’ve been, where I am and where I am going.

(Maribeth Woodford lab testing)

TGBF1 - This can result in a restrictive lung disease as lungs becoming stiffer and more fibrotic; of note, Ms. Woodford had been diagnosed with pleurisy twice; once in 2017 and 2018. This testing is also commonly found elevated with mold exposures. Normal is lower than 2,300; Ms. Woodford's was 3020 

MMP-9 -- MMP9 is an enzyme involved in breakdown of tissue barriers. It can tunnel through endothelial and matrix tissue barriers including the basement membranes and the blood brain barrier, so when it's too high, any inflammatory molecules can enter even more places in the body, including muscles, joints, lungs, and the peripheral nervous system and brain. It's been specifically implicated in the pathogenesis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by impairing lung elastin. It's also been thought to play a role in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiomyopathy and aortic aneurysms. Normal is less than 332; Ms. Woodford's was 668 

VEGF -- This polypeptide biomarker helps enhance blood flow in the capillaries and stimulates blood vessel formation. High levels of cytokines attract white blood cells into the capillaries, leading to hypoperfusion and lower oxygen levels. Hypoxia triggers hypoxia inducible factor (HIF), which should lead to the release of more VEGF and erythropoietin as a compensatory mechanism. When the brain loses the ability to compensate, or if the patient is remaining in a moldy environment, the levels become suppressed. Levels should be between 31 and 86; Ms. Woodford's was 20. 

MSH -- This is a hypothalamic regulatory neuropeptide hormone that regulates many other hormones, inflammation pathways, and immune function. A low MSH is associated with lower endorphin production, leading to chronic pain (and or amplifying pain if there is a known cause such as a disc herniation, etc). Low MSH is associated with ongoing fatigue, insomnia with a reduction in the ability of the ability to make melatonin, mood swings. Low MSH can result in T regulatory cell dysregulation, which can affect the tight junctions in the intestinal tract, which leads to intestinal hyperpermeability and a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Normal is greater than 35; Ms. Woodford's was 11 

VIP-a neuroregulatory peptide made in the hypothalamus and regulates blood flow and distribution. It regulates cytokine responses and inflammation. This value should be between 23-62; Ms. Woodford's was 70 

Osmolality and ADH (also called AVH on my labs) - this is related to fluid status/salt status in the body. A low ADH (antidiuretic hormone) results in thirst that isn't quenched because the kidneys aren't able to get the message from the brain to hold onto fluids and they urinate it out. This can lead to dizziness, thirst, increased urination, incontinence/bed wetting (in some cases). ADH should be greater than 1.0 and Ms. Woodford's is <0.5 (below the lab low). 

Supportive evidence for this diagnosis is a Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test, which measures neurologic functions of vision; Ms. Woodford completed on April 29, 2019 with a result of 39% which is confirmatory that Ms. Woodford is indeed suffering from a biotoxin illness 

The mainstays of treatment include confirming that the patient is in a mold-free environment as there is no appropriate treatment that can be completed if they remain in an environment that will keep them ill

Hard to comprehend right??

Happy Birthday to me!!

The last few years have been interesting and the past six months; a blur. One big cloud. Some days a white puffy cloud that I can fall asleep on and most days one big, black, dirty cloud that I happy to say I am slowly getting out of.

Luckily, I was doing so much homework and seeing so many people that I started the healing process about two years ago not even fully knowing what was wrong with me.. I couldn’t imagine how sick I would have been if I didn’t start some of therapies I have tried.

But guess what? Nothing will work fully if you are still living in the black cloud.

So here’s the deal my friends, listen to your body. many people are susceptible to mold and have poor elimination pathways for the toxins produced by mold (me) . What does this mean? It means I am unable to detox the mold and is more difficult to get identified if you stay around it.

I don’t want to hear that mold is everywhere. Black mold is not everywhere. What I do know is that it’s in my body and it is on its way out. The process will take some time, but I am looking forward to the old me. The healthier, vibrant, energetic me.

Mold illness IS NOT AN ALLERGY!! A mold allergy is when your immune system overreacts to breathing in mold spores. This triggers the release of substances like histamine, which cause sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny eyes and throat irritation.

Mold Illness (biotin illness) is dysfunction of the innate immune system that leads to chronic inflammatory response system. CIRS is an uncontrolled Inflammatory Response that overtime results in endocrine and immune compromise.

Not everyone suffers from this illness in the same way. In some immune systems, the biotin is identified by the immune system and is removed through production of cytokines and antibodies. However 25% of the general population have poor elimination pathways for the toxins produced by mold.

All along, it has been mold. Three years of confusion, fog, blindness, sadness, and so many more emotions and pain I wish not to share at this time.

One of the primary organs that mold has been know to effect is the pituitary gland. This is part of the brain that controls your endocrine system. The pituitary glad also effects your thyroid. It will affect your adrenal glands, which effects energy and it will affect your reproductive organs. This can mean abnormalities in your estrogen levels, your progesterone levels and your testosterone levels. Chronic Inflammatory responses from mold toxicity can up regulate aromatase which in essence converts testosterone to estrogen.

Now all of the puzzle pieces are starting to come together.

There is so much more to all of this and it is going to take time. I felt the need to share with all you exactly what has been going on and why. I am truly sorry if I have been off. I know that most of you have seen the difference and nothing has been done intentional. This has been very hard to understand even for me.

I will be back; stronger and healthier than ever before. It’s going to take some time. but to get through anything always remember…..

“first the pain then the rising”-Glennon Doyle Melton

To be continued…….



May You.....

The birds are chirping
The flowers are blooming
Children and young adults are itching to get out of school
The smell of the ocean, the sun on our faces
Walking outdoors to all of our familiar places.
Mothers are celebrated. And birthdays too.

Diplomas will be in hand.
The month of May is oh so grand.

May you….

May you feel everything and attached to nothing.

May the wind be on your back and the sun shine warm your face.

May you realize it’s okay to not be okay.

May you know when to say yes and how to say no.

May you learn from all of your mistakes.

May you follow your heart and your dreams without any one trying to bust them at the seams.

May you get up every time you fall
Dust off and try again.

May you have faith and understand that there is a plan for you.

May you take the time to heal all of your wounds.

May you live in the present and not in the past. This life we live goes way too fast.

May you find stillness in this world of chaos.

May you smile big even when no one is around.

May you sing and dance and act like a clown.

May you grow and flourish at your own pace, and remember that life is not a race.

May you learn, practice, share and teach. Use your gifts to help those in need.

May you one day find your voice. Always remember you have a choice.
It may take time, and that’s okay. Talk less observe more. Be a sponge. Listen.

May you treat your body like the greatest temple in the universe. If something’s not right, listen and take it a step further.

May you find comfort in your skin and walk with your head high.

May you be Authentically perfect imperfect and not follow the crowd.
May you find joy in the little things like the smile on your kids faces or the smell of fresh flowers and not the material things.

May you take time to be alone. Read. Write. Meditate.

May you be independent and able to stand on your own two feet. Remember, dependency is for the weak.

May you live your life your way without hesitation or guilt.

May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you be strong



Benefits of Yoga and Pilates

The many benefits of yoga and pilates for all shapes, sizes, ages and levels in a non-intimidating environment.

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Don't Speed Through Life-A Note to my Daughter on her 17th Birthday

Life has bumps, roadblocks, twists and turns.

Take one road trip at a time.

Don’t forget to slow down and stop when you are running low on gas.

There will be rain drops falling from your beautiful, blue eyes.

Let them fall.

Turn on the wipers and keep “Moving Forward”. You will only “Go Further”.

Your heart is your engine and is full of kindness, love, compassion, honesty, intelligence and authenticity. All of these combined creates that beautiful explosion that will continue to grow and allow you to move everyday at any speed you wish..

Certain days will test you.

You may get overheated and blow a gasket from time to time and that’s okay. Recognize it, take a deep breath, turn up the radio, sing and let it go.

Regardless of your age, how many miles you have driven; you will encounter setbacks. There is no guarantee you won’t break down but always remember to service the issue, re-ignite and start again..

Seeing the world may seem like a long shot now; but that’s “The Power of Dreams”. Follow sign that points you in the right direction.

Meet new friends and eliminate the blue exhaust from your life and never change for anyone but yourself. From time to time, periodically check your surroundings and be sure you are with the positive chargers and disconnect with the negative.

At seventeen, you are looking to speed through life. Don’t.

Stop.

Look.

Listen and enjoy every moment, every view and smell every flower.

Don’t be reckless with your life and with money.

Keep your eyes on this life at all times. You will be distracted from all forces.

Focus on the road and your destination.

Trust your skills and your journey.

Follow your heart and create your own map.

Let nobody take control of the wheel unless it is necessary.

“You are the driver of your own life, don’t let anyone steal your seat”-unknown

Striving, thriving and driving through this journey of life. Happy 17th Birthday. I love you Kelsey. You inspire me everyday. Your hard work, motivation is truly amazing. Never let any friend, boyfriend or teacher speak down to you or tell you anything differently. Be confident, strong, and keep your eyes on the road. Life is one hell of a bumpy road. I know that you can overcome any detour.

Be safe

xoxoxo







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What Does Love Mean To Me

I shared this last week on Instagram and decided to share it on my blog and add a few things to the list.

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, yes another holiday created by Hallmark but there is history behind the holiday of roses, candy, expensive dinners, or gifts depending on who your partner is. There are so many stories about Saint Valentine and the meaning behind this holiday of love. I won’t get into the history, just GOOGLE it!

What does love mean to me? This question is both easy and challenging. Here goes the babbling:
Love is a feeling.
Love is bigger than everyone of us.
Love is not only romantic.
Love helps us live and grow.
Love protects and connects.
We can’t survive without it.
Love at first sight is looking at your new born baby.
Love is guiding, teaching, protecting, practicing and learning.
Love is silence.
Love is loud.
Love is making sacrifices.
Love is giving and receiving.
Love is human.
Love is not cruel or mean.
Love is not only about making it.
So many are wanting, seeking and fighting over it.
Look no further than within yourself.
Love is accepting.
Love is respect.
Love is gratitude.
Love is not hurtful or manipulation.
Love is truth.
Love is without ego.
Love is passion for what sets your soul on fire.
Love is a state of being.
Love is our dreams.
Love is our actions.
Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should be equal.
Love is skinny, fat, short, tall, black, white and every color of the rainbow.
Love is life and life is love.
💕
The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
💕
The strongest love I have ever felt is being a mom. The kind of love that can make your heart cry when they are sad or sick. Struggling and confused. The “what if’s” that keeps us up all night. 
This love is the strongest. 
The strength that keeps me going. The drive, passion, and sacrifices is all because of the love for my kids. This is love. This is the strongest love I have ever known. It was love at first sight. 💕

Now for the other “things” I love

I love teaching yoga to ALL levels, shapes and sizes

I love how yoga has changed my life and watching it transform other lives

I love authentic people

I love essential oils and how just a few drops from nature can heal

I love flannel shirts

I love dark chocolate

I now love gluten free pasta

I love coffee enemas

I love celery juice and how it makes me feel. The Medical Medium is a genius

I love motivational quotes

I love podcasts

I love Oprah

I love Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

I love reading and writing. (who would have thought. I once couldn't stand either)

I love Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Baths

I love alone time

I love The WIZARD OF OZ (Happy Anniversary)

I love my life and everything from the past that has shaped me into who I am today.

I love that I have bad days and good ones.

I love that I am continuing to learn everyday.

I love that I can share these experiences with people who are willing to learn.

There will be a part 3!!! The list is LONG

xoxoxox

MB

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Authentically Speaking

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”-Judy Garland

Being authentic is being 100% yourself always but it doesn’t always come easy and it takes daily work.. Deep, inner work. Start by stop comparing yourselves to other people. Be the best you ALWAYS and start by choosing yourself. When you start the work you begin to be your truest version of yourself, you will find peace and you will no longer be a second rate version of someone else.

When we speak authentically we begin to live a life of passion, fulfillment and joy.

It’s hard work digging deep to figure out who you really are and speaking your truth. We have all been there. Begin by taking the steps to see who you really are. Are you more like Mrs. Jones next door that you have been keeping up with for years? Or are you super competitive at the office, the gym, yoga studios and other social settings where you will try to do what the others are doing for that recognition? Is this who you are? Are you in an unhealthy/unhappy relationship or marriage, but feel bad speaking your truth? Are you living a lie? Are you leading or following?

Free your mind, set your voice free. It is healing and feels good.

It took me years and I am still digging. Sometimes, I don’t like what I find, but I am a work in progress every day.

When I started teaching yoga three years ago and writing dharmas, Putting my thoughts and stories on paper and sharing with my class felt great. Then the blogging started shortly after, and that was even more healing. Journaling found it’s place in the line up and now I am authentically speaking on my podcast.

Authentically Speaking is another tool for me to share my stories and have people near and far share theirs. Real people, who inspire others, have a story they would like to share to help themselves and help others along the way. Men and Women who are learning, practicing, sharing and teaching.

So far on Authentically Speaking you have listened to ,a writer, traveler, and hopeless romantic share his story about healing after heartbreak through writing and finally speaking it out loud. A teen with type one Diabetes inspiring others how to live with it and not to be ashamed. A Creative Designer who overcame her fears, and loss of her mother at 15 years old and said she is now “FREE” after authentically speaking.

Someone recently asked how I was choosing my guests. I am asking authentic men and women who live their lives authentically, inspire others, who have a story to share that will help people who may be going through similar situations. From divorce to sports. Living with a broken heart or trying to mend one.

The next two months on Authentically Speaking will be inspiring and educational.

A single mom who left her 9 to 5 job to follow her dream.

A resilient, strong, principal, author and LGBTQ Advocate who authentically speaks about being gay, marriage, raising kids and the curricullum that is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

A holistic health coach who authentically speaks about hormone health and helping women all over the country using natures gifts.

A Spiritual Healer who left her corporate job to create beautiful healing tools and sharing her gifts authentically.

A role model for athletes who is so grateful to impact young men on the field and off and building a quality life of his own.

A Doctor with an insatiable thirst for learning and helping those in pain.

A Global Wanderer who is filling pages with stories of seas she has sailed, miles she has walked and the beautiful blue skies she has flown.

A couple who has overcome addiction, cancer, and together making an impact by helping others.

A mom spreading awareness to all the Big Hearts, so the Little Broken Hearts can be mended.

A strong mom with a strong family and supportive community with a SUPER STRONG baby girl who is fighting everyday against Hurlers Syndrome.

This is only a taste of the guest line up.

With so many more topics and genuine people who have inspirational stories to share authentically. Stay tuned as we learn, share and heal as we speak our truth.

Are you learning, sharing, practicing, teaching and inspiring others authentically? Share your story by emailing maribethwoodford@gmail.com to possibly have a chance to be a guest.

A Year of Good Books

2018 was a year of learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Reading and writing played a very important part in everything I learned last year.

Before we get too far into 2019, I would like to share with all of you the book and tools that helped me grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can conveniently order the books on Amazon right here!

If you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz or not, The Wizard of Us is a spiritual journey through Oz. This is my number one for 2018. After all these years of watching The Wizard of Oz, it finally makes sense! This book is filled with ways to open your heart, fill your brain with more knowledge, surrender and have the courage to make necessary changes and realize that everything you are looking for is in your own backyard.

Are you living in the present moment? Everyone talks about living in the moment. It is not as easy as we think. I had a hard time finding complete stillness and really taking time to be 100%, fully present. I needed a book and I couldn't have found it in a better book. Not only do I love Eckhart Tolle books, I watch and listen to his videos often. The Power of Now is the best daily guide on how to live in the NOW and stop living in the past and trying to stop using a crystal ball to see the future.

Once you get the hang of Living in the Now, now try to find complete stillness throughout your day!! Now this is challenging. Thanks to SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah, I found stillness. Oprah had Pico Iyer on as a guest and the interview was so amazing; not only did I listen to it six times, I had to buy the book. The Art of Stillness is small book with stories and information on how to unplug and find stillness in our lives.

Most of you that know me, are fully aware that I don’t like bullshit. No sugar coating. Real and authentic. I have a few books on The Chakras, but this is by far my favorite. Not only because I know the author personally, because this book is A Real-Life, No BS Guide to the Chakras. Lindsay Carricarte-Jones is authentic, honest, a Life Coach, Author, Yoga Instructor and friend. This book is “No Bullshit”. Are you stuck and can’t figure out why? Did you ever think about your chakras? Chances are they are blocked and need some help.

Many people ask “Why SUKHA”? “What does it mean”? “How did you choose the name”? Well, during my teacher training we were required to read The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

I have blogged many times about this and I continue to flipped through the Sutras for a refresh.

Pantanjali gives four keys. He says that if we always keep these four keys with us, when we come across any of the four locks, we will have the proper keys to open.

  1. SUKHA (happy people)

  2. dukha (unhappy people)

  3. punya (the virtuous people)

  4. apunya (the wicked)

Patanjali gives 4 keys to open these locks. He says that if we always keep these 4 keys with us, when we come across any of these four locks, we will have the proper key to open it. The four keys are: maitri (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (delight), and upekshanam (disregard). Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people, no matter what behaviors and attitudes they may be exhibiting at the moment.

When you see a happy person, use the “friendliness” key. This means being able to share in another person’s happiness or good fortune, instead of being jealous or trying to destroy their joy through a bitter attitude or negative verbal comments. Through jealousy, you will not disturb the happy person but you disturb your own serenity. So we should always have the friendliness key when we see happy people.

When you see an unhappy person, use the “compassion” key. When someone is upset, try to help them or comfort them if you can. If they need space, then leave them alone after letting them know you will be there for them when they are ready. Don’t take pleasure in seeing someone else suffer, but remember how it felt when it happened to you and have compassion for them. By doing that, you will retain the peace of your own mind. “Through compassion you find that all human beings are just like you.” – HH The Dalai Lama

When you see a virtuous person, use the “delight” key. If you see a virtuous person, feel delighted. Do not envy the person, but rather appreciate the virtuous qualities and try to cultivate them in your own life. As we rejoice in and appreciate their qualities, we are inspired by knowing such greatness is possible. Observing noble qualities in others is a virtue of the heart.

When you see a wicked (non-virtuous) person, use the “disregard” key. We need to develop equanimity towards those whose actions oppose our values. It would be wonderful if all people always acted with honor and consciousness, but unfortunately this is not always the way. We ourselves, may have acted, spoken, or thought unkindly or hurt another person. So become indifferent to the person who is wicked at the moment.

There are more books from 2018. Stay tuned for part 2!!

Have a great week my friends. Happy Reading!

See Ya 2018 and Thank You

Happy New Year everyone!!

As we said goodbye to another year last night, my hope is that everyone is all geared up for 2019.

Every New Year is a time for growth. The years that have past were all learning experiences and any experiences either good or bad were all lessons. Every lesson makes us stronger, heals us and allows us to be ready for the years to come.

2018 started off spending 10 days with my children and parents in Florida. Kelsey knocked swimming with Manatees off her bucket list, went to Spain and was indicted in the Spanish National Honor Society. Patrick had a great year of sports winning the Triple Crown in Soccer, Baseball and Basketball, first time in pads on the football field with a few touchdowns, and some amazing plays and made the high school basketball team.

I am one proud mom and all I hope for in 2019 and going forward is that they continue to work hard and play hard. (on the field that is) My advice now and always, don’t follow the crowds. Study hard because the parties and the friends won’t last forever. Make yourself the number one priority. Be you always. Continue to learn. Create. Inspire. Lead.

For Valentine’s Day Matt & I took a much needed trip to Antigua. Relaxation and much needed solo time. We met an amazing new friend, connected with nature and each other.

2018 was a year of learning, writing, growing, detoxing and healing. Detoxing the body and removing toxic people from my life.

Finding stillness, and living in the NOW. Setting boundaries and sticking to them.

Hiking in Utah as I continued my education about Nature’s Gifts.

Thank you 2018! You brought me peace, joy, clean living, a voice, knowledge and wisdom. You opened my eyes to many things. I am grateful to you. It was a magical year.

As I started my intentions and plans for 2019 early, I took speaking and writing to a whole new level with Authentically Speaking; a new podcast where I will be sharing my stories as well as guests who will share theirs. You can subscribe to the channel on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor.

What are your plans? Intentions?

Be sure not to set goals or resolutions to fix problems. Don’t make it for just one year. Make it for the next two to five. Set goals. Not tasks.

Try something for 20 days. Then it becomes a habit. Create daily habits that make you feel good. How good do you want to feel? Are you taking care of your body? What brings you joy? What will get you there? When do you feel good? When do you feel like shit? Think about it. What people, places and things make you feel good and what people, places and things make you feel like shit?

“Celebrate You. If it doesn’t bring you joy in 2019, get rid of it”-Denise Casagrande Authentically Speaking

This upcoming year and all to come is going to be great!! I have a vision. Do you? What do you want to see? Close your eyes and vision it.

I want to thank everyone who made my 2018 special. I have met amazing people locally and across the globe and I look forward to meeting more authentic people who are on the same path.

Cheers to you and many great years ahead.

Celebrate You. 100% authentically you.

Happy New Year!

xoxox

mb

Grind and Shine for 28 days for $28

Motivation and Creativity at its best!!

I absolutely love this combo and I absolutely adore one of the creators of Grind and Shine.

Sarah Giberson is a student at SUKHA. Sarah and her husband Ryan started practicing both yoga and pilates at SUKHA in June. You can find this motivated duo at SUKHA almost every day. They made commitments to themselves by living a healthy lifestyle.

It was a pleasure to have them on our first yoga retreat in October.

Sarah and her officemates created a blog called “Grind and Shine”. “This blog is for people looking to fuel their competitive spirit and energize the nine to five".

Every month they post a challenge.

This month, is YOGA!!!

“Namaste your way to a happy, healthier you”

Grind and Shine will start this yoga challenge 12/3 and will go for 28 days straight of yoga practicing at least 45 minutes to one hour per day.

I loved this blog and challenge so much, I am offering anyone who makes this commitment to themselves to Grind and Shine for 28 days a great deal. (new clients only)

28 days of yoga at SUKHA for $28

Now, you can’t get better than that!! No need to be nervous, you will feel at home at SUKHA in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment.

Just arrive at SUKHA 15 minutes before class, mention you are here to “Grind and Shine” for $28.

Cash only please.

You can view the schedule and sign up through our website and pay at the door.

Grind & Shine #everydamnday

offer ends 12/27

Grind & Shine

Take Responsibility for Lighting Your Own Flame

This week I spoke about my visit to the church, mindsets, childhood wounds and being proud.

We always tell our children how proud we are of them for all of their accomplishments and I think it should be said when deserved and be sure we make it about them and not ourselves. We must give the credit when the credit is due with taking ourselves out of the equation.

This Tuesday I came to the studio and found myself dead in my tracks at the front door. I actually looked up at the purple sign, the stickers on the door and as I walked in, I stopped and said to myself “wow”. “This is your studio. You did this.”

I have never had this feeling and I have never given myself any kudos for creating such a great space.

This moment brought so much up for me. Childhood wounds, fear of expressing myself or the fear of what others may think if I verbalized my feelings of achievements. I don’t crave attention or praise. I actually don’t like it. Yes, it feels good but I am humble. Humble and proud.

Be proud of yourself. Give yourself some credit. “You’ve survived heartache and heartbreak. You work your ass off for what lights your soul on fire. Take time to say “great job”. “I am proud of you”. Because guess what? It’s nobody’s responsibility to keep your flame lit but your own”.

This quote came rolling off of my tongue last night. I was hesitant to post it with the fear that it was too rough. But it’s tough love and it’s the truth. It is time to take responsibility for your own life. Why? Taking responsibility of your life moves you from victim to victor. This will change your energy and will raise your vibration.

When people seek constant praise, approval and admiration it is a noticeable sign of Narcissistic personality. This is why it is so important to give praise to others, especially our kids when most deserved. Not when they draw a good picture, come home at curfew or take out the trash.

If you find you are looking for praise for all of your hard work, look in the mirror and say:

“I am proud of all of my efforts”

Take in deeply, beyond the layers of self doubt to the truth of your glowing spirit.

You are amazing.

Take responsibility for lighting your flame and….

BE PROUD.

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Yoga for my Mind and Soul on the Other Side of an Altar.

It’s been a LONG time since I went to church for a full mass. Sunday was worth blogging about.

I have been thinking about it for a long time but just couldn’t seem to get up the nerve. There are so many situations that occurred why I have not continued and I will share a few with you now then I will tell you about my experience Sunday.

We grew up Catholic. I went to Catholic School pretty much my entire life, my parents went to Catholic School, my grandmothers both attended church daily and I was married in the Catholic Church.

Guilt! That feeling of guilt that I remember feeling if I did not go to church every Sunday. The guilt was not from my mom, but it was a deeper feeling that I felt from the church/school itself.

Now you all probably know what the last is. Yep. The disgusting database of sexual abuse by priests. I am not here to write about that but when I told Woody I was going to church, he was shocked and said “do me one favor when you go”. “Think of our kids”.

I get it. I agree. I still went. I felt the need to go and trying to keep those horrific thoughts out of my head.

Prayer has always been something I believe in. I pray every night. Contemplative Prayer.

I have faith and I believe.

I do not believe you have to go to church to pray. Since Kelsey was struck by a car this September, I pray more and more. Shit, I have been praying so much I am actually enrolled in a 21 Days of Prayer to Change Your Life Course. It’s not a religious course. These are prayers about The Strength of Vulnerability, Letting Go, Forgiveness, The Power of Prayer and THANK YOU!! A big one for me. Anyway; back to my field trip to church.

I did not go alone. During a few of my classes, I have been talking about going back to church. One of my beautiful students, Mrs. Kate Liggett invited me to go with her. Kate talked about this young, “hip” priest at St. Martha’s. Kate described his physical appearance as “Jesus Christ”. The picture was embedded in my head. She said he was engaging, funny, and people love him. That is all I needed to hear.

Sunday after class I met Kate at Church.

I was nervous. My belly felt nauseous. That guilt of not being there in so many years was settling in.

We sat in the front.

Once the Priest got to the altar, I could not believe my eyes. He is young, hip, wore Dock Martins and had a Mala Bracelet on and holy shit; HE LOOKED LIKE JESUS!! Ha ha.

Not a grey hair in his hippie, long hair.

As mass began, I thought I had remembered the prayers of the catholic church, but that certainly changed. That’s how long it’s been.

Now it was time for The Sermon. I could not believe my ears. This priest started off talking about rock, paper, scissors and was engaging with the parishioners of all ages. People were laughing and participating. I could not stop smiling. I was 100% fully engaged.

Next up musical chairs!! I won’t get into the entire sermon, but the first thing that popped in my head was Wayne Dyer, his daughters book and the dharma and blog I wrote a few weeks ago. This priest reads Wayne Dyer!! We spoke about the same thing!! “Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You”.

As he continued to conclude his sermon; his ending was simple and true. “You never know when the music is going to stop, so live everyday like it’s your last”.

I finally found somewhere to go to listen to a really good dharma. Yoga for my mind and soul while sitting on the other side of an altar.

Thank you Kate!!!

xoxoxo

No More EXCUSES

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend and not dreading tomorrow. If you are, why? Are you still in that place? The place of being stuck? Are you always making excuses?

Excuses of not finding a better job that will make you happy? Do you have a dream of starting your own business? Do you want to start that diet or maybe trying yoga or you want to start running?

What’s your excuse?

Are you constantly telling yourself it will be “too hard”? Risky? Do you find yourself so comfortable that you don’t know any other way of thinking?

Have you been criticized by a family member or spouse for years that made you think you are not strong enough? Smart enough? Too old? No energy? Too busy?

The list of excuses is long and you need to stop making them and start NOW.

This blog is short and I will leave you with a few affirmations and the link to my new purchase:

“Excuses BEGONE”-Dr. Wayne Dyer

  • I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.

  • Being myself involves no risks. It is my ultimate truth, and I live fearlessly.

  • I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny.

  • I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not

  • I am connected to an ultimate source of abundance.

  • I am willing to attract all that I desire, beginning here and now.

  • I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my source of being.

  • I am a creation of the divine mind; all is perfect and I am a genius of my own right.

  • I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.

All of these excuses, I once told myself and sometimes still do. Why? Because maybe there are still some birds chirping in my ear from the past or even current day.

I was not a good student. My second grade math teacher called me a “ding bat” and I hated school since and thought I was dumb for many, many years.

I am not a spring chicken and I am far from wealthy. I am happy.

What did I do? I stopped making excuses and I went for it. Now I am on another path. A path of a routine that includes many things.Currently, I am scattered. I need to set a schedule and stick to it with NO MORE EXCUSES. NO MORE GUILT. I know what I need to do.

“It’s the awareness…of how you are stuck, that makes you recover”-Fritz Perls

Happy Monday Eve my friends!

xoxox

I Hope You're Somewhere Praying

Good morning!! Thank you all for joining me on my blog page. This short blog is something I rarely write about or speak about in class.

As I wake on this fall Saturday morning, I find myself in fetal position as I do everyday. I fall asleep in fetal and wake up the same way.

I say a few prayers every night before bed. One is always the same since childhood. The others are random.

Most of us may have past conditioning and beliefs about prayer. I know I did. Some outdated, old beliefs of mine were that we had to go to church to pray. Now as adults, we make our own decisions and realize at whatever age that is not the case.

My heart knows that prayer exists and I can pray anywhere and anyway I want to whoever I choose. The first thing I needed to do was clear out toxic beliefs about prayer. I remember my grandmother always praying with rosary beads by her bed, in the living room and if I remember correctly, in her house coat and of course at mass.

I have not been to church in a long time. I have considered going back, I need to find the right place with a minister or priest that is open and current to this world we live in today.

Another belief was that prayers should be said at night, on my knees by my bed.

On this Saturday morning, if you wake up in fetal position with your prayer hands on your cheek you can say this short prayer to start your day:

“Allowing my life to be held by a Love that is greater than my own thinking, I am open to this love now”.

Having awareness that LOVE is holding you provides us with a deep sense of peace and connection to the world around us.

We are on a mission to heal whatever “stuff” we have going on from the past or present day. All of this, in my opinion is not possible without some kind of prayer.

When Kelsey was struck by a car on Labor Day, the prayers never stopped. I found myself repeatedly thanking whoever was watching over her. I said “Thank You” seven times. And it continues. Every night from then on.

There are so many things I am thankful for. The list is long, but seven just sticks with me.

No matter what religion, who you pray to or how you do it. Just do it!!

Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend!!

xoxoxo

Create. Take Risks. Live Your Passion.

Happy Friday!! Most of you are probably jumping for joy that it is the end of the “work week” and have been looking forward to it since Monday.

I remember feeling the same way towards the end of my career in the car business. Waking up every morning repeatedly saying “ugh, I don’t want to go, I wish I could work for myself”. “I wish I could just start my own business”. “I wish I was my own boss”. “I wish I had flexibility”. “I wish I could pick my kids up from school”.” I wish they would take my suggestions”. “ I wish I didn’t feel like a caged animal”. TRAPPED!!! For life.

I wish. I wish. I wish.

My wish came true with hard work, dedication, motivation and not giving up.

I did it. I did it. I did it.

And I f’in love it. Being a small business owner and a Wellness Advocate is the most gratifying career I have ever had. I truly love helping others. I love to use my creative mind and putting the ideas into place without approval. If it works, it works. If not, oh well. I will try again.

The best part is I am able to do what I want to do. Pick my kids up from school, attend games, cook dinner calmly, not relying on others to help and making my own schedule.

Most of you know that know me are fully aware that I do not sugar coat anything.

Being a small business owner is not easy. Being a small yoga studio owner is not all bare feet, pretty leggings and peace love and happiness. That’s for f’in sure.

But one thing is for certain, when people leave the studio smiling, laughing or crying with tears of joy, that is what makes me keep going everyday. That is what motivates me. It’s obviously and definitely not the money because in this business, it is very tough to make a profit. (at least at my very reasonable prices) But guess what? I am HAPPY.

I took a chance to do what I love. I broke free from the cage and put my creative mind, passion and heart to work and jumped in. I am no longer trapped and that feeling of being stuck is gone.

A few people this past week sent me messages or told me personally that they finally broke free from their cage!!! I am so proud of you ladies for following your heart. Congratulations!!

How many of you have that fear? Not the money fear but the fear of being stuck. TRAPPED. If you are feeling this way you need to think about that maybe feeling this way is a sign that your current job is a very TOXIC environment.

Ask yourself these questions, write them down in your journal:

  1. Do you get anxiety and sad every night thinking about going to work?

  2. Do you suffer from stress?

  3. Are you taking your stress and anger on others at home?

  4. Do you feel unappreciated?

  5. Are you lacking motivation?

  6. Do you dislike being told what to do?

  7. Are you mentally and physically exhausted?

  8. How long is your commute?

  9. Are you using all of your talents and creative abilities?

One of my main goals in this lifetime is to help others through yoga, learning, practicing, sharing and teaching how to live a natural, healthy, authentic lifestyle.

If you are feeling “stuck” in any way; practice yoga. If you are feeling stuck and looking to break free; send me a message either way.

Two years ago, I became a wholesale customer with doterra Essential Oils. I began using essential oils daily in many different ways. Then one day about 9 months ago, it dawned on me. How selfish can you be not sharing these life changing oils with people. So, I began to learn more, practice more, share more and teach more. And now I am building a team of people who are looking to do the same. Authentically. On their terms.

I am looking for two enthusiastic and motivated people to join my team to help share these gifts from nature so we can heal everyday. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. One drop at a time.

Are you passionate about healing and living a natural lifestyle? Are you motivated and driven? Do you love to help others and want to see others succeed?

I love being my own boss and so will you!!

Baby steps. Crawl. Walk. Run. Learn. Practice. Share. Teach.

Xoxoxox

Email: maribethwoodford@gmail.com


New Workshops at SUKHA

Today I announced a new teacher at SUKHA via email.

Lexy is a lover of humans, culture, astrology, holistic healing, traditional Chinese medicine, and plant based nutrition. Lexy found out at 20 years old she was called to share the healing powers of yoga. Since then she has accumulated 578 hours. She has learned under Jessie Haims, Dylan Werner, Matt Giordano, Benjamin Sears, Phillip and Ivy Askew, Abbie and Nevine Michaan from Katonah, Sam Vetrano of Bodhi Movement, Dana Falsetti, and Tina Bock. She is currently on working on becoming a Katonah teacher. A yoga influenced by Taoist beliefs. Putting the magic squares in the body, and viewing the body as a house. A house you can have party’s in, but being given the proper tools to clean the house up after you party. Getting good blood flow through the heart, oxygen to the lungs, detoxing the liver, and flushing the kidneys. She study’s birth chart reading in NYC with Shirley Soffer, and is reiki attuned.

Lexy’s will be teaching “Effort & Grace”-a meditative class that moves with the season every Monday at 9:30. This class will start with movement and heat-spring and summer, ending with restorative passive postures and guided meditation-autumn and winter.

Spring brings growth, summer allows the growth to ripen, autumn sheds layers, winter brings stillness to give nature a moment to be still so it can be re-born.

Lexy will be holding her first workshop at SUKHA Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. Details will be posted soon. Stay Tuned.

Please welcome Lexy to the SUKHA Community.

We are all creatures of habit. Keep in mind that by attending different classes with different teachers will introduce you to new poses that work different muscles and challenge your body in different ways. Your form will improve and you may discover a whole new style that you will love. And the best reason why you should take all of the teachers classes: You will add another positive, caring person to your life that will guide you through the most life changing practice in the world!

Now I would like to announce the two amazing workshops that will be added to the schedule.

Teachings of Katonah Yoga

For this workshop Lexy will introduce the teachings of katonah yoga ™. Katonah is a style of yoga created by Nevine Michaan using Taoist theory by putting the magic squares in your body. Nevine specializes in body reading and teaches this to her students. During a body reading you will learn which area of your body needs more attention so you can get the full effect out of your poses. We create patterns in life that manipulate our posture. This method of yoga will help you bring consciousness on where center is. One example; when you twist in low lunge do you feel like your lungs are compacted? If so, you’re not at true center. Your lungs should feel open and free. We can work on this. Working on your weaknesses and giving a break to strengths so they don’t become your weakness. For example wrist pain. Do you ever try flipping your wrist for a yoga flow? This can prevent pain and injury. This gives your strength a time breath, and builds on your weakness to support your strength. Lexy has trained 20 hours under Katonah and is plans on becoming a
Katonah instructor in the future. In this workshop she will go though a short flow to see where each individuals body has manipulated their center. Hand out materials, show a video, and body read in either mountain pose, reverse namaste, and seated bound angle pose. So you get a idea of where center is. This article is written by Abbie Galvin one of the teachers Nevine has trained. See article below.
This workshop will be held Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. The cost is $25

Birth Chart Interpretations Novice Level Workshop

Do you ever get asked what your moon sign is and have no idea what’s being said? Do you feel like you don’t resonate with your sun sign, and have no idea what a birth chart is? Or have a deep curiosity of which planet represents and how it effects you? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop Lexy will give you explanations on the planets, the houses, and how to better understand your chart. You will given proper tools to be able to go home and understand your chart more. This will not be a birth chart reading, but birth guidance. Please bring in a print out of your birth chart. Time and location of birth are important to know! You can get your birth chart from website below by clicking “birth chart”

This workshop will be held Sunday, January 13 at 12:00 pm $25

These will be on the SUKHA APP. Please pay in advance to hold your spot. Katonah Yoga will be capped at 10.

Resume of Life

There are a few things that inspired me to write this blog. The first being Bayley’s post on Instagram. “Can cross this off my (b) list”. Congrats again to Bayley for finishing her first Half Marathon. For those of you who do not know Bay, she is a almost 20 year old teacher at SUKHA, a now Half Marathon Runner, a College Student, a Care-Giver for children, a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, cousin, niece, artisan and a diabetic. For 19 years young, Bayley is crossing things off her list. Congrats Bayley!!

We have told for years from our parents, teachers, and mentors “Stay with one job, it looks bad on your resume”. I disagree. Thanks mom. You never held me back from any of my wacky decisions. Each decision was a learning experience and helped me to grow and be who I am today.

I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I did it all!! Or at least as much as I can mentally and physically handle.

When I was about 8 years old, I remember playing school and wanting to be a teacher. Then as I got older and being introduced to the New York Times Fashion Magazine, I then wanted to be a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser.

As a teenager, I was a waitress, a cashier at Shoprite. I worked concessions at PNC Art Center, I stuffed envelopes with travel brochures in NYC on the weekends with my mom. I attended Newbury College and received my degree in Fashion Merchandising. I worked at Prudential in NJ and Boston, Merrill Lynch, I even scooped Ice Cream and sold Fanny Farmer Candy then off to NYC where I did billing for a diamond company, then worked my up to Account Executive, then Merchandiser where I traveled to India for quality control.

Years later, I was blessed to have had the most challenging, gratifying, most under appreciated job in the world. I became a mom to two amazing children. When you become a mom, you add to your resume a nurse, a doctor, therapist, teacher, accountant, taxi driver, chef, maid, coach, disciplinarian, and a friend.

This will always be my number 1!

I sold jewelry and skin care products. I held Spa Classes carrying around bins and towels to give people at home spa parties. The list is long.

Oh the car business!! Who would have ever thought. I loved it and hated it. I learned so much as Director of Business Development and I have no regrets. Now years later, at 47, a Yoga Instructor, Small Business owner, Wellness Advocate and Blogger. Make the most from each one. Learn from your experiences. Share them.

These were only jobs/careers. Like Bayley, I have a list. Much has been crossed off, but there is more.

Guess what? I am not stopping here. Who knows what will be next. I am beating my own drum.

Do what you love and love what you do. Learn. Don’t stop because someone told you it looks bad on your resume. Try it all. Be a wealth full of knowledge. In one industry or multiple. Do what YOU want to do. Make your own decisions. Be kind, honest and compassionate. Inspire and motivate yourself and others. Run a 5k or a half. Hike. Paddle. Travel. Read. Write.

The last few days I have been listening to the most inspiring man; the late Wayne Dyer.

I will leave you with this:

“Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You”. -Wayne Dyer

For those who know me, you can see why this is so inspiring to me and how this blog all links together.

“Not dying with your music still in you is not about what you “do with” your life. It is about how you lead your life. Raising children to dance to the beat of their own drum means raising them first to hear, and then follow their own inner calling”-Serena Dyer

Don’t get caught up in what others tell you to do. Follow your heart and not others.

“When you follow the herd, you’re bound to step in shit. Avoid the herd. Think for yourself. Do what you feel is right for you”-SD

Teens: Study and continue to learn. Have fun. the right way. Never stop learning. I know you may hate it now, but trust me; Don’t “F” up. You are young. Learn to balance it all. You can do it!! DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD.

xoxoxox