Well, I must say this took me away and made me cry.
Thank you Barbie for this! A must read my friends.
About a year ago I did a Google search for a yoga studio near me that wouldn’t make me feel like one of those people who play blackjack in Atlantic City for funsies only to get that look from all the other players at the table because, quite frankly, you suck at it and you’re a nuisance to their game. The first thing I noticed in my search results was the phrase, “The Non-Intimidating Yoga Studio,” so I clicked and there I read up on what Sukha and Maribeth was about and their schedule.
It took me another couple of weeks to actually get the nerve to step foot inside the studio, but when I actually did, it was on a random Thursday night and it was Amy’s class. The self-described shy and quiet blonde had a way of teaching for the next hour that drew me in and made me forget everything that was waiting for me outside the door and at home…you know those pesky things: kids, husband, dinner, washing clothes, work day, life in general and all the stress it can bring.
Then, it took me another couple of weeks to get up the courage to try Maribeth’s class. Which, in hindsight, seems so ridiculous, because if you have taken her class then you know how much of a f*cking great time it is. And that is EXACTLY why I need to take Maribeth’s class every week…and when I don’t, I feel off. The hour always flies by with awesome high energy (in my opinion), balancing my ass off, and f*cking great tunes too. (I f*cking cursed in your honor, Maribeth.)
It was in one of Maribeth’s classes that I remember someone asked me, “Have you taken Brittany’s class yet?” Um, no…no, I have not. But, within a week, I remedied that as well. I will say right now that the very first time that I took Brittany’s class, I literally said out loud during one of her, “so, if you practice this move every day for like the next two years, you too will fly like an eagle and then jump back to crow and then chaturanga and then into some weird ass forearm stand,” moments: “This is some Cirque de Soleil shit that I will never be able to do.” But you know what? In less than a year, I’m able to do a lot of what she teaches. And the things I can’t do yet, because of how Brittany teaches, I believe in my heart that one day, I WILL be able to do them.
Then someone else in that same first Monday night class of Brittany’s asked if I had taken Tara’s class…nope, not yet! But, the following night, there I was taking her class. Tara’s class is such an amazing time because she stretches and holds poses for long periods of time that before I know it, I’m in pigeon – which use to be my least favorite position but is now my favorite– for about a full minute. Because of Tara’s class, I have found that I am way more flexible and more apt to try different poses that involve my 46 year old legs stretching in a certain way that my 46 year old ass wouldn’t have ever tried.
One day, when Maribeth was out, she had a sub come in and teach her Wednesday night class. That sub was Crystal…and she brings a totally different vibe to what I was expecting that particular Wednesday night. Her voice is soothing and soft, and the way she teaches her class is relaxing as all hell. By the end of that hour, I was almost bummed that it was over. I say “almost” because I as relaxing as it was, I was sore in places I hadn’t been for some time for the next few days, but in a really, really good way.
And then Maribeth, and everyone else that I came to love seeing every day of my life at this point, said that I must try Maria’s class… and so I did. So here I am trying to make every Saturday morning class Maria teaches, to not only improve my physical practice of yoga, but more importantly, the spiritual side of my practice…the part that I’m still a newbie and hopefully, under Maria’s tutelage, will evolve into something else, something more.
So you see, there is something truly for everyone at Sukha South. The whole non-intimidating part of the name…it’s no bullshit and that’s what makes it feel like a home away from home for me now. If you haven’t been able to tell yet, it has changed my life because there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not on my mat waiting for one of these amazing ladies to guide me through my practice.
On a side note – a couple of times that I’ve taken Brittany’s class, she left “Buddha” personalized notes for each person. She strategically placed them right in front of you once you were done with class and opened your eyes. I swear that I don’t know how she knew or if it was just a coincidence, but the two times/notes she has left me came at a time that I so needed to “hear” them. To this day, easily over 6 months later, I have both of her Buddha sticky notes saved in my wallet and occasionally take them out to re-read them to myself because that’s how much they mean to me. Because sometimes when life is bringing you down or something is in your way, you need to know that “You’re capable as f*ck” or simply that “You’re strong as f*ck” from someone else.