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

A Touch of Heaven. Infrared Sauna, Coffee Enema.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, You’ll always get what You’ve got”-Henry Ford

There are so many meanings of this and so many ways of interpretation. Today, it is being in tune with your body, listening to it, and doing something about it.

Last October, just like this October was super busy for me. Always on the go and never taking the time to sit back, say no, take a scan of myself and find stillness.. Almost exactly a year ago, I had that scare. The shooting pain in my left shoulder and racing heart. No fucking way was I having a heart attack. But then again; it’s possible. My grandfather died of a heart attack at 42.

I stayed up all night refusing to fall asleep. The last thing I wanted was to die in my sleep and have my kids find me. The next morning I dropped the kids at school and drove myself to the ER. They hooked me up ASAP!! Heart was good. The lungs not so good. They told me my pleura was inflamed and I probably had pneumonia and did not know it. Of course the scripts were thrown at me like the local high school football players and cheerleaders throw candy off the fire truck during the Thanksgiving Parade. I took them for a few days until I switched to Oregano Oil in a capsule and it worked!!!

Fast forward. Here I am again,almost exactly one year ago with the same pain, but so much worse. Is it seasonal? Stress? Or the constant going, going, going and not stopping? Who knows.What I do know is that I need to find stillness more often, say no and slow down. I have been non-stop for years. Survival mode. Going and going and always feeling great. But was I really? Maybe I was and once menopause kicked in things started to change.

As we get older, everything changes. Our hormones, our gut, our heart, our liver, our skin and pretty much almost everything. It’s not fun but it doesn’t have to be that way and keep in mind it all starts with food. Food is the foundation to our health and well being.

This year I have learned so much from such amazing, intelligent women who have guided me through gut and hormone health, liver and lung health and so much more. Attending convention was eye opening and having many conversations with Kim Traverso and of course my many visits and talks with Mary Jo Kurtz.

Mary Jo wears many hats and brings many tools in her tool box as a health and wellness coach. She has spent the last 25 years studying, exploring and educating herself and all those she comes in contact with about the endless possibilities for healing on all levels. Her approach to healing embodies the true meaning of mind, body and spirit connection. She is a Nutrition and Holistic Health Coach, a Reiki Master Teacher, an Integrative Energy Therapist, a Spiritual Counselor and Ordained Minister Practitioner who uses a myriad of holistic tools to help her clients.  On any given day Mary Jo may talk to you about Traditional Chinese Medicine, your blood type, genetics, food, fears, emotions, your chakras, toxins, your energy field or anything else. She will bring it all together to help guide you to what might be going on with you and help you choose a direction for true healing.

My last visit with Mary Jo was eye opening, relaxing and rejuvenating. As always we started with a “Touch of Heaven.” This therapy is my favorite!! Well, one of many. This therapy helps to promote healing deep within the body. Touch of Heaven is exactly that even though I don’t know what heaven is like but if I had to describe one of the feelings that I think heaven is like, this would be it.

While laying on her heated crystal far-infrared biomat Mary Jo first checked, opened and balanced all of my chakras. She then checks which essential oils my body needs before placing them along the spine and on my feet. The essential oils speak with the cells, release and restore balance and harmony. Who doesn’t need that??? If I could go once a week, I would.

Now I have done this therapy many, many times. This visit was different.

I had called Mary Jo a few days before my visit because I was not feeling good at all. I couldn't pinpoint it, but I was off. I had belly bloat, my back was bugging me, I had no coloring in my face, my eyes seemed pale as well if that is even such a thing. Emotionally, I was just off. I felt like a chilly, fall, rainy morning with a thick fog hovering over the Glimmerglass Bridge unable to see through it at any time during the day. It needed to be lifted so I can parent and teach. I needed my energy. I was craving health but I could not understand why. Gluten was removed from my diet, I hardly eat meat or dairy. I juice. Hell, I just had come back from a yoga retreat and we ate healthy.

Mary Jo added a new therapy that I find absolutely fascinating. After “Touch of Heaven” Mary Jo began to a Bio-Energy Evaluation which helps to evaluate the bio-energy field to see what might be the cause of my energy blocks - probably at the root of what’s going on with my body. In doing this she uses a combination of Direct Resonance Testing, Muscle Testing and Autonomic Response Testing. She uses the energetic frequencies of types of stressors like heavy metals and various microbial toxins like fungus, virus, bacteria, and more as well as the frequencies of things like homeopathics, vitamins, minerals and other supplements. The substances are introduced into the bio-energy-field with the help of specialized devices called Signal Enhancers. In the end Mary Jo uses a combination of all the information she gathers from the energy field to help to come up with a plan for the most effective changes that anyone can make with regard to their diet, supplements, lifestyle, thoughts, emotions and beliefs in order to make changes necessary for a more balanced and healthier life.

And then as if that were not enough! It was time for the finishing touches with a new addition to Mary Jo’s services: Infrared Sauna time!!! OMG, was it hot. But a relaxing, hot. Twenty minutes of detoxification that you don’t get in a gym or a hot yoga studio.

Infrared saunas can help increase blood circulation and release built up toxins in the body. This sweatbox helps to support the immune system, great for aches and pains, stress reliever and fatigue.

The last 5 minutes, I wanted out but I knew I needed to complete this detox so I could feel alive again.

Time was up and I was out!!! I felt slightly dizzy, but light. My skin coloring returned and the fog was lifted. Floating in heaven and sweating in a box of relaxation for detoxification. I am on my way.

And now for the conversation….

After this Mary Jo and I sat down to talk about some of the things for me to consider going forward. We talked about why food is the foundation for healing and how there is no one diet that will work for everyone. We talked about how I might be missing some important nutrients in my diet and how I could get them as well as some thing that I was eating that weren’t the best for me. We also talked about the importance of drainage in the body and how my elimination systems could be improved and organs like my liver, kidneys and my lymphatic system could be supported to work better. We discussed other toxins like viruses and infections that could be in my energy field and the importance of helping my body and immune system better maintain balance so I could feel well again.

After my evaluation we discussed what my body needed to heal. The list was long. The list included Coffee Enema!!! Yep. Coffee Enema. Now, I gave up coffee once again after I wasn’t feeling well. So I am no longer drinking it, I am now inserting it. Not for weight loss but for detoxification of the body. Coffee enemas have been around since World War 1.

After the war, intrigued by nurses experience, two German professors investigated the effects. They found that the caffeine entered the liver via the portal system and caused an increased flow of bile. This bile, in turn, allowed accumulated poisons and toxins to be released and evacuated from the body. Years later, realizing the importance of detoxification, Dr. Gerson incorporated coffee enemas in his therapy.

Now, after reading about this, I had to start. I wanted to feel better and start removing toxins from my body.

I ordered the Coffee Enema Kit from Purelife. Purelife’s coffee is air roasted and not drum roasted. Drum roasting by fire can leave a toxic residue on the bean. Their unique “Air Roast” method eliminates any chance of this happening. Clean beans are VERY important since it is going into your liver.

Day One was slightly messy. Trying to get comfortable on a tiny bathroom floor, having the enema tube pretty much flying all over the place. It was a battle for sure.

After ten minutes it was time. I was done.

Twenty minutes later, I felt awesome. I was shocked. My skin color was amazing, belly bloat was gone and I was full of energy.

I sent Maryjo a message thanking her. She advised me to continue for a few more days.

Holy Crap!!! Ha ha. A few more days??

Okay. I finally had it down. In the tub I go. More space and the tub ledge is exactly the height the enema bucket needs to be. Here’s the challenge. Holding the coffee in for 15 minutes!!! Listening  to my favorite podcasts makes the time go by as I try to make the best of my morning coffee.

As I am writing this I am laughing my “ass” off that I am actually writing about this. But I have to. Toxins must be removed from our bodies and I must share with all of you so you can hopefully do the same. There are toxins everywhere my friends. In our food, household products, skin care, and of course the environment. There are so many illnesses out there and most are caused by food and toxins. Who wants to live a long, healthy life? I know I do.

Some of you may ask why can’t we just drink our coffee? So here’s the deal: “Coffee taken orally goes through the stomach causing digestive problems and affects the liver by shutting off the bile ducts.  It also raises blood pressure and tends to cause capillary spasms in the extremities.” -Dr. Gerson

There is so much to write about this, but I will let you do your homework.

I am feeling so much better than I did. Currently still working on the inflammation of the lung lining, learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Everyday.

Thank you Maryjo for everything!!

If you are interested in scheduling a session with Maryjo click on the link below. Maryjo will be holding a group cleanse very soon. Details to come.

I have added the link to the coffee enema kit as well via Amazon.

If you are interested in starting with essential oils, the link is below as well.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year. Why wait? Start NOW. No more excuses.




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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

Love Your BOOBIES!

Thank you to everyone who attended both donation classes and made donations. SUKHA hit the goal and raised $1,225!!

We Love Boobies!! Let’s save them by living a clean, healthy, toxic free life. Obviously there are some things we can’t fully control. Genetics and our environment but we can take action with preventative solutions such as diet, supplements, diet, exercise and less trips to the drug store.

The last few weeks I have been some research on our armpits and boobies and the things we can do to prevent the “C” word.

“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow”-Michael Schachter, MD.

If you ask any holistic women’s health Practitioner they will tell you that breast heath is a daily thing, and us women need to take it more seriously. We have so many unhealthy breast practices, from ill fitting bras to diets high in inflammatory foods and cooking oils. But no one wants to live in fear constantly right? So what can we do to help our boobies stay healthier and lymph system work well?

DILUTE and apply these three topically as often as you can:

Frankincense supports our breast heath on the cellular level, used topically or internally Frankincense has been shown to reduce instances of free radicals impacting our body, increase cellular vitality and support cellular renewal.

Clary Sage is considered the “women’s tonic herb” and it also functions as a tonic for our breasts.  Apply topically for skin support, tenderness, and circulation support.

Cypress supports normal circulation of fluids in our body. Use topically in clockwise motions aimed towards the underarms to help the lymph fluid flow and restore circulation to areas under compression from clothing.

So, for years we put deodorant on everyday, sometimes twice or three times a day not knowing exactly what harmful ingredients are in them. Here is just a little “secret” list of the toxins that may make you think about your next trip to the “drug” store when you need deodorant.

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.

Parabens is a chemical that is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer

Steareths

These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.

Triclosan

The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.

Propylene Glycol

If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.

TEA and DEA

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens

It is so crazy for all these years we are buying harmful products that are advertised and marked as “clean” with a “fresh scent”.

So here’s the deal. I have tried many products that are marked natural and by hour 4 of my long day, I started to stink like a number 11 on the sub list! Until 3 weeks ago when I attended convention, purchased my kit and the first thing I tried was the new Balance deodorant from doterra. Smells amazing ALL DAY long and no chemicals!

  • Features CPTG® essential oils of Spruce, Ho Leaf, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus

  • Aluminum, paraben, phthalate, and talc free

  • Arrowroot powder aids in absorbing underarm moisture leaving you feeling fresh and dry throughout the day

  • Baking soda helps to neutralize and prevent odors

 

Starting today, I am offering a “I love my BOOBIES” special until 10/31.

If you purchase a kit, or the three “I love my BOOBIES” oil care kit, you will receive a FREE Balance Deodorant,..

Recommended kits:

Family Essential Kit $125 wholesale $166.67 retail

In this kit you receive:

5 ml bottles of frankincense, lemon, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, oregano, deep blue, digest zen, breathe, on guard. A perfect starter kit.

Aroma Touch Kit

$110 wholesale $146.67 retail

In this kit you will receive

Balance, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, wild orange, aroma touch, deep blue, on guard and fractionated coconut oil. Perfect kit for the active person. Deep Blue is a must.

Dream Tour Collection (Limited Time)

Wholesale $230

Retail $306

If you purchase the Dream Collection, you will receive a FREE month of unlimited yoga and pilates at SUKHA plus the three “I Love my BOOBIES” oils in a 5ml bottle.

This amazing kit includes: (savings of $174)

  • Green Mandarin (15ml)

  • Magnolia Touch (10mL)

  • Pink Pepper (5mL)

  • Turmeric (15mL)

  • Yarrow | Pom (15 mL)

  • doTERRA On Guard Mouth Wash (16 fl oz)

  • Copaiba Softgels (60 count)

  • doTERRA Natural Deodorant (2.65 oz)

  • doTERRA SPA Hydrating Body Mist (4.2 fl oz)

  • Kids Oil Collection

The Kids Collection is amazing for all ages. Kids or no kids. This kit is included in the Dream Collection. This kit is formulated for developing minds, bodies and emotions. Flashcards, carrying case, and carabiners included. Get the kids to start learning about what their bodies needs throughout their day.

Nature or drug store?

You can become a wholesale member (just like Costco) and receive 25% off products for a full year whenever you need to shop. If you purchase a kit the $35 membership fee is waived! FYI: As a wholesale member, you are just that. Shop whenever you want with NO OBLIGATION to sell. If you are looking to become a Wellness Advocate, I suggest becoming a wholesale member first so you can try the products and familiarize yourself with them prior to.

If you wish to pay retail, select Retail Customer.


If you are interested in any of the kits or products, please click “start here” below. Fill out your information, find the kit you are interested in, add any additional products, finalize your shipping info and you are on your way. Be sure to include my ID# 3339118 if my information did not appear.

Once you become a wholesale member, you will be added to private groups on Facebook for loads of information on these life changing products given to us from nature.

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#samehere #ditto

Happy Monday!! I hope those who have off today are finding time to relax, disconnect and take time for yourself or spend time with your family and friends.

This weekend was non-stop for me with so many great things happening at the studio. Thank you to everyone who attended the Keep A Breast Donation Class with Amy. We raised $500 towards our goal. Next class will be Sunday, 10/14 with me at 9:00 am.

Thank you to Hug Your Chaos for a powerful workshop on the Real-Life, No Bullshit way of healing our chakras.

Sunday, my dharma was inspired by so many different situations that came up for me.

The first of many was the blog written by Lori. The blog was read by many and then it happened. The comments “I had no idea”, “ We never realize how much we all have in common” and even Amy’s powerful dharma for the donation class about her story. (You can read Lori’s blog below)/ There have been so many women last week that have the same situation going on right now or have in the past.

In a nut-shell; many reactions were “me too” as well as so many other situations we find out about when we share our story.

Now “Me Too” does not always mean the most powerful and popular hash tag among women right now. It should not only be characterized by sexual harassment.

It’s everyday struggles. Struggles from the past and the present. Addiction, physical, mental abuse, anxiety, depression, weight struggles, self esteem, mommy issues, daddy issues or any form of illness or diseases.

I created this space because it allowed me to start the healing process by speaking and sharing my stories for the first time ever. Sharing and teaching what I am learning to heal wounds so I can continue to be a better mom, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, business owner, x-wife, and girlfriend.

Healing is a life long journey and providing tools and a space so we can heal.

So, whatever it is that you are going through, I can guarantee that someone else in this room is going through the same thing. Whatever it may be. Expressing our imperfections and struggles allows people to say “it’s okay”, “me too” or maybe we should create our own hashtag!! #sameheresukha #ditto. Ha ha. Just did! #dittosukha

Remember. it’s okay to ask for help and a shoulder to lean and or cry on. Having a space and a community to share and heal; it’s a wonderful place to be.

It is also okay to not always be “FINE”. (Feelings Inside Not Expressed).

I am going to close this blog with a quote by Cheryl Strayed

“Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. START HERE”

#sameheresukha

#dittosukha

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One Word That Shakes a Resilient Woman

You can never tell what the person beside you is going through.”They make broken look beautiful, strong look invincible. They may walk with the universe on their shoulders and make it look like a pair of wings”. Be kind and compassionate always. It costs $0!

Today, I would like to share with you a story, close to home, from the Sukha Community. A real story of a resilient, beautiful, brave, intelligent, healthy woman. This story will empower and educate you. Thank you Lori for sharing you story. xoxoxo

I am a very resilient woman.  As a I child, I did not have money.  In fact, I was the poor kid in a rich town.  I did not have a father, he struggled with addiction and lost everything including us.  I did not have enough structure at home to create a strong academic foundation, so I was placed in low level classes despite my high IQ.  I also did not have role models who were like me. I was a gay child, growing up in a small town full of straight white people. Everyone was the same, except for me.  I had something that no one else had though, I had grit.

Flashforward 39 years and I am financially secure.  I have cultivated a strong family structure with my wife and two daughters.  As far as academics go, I have gone all the way. I put myself through my undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral program and finished with a perfect GPA.  Literally perfect. I never scored less than perfect on any quiz, test, or homework assignment. I am a respected public school principal, published author, and established LGBTQ advocate.  

So what could shake this resilient woman that is full of grit?  One word. Cancer. My mother had breast cancer when I was in middle school and survived.  Thank god for her strength because she was all that my three siblings and I had. My father got clean when I was 21, he worked hard to rejoin our lives, and then he died of prostate cancer when I was 23.  My father was diagnosed before Christmas and passed away before Labor Day. The delicate balance between life and death left an indelible imprint on my brain. Life can change in the blink of an eye.

This summer I received a phone call regarding my recent mammogram.  Due to my family history (did I mention that my sister had a partial hysterectomy at the age of 35 due to cervical cancer?) I have received mammograms and MRI’s ever six months since I was 30.  I was told not to worry but that I needed an ultrasound on my right breast to get a better look at an area of concern. While at the ultrasound appointment I was told that I would need an ultrasound biopsy on the right breast and an MRI-guided biopsy on the left breast for two other areas of concern.  At first I went right to the worst place in my mind, I am dead within a year and my children grow up without me. Then I thought about how on top of my health I am. I am very health conscious. I eat a mainly organic and anti-inflammatory diet and I exercise regularly. I manage my stress through spirituality, yoga, and mindfulness and I am diligent about physicals and check ups.

I went through the MRI biopsy which consisted of being clamped in to a bed by my breast and remaining face down with my arms above my head for two and half hours while they drilled (yes drilled!) into two parts of my breast.  I am pretty sure that these procedures were developed by a man (sorry guys!). Thank God for yoga and meditation because it was certainly put to the test during this procedure.

I was sent home to recover and told not to do anything active or pick up anything more than 5 pounds for a few days.  This was really easy as a mother of a 2 year old and 4 year (sarcasm). In a week I was told that two of the three areas were benign but they could not get to the third area and that I could either come back in to have another MRI biopsy (hell no!  If they could not get it the first time, why would I put myself through that again?), wait and see if the area changes (ummmm, no), or see a breast specialist. There was very little guidance and I should mention that my gynecologist never called me to assist me in any decision making or see how I was doing.

I have since been to Memorial Sloan Kettering and one of the best breast specialists in the state.  Both doctors were stunned to learn that I was left to my own devices with this kind of medical decision-making.  I learned that my family history and make up of my breast tissue placed me at the highest level of risk for breast cancer.  I will undergo two lumpectomies this month to then have the areas biopsied (they do not trust the pathology of the imaging center and would like to check all of the areas).  I will not be able to drive for a few weeks and I will not be able to be active for at least four weeks, however, I am hopeful that the outcome will be benign. I will undergo genetic counseling once the procedure is done to see if I am a carrier for cancer and if so, my best way to fight it.  


Here are the takeaways from my experience:

  1. Be on top of your health.  Go to your routine check ups, get your bloodwork done, no excuses!  I have two children below the age of five and a full-time job. As a public school principal it was not convenient to go to doctor appointments during the first month of school but I found time to check in on my health, you can too.

  2. You will always be your best advocate.  Check yourself regularly and if you need to see a doctor, ask a lot of questions.  If you do not feel like you are being evaluated by the best, go to the best.

  3. Get a second opinion.  When you have your health, you have everything.  Get a second opinion, your health is important.

  4. A cancer scare or diagnosis is terrifying but everyone is fighting their own personal battle. Be kind to everyone whom you come in contact with. It might just be the extra support that they needed.


Be well!

Lori (the badass principal with the partially shaved head)

As you know we are all coming together to raise awareness for Breast Cancer this month teaming up with Fit 4 Prevention and Keep a Breast Foundation.

Amy will be teaching the first donation class Saturday 10/6 at 9:00 am and Maribeth, Sunday 10/14 at 9:00 am. $12 suggested minimum donation to take the class.

Keep A Breast Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health, education and support.

You can donate here…..By donating through this link, your donation will go directly to Keep A Breast. If you would like to donate at the studio, you can write a check payable to Keep A Breast or Fit 4 Prevention. There will be a donation box for cash at the desk as well.

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Everyday is a New Beginning

Welcome October!

What a great month. The smells, the fall sports, sweaters, jeans, boots, hot chocolate, the crisp, cool weather, fires and the amazing beauty of the fall foliage.

Of course we can’t forget about the end of Daylight Savings Time when we all “fall back”, setting the clocks back one our to regain our sleep. Let us all remember not to “fall back” into any bad habits!

There is so much for me to write about on the first day of this month.

I will begin by mentioning all of the great workshops at SUKHA.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2nd is the Dream Catcher Workshop at 7:00 pm. It’s important in the midst of our busy lives to take a moment for reflection and relaxation. Are you moving toward where you want to be? Does your daily routine nourish and fulfill you? Are you finding that very essential balance that is needed to prevent burning out? 

Dreamcatchers are, in essence, a symbol of acceptance, mindfulness, and healing. 

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to mindfully awaken your creativity to design & weave your very own dreamcatcher. We will start with an intention setting practice and move through the stages of designing, weaving, and adorning our dreamers with yarn, ribbon, and beads. You will have the option to add words or additional objects to visually reflect the manifestation of your intention. 
All supplies will be provided, but you’re also welcome to bring any personal tokens, such as crystals, beads, dried flowers, or found objects to personalize your dreamcatcher.

October is more than warm sweaters and football. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join us as we partner with Fit4 Prevention and Keep a Breast Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer through Fitness and Wellness. Our goal is to inspire people to reduce their risk of cancer by adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle in a way that sparks their inner champion.

Join Amy this Saturday, October 6th for a special donation call at 9:00 am. This class is DONATION based. $12 suggested donation per person. This is for a very good cause my friends. If you would like to donate via check, please make check payable to Keep a Breast Foundation.

The second donation class will be held, Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 am with Maribeth.

Both classes are open to ALL levels.

This Sunday, October 7th, Author and Founder of Hug Your Chaos; Lindsay Carricarte-Jones and her hubby, Author Chris Jones will be here for a “No BS Chakra and Yoga Workshop!! Those who attend receive a signed copy of Lindsay”s new book- “The Chakras. A Real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to Healing Your Life”

Your chakra health should not be a luxury! During this workshop, we're going to spend some time working with yoga asanas combined with chakra work in order to deliver a practical real-life approach to your healing. This workshop goes hand in hand with Lindsay's new book, "The Chakras. A Real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to Healing Your Life" and you're going to receive a signed copy of the book so that you can continue to explore the world of chakra healing even after the workshop. Chakras and yoga go hand in hand because it is on the mat that we can claim the space that allows us to begin releasing those stored energetic patterns that block up our chakras in the first place. Through yoga, we move stuck and stagnant energies which creates space for new and empowering energetic patterns such as showing up for ourselves, meeting our own needs, creating boundaries and finding our voice. It is on the mat that we can begin to practice these habits that once seemed far from possible for us and it is what we do on the mat that we can learn to carry out into the world. When you overlay your yoga practice with an understanding of the chakras as a whole as well as your own unique energetic patterns you gain a whole new level of power over your own healing and life. Bring your mat, wear comfy clothes, and bring something to jot down some notes or affirmations. Get ready to have some fun and smash out of those comfort zones. 

MaryJo is BACK! Join us for a Full Moon Cord Cutting, Crystal Bowl Meditation and Card Reading October 23 at 7:00 pm.

It’s that time to cut cords! What better time to do so. Full-Moon and New Season. Come join us as we utilize the energy and power of the  Full Moon! The time of the full moon is the perfect time to get closure and completion, to gain awareness or insight into a situation or to let go of what no longer serves you. Come join us to clear your energy field of negative energies and cut the cords to all relationships, feelings, and unhealthy situations that do not bring you peace and joy. It’s time to let go of old emotions and patterns that are keeping you stuck doing things the same “old” way. Come ready to start living with a fresh outlook and a clean start!

Join us for a Ladies Night on Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm for Malas and Merlot!! Make a Mala for you or to give as a Christmas gift.

Join Krista Lynn as she takes you through a wonderful spiritual and intuitive event where you make your own Mala Beads. The Mala is a strand of beads traditionally used for counting during meditations. Today, many people wear their Mala as a necklace or bracelet as a reminder of their personal and spiritual intentions. 
Making your own Mala Beads infuses your energy into the beads and encourages you to have a mindful experience in connection to the power of intention. Beautiful beads of spiritual quality will be provided. You will learn the meaning of Mala Beads, how to you use them and the spiritual meanings behind the stones you chose. Come get inspired and tap into your creativity. Take some time just for you to create a beautiful talisman to support you on your journey.
Cost: $45/per person - (all supplies included)
BYOB - glasses and light snacks will be provided.
Sign up on the SUKHA app and pay in advance at studio

Learn How to Read Angel Cards with MaryJo 11/4 2:00 pm $50

This workshop will help you to open your intuition and natural spiritual abilities to receive accurate information during your readings. Class topics include how to prepare yourself and your cards for an accurate reading, how to give yourself a daily reading, how to answer other people’s questions accurately, interpreting the cards’ true meanings & gaining confidence and clarity in your reading abilities. You will learn how to use multiple decks and do a nine card reading. We will show you how the cards tell a story. This is a very hands on class where you will be practicing doing readings on other people.

So, I am not even close to ending this blog!!!

One question….

Drug Store or Nature? For you and your family. What would you rather have in and on your body and your children’s?

The amount I learned at doTerra Convention last month was mind blowing and way to much information that I am still processing.

Starting tomorrow, the Dream Kit from convention is available to purchase. If you purchase this kit you receive a car diffuser and three 5ml oils for free! (Red Mandarin, Kumquat and Clementine!! This kit includes the Kids Collection (retail value $126.67), Tumeric, Pink Pepper, Yarrow Pom ($126 retail), On Guard Mouth Wash, Copaiba Soft Gels, Balance Deodorant, Magnolia, and green mandarin. This entire kit is $230 Limit 2 per person!!! Keep in mind the Kids Collection sold separately retail is $126. Yarrow-Pow is $126. A very, very good deal. All this for $230 wholesale. Click link below to read about each product and place your order and become a wholesale member. Empty Nester? No kids? Teachers, use this kit in your class room? Kids yoga instructors? Use in class. This kit will make a great Christmas gift or just use it yourself. The blends are amazing.

This kit includes:

Kids Collection

Magnolia Touch

Pink Pepper

Green Mandarin

Tumeric

Yarrow-Pom

Copaiba Soft Gels (A MUST)

On Guard Mouth Wash

Hydrating Body Mist

Natural Balance Deodorant

I don’t want to make this blog a book so I am attaching product information sheets for you to read. My favorites are Yarrow-Pom, Copaiba Soft Gels, Turmeric and the Deodorant. Yarrow-Pow is a MUST for those who are looking for younger looking, soft skin. It is truly amazing and can be taken internally for cellular, immune, and nervous system and supports healthy metabolic function. Turmeric, I think many of know know how powerful it is. Imagine how quickly the oil works?? Taken internally and externally. (Great for face masks too)

 Dream Kit $230

Dream Kit $230

Countdown to 50.

I know this may sound strange since I have 1,026 days left until I turn 50, but I felt the need to write about where I am and where I’ve been and wondering where will I be on the day I turn 50. What will my life be like?

I am not sure what encouraged me to write this. Maybe it was how good it made me feel to get carded in Salt Lake City last weekend, or thinking about how lucky our children are to have so many tools to live a long, healthy life. Whatever it is, here it is…

This blog is not about looking into a crystal ball. It is a challenge. A challenge, a blog and a picture I would like to look back on in 2021 when the big 50 approaches to see how far I have come since 2018 and I encourage all of you to do the same no matter what age.

To date, I have been through a lot just like all of you. Maybe not everything, but we have all been through “stuff”. The good, the bad and the ugly.

I am a child of divorce and a daughter of an alcoholic. We grew up in bad times and good. We lived on food stamps for a short period of time living in a not so great town. My mother was strong and worked hard. My dad had a disease, struggled and lost everything. We were fortunate enough to get out of a horrible town and live where we were meant to be.

My mother worked hard. We went to private school and college. We worked and worked hard. My sister on Wall Street, my brother with a large Pharm Company and me in NYC. As I am writing this, I stopped. WOW!! Not so bad. Three kids coming from a broken home and a father with a terrible disease. We are products of divorce!! Thanks mom!! You did good. It wasn’t easy and neither was I. Thank you. We are all where we are meant to be because of you. There are days where you may feel under appreciated, but guess what? Being a mom is the most UNDERAPPRECIATED job in the world.

I feel the need to also express gratitude to my father for the experience of being a child of an alcoholic so I can share and teach. My father has been gone four years now this month. We have had a few conversations since and I am so thankful for them. It has been healing.

We are far from perfect and each of us has our crap to deal with; but I am proud. Proud of my mom and my siblings. Thank you!

Lesson: Never judge children of a broken family.

Fortunately and unfortunately, my children are children of divorce. They are amazing and I am blessed. Woody and I co-parent well and I am thankful for that. Honors, athlete, no booze or drugs, fun, healthy and happy. And they to are not perfect. No one is. They are driven and have goals and my wish is that they never loose sight.

I have seen divorce, pain, homelessness, addiction, physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I have seen poverty in India as I inspected diamonds. I have driven old cars and new. Fancy and not so fancy. I am blessed now to be doing what I am doing. On the mat and off. Hopefully inspiring, motivating and helping people as best I can because helping others is the way we help ourselves and it feels really good.

I was never a good student. I struggled in school. It never came easy to me and I am not embarrassed to say that I was not “book smart”. I am street smart. Situational awareness and the center of my own knowledge based on MY experiences, not someone else’s. I have learned how to trust my own judgement and fend for myself. The past, present and future and I encourage everyone to try to do the same. Let’s teach our kids how to be street smart.

To date, I have visited many places and this will not stop unless I am physically unable. The beauty and slums of India, the towers and art of Paris, blue waters of Turks and Caicos, green hills, and yummy Guinness of Ireland, the changing of guards and breathtaking countrysides of England, many Caribbean Islands, cruised and boozed, paddled Rincon and sunbathed topless in St. Martin. I have 18 states left to see and many countries and Islands on the list. Travel if you can. Save those quarters. Don’t waste the money at the bar when you can put it towards a trip.

I have had my heart broken and broke a few myself. This body has seen 99 lbs and 180 lbs (no tummy tuck BTW) Boobs yes. Tummy tuck no. It’s called exercise and being in tune with your body. (moral of this story: Don’t bring others down and make shit up to make yourself look good. It has the opposite effect)

We have all suffered from pain. Heartbreak to pushing for 19 hours to give birth to an angel.

There are times when you think emotional and physical pain is so bad that you just want to give up. Storms that you never think you will get through and then you open your eyes and realize “as long as you are breathing, there is more right than wrong with you no matter what is wrong”-Jon Kabat.

This beautiful, yet challenging life I have had has shaped me and encourages me everyday to be perfectly imperfect. I am learning and growing and I will until I die keeping in mind to breathe and be fully present.

In 2021, the year I turn 50, I will have one young woman in college and my young, handsome man on his way. Holy shit!!! I encourage them to see the world. Get out of the bubble. Live. Learn. Be street smart and take care of your bodies inside and out. Where will I be? Hopefully sitting here writing to follow up on this blog. I may not be physically sitting at this desk, but I will write. My hope is that my daughter follows her dream of going to college in California and my son in Florida and I will be writing this in either of those two states as I visit them. I will be proud of them with any decision they make.

As for my professional life….who knows. Taking one day at a time. Learning and sharing through yoga. Learning, sharing and teaching how to live a perfectly imperfect, authentic, natural, healthy lifestyle until I can’t go any longer. It’s going to take a lot for me to stop.

Follow your dreams. Go for it and never give up. There is still time. 40, 50, 60 and 70 on up!! It doesn’t matter.

In three years I will be 50 years old. Wiser, smarter, stronger and healthier than ever before. Maybe my life will be half over, but one thing that I will always take with me is that I have lived a life that made me who I am today. As always, I am blessed and grateful to those who pushed me, pulled me, left me, loved me, messed with me, doubted me and encouraged me. Thank you!!

The road to 50 is going to be great.

No matter what age, learn, live, grow, heal, share, practice, teach, and breathe. Take good care of yourself today and always.

“The best investment that you’ll ever make is in yourself. Never stop exploring, learning, experiencing, and becoming a better person each day”-Mo Seetubtim

Breathwork Couple Session with Viki

Mid Morning Breathwork Session with Viki was amazing!!

A few weeks ago, I announced the Breathwork Circle that is being held 9/25. As you all know and I will always repeat myself, I share what I have learned and experienced. Due to a pretty packed calendar, today was the day to do the work and I could not have ask for someone better to share this with.

I do not want to give it all way, so you can have this light, open, feeling yourselves.

Viki explains the entire three part breath process, the Spirit Guide cards you choose, the feather that is chosen for you, and guides you through a challenging, emotional, fun, restorative session of breathwork.

The first emotion that came up for me was overwhelm. During the session I started to feel a pain in my lower back, my face was numb as I continued to breathe in three separate parts. My emotions were all over the place. Viki instructed us to scream at one point which was so refreshing and a huge sense of relief washed over my body that magically washed the lower back pain away. This meditation eases the mind so the body can call up and let go. It moved so much stuck energy to create healthy energy. So much healthy energy the screams turned into laughter and a peaceful mind. I was holding so many emotions in, and they are finally gone.

Viki explains how this can be done at home and how often you can do this so that negative energy and emotions do not linger. Let’s face it, it takes one situation to close it all off again.

Card Pulling!!! I love to pull cards. These were different. Animal Spirit Guides joined us today; and holy COW!! Mind blowing. Nope, I did not pull a cow. I pulled a Raccoon Card and my feather was The Hawk. I will let Viki explain how the feathers are chosen.

The Raccoon-Talented, Shadowy, In Hiding. In brief, it indicates talent, tenacity, and skillfulness with a particular musical instrument or creative tool. Which Viki explains in detail. Its shadow side points to an unresolved issue around self-image and success. What if I am ready to grow into something more? Raccoon energy won’t let us off the hook until the creative ego fear is resolved. Hmm. There is much more, but again; I don’t want to tell all about the Raccoon Card 100%.

Viki does a wonderful job explaining everything from the card, to the breath. If she finds you are struggling during the session; she will come over to make you comfortable and take you back to your breath. She is extremely knowledgeable and gifted.

Having Matt by my side participating made it more special. I was nervous at first because I was not sure what emotions I was going to release and why. It was great to share this with him.

Here’s what Matt had to say about the Breathwork Session with Viki:

“Not knowing what to expect, I walked out floored by the experience. It’s one thing to breathe, it’s another thing to learn how to breathe to connect with and learn about yourself. It was amazing. I immediately felt relaxed and confident with Viki as our guide. I look forward to seeing what else I can learn with the guidance and knowledge of Viki”.

Join Viki on 9/25 for a self-healing practice that has been called “years of therapy” in one session and is open to everyone.

So, bottom line; if you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed ,and/ or have a busy mind, this is for you. Bring a friend, hubby, wife, or family member. You don’t want to miss this!!

I am so grateful to Viki and all the amazing people who bring their knowledge and experience to SUKHA. Thank you for providing me with the tools to do the “work-in”!!

Healing one day, one breath at a time.

xoxoxo

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Real-Life, No BS Chakra and Yoga Workshop

I am so honored and thrilled to have Lindsey and Chris Jones, Founders of Hug Your Chaos return to SUKHA on Sunday October, 7th at 12:00 pm. Lindsey and Chris have been such a huge part of my healing journey in a no BULLSHIT way. They tell it like it is!! I call it tough love. The exact same way, I give it. I truly feel this is why we connected instantly. No sugar coating, no pussy footing around.

This amazing couple have been through it all, share their experiences, and coach people on how they can Hug Chaos. Let’s face it, we all have chaos. It’s a matter of accepting it, hugging it all, learning, growing and not drowning in it. Let’s stop complaining, end the “whoa is me”, the “why is this happening to me” crap and start doing something about it. You will be amazed how things turn around.

Before I introduce the workshop/book signing, I am going to share with you one of MANY of my favorite paragraphs from Lindsay’s new book, “The Chakras. A real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to healing Your Life”

“This book isn’t about dumping a bunch of big Sanskrit words on you, so you can be impressed by my knowledge of dead languages. It’s not about me using big fancy words so you can look at me as though I’m smart, It’s not about me regurgitating a bunch of research that comes from ancient texts that date back thousands of years, so you can put me on a pedestal and sing my praise. It’s not about any of that. It’s not even going to be all that esoteric, which is funny because, I know since we are talking about energy work and chakras.”

“This book is going to be about real talk, real life, and how you can empower yourself from within so that all the other nonsense in your life can fade away because you won’t need those lessons any longer. It’s about teaching you how to take charge of your life and your healing, so you can live the life of magic that you were born to live”

How refreshing does this sound??? Real Life!!! No bullshit. Straight to the point healing.

Come and join Lindsay Carricarte-Jones & Christopher Jones of Hug Your Chaos to learn just how vital chakra health and wellness really is. Your chakra health should not be a luxury! During this workshop, we're going to spend some time working with yoga asanas combined with chakra work in order to deliver a practical real-life approach to your healing. This workshop goes hand in hand with Lindsay's new book, "The Chakras. A Real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to Healing Your Life" and you're going to receive a signed copy of the book so that you can continue to explore the world of chakra healing even after the workshop. Chakras and yoga go hand in hand because it is on the mat that we can claim the space that allows us to begin releasing those stored energetic patterns that block up our chakras in the first place. Through yoga, we move stuck and stagnant energies which creates space for new and empowering energetic patterns such as showing up for ourselves, meeting our own needs, creating boundaries and finding our voice. It is on the mat that we can begin to practice these habits that once seemed far from possible for us and it is what we do on the mat that we can learn to carry out into the world. When you overlay your yoga practice with an understanding of the chakras as a whole as well as your own unique energetic patterns you gain a whole new level of power over your own healing and life. Bring your mat, wear comfy clothes, and bring something to jot down some notes or affirmations. Get ready to have some fun and smash out of those comfort zones. 

We are Lindsay & Christopher Jones, better known as Hug Your Chaos. #Hugyourchaos is our movement and our life. It is our mission. We are the founders of hugyourchaos.com and Hug Your Chaos Abundant Life Mastery. We're both certified coaches and healers who specialize in guiding others to smash through their self-limiting blocks in order to start living the life they are meant to be living.

We work with a variety of healing, energy, coaching, and empowerment modalities because it is our mission to help others heal and empower their own lives the way we did in our own lives. If you would like to know more about our personal journeys through severe addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and the road to healing visit us at www.hugyourchaos.com/about/

The fact of the matter is this: before we met one another, Chris & Lindsay were both coming out of the darkest dark night of the soul a person can go through and live. We both came through it and found a path to healing through various modalities such as Vipassan meditation,

Buddhism, Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Reiki, crystal healing, yoga, philosophy, therapy, 12-step programs, nutrition, Ayurveda, and various holistic healing methods. We then came together and knew we were meant to guide others to their own power.

So here we are!

Both of us are certified life coaches but we prefer the title of Life Excellence Gurus.

Chris is also a Reiki Master and has a degree in Western Herbal Medicine. He's an Alchemist and all around Magical Mother F*cker.

Linds is Reiki Level 3, YTT 200 hour in Hatha Yoga, a student of Kriya under Guruji Yogananda, Pagan Buddhist, and all around Magical Mother F*cker.

We see the world as a place of energy and believe that all problems originate on the energetic plane. thus, we seek to empower YOU to become a conscious co-creator of your divine reality. We don't believe in competition or the fear mindset - these are dying paradigms and we want to help you challenge them!

This workshop is $25 and includes a yoga class, workshop and FREE signed copy of The Chakras. A real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to Healing Your Life.

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Upcoming Events and Schedule Changes

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy summer! 

The fall is approaching and there are so many great workshops on the schedule as well as schedule change and added Pilates.

Starting September 10th, Curvaceous Yoga will be held Monday evenings at 7:00 pm instead of Wednesday.

There will be a second Pilates class held every Saturday at 8:00 am. This class will be 45 minutes. If you are on unlimited, do Pilates and stay for Jake's class!! It's a win/win!!

This class will be a trial class for four weeks. If less than 5 people attend for four weeks, the class will be removed from the schedule just like the yoga classes.

Workshops are BACK!!

September 25th at 7:00 pm Breathwork Circle for the Busy Mind with Vikii. Sign up ASAP.

Most of us would say we have crossed the line from the mind’s primary role of thinking to overthinking 24/7. Often times we don’t understand why we are “like this” and end up feeling frustrated, even defeated, when multiple ways of trying to change how are minds work seem to fail.

The overworking mind isn’t bad but rather a sign something within us needs attention. Our bodies hold all of our experiences and emotions such as grief, anger, pain, and shame. When these and other feelings go unaddressed or aren’t fully expressed, the nervous system goes into overdrive and the mind attempts to process the overflow of information and/or uses overthinking as a way to attempt to move energy that feels productive (“I’m doing something about it!”) but isn’t getting anything done.

One way to address both the mind and body simultaneously is with Breathwork. This active meditation uses a three part breath to ease the mind so the body can call up and let go of everything that isn’t serving us. It moves stuck energy to create healthy energetic flow. When the breathing comes to an end, you will feel clearer, lighter, and more at home in your body with a peaceful mind.

This self-healing practice has been called “years of therapy in one session” and is open to everyone. No experience with this or other meditation techniques is necessary. Please bring a mat, sweater/sweatshirt (if you tend to get cold), journal and pen, and supportive tools such as crystals that you would like to have with you for your journey.

$40 per person
Circle is capped at 20 people.
Pay in advance

Dreamcatcher Workshop Tuesday October 2 7:00 pm

Native Americans believed long ago in the healing power of intention and manifestation. Something they may not have known then is the healing that occurs simply through the act of creating and weaving these spiritual pieces of art. Research shows that crafting has a lot in common with meditation and can improve problem-solving skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall quality of life. 

It’s important in the midst of our busy lives to take a moment for reflection and relaxation. Are you moving toward where you want to be? Does your daily routine nourish and fulfill you? Are you finding that very essential balance that is needed to prevent burning out? 

Dreamcatchers are, in essence, a symbol of acceptance, mindfulness, and healing. 

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to mindfully awaken your creativity to design & weave your very own dreamcatcher. We will start with an intention setting practice and move through the stages of designing, weaving, and adorning our dreamers with yarn, ribbon, and beads. You will have the option to add words or additional objects to visually reflect the manifestation of your intention. 
All supplies will be provided, but you’re also welcome to bring any personal tokens, such as crystals, beads, dried flowers, or found objects to personalize your dreamcatcher.

DREAMANTRA is a creative outlet and personal self-care practice of Kristy Mathews, a licensed mental health counselor, artist, and workshop facilitator. She believes that it is within the creative process that self-healing occurs. Her passions include making and sharing her love for dreamcatchers, expressive/intuitive painting, poetry, mindfulness, and working with individuals, groups, and families to increase mental and spiritual wholeness.

$30 per person

All Supplies included

Full Moon Cord Cutting with MaryJo Kurtz 10/23 7:00 pm

It’s that time again to cut cords with the people, places, habits or just about anything that we need to let go of. Etheric Cords are part of our energy body. They can go from being positive to negative and from non-serving to positive. These cords connect us with the world and things around us through interaction and energetic dynamics within us. All cords are not negative. And remember, you can still cut cords with those you love. This will raise your vibration, increases and strengthens your vitality, well being and personal power.
$20 sign in on Sukha app, pay at door

Learn How to Read Angel Cards with Maryjo Kurtz Sunday, November 4th 2:00 pm

Description and price will follow

Thank you all as always, for choosing SUKHA to guide you through your yoga practice and pilates. Continue to get on your mat as much as possible. Try new teachers!! Taking others classes will allow you to grow in your practice. On the mat and off!!

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Labor of Love

Are you working for the next new pair of shoes or the next new fancy new car that hits the lot?

What are you hungry for? Stuff? A relationship? Are you confusing depression for the longing of something that is missing in your life?

As I listen, think, learn and write on this beautiful Sunday afternoon preparing for class on Monday; I am blown away. Blown away by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee as he speaks on Super Soul Conversations with Oprah. A must!!

As we sit lay here on our mats on this Labor Day, I would like you all to think about why you work and do you truly love what you do. Does your job serve a purpose besides buying stuff? Remove pensions and 401k. Let's just remove money completely out of the equation.

What would you do to serve others without too many or no financial incentives? How do you think it would make you feel?

Would you be willing to take a risk and serve to remove the "me" and make into a "we"?

When you begin to serve, you will begin to discover that the important things are not "things" at all.  Then all of your work comes from your mind and your heart and you get that amazing feeling in your heart and in your tummy that you want to serve everywhere.

Mother Teresa said "We can do no great things-only small things with love". She made a difference for millions of people. Remember it is not what we do that matters, it's the energy and love that we put into it that counts.

We all have to work to earn so we can give our children what they need; food, shelter and clothes on their back. So many of us want to give our children everything they want because we may have felt slighted growing up. We need to break that cycle. Let's start showing our children what it looks like to serve and help others so it will encourage them to do the same.

Day after day, I hear so many people complain about how much they dislike their job and how unhappy they are. My response is "Leave". Do what you love. What's holding you back? The answers-"Pension. 401K. and  health benefits". 

Guess what? This world could end tomorrow and none of it will even matter. What matters is you do what you love, serve for yourself, your children and others along the way.

Don't chase a job because of the money. Chase ways to help people and promote others, work that brings you joy, and opportunities that will help you to continue to learn and grow . Happy parents=Happy kids.

What is your goal? To be filthy rich with "things" or rich in health, happiness, knowledge, laughter and love?

Today we celebrate Labor Day honoring the American Labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Yet, almost every store and restaurant is open for business including SUKHA. I do not consider what I do work. Yes, I obviously need to charge to pay the rent and the bills, but this is love for me. Reading, writing and creating playlists ,dharmas, and sequences everyday takes time. I could not imagine, walking through these doors with a random playlist on my phone and just open a random site or book and read two sentences or rattle off some random non-sense without  any reason or a why. As I learn, I share and teach. Running a business is work. Lots of work no matter how small the business is. 

I am a Doterra Wellness Advocate for a few reasons. The mail reason is I would like to share these oils with as many people as I can. Why? Because I believe in them. They have helped me on so many different levels. Do I consider this "work"? Hard Labor? Nope. I am my own boss. 

I share because I care. Whatever it may be.

Let's start to celebrate labors of love! A piece of hard work that you do because you enjoy it and not because you receive money or praise!

I hope each of you can find space to shine your light by helping others find theirs.

Do what you love.

Love what you do.

Help and serve others when ever you can.

I hope everyone had a great summer!

I wish all of the kids best of luck this school year. Study hard and play hard.

Keep in mind drinking makes you sloppy and slow.

xoxoxox

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Pilates with Peggy

Shame on me for never formally introducing Peggy from Pilates here at SUKHA. Peggy has been teaching Pilates at SUKHA for about one year now.

I asked Peggy to write a bio to re-introduce herself so I can share what she is continuing to learn so she can continue to practice and teach.

Thanks Peggy!!

More Pilates will be added to the schedule this fall!

Hi I’m Peggy Rossi. I live in Howell with my husband and three children
24, 21 and 15. I have always been athletic growing up, on swim and
track team. As a got older I was a big gym enthusiast. Lifting weights
and having to get my cardio in. I thought that was the answer. Till I
discovered yoga and pilates. I finally was able to understand what mind
body connection was. To understand my own anatomy and what was
happening to my body when I moved a certain way. I was able to clear
my head and I felt so much healthier and stronger and aligned without
having to beat myself up at the gym.
I do not believe in the no pain no gain philosophy. I am certified
through AAAI/ISMA and The Physical Mind Institute. Pilates
concentrates on all the small muscle groups in your body. The building
blocks. It lengthens and strengthens the body. It is not just exercises.
We want you to have an awareness of what the movements do to
strengthen the body and improve mobility.
I’ve been teaching at Sukha South a year now. I love my Sukha Family
and the community we created. I love the connection I have with my
classes and bringing something new to the mat each week.
Pilates is for every age and every body. The exercises can be done in a
chair or standing for modifications, as well as adapting a sequence and
making it more challenging for an advanced student.

I’ d love to meet you on your mat for a class one day!

Join Peggy every Wednesday night at 7:15! New friends get 5 classes for $65

Pilates with Peg

Honor Your Voice to Awaken Others

Last night I listened to another amazing podcast from Oprah with Zainab Saibi. It was truly ironic that I had just posted a blog about women sharing their stories and not holding back because you never know who you can help.

Zainab Saibi is a humanitarian, author and founder of Women for Women International. Her story, her message and what she has done and continuing to do is truly amazing.

This podcast opened with “Giving Women a Voice”-Letting Women share their stories. Honoring your own voice to awaken others for new possibilities. Help heal so others are not alone”.

Mind you, I had just posted my blog and this is what I heard within minutes. I felt relieved and happy. Some may say, I should only be teaching yoga and call it a day. Why?

I was very broken and I have been putting the pieces back everyday. As I am mending myself, why would hold back from sharing with others? That is called selfish.

This blog is not about how I am going to try to save the world or that I want to be the next Oprah or Yoga Girl. I just want to be me and teach how I want to teach, learn, share and help others who are interested in doing the same through yoga, conversation, blogs, email, text message or social media. There is so much to learn. As we age, the learning does not have to stop and everyday we are offered the opportunity to learn and grow. No one “Knows it All” so don’t be one. Be open to others ideas and opinions, and always remember there is always more than one way besides your way to look at situation.

With that being said…..

Happy Menopause Monday!!

Why are so many women embarrassed to discuss menopause? There is nothing to be ashamed

of. Going through these changes does not make us less of a woman or less attractive. It may cause weight gain, crankiness, exhaustion, low sex drive, dryness, hair loss, mood swings, rashes, bloating, constipation and so many other attractive side effects.

But guess what? All of this can be controlled!! Don’t let what you read online fool you. Read the Medical Medium to find out.

About eight months ago, I decided I needed to remove gluten from my diet for a few reasons and weight loss was not one, so don’t roll your eyes. I was having extreme digestive issues and rashes on my hips. Juicing and gluten free worked!!! No more bloat, itchy rashes. I felt great.

About three weeks ago, I went bad. This summer has been challenging with cooking. The kids are rarely home so I haven’t cooked because they are out with friends. I caved. My family was in town, I went to visit my mom and HAD to have her sauce, and a few late afternoon early bird happy hours with the BF. Well, going  bad was horrible. I developed itchy rash behind both knees and a few days after, I started bleeding. CRAZY!!! I haven’t had a period in years. WTF!!!

As most of us do these days, we run to Google before the doctor. “What causes bleeding after menopause”? The answer:

Vaginal bleeding after menopause isn't normal and should be evaluated by your doctor. Post-menopausal vaginal bleeding can be caused by: Cancer of the uterus, including endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma. ... Thinning of the tissues lining the uterus (endometrial atrophy) or vagina (vaginal atrophy)

Not the answer I was looking for, so I kept searching only to find the same response, if not worse. So I called my doc and the next morning I was having a ultrasound and three days later having a endometrial biopsy. Both tests were negative. A cyst on the ovary and a polyp on the cervix. Nothing to worry about except going back in two months for another.  

I truly believe that all of these situations are caused by food. Of course you won’t find that on Web MD. But you will find out from being fully in-tune with your body.

The Rolling Stones sang it best: “Time is on My Side” and guess what? So is menopause.

Anthony Williams states in his book, “Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal: (BUY IT)

“Menopause is actually on your side. Believe it or not, the aging process slows down after menopause. That’s not the message that is out there. Women think of menopause as the onset of aging and age-related health problems-when in fact it’s just the opposite.”

“Women are told reproductive hormones are the fountain of youth. The irony is that your youth wasn’t in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Your true youth happened before puberty. Reaching menopause is a way of reconnecting with that time. Menopause ends the reproductive system’s cycle (and its drain on your body) and brings down reproductive hormone levels. It’s the body’s natural way of slowing down aging so that you can live a long, healthy life”-Anthony Williams

How lucky am I to slow down the dreaded aging process at 47? I have now accepted this stage of my life and looking forward aging and living a happy, healthy life. Perfectly Imperfect. My way. By learning, practicing, sharing and teaching.

 

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You have Gifts, Talents and a Purpose. LIVE IT!

I felt the need to write tonight as a "week in review". It will not be poetic, or maybe some of you may think its pointless. There are certain times I feel selfish not sharing. Sharing is caring and when we hold ourselves back from sharing, we are holding back love from ourselves and others.

Last week was hectic. My calendar was full of classes, football, cheer,  a fundraiser, preparing for High School, writing dharmas, posting blogs, playlists, laundry, bills, scheduling, bike repairs, food shopping, cleaning and grey removal!!( I needed to fit some self care in)

Two amazing blogs were posted written by two amazing, brave, perfectly imperfect women. Michelle Amy wrote about her relationship with her yoga mat and Krissy-Jo poured her heart out about her weight loss journey, self-love and acceptance. Continue to write, to heal and share your work. Water it with compassion, kindness and light. It deserves to be seen by everyone. You ladies have a purpose. You ladies have a gift. You ladies have a talent. LIVE IT. SHARE IT.

It was a week of running around. One to cheer and work, and the other to football. I don't want to get into the football experience, because I am still trying to figure out how I am going to be able to sit through a season without cringing and coming pretty close to passing out. A football blog will soon follow. I would like to share with you a great movie I watched Saturday night on Amazon that is for everyone to watch. Parents and kids. ATHLETES!! It's a must. "Peaceful Warrior" staring Nick Nolte. "A warrior does not give up what he loves, he find the love in what he does".

Friday  early evening I decided to meet up with two good friends for a couple of hours. It was great catching up, sharing stories, thinking, creating, laughing and enjoying the moment. WE have a purpose. WE are living it and we WILL SHARE IT.

How do you find people that inspire you? Do your friends inspire you or do they bring you down? When you find people that help you find the best version of yourself, KEEP THEM.

Find people who want to learn, grow, share, raise their vibration and live authentically.. Men and women who want to be grow, transform and have the same interest in personal development.

As you continue to lift yourself up by learning and growing you start to attract the same. Shine bright, SMILE, be full of energy and you will find the same. You will lift them and they will lift you. Stay clear from the ones who bring you down. I have had many the last few years.

We all have the desire to want those around them on the same level they are. )At least good people do).

When a person makes s decision that they are going to improve their life, lift themselves up, those around them (the nay-sayers) instinctively try to pull them down. They will make fun of your efforts, work and success or try to minimize it. They will belittle your abilities to reach new levels. Bottom line? Those peeps are no good. (I am being very kind)

What is the reality? They are bringing you down to lift themselves up. 

Stop accepting the advice of people who you would never want to be like. Take a VERY close look.  It may take you days, months or a year. That's okay.

Begin to slowly remove the trash talkers, the downers, the nay-sayers. Anyone who keeps you from growing, and reaching new heights. Hang on tightly to the ones who help you grow. Be the one who shines bright and has the energy to pull others up. Be that beautiful, smiling, energetic, compassionate soul that encourages others who are actively working to improve their own life.

I will conclude this blog giving a shout out to a group of women who I have witnessed lifting each other up, supporting their dreams, who are looking to improve their circumstances, and are glowing, alive and want to raise their vibration and bring others along for the ride. It has been so refreshing to meet Jenn, Debra, Lauren, Lindsey, Ellen, Alexis and Viki. These amazing women I was blessed to meet a few months ago through yoga. We flowed Thursday night for Debra and her son River. There were tears, smiles, and lots of hugs. These women are a TRIBE. A Perfectly Imperfect, Good Vibe Tribe who lifts each other up personally and professionally.

These amazing women are members of The Bloom Foundation. The Vision of this foundation is to create a world where every mother has access to a new standard of care for maternal mental health and wellness. Viki has been holding Akashic Record Readings at SUKHA and will be holding a breath work circle at SUKHA 9/25. 

Ladies, you have gifts, talents, and a purpose!! Continue to LIVE IT and SHARE IT. 

 

 

 

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A Relationship with my Yoga Mat

In almost every class, I encourage my students to write. Just like yoga, writing is healing. After Thursday's class I received a message. A well written message. "A relationship with my yoga mat"-Michelle Amy.

 

"Thanks for checking on me today and thank you for an amazing class, summer back on my mat. I followed your advice and went back to what helped when I was young. I started writing away. I haven't written since before motherhood. Thank you!

"My mat knows me, the true me. The real-as-shit-can-get me. It has seen me at my best, worst, strongest, weakest, sweatiest, sanest and in the moments when I felt like I was completely losing my ever-loving mind. It pulls at my heart strings, grounds me, shakes me to my core, absorbs my fears, doubts, and at times, tears. It is where I push myself to face myself. My safe place that always catches me then catapults me right back up again. My mat does not take no for an answer and always sees through my bullshit. It is the place that is my space and mine alone. Its loyalty lies with me and only me, no ulterior motive. While its color or pattern or thickness may change, its commitment to me does not. My mat has supported me through failed relationships, stupid decisions, loss and gut-wrenching, how-will-I-ever-survive-this grief. It has guided me through new beginnings, major life changes, challenges and successes. For ten years it has been my mirror, my anchor, my refuge. Even when neglected, it always welcomes me back without judgment. Yes, my mat knows me, the real-as-shit-can-get me. And I am forever grateful."-Michelle Amy

Thank you Michelle for sharing. xoxoxox

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"I'll Be Happy When.....

This beautiful young woman inspired ME the moment she walked in the door. I will not get into the story simply because it is all here. A blog from Krissy Jo.  You may want to grab a tissue. Thank you Krissy for sharing your inspirational story with us. Continue to do the "work-in" and inspiring others. 

Have you ever thought that losing weight will make you happy? "I'll be happy when I lose that weight that's been holding me back" or " I'll be happy when I can fit into my jeans from high school." There's always a " I'll be happy WHEN." I am guilty of this behavior, at my heaviest, I believed I needed to lose eight to be happy, to be worthy, to be loved & everything else would fall into place. After losing 120 lbs, I can tell you, happiness did not follow.
 During my weight loss journey ( which I never consider to be over), I've had an amazing support system. People who wanted to see me succeed, people who would come to me for advice & confide in me with their own struggles. People would tell me how amazing I looked, how proud of me they were. The compliments were overwhelming, on social media, in person, It didn't matter what form the compliments were coming.....until they stopped. I thought to myself, "Do I not look great anymore" ....."Are they no longer proud of me?" There were no ill intentions, people just got used to the new me. However, I was measuring my worth in the amounts of likes I got on Instagram and the amount of compliments I received. I absolutely loved the positive attention. I never received such praise for anything I accomplished in my entire life. Even though I was receiving these compliments, I hated myself. I hated that I had loose skin, I hated that I had stretch marks, and saggy boobs. I couldn't look myself in the mirror without grabbing my stomach and wondering what I would look like if I could just cut it off. Yes, to others I may have looked happier and healthier on the outside, but on the inside, not so healthy!
Self love is so underestimated. I realize I've lived my whole life trying to please others and gain the respect and love of others, but ended up with all these ill feelings toward myself. I wanted to give the people what they wanted to see! they obviously were all about me losing weight...so maybe I should lose more and they will stay pleased? ....Or I could learn to love myself, be proud of my accomplishments and how far I have come and accept that I may never be "perfect" & that it's okay to be my own kind of beautiful.
On my journey, I have met some incredible women who I can thank for helping me find some self confidence & see my potential. My instructors and friends at "D Fitness" have empowered me to see that I am sexy, I am fierce & I got THIS! This is the motto of the "vixen workout" which is a dance fitness class created to make women feel sexy, from busy moms to business professionals, we sometimes lose that part of ourselves getting so wrapped up in the day to day hustle. My passion for dance fitness started with Zumba. I gained a love for Zumba because the music was so good, I could drown out the negative thoughts for an hour. I mean, most of the songs were Spanish so I couldn't tell if they were happy or sad songs, I would just be smiling and dancing. As long as I could forget my problems, I was okay. ignorance is bliss right?

 Then one day, shit changed. I was feeling lost. Dealing with a bad breakup, a job I hated and my family moving across country....I needed a positive change. I swear fate led me through the doors at Sukha where Maribeth and the Buddha Statue drew me in. I was not going to stay. I was just going to grab a schedule, probably stare at it and tell myself I could never do this yoga thing. Fortunately, Maribeth wouldn't let me leave. she was like " There's nothing to be fucking scared of!" ...right there, I knew she was real... she wasn't one of those yoga snobs I was so intimidated by. From that day I was changed. The thoughts that I was drowning out in Zumba class, were the thoughts that I was forced to face in yoga. She said, "Inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit" damn that felt good! I've learned to face my fears, my anxieties and my negative thinking. These things do not have to control me. I've learned in a short period of time that I am capable of things that I never thought possible. Most importantly, that changing our thoughts in turn, changes our lives. I've come to peace with the fact that I may never be a size 2 with a flat stomach and perfect skin. . But that's Okay! I'm still worthy of love, from myself and others. That relationship that didn't workout, It's not because I have cellulite, It's because the universe has something more for me! That job that was making me miserable, well another door opened and I took the leap. That feeling of being lost, sometimes we have to get lost in order to find ourselves. We are given endless opportunities in life, but we are only given one body. You can consider yourself a work in progress, but love yourself every step of the way, not WHEN, but NOW...ALWAYS & FOREVER.

 "The healer you have been looking for is your own courage to know and love yourself completely" - Yung Pueblo
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