SUKHA Squan is coming on the two year anniversary and SUKHA South just hit the two month mark in July.
New faces walking through the door everyday. First time yogis, some that have not practiced in years and some that have been practicing but could not find a place where they were comfortable.
Men and Women. All ages. All sizes.
I asked a few of the SUKHA men and women to write a short testimonial on how yoga has changed their lives. And I am going to share their responses with you.
"I started yoga after a serious bike injury to increase flexibility by stretching, but also enjoyed an increase in core strength which has helped my tennis and golf game. There have been many additional benefits from every instructor such as stress relief, open mindfulness and a sense of being more connected to oneself and others."-RF
"SUKHA is my first yoga experience. EVER. Not only do I feel better physically; a stronger core, great stretching and better balance, but the class and the people make me feel better mentally. The music is great and the workout is perfect. I leave the class every morning with a great outlook on the day and living"-KS
"Yoga has helped me so much with strengthening my core, increasing my flexibility and my balance has gotten much better. I can feel the difference with other workouts and playing soccer"-GF
"Yoga at SUKHA is no joke. It is a full-body workout unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Attending class is a great way to start each day and makes me feel strong and ready for anything"-RF
"Yoga is for women. That is the common perception. I have now been taking classes at SUKHA with Maribeth and her amazing teachers for two years and I have never felt better. I had suffered with chronic back pain issues for years and mostly because of yoga those issues no longer exist. My flexibility and y strength have improved greatly. Maribeth makes everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed with her non-intimidating approach to teaching and there is definitely an incredible sense of friendship and family the minute you walk into her non-intimidating studio. I have encouraged many friends to try yoga with Maribeth and SUKHA and those who have also have become hooked. Yoga is not only for women. A true life changer!"-RB
"Yoga started because of the gym. Folks kept telling me I should try it. Of course it was
not until the class moved to a little space a mile or so from the gym that I started to go.
But at first it was about the exercise, the sweat-- -getting back into shape. And yoga is
great for that. I had already been going to the gym for almost two years. Lost 30 pounds. I lost
20 more pounds in the first 4 months of yoga.
But it wasn’t just the sweat. I was reminded of other parts of life long forgotten. Mindful
relaxation, mediation, faith that there is some joyous purpose to life, and we are all going to get there together. A focus on what you can do for yourself to enhance life, yours and those around you. A return to spirituality as a balance to the workday world of task after task after task. And because there are so many of us now on this journey a shared sense of purpose,
shared history, and shared yearnings has developed into a sense of family."-KR
"Sukha makes me feel like I've hit the reset button..physically, emotionally and mentally. And it's always good for a ton of laughs"-SB
"Sukha makes me feel like I am part of a non-judgmental community of acceptance and growth, both spiritually and physically, and to hear cool ass tunes"-CH
"Yoga makes me feel more connected to myself and to my yoga friends at SUKHA"-MD
"Sukha makes me feel happy and accomplished"-MGS
"Sukha makes me feel comfortable and strong"-MS
All of these three words above make me smile. My favorite "F" words. Minus one that I will only say in class! ha ha
Most of these men and women have been coming to SUKHA since day 1! Not one day a week, Not two, but three to four days a week. I am so proud of everyone of them.
Is it only about the physical practice. There is so much more.
These men and women connected. Here. On their yoga mats for the first time.
It's amazing how contagious building a community can be. The Brick location is following down the same path. Not many knew each other. Some were so scared to even walk in. A few trembling.
I greet them at the front desk, we chat, and connect. Then they open the curtain to make their way into the studio. Not knowing what to expect.
Well; as you all know, I hear and see everything. What is it that I hear behind the curtain?
"Hi, I am "xyz" and you are? Welcome. "Don't be nervous". "You will do great". The chatter. The welcome wagon! It is truly amazing.
We have built a warm, loving community.
I am looking to share this with everyone.
Clients, local business owners, kids, seniors and families.
"Community over Competition". Not just in yoga. Everywhere.
What does this mean?
Community over Competition reminds us that our community is our family. They help you through tough times, give advice, have coffee or a beer and support you every step of the way.
I think adults in our society need to hit the reset button and reprogram their thoughts and mentality. Maybe they should try yoga! ha ha. Oh shit, but wait.......
As kids, we received trophies for sports. We picked teams. Some were picked last. How heart breaking is that? These feelings carry with us forever. We were raised to compete and it has been embedded in us.
Let's hit ctrl alt del
Creating a community feels so good. The energy, the lightness, the smiles, the compassion. We are all connected and we need to continue to embrace, love and support each other.