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.

Sign up on the FREE Sukha app.



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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. 

 

 

 

Bloom Foundation

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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"A Story at-a-Glance"

Sending some tough love on this Monday afternoon.

I love to share what I experience because sharing is caring. I share in class, Social Media, email, text, and talk about anything that has been working for me on this healing journey. Angel Cards, Akashic Record Reading, Hugging our Chaos, Mala Beads and Essential Oils just to name a few. I don't share if it is not genuine, or has not worked for me. I do my homework on people, places, and products. I share from my heart and so do all of the amazing, genuine people I meet that are here to do the same. 

So, those of you who listen and care, know how essential oils have helped me that last three years. I won't bore you, especially for those who think they know it all and are rolling their eyes. Just read this article. You can find my experiences under "New Blog" of sukhayogaclass.com , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Links will be at the bottom of this blog. Happy Reading!

Let me know when you are done bad mouthing and bashing tools that people use to grow and heal. Keep your opinions to yourself. We all have different beliefs.

Essential Oils May Replace Antibiotics 

June 25,2018 Articles.mercola.com

  • Scientists say the overuse of antibiotics for people and animals is lessening their effectiveness so much that even a slight injury or infection could turn into a serious medical crisis
  • Using special techniques, researchers have used the antibacterial properties of essential oils to create a bioactive coating to protect against infection, which may help prevent millions of infections every year
  • Drug-resistant bacteria has caused farmers to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals, while scientists are also targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms
  • Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint, cinnamon and lavender have potent properties that can kill harmful bacteria strains such as salmonella and E. coli, eliminate intestinal worms and improve acne, shingles and even MRSA

By Dr. Mercola

It's quite likely that whether you visit your doctor for back pain, anxiety or an ingrown toenail, you won't leave without a prescription of some kind. Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common reasons why people visit their doctors and, often, antibiotics are the go-to remedy. Repeatedly taking antibiotics causes major problems, however, as overuse of this type of medication, both in the health care setting and in industrial agriculture, has resulted in increased resistance.

In fact, every time you take antibiotics, your body builds resistance, they become less and less effective and, worse, any bacterium that survives the medication also builds resistance. One of the worst aspects of drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, is that an alarming number are found on the biofilm — a thin slimy surface substance — that forms on medical devices, including implants.

In one study, Mohan Jacob, head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at James Cook University (JCU) in Queensland, Australia and his team of Ph.D. associates used nanotechnology to harness the power of antimicrobial molecules from plants to create antibacterial coatings. Their findings were recently published in Polymers.1 Jacob cites a recent study published in Microbial Biotechnology, which reported that approximately 17 million new biofilm infections are reported every year, leading to 550,000 fatalities.

In addition, about 80 percent of the surgery-associated infections worldwide may be associated with biofilm formation.2 That's why more doctors are turning to natural agents with antibacterial properties, such as tea tree oil, as studies show it may help prevent millions of infections every year. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an essential oil that creates a bioactive coating to keep harmful bacteria from adhering to medical devices.

How a Bioactive Surface Is Made From an Essential Oil

In regard to the scientists' search for a way to turn plant compounds into bioactive coatings for medical devices to avoid having to rely on antibiotics, they used plant secondary metabolites, aka PSMs, of tea tree oil and its most important component, terpene-4-ol. Derived from essential oils and herb extracts, with relatively powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial activities, they're termed "secondary" as they're not vital to the plant's survival or function.

Jacob described them as a "low-cost renewable resource available in commercial quantities, with limited toxicity and, potentially, different mechanisms for fighting bacteria than synthetic antibiotics."3 But the biggest challenge Jacob and his team faced in developing antibacterial coatings from PSMs was converting the liquid state of the compounds into a solid without losing any of their antibacterial nature.

Medical News Today notes that scientists have used nanotechnology for this purpose for several years. Kateryna Bazaka, an adjunct senior research fellow at JCU and the study's coauthor, explained the scientists' procedure in creating polymers is somewhat like naturally occurring rubber and cellulose to make a resistant, "chain-like structure," in this case converting the PSMs of tea tree oil. She noted:

"We used plasma-enhanced techniques within a reactor containing the essential oil vapors. When the vapors are exposed to a glow discharge, they are transformed and settle on the surface of an implant as a solid biologically active coating."4

Essential Oils for Medical Device Polymers and Beyond

Plasma polymerization of this sort has been in use to create biological activity on surfaces for about 20 years. In the 2010 version of the "Handbook of Deposition Technologies for Films and Coatings," one scientist explained that plasma is the "fourth state of matter, consisting largely of ionized gas which maintains overall electrical neutrality."5

One reason the plasma technique is so effective for this kind of plant conversion is that it's environmentally friendly; no potentially harmful chemicals or solvents are used in the process that might remain in the coating or damage surfaces the coating is applied to. The upshot is that if tea tree oil can be converted to protect the surfaces of medical devices, millions of infections may be prevented every year.

According to Jacob, after publishing more than 70 research articles and six Ph.D. theses on the topic, the scientists involved in the project are bona fide pioneers in the world's development of bioactive polymers from plant compounds. But the concept has been extended. Because the thin polymer coatings are visually transparent, they're being tapped for coating contact lenses, as well as for optical windows in aquatic sensors.

Specifically, Jacob and his team are targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms, working with Peter Mulvey and associate professor Jeff Warner at the JCU-based Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. Controlled Environments notes:

"Even though synthetic antibiotics have been the best weapon for eradicating microbial infections since the arrival of penicillin, the overuse of these medications is gradually rendering them ineffective. Scientists think that if new strategies are not developed soon, medical treatments could retreat to the era where slight injuries and common infections develop into serious medical problems."6

Antibiotic Resistance Doesn't Stop There

Significantly, Cyril Gay, senior national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, contends that losing the reliance on antibiotics due to the growing instances of antibiotic resistance is one of the most challenging problems faced by the medical profession in the 21st century. One case in point, Cari Romm reported in 20147 that livestock consumes as much as 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S.

Between 2009 and 2012, that number increased by 16 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).8 The trouble is, antibiotics are used on humans as well; about 70 percent of those used on farm animals are deemed "medically important" for humans. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that antibiotic resistance in the U.S. caused more than 2 million illnesses and an estimated 23,000 deaths,9 which resulted in an extra $20 billion in health care costs.10

Experts in the U.K. expect the problem to only get worse, as a 2014 report projects that more than 10 million deaths will be attributed to drug-resistant microbes by the year 2050.11

The reason livestock are treated with those kinds of drugs is explained by yet another FDA report12 asserting that farmers and food manufacturers rely on them not just for infections but to speed growth and girth for the marketplace, and as a sort of go-to remedy for the many infections livestock incur in cooped-up and unsanitary conditions, now known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.

Stuart B. Levy, hematologist and professor at Tufts University and author of the book "The Antibiotic Paradox: How the Misuse of Antibiotics Destroys Their Curative Powers," has been deeply concerned about the impact that is looming due to the overuse of antibiotics. His study in 197613 noted that chickens began developing resistant bacteria in their guts from the antibiotic tetracycline within a week.

It's unnerving to hear the rest of the story: The resistant bacteria became resistant to other antibiotics the chickens hadn't even consumed, and months later, the illnesses spread to untreated chickens and even to the farmers. According to Levy, "Resistance doesn't stay in that environment, and resistance is transferrable among bacteria of different types."14

Essential Oils: The New Antibiotics

Levy believes the lobby for continued antibiotic use is so strong that it's difficult for wiser voices to get legislation to change. Farmers still insist that drugs are their only choice to combat infection on their farms, so the problem is ongoing. The Atlantic asks:

"What's being done to confront this major contributor to this obvious, growing world health threat? The FDA has asked those in the agricultural industry to voluntarily reduce their use of antibiotics, but no one is keeping track of whether they do (nor has there been a record of the antibiotic use all these decades)."15

The key is to get farmers to see viable alternatives. Studies show that essential oils may exert greater power against infection than many realize. Here are several examples of how essential oils have been found extremely powerful for dealing with bacterial infections:

  • One study found that chickens eating feed with oregano oil added had a 59 percent lower mortality rate due to ascites, a common infection in poultry, compared with untreated chickens.16
  • Rosemary and oregano oils brought about the same growth rate in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin.17
  • Other essential oils killed bacteria and helped reduce salmonella in chickens.18
  • A blend of oils can help keep salmonella from spreading between animals.19
  • Extracts from oregano, cinnamon and chili peppers helped chickens with weight gain and protection against an injected intestinal infection.20

So tea tree oil isn't the only type of essential oil studied for antibacterial potential. Drug-resistant bacteria have caused farmers as well as scientists to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals. Usually associated with the scent of candles or body lotions, they're also used in products used for pest control and over-the-counter medications. The Atlantic notes:

"They're used in the food industry because of their preservative potency against foodborne pathogens — thanks to their antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin and more."21

Why Taking Antibiotics Wreaks Havoc in Your System

Resilient bacteria that survive can even pass that ability to resist antibiotics to other bacteria. One big problem with relying on antibiotics (by both doctors and their patients) is that it radically affects the rate it takes place, as well as the degree the resistance occurs. One thing you may not realize is that, while antibiotics are busy killing off bad bacteria that cause and prolong certain infections, they nail the good bacteria, too.

If you've heard of "good bacteria," they are what your body needs to maintain health and fight toxins naturally. When they're killed, your system is left vulnerable to all kinds of other physical problems. Are the antibiotics in the meat you eat harmful? Answer: Yes. As previously noted, the agriculture industry is responsible for 70 percent of all the antibiotics used in the U.S., which means the other 30 percent is used by humans. According to Daily Health Post:

"As the bacteria grow stronger and are no longer resistant to antibiotics, these once life-saving drugs will no longer be of any help. Minor infections will run rampant with no way to stop them. It will be like living in the Middle Ages when even a small cut could end up killing you."22

Doctors sometimes advise their patients that if they decide to take an antibiotic, to follow it with a good probiotic to make up for the damage. This is good advice (I recommend taking a high-quality probiotic both during and following antibiotic treatment); however, it's better to avoid antibiotics in the first place unless they're absolutely necessary. Even if you're not in the habit of taking antibiotics, there are other ways they can end up in your system. So what can you do? Here's a list of some healthy alternatives:

  • Consume only organic, grass fed meat and dairy products as often as possible.
  • Take an antibiotic only when absolutely necessary. Find a doctor who's aware of the issue and will only prescribe antibiotics when needed.
  • Improve and build your immune system and gut bacteria naturally.
  • Consider getting to know the properties in essential oils such as tea tree oil and others.
  • Consume fermented foods regularly.

Think Alternatively for Your Health

It's amazing how nature is already equipped to help you stay healthy and alternatively, deal with symptoms of disease naturally rather than resorting to drugs. One study, titled "Essential Oils, A New Horizon in Combating Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance," notes:

"Combination therapy combining conventional antibiotics and essential oils is currently blooming and represents a potential area for future investigations. This new generation of phytopharmaceuticals may shed light on the development of new pharmacological regimes in combating antibiotic resistance."23

Here's a short list of some of the more popular essential oils and their uses (but there are many more besides):

Eucalyptus oil aids in faster wound healing, protects from air exposure and offers antimicrobial activity

Oregano is a known protector against several bacterial strains such as E. coli, staphylococcus (Staph) and salmonella

Peppermint is useful in dental care due to its antibacterial activity and antiviral properties

Bergamot's antibacterial properties can kill parasites, help speed healing of mouth ulcers, cold sores and herpes, and combat shingles and chicken pox

Thyme is known to be effective against myriad bacteria, including MRSA and Staph infections

Lemon grass has antimicrobial properties that inhibit bacterial growth both internally and externally, i.e., urinary tract infections, malaria, typhoid, food poisoning and body odor

Lavender has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it good for inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, helps speed healing of cuts, burns and sunburns and helps prevent scarring

Eucalyptus is a potent germicide and antiseptic, making it good for treating wounds, burns, cuts, ulcers, sores and abrasions

Cinnamon may be one of the strongest antibacterial oils, working against such strains as E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus

When using essential oils, a carrier oil such a jojoba or coconut oil is often recommended because they are very potent. In many cases, a topical application of essential oils is much safer than taking antibiotics internally. When in doubt, consult an aromatherapist who can provide you with more information and exact oils for your specific condition. Healthy Focus advises:

"Combine a few drops of your chosen oil or oils with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and apply the oil to the affected area of your body. Massaging the oil into your abdomen is also a great way to help fight internal infections. You can also apply some diluted essential oils to help treat common skin infections like acne or even warts."24

As often as possible, look to natural alternatives instead of antibiotics. Depending on your symptoms, there are many articles covered on this website that can expand your knowledge and increase your awareness of natural instead of conventional health. Mercola.com is focused on a "whole person" approach to your entire person rather than just your symptoms. In preventive health care, providers help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.

articles.mercola.com June 25, 2018

Make sure you do your homework on essential oils. Not all essential oils are pure. DO NOT BUY them in Marshalls or Bed Bath!! Look out for companies that have added essential oils to their skin care line or even clothing line.

I am learning everyday. There is so much and it can be overwhelming. Start small like I did three years ago with the basics. As you learn more, you practice more. As you practice more, you can share and teach.

When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. 

Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.  

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques. 

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected. 

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular distillation method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.

 

Expression

Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. doTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.

 

 

You are Always Stronger than You Think

I have been feeling the need to re-introduce the teachers of SUKHA. 

So many students at SUKHA that have been practicing for over a year now still have few doubts in minds about their yoga practice. I will start out by saying this....you are all amazing and have the ability to do whatever you want whether it's a career, relationship, a home, or a new lifestyle. You are never too old, too fat, too skinny or don't have the money. If you continue to wire your brain with negative thoughts, you will be stuck for a long time.

Today I would like to share this blog by Amy. Amy has been with me since day 1. When I first started teaching. Amy was my only student. We learned together, practiced together and shared a lot together on this yoga road. Amy doubted herself for a long time about going to teacher training. I pushed her and she did with the confidence and determination to do it. And she did. Almost three years later, here she is....

Amy Sowul is a Brielle resident and mother to two boys.

She has been an instructor at Sukha for almost three years. Her classes are a mix of strength and grace, as she creatively takes you from pose to pose. She is always looking for mindful and challenging ways to improve upon the basics, paying close attention to the transitions.

Amy is a writer, poet and nature lover. She is an employee at Barlow Flower Farm where she connects to the beauty all around her. Check out her amazing photos of her passions on her Instagram page @asowul

Class description: Mindful Power Flow

This class is not about being intermediate or advanced. It is about taking the next step, and piecing together what you already know with the things you never tried. Most importantly this class is about faith in your body and it's ability to learn new things - despite your shape or size or age. You are always stronger than you think. 

Yoga Loves Your Curves.....Even if You Don't!!

Writing has been so healing for me the last three years as most of you know. After reading one of my first blogs the other day, I ended the blog by saying "I am not a writer and not pretending to be something I am not". A few years ago one of my former students said to me in response to that blog "you are a writer now". That response gave me confidence to continue whether I thought I was or not. Thank you!!

I do not write to get more likes or followers. I write because it is healing and it has helped me tremendously as I mentioned in my recent podcast with Coaches and Authors of Hug Your Chaos; Chris and Linds Jones. If you missed it, you can listen here by clicking link below. AFTER you read this amazing blog from Curvaceous Yoga Instructor, Jen Cory.

Since childhood, I have always had trouble speaking my truth/feelings in front of others. I am still getting to the root of that, but in the meantime, writing as allowed me improve my communication skills and working memory. It allows me to express exactly how I am feeling, clears my mind, and most importantly it opens up my eyes and mind about my struggles and successes.

After Jen Cory wrote her first blog introducing her new class at SUKHA, we spoke about the healing benefits of writing and Jen decided to write another inspirational blog for everyone to read.

Thank you Jen for sharing and inspiring so many others overcome their fear of yoga, overcoming insecurities and self-love.

Yoga Loves Your Curves….Even if You Don’t

By SUKHA Curvaceous Yoga Instructor Jen Cory

Throughout my yoga journey I’ve read many books, articles, blogs, and so on.  I’ve always been fascinated with the yoga life and the feeling that I get after I spend some time on my mat.  I crave that euphoric feeling and keep searching for a way to extend it throughout my daily life. For some reason, like many of us, I keep looking for the secret to living a truly authentic and happy life.  I’ve come to realize that I’m not going to find the answers in a book. I need to put in the work both on and off my mat. It’s something that I am still working on and will continue to do.

With my countless hours of researching and trying to find the key to happiness, I came across an idea that is very foreign to me.  In Anna Guest-Jelley’s book, Curvy Yoga, I read that yoga can help you accept and love your body!  What!? It sounds crazy and counter intuitive, and I didn’t believe it at first, but slowly I am beginning to understand.  If nothing else, yoga helps you to learn how to move your body through the asanas and teaches you to honor your body by doing what feels right for you.  No matter your size, shape, or stature! You don’t have to be a size 2 and look good in your matching outfit with the perfect ponytail or man bun. You simply have to be YOU!

Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of insecurities and am still working on accepting and loving my body.  Do I want to lose weight? Yes. Do I want to be healthier? Yes. Do I want to be stronger? Yes. But I am actively trying not to talk down to myself or focus on the negative.  When Maribeth hired me to teach a curvaceous yoga class I was excited! She believed in me, and more importantly wanted to help break the stigmatism of yoga only being for people with the perfect body.  So, I decided to embrace my body and put myself out there.

My first step was taking pictures to help promote the class.  This was NOT easy for me. I hate pictures of myself and am usually the first person to hide when a camera comes out.  Recently a few events in my life have made me realize that capturing important moments with family and loved ones is more important than my self-loathing and hiding from the camera.  I didn’t want to look back at my life and see photos with me missing. So, I decided I was going to go for it!

One Sunday afternoon I spent hours doing various poses with a really cool backdrop of a cement plant.  I really just jumped in and embraced it! I was even having a good time doing it. When I checked out the pictures, I actually liked some of them and didn’t cringe when I looked at them.  It was fabulous! I thought to myself, “wow, I’m starting to accept my body!” Then, on the very last pose of the day…...I fell! I stepped my foot back for Warrior II and quickly found out there was nothing there to catch me.  I dropped backwards on the ground hitting my head on a metal machine on the way down! Seven staples later, I look at those pictures and laugh. It is yet another reminder to me that this is a process and sometimes I’m going to fall…literally!  What matters is that I get back up and keep trying. This is exactly what I plan to do. Hope to see you on your mats.

Jen Cory

Curvaceous Yoga Instructor

Sukha The "Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio

This is the one that did it!

 

Get Up and Keep Trying

Do You really Care.....

What people think?

There are so many people, all ages that are so worried about what others think of us. The bottom line is it truly does not matter. When we constantly worry and it causes nothing but anxiety and unnecessary stress.

This morning in class I decided to read a great blog about just this topic, take it up a notch and bust out "To Be Real" and just start dancing. Not giving a shit what anyone thought. And guess what? It felt amazing and all of the 21 peeps in the room did the same.

Why do we care about what Jane Smith from the PTO thinks about us? Why? 

It is time to UNFUCK ourselves as Hug Your Chaos has taught me, Let's re-wire our brains with positive thoughts and not negativity.

Start doing the work. Begin by digger deep within yourself because you deserve it and you should start showing the world what a beautiful human you are without trying to impress with stress.

Let's not take this the wrong way. We can and should CARE about others, their feelings and what they think. But if you find yourself becoming anxious and stressed over it, you need to figure out exactly why.

"We have an inside and an outside—an interior landscape and an exterior landscape. Our interior landscape is our subjective experience of our authentic self, while our exterior landscape is a product of our worldview. The two together create a psychosocial dynamic, but that dynamic has only one reference point, leaving us balancing self- and other-perception.

When this delicate balance shifts because we begin seeking approval, or attempting to control outcomes, we become externally focused and can literally lose sight of our essential nature. That essential nature is different from the ego-self—the self-image fed and influenced by what is outside of us. In looking out, rather than within, our sense-of-self and sense-of-place become clouded. The more we attempt to establish these sensibilities through external means, the more clouded our vision becomes and the further we get from our authentic self. Instead of being fully present in our social interactions, our thoughts and behavior become means for eliciting a response, rather than an expression of self-value.

The ego-self is a false self, a façade scripted by the demands of our context as we perceive them. It is our self-image, our social mask, the role we are playing—and it thrives on approval. That need for approval is driven by self-criticism and negative self-talk, which are fear-based. That fear derives from any number of sources, from our original premise concerning fear of rejection to a "less-than" mentality, all of which begs the question:

We’ve been disapproving of ourselves our entire lives without much success. Why not start approving of ourselves and see how that works out?

Self-approval comes out of self-acceptance, which rises out of the recognition that we are, in fact, enough, just as we are. With that recognition, we can free ourselves from fear; we no longer need to look outside for a validation that, on the inside is self-evident. We come into our power, our full humanity, in the recognition that our essential nature is all we need to be fully us."-Psychology Today

Loose the stress of trying to impress. Your body knows you are not being authentic and that is causing stress and can lead to more dis-ease. And that feels so much wore than having someone dislike you.

Did you know that Ulcers are caused by fear? Fear of not being good enough because we can't stomach who we are and we rip our guts out everyday trying to please others. That's a pretty scary thought. Keep that in your mind when you are stressed over what people think of you and constantly trying to please others.

Be Real

Be You

Dance

Sing

Laugh

Smile

xoxoxox

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Divorce. Relationships. Heart Chakra.

Now this post is way overdue and very hard for me to write. It's time. 

This heart of mine is a tough one. Someone once told me years ago it was frozen along with all of the veins attached. I think that was the first time I ever realized it truly was and it need to be thawed out. But how? Why was I so cold in certain situations? 

Years later, in my early forties, I started to learn about this through yoga, Reiki, Rain Drop Therapy, Card Readings, and learning from amazing women whom I give all  credit. But if Maryjo reads this she will say that I did all the work and she just gave me to tools. Thanks MJ. Love you and thanks.

I am not going to sit here and play the blame game on my parents because we are all victims of victims and they could not have taught us anything they did not know themselves. Although I do believe that my father not being present had a lot to do with it. He did not know how to love himself so therefore, he could not teach me how to do the same. As we grow up, we have a tendency to re-create that early home life. And yes, I did, but got out due to the fact that I was beginning to see myself as my mother sitting, waiting and wishing. 

As a tween I never had self confidence, I thought I was ugly because kids told me I was. I never thought I was good enough to have a boyfriend and that was the case for years. Yes,  I "dated", but never had a SERIOUS boyfriend that I truly cared for and that truly cared for me until junior year of high school. And of course I fucked that up. Years later I finally figured out that it was a fear, a heart blockage and deep down I did not think I was worthy to have such a great guy. Unfortunately, we choose our thoughts and the "I'm not good enough" was one that deep down was running through my veins for years. I am not funny enough, rich enough, skinny enough, athletic enough, etc....how the hell could I have ever created a loving, happy, healthy relationship with that subconscious belief?

Let's fast forward because the past is the past. It is over and done but I can change my thoughts about the past and that has been step 1. To release the past we need to forgive. Forgive everyone and most importantly ourselves. I'm almost there, but I found my self giving the out a few weeks ago.

Going on 13 years divorced, single for the majority. Dated here and there, creeped on a bit, stalked, made stupid mistakes and learned lessons from all of them. I was not ready for a committed relationship. I love being alone and the easy feeling of not having to answer to anyone, not share a bed, a bathroom and just do my own thing when I want and how I want and being independant. And most importantly for my kids. I refused to make the mistake most newly divorced men and women do. They jump right in. Some don't even wait until the ink is dry and this makes me crazy. Every divorced man or woman need to heal and it doesn't matter who cheated, who doesn't love anymore, or who did what. HEAL friends. HEAL first. Don't let your home be a revolving door and most importantly, not with kids. They fear abandonment, just like we do. My children are happy in this very quiet, small house on the tracks. There is no yelling, fighting or screaming and no egg shells to be walked on. In my opinion, I have made very good decisions in this department. My children come first before anyone or anything. Fully 100% present.

For the divorced men who feel the need to jump in because they "need someone to cook, clean or take care of them when they are sick"; try to do for yourself for a while or go back home to mom. For the divorced ladies who "don't want to go back to work or need the security": GET A FUCKING JOB. Start your dream job/career. MAKE IT HAPPEN. I know you can do it!!

 Heal so you can be in a healthy relationship and not continue to revisit old wounds and get back in another crappy relationship. When you jump in and find yourself attracting the same people and you are always complaining about it and trying to find the answer, well; the answer is you have not healed.

Back to the heart. It's pretty open. But it doesn't take long to close up again. I have the most amazing boyfriend that anyone could ever ask for. He's kind, loving, thoughtful, understanding, mushy, genuine, sweet, loyal, a yogi, fuckin hot as hell and funny.  How he puts up with me is mind blowing. He has opened my heart and knows me so well when it is starting to freeze up. WHY?? It must still be fear and those stupid thoughts of me not deserving someone like him. A few weeks ago I said to myself that he deserves someone better. Why? We make a great couple. We laugh, have so much in common and the chemistry is there. Why is it that I want to shut down? I have no interest in ANYONE else but him.

This fuckin heart chakra drives me cra cra. Our heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra located in the center of the human body and is associated with love and understanding, What causes this chakra to get blocked? Emotional pain, caused by bad memories, old programming, emotions and even overthinking. In my case, I do not believe it is overthinking. That part was fixed years ago. I am proud to say, I live in the present moment and have so many things going on that I don't have time to overthink.

As I am writing and thinking it could be that hold onto emotions and this could cause the blockage or just procrastinating for the reason of time and the amount I have on my plate.

Whatever it may be, I will continue to stay connected to myself and know when the heart is starting to close and work on myself everyday. This process does not happen over night and there is not a magic pill that will cure the blockage forever. 

The bottom line is this....

I am so grateful to have someone who understands me and all of this chakra healing stuff and someone who can fully admit he has healing to do as well. You see real men understand it, and know when to leave the ego at the door. Real men admit to their flaws. Real men understand authenticity. Oh; and real men do yoga!! ha

Thank you for being real and thawing out my heart and understanding when it starts to freeze up. I take 100% responsibility for doing the work/healing. Thank you for making me smile and always listening.

Thank you all for reading. Continue to do the work-in my friends.

When we really love , accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works. Our health improves, our relationships become more fulfilling, and we begin to express ourselves in fulfilling ways. Loving and approving of yourself, creating space of safety, trusting, deserving and accepting, will create organization in your minds, creating loving relationships, maybe a new job, or a better place to live. Whatever it may be.  Try to approve of yourself, do the work and see what happens.

WRITE my friends.

It's so healing. 

xoxoxox

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How Yoga Helps Women in Midlife

A few weeks ago I received a email asking if I would post a "guest blog" for Meera Watts.

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)

Once I saw the topic and read the blog it was a no brainer. "How yoga helps women in midlife"!! Duh. How could I not? I am there. After just turning 47 years young and notice what yoga has done for me and so many of my students that are mostly around the same age. Some are younger, but that's okay because guess what girls?? Time flies and you will be "midlife" before you know it. I am so proud of all of the young men and women that get on their mats at such a young age and overly impressed by the ones who really get it and not just for the leggings and the "trend".

With that being said, it is my pleasure to post this great blog written by Meera Watts.

Going through midlife isn't easy. It's that point where you suddenly feel trapped, tired, and miserable. It's like time sucked your enthusiasm and you're left clueless about what to do with your life.

For women, midlife can be twice as challenging. This is why most of them try so hard to hide from it and avoid talking about it. They refuse to acknowledge the changes they are going through and that makes things a lot harder.

This is where yoga becomes beneficial. If you're still not doing it, here are some of the most important benefits you're missing out.

Stress management

Stress is something you can't easily avoid. Whether it's at work or at home, you're bound to experience stressful situations that can make you feel worse.

The problem with stress is that it can make your decision making and problem-solving skills dull. It can even make you physically ill.

By performing yoga on a daily basis, you'll be able to increase your feel-good hormones while lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. When the hormones and chemicals in your body return to their normal levels, your body will  be able to experience balance which can improve your overall health.

Improve your bodily functions

As you age, your body experiences a decline in function. This puts you at an increased risk for several illnesses, like diabetes and heart diseases.

By putting your mind and body in a relaxed state, both your blood pressure and blood sugar become lower. Even the hormones that affect the way your blood clots and heart pumps become more stable.

Better sleep

Insomnia and other sleep problems tend to get worse with age. As you constantly worry about your work, family, health, and finances, sleep becomes less and less satisfying for you. A busy work schedule can also make it hard for you to get proper sleep.

And when you fail to get enough sleep, a lot of health problems come up. Even your mood becomes affected that you become chronically grumpy. You'll find it hard to stay focused and calm, too.

Yoga has this unique way of making it easier for one to fall asleep. It can even improve the quality of sleep so you can wake up feeling well rested and rejuvenated.

Better fitness

Because of the changes women experience in their body during their midlife years, it's perfectly normal for them to feel frightened about going out and exercising. There's always the fear of getting injured or creating more harm than good.

However, contrary to what most women believe in, yoga isn't entirely bad once you reach your midlife years. Unless you have spine problems or issues with balance, it's totally safe for you to practice yoga. It's actually a great way to stay in shape, particularly if you aren’t a fan of intense workout routines.

Increases energy

Your midlife years mark the moment when most of your body processes slow down. As a result, you get tired easily and you start to lose energy. Partnered with stress, your energy levels can get worse.

There are yoga poses you can do to combat stress and improve your energy.

The Cobra Pose is one great example. It opens up 4 chakras within your body while reducing stress, tension, and fatigue. The Downward Dog, Bow Pose, Shoulder Stand, and Fish Pose are excellent options as well.

Take note that although those poses can boost your energy, they aren’t for everyone. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you, consider consulting your doctor or yoga instructor.

In Conclusion

Yoga offers tons of benefits and most of us are already aware of that. For women in midlife, however, they are extra helpful. From enhancing their sleep quality to boosting their overall health, practicing it on a daily basis can make the process a lot less stressful and easier to cope with.

Of course, you’ll need patience and dedication before you see results. While yoga is effective, it’s still not an overnight miracle. You need to be consistent in practicing it on a daily basis.


 

A Better Boat

It’s that time of year again but this year I decided not to count the minutes, the days or the months that I have been here on this earth. (But I may do a cute post with a sign that says how many months old I am) ha

Counting just makes it seem that much longer and make the hand on the clock move that much faster. I am learning to try and slow the fuck down. I breathe in, I breathe out.

I started writing this blog a few days before my 47th birthday. For the simple reason of time. It flies by, there is not enough of it, time is precious, of the essence, an illusion, on my side, it heals wounds, time is not wasted if you enjoy doing what you are doing. And that is EXACTLY it. I am enjoying everything that I am doing.

This past year I have learned so much personally and professionally. I have dug deep and looked on the inside on what I needed to work on, what my triggers are and the things I need to fix to continue to evolve. And I have done the same with others. I have felt their energy, sadness and fear, happiness and relief, bitterness and resentment. Authenticity and fake. It was a year of digging, learning and clearing. I have increased awareness to interpret myself and others much deeper than before on so many different levels. And I wanted to share what I have learned during year 46.

Lately, it has been the onion and the mask. Reading, thinking and trying to figure it all out. Let’s remove the first layer of the onion my friends. Take off the mask. Behave and appear the same everyday and everywhere. Stop hiding your authentic self. Although I have seen many “true colors shining through” this last year. Do the inner work!! Once you dig you will realize what a great person you are. Lose the ego. Peel back the layers and be yourself. Stop following the crowds, and show up where you want, when you want and most importantly walk in without a mask. Throw it in the trash. Because guess what? That is exactly where it belongs.. And I don’t give a shit what town or county you live in or what car you drive or how big your house is. You are all amazing, beautiful beings. Show the real you. Thinka bout this...After the mask comes off, begin peeling off all of the layers. What's left?

" I ain't lonely, but I spend a lot of time alone. More than I'd like too. But I'm okay with staying home. My how the last few months have changed. I'm smiling more despite the pain"

Yes!! I am not sure what happened. From extrovert to introvert!! I am actually proud to have this come out of mouth. Most treat introverts as weird  or a personality trait. Some just get physically exhausted by spending a lot of time with other people. I have found that I need alone time to rest and recharge so I can continue to do what I do everyday. I sit and enjoy life without being in constant motion with others. Maybe it's because I am now 100% aware and tapped into those who are authentic and those who are not and I prefer to be around authenticity. I choose wisely.

Happy Hump Day, July 18th. I am back continuing the blog for what I have learned during year 46.There is so much I want to write and it may just be a mish mosh of crap so bare with me.

Let’s go back to 1973. I was two years old and I specifically remember watching The Wizard of Oz belly down with my hands under my chin, close to the big, old school, hand channel changer tv with 2, 4,5, 7, 11 and 13. I buried my head everytime that scary, green faced, screechy wicked witch with those cheesy long ass nails would come on the screen. It didn't take so long for me to stare at the screen and look her straight in the eyes. After 45 years of watching this movie over and over again I always found a new meaning. A deeper meaning. But nothing as deep as this amazing book I discovered just a few months ago. I have shared it in class but feel the need to share it today, on my 47th Birthday. This movie is a part of me. It always was and always will be.

“It is a story we remember, believe, and cherish in our hearts. To each generation, the story rises and blooms anew in the psyche. It is a story invested with all of our potentials and highest ideals, as well as our shadows and terrors.  It speaks to the basic human need for companionship. It is innocent and sincere. As it remembers a golden age in our past, it simultaneously portrays a technological golden age in the immediate future. We find the security of place, the assurance that we have in us a sufficiently of capacities to confront evil and survive, and the ability to trust in our own enormous untapped potentials.  Then, like Dorothy, we can come back and re-green the wasteland, the Kansas of our lives. We are OZ. In any mythic structure we may identify with the hero, but in truth we contain all of the characters. Dorothy might be any one of us. Or we might be the Tin Man in our longing to feel loving connections, the Scarecrow seeking our true intelligence, or the Cowardly Lion seeking courage. We contain the Great and Powerful Wizard. What would happen if we dared to dip into this high and holy magic within ourselves??”-The Wizard of Us.

This movie has so many lessons that so many of us can learn from and The Wizard of Us is one book that I am learning from everyday. It just makes sense to me. I can relate 100%.

For many years on this earth, I cared so much of what others thought of me. The last few, specifically this last I have finally removed that completely out of my head. It no longer exists. Theo Roosevelt said it best “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do” That is character!”

I have taken the time to really figure out who I would like in my life. Those who I value, respect and trust and those who respect and value me just the same. Those who are real, who lead and don’t follow. The people who can understand and accept decisions I have made or need to make and some were harder than others that’s for sure. Each decision has been a true lesson and wake up call that goes back to wearing masks and living a truly authentic life. I have made a commitment to myself to send only love, kindness and sympathy to those who portrayed themselves to be something they are not. I have let go of the situations that have occured. From phony emails and phone calls to cards and letters blowing smoke up my ass saying how much I changed their lives and then once things didn’t go their way; the real people under those masks appeared.

“A balanced individual is free to make the choice to change something if they’re comfortable with feedback that may be unflattering”-Wayne Dyer

Oh boy, did I get feedback. Ha ha.

I will continue to go on a rampage of appreciation rather than discussing the evils of the world and take every opportunity to continue to radiate joy whether you are on my side or not. Today, as I am approaching my 47th birthday I am sending nothing but hug and kisses to the evils of my world and everyday hope that halos are given and pitchforks are thrown in the trash along with the masks. Thank you for the lessons.

Boundaries.

Now this has taken a long time for sure and I am still working on it and the first step has been to practice self-awareness personally and professionally. SUKHA is a place of business and not a free for all. I will no longer allow a student or teacher to dictate or demand how I operate. I am always open to suggestions and there is now a suggestion box in the studio. In the beginning of my journey I have let too much get by. I have had past students drive to my house and threaten me if I raised prices, I have had negative comments thrown at me if I did not come around with oils, etc...Of course we all know people such as these have so much inner work to do. They just don’t seem to get the true meaning of yoga. With that being said, in November of 2017, I had felt like I failed as a teacher. With the number one thing coming to mind-”Did they not listen to ANY of my dharma talks? Holy shit, all the time and preparation and they still don’t get it but that’s okay. I get it now. I now fully understand that not everyone thinks they have healing to do and that many only think of yoga for the physical benefit or a social hour. Some people make situations so easy to walk away from. (Especially when you have a bird chirping in your ear front and center that likes to stir the pot)

I will continue to share even if some don’t fully understand the real reason why I am here

and what I am teaching and sharing. I congratulate everyone of my students who are on their authentic journey and practice yoga for the work-in.

As far as the personal boundaries go, well; I believe I am almost there with certain people that will unfortunately be in my life for a long time.

"I breathe in. I breathe out. What ain't working, what's still hurting. All the things I feel like cussing out."

Always remember, no person, no place, and no thing has any power over you, for you are the only thinker in the situations you create. When you create peace, harmony and balance in your mind you will find it in your life.
 

Competition.

It is only a word. Something I do not want to participate in. When I first opened SUKHA I was expecting peace, love and happiness from all and that was not the case. But again. That’s okay.  When it comes to the “C” word the best thing for me to do is mind my own business and that is exactly how I operate. I still struggle with others stealing Intellectual Property. Everyday I try to now to send peace to those who can’t seem to think for themselves, it’s been challenging, but I’m getting there. I am always flattered, but it still gets me heated. The hours and time brainstorming for someone else to steal? Ugh.

From the bottom of my heart, all yogis are welcome to SUKHA to practice. Not to spy,or have any alternative motive but to practice. And keep in the back of your mind that SUKHA is not only for beginners and we leave egos at the door and continue to keep it real. On the mat and off. On the screen and off. My wish is for yoga instructors all over the world to share this beautiful practice with as many people as possible and from the  heart, I wish you all nothing but the best on this magical, yet challenging venture. Always remember to be yourself. Teach how you want to teach and what feels right to you. Be your authentic self and teach that way. Let go of the script and teach from your heart. Your book and your lessons. Make people smile.

Healing.

Even at this age I am healing every freakin day. Healing from old wounds, present day bruises and learning to accept things that I can’t change.

I am trying to figure myself out and this is just the emotional healing. What I have learned is that any physical problems are caused from emotional issues that we carry and hold on to and I have many. This year I have found the root cause of a few and have found ways to heal through juice, essential oils, and making a change to my diet and letting go and removing blockages caused by people, places, and food.

To end this mish mosh of a blog, I would like to end with this:

I am proud of my flaws and I have so many and I will continue to work on them everyday.

I breathe in. I breathe out.

“We are each responsible for all of our experiences.

Every thought we think is our future.

The point of power is always in the present moment.

Everyone suffers from self-hatred and guilt.

The bottom line for everyone is, “I’m not good enough”.

It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.

We create every so-called illness in our body.

Resentment, criticism, and guilt are the most damaging patterns.

Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.

We must release the past and forgive everyone.

We must be willing to begin to learn to love ourselves.

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are keys to positive change.

When we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.”-Louise Hay

Thank you for reading, learning, practicing and sharing with me everyday. It’s going to be a great ride and I wouldn’t jump off just yet if I were you. :)

"I think I'm stronger than I was. I breathe in, I breathe out. I got friends to call who let me talk about. What ain't working, what'still hurting. All the things I feel like cussing out. Now and then I let go around the waves I can't control. I'm learning how to build a better boat"-Kenny Chesney

Listen to it here. It's a good one! (Amy may even like it) :)

 

 

Be Confident. Be Inspired. Be Yourself. A Blog from Jen Cory.

Once again it is my absolute pleasure to announce Curvaceous Yoga at SUKHA starting next Wednesday, July 25th with Jen Cory.

The last few years has been so incredible inspiring others to get on a yoga mat for the first time and having them leave happy and confident no matter what age, shape, size or gender. Now there are specific classes for all.

Jen emailed me this amazing blog about her yoga journey as a "Curvaceous Yogi". Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with us. 

Be Confident
Be Inspired
Be Yourself

Yoga has been a part of my life on and off for the past 20 years. I would always
start and stop my practice yet my mat kept calling me back. I would spend hours
searching out studios looking at the teacher’s pictures and bios trying to work up the
courage to walk through that door. Why you ask? Well because I am not your typical
yogi. I am overweight and not athletic in the least.

Walking through the door of multiple yoga studios was the hardest thing
for me. I knew I loved yoga, I knew I was good at it, yet I knew I would feel judged.
Some days I was able to manage a brave smile while the teachers looked me up and
down or told me “just try your best.” Other days it would shake me to my core sending
me running out of the studio after class to cry in my car. Never to return again. Yet
somewhere in the back of my mind I said to myself, “I want to be a yoga teacher!” Then
my self-doubt would return and I’d push it to the back of my mind.
About two years ago I found myself called to my mat once again. I started
practicing regularly and began to push aside my self-doubt. Slowly that voice in my
head changed and started to say, “So what! Let them look! Let them doubt! Let me
prove them wrong!” I enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training and was determined to see it
through. I had a goal and I wasn’t going to let my self-doubt or other’s assumptions
hold me back anymore.
Don’t get me wrong….it was Difficult! I began my 6-month teacher training
journey with determination and excitement. Little did I know how hard it would be.
Even where I thought I would be safe among a small group of fellow yogis (six women),
I was judged, stared at, and looked down upon. I still had to deal with comments about
my weight and abilities. There were times that I left the long weekends of training
heartbroken, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel. Yet I didn’t!

Enough was Enough! I was DETERMINED to finish what I had set out to
do, to become a yoga teacher. I promised myself to be a yoga teacher who would be
inclusive of all bodies. I was determined to make sure that all people who attend my
class would feel safe and not judged or intimidated! That’s why when Maribeth asked
me to teach a Curvaceous yoga class at Sukha the Non-Intimidating yoga studio I was
thrilled! If I can help someone to love yoga and be able to find their yoga practice and
better yet, believe in themselves…. then count me in!
Is it still hard? Yes. Is it still scary putting myself out there and being so brutally
honest? Yes. Is it still embarrassing having my name attached to a Curvaceous class,
saying aloud to the world that I am a curvaceous yoga teacher? Yes. Is it worth it?
Hell Yes! If I can do it, then anyone can do it. That is exactly what I hope to convey to my students! Hope to see you on your mats Wednesdays 4:30-5:30.

Namaste,
Jen Cory-Curvaceous Yoga Teacher

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Akashic Records Readings at SUKHA

As you all know, I share what I learn and experience. This afternoon I had the amazing experience of Akashic Record Reading with Viki Quirk. I have been thinking about blogging the entire reading, but I have decided to share in class or give all of you the opportunity to experience this reading for yourselves. Truly amazing, eye opening and healing.

Imagine a place where you can obtain answers to any questions you have about yourself.  The answers are given to you by Ascended Masters and Teachers as well as other guides who have been charged with not only storing and protecting your sacred information, but also with assisting you in remembering your divine light and path.  This place is known as your Akashic Record and it is the energy of your soul. 

Do you need clarity, direction or more healing in your life? The loving,healing energy of the Akashic Records is a profound tool for self-exploration and empowerment.

In this 30 minute reading, Viki will ask your permission to enter your Akashic Record and act as the vessel for the conversation between you and your Record Keepers.  You will be able to explore a question or two you have about past lives, life purpose, or receive general information. 

Viki Quirk is a contemporary healer who believes the power to heal lies within the individual. Her work in this field started with Pilates back in 2009 when she earned her certification to teach through Pilates Academy International and Ellie Herman Studios in Brooklyn, NY.  Over the years, she has increased her knowledge and understanding of the physical body through continuing education studies on safe spine practices with Rebecca Leone and pre/postnatal with Debbie Goodman.

The more she learned about the body and worked closely with clients, she saw that the emotional, energetic, and spiritual experiences all play a role in wellness.  In an effort to provide comprehensive guidance and support to those she works with, Viki pursued additional certifications such as Reiki in the tradition of Dr. Usui Shiki Ryoho, learning to access the Akashic Records for healing with Vanessa Codorniu, and Breathwork first with Erin Teldford and then master teacher David Elliott.

Viki moved her practice to Monmouth County in 2016 where she currently lives with her husband, young son, and their dog.   

These readings will be held on the following dates in three 30 minute time slots.

Tuesday, August 7th

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

8:00 pm

Friday, August 17

11:00 am

11:30 am

12:00 pm

$30 for 30 minute private reading. Readings will be held at SUKHA individually. 

Are You Living Courageous and Free?

Today we celebrate Independence Day. Music Speaks Dharma has been my description of all of my classes since I started SUKHA in 2015 and I traditionally teach all of the holidays. By now, many try to do the same, and I am so honored to have inspired others.

I decided today I would change it up slightly and steer away from the normal July 4th class.

Independence-" the fact or state of being independent. self-determination, freedom" 

Independent- "free from outside control; not depending on others authority"

You see, I am very independent. Always was and always will be. I can honestly say that if I was dependent, I would not be living a truly authentic life.

Many people live in a state of co-dependence and allow others to shape our beliefs and decisions from how to dress, political views, financial decisions and so many other things that we forget who we really are and this I can't seem to digest. (it gets my blood boiling)

Independence is knowing who you are, owning it, being aware of boundaries, saying no, speaking your truth, being clear on exactly what you want and most importantly respecting yourself and owning your life.

Today, start making your own decisions, give yourself permission to think, feel, support, love and do whatever the fuck makes you happy.

How the hell do people survive, achieve and live a life based on what someone else dictates to them?

America is the LAND OF THE FREE!! Get your shit together and start living your life, YOUR WAY.

The place where we can do whatever we wish. So let's do it. Do what you believe in. Follow your heart, your dreams, wear what you want, be whoever you want, travel, quit the job that you are constantly complaining about and find a new one, stop bitching and start doing. Stop asking permission and advice from the people that will tell you "don't do it". (this will be for another dharma)

America. "Home of the Brave"

Are you courageous? Do you step into your true self? Do you tell your story? Are you afraid of making decisions on your own? What is holding you back from having the courage to do what you want? Is it you that keeps telling yourself that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, educated enough or is it someone from the past or the present that has planted these thoughts in your head. Those thoughts are going to stop TODAY!!

"Courage is required in almost every basic human activity or endeavor. For instance, to allow oneself to love and commit to another person takes courage. Separating from our parents and forging an independent life for ourselves is a courageous act. To survive an abusive, traumatic or neglected childhood or relationship with dignity and integrity demonstrates courage and resilience." -Wizard of Us

Stop basing your dreams and decisions on someone else. Put on your big girl/big boy pants and take the step into independence. You will begin to start doing everything that inspires you on your terms. Stop wasting time living someone else's life.

Let's begin to have the confidence, courage, self-love to live the life you want to live. In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong

Be free

Be Brave

Today and always

Have a Happy Independent Life!

Curvaceous Yoga

I am so excited, proud and grateful to offer a new class at SUKHA starting Wednesday, July 25th at 4:30 pm.

SUKHA has been and always will be The "Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio. At SUKHA it is our goal to make everyBODY feel comfortable no matter what shape, size, age, or gender. 

Let's face it yoga can be intimidating. From yoga photos on social media to people automatically jumping to the conclusion you have to sit in stillness, listen to "yoga music the entire time, get a lotus tattoo, go vegan, drink smoothies, stop shaving, drown yourself in Patchouli Oil, be a size 0-4 and wear yoga pants that cost $150. 

It can still be scary to attend a class for the first time no matter what. My goal is to share this practice with as many people as possible. 

It is my pleasure to announce "Curvaceous Yoga" to SUKHA with the beautiful Jennifer Cory.

Please welcome Jennifer Cory to SUKHA.

I am an elementary school teacher in Howell Township for over 10 years.   Yoga has always been a part of my life. For many years I would start practicing and then stop.  A few years ago, I found myself called to yoga again and began practicing regularly. I was beyond happy when I achieved my goal of becoming a RYT 200!  Not only do I practice myself on the mat, but I bring yoga to my students in school. I am a certified RCY-30 soon to be RCY-95. Sharing my practice with others is my passion and I look forward to coming to the Sukha community!

Class Description:

This class welcomes all levels of yoga students.  It’s perfect for those of us with a little bit more to love!  You will learn adjustments that suit your soul as well as your body.  AnyBODY can do Yoga!

Thank you Jennifer and Welcome to SUKHA!!