Who's Your Witness? Your Person?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Alice Miller calls that person a “witness”.

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

One human being to witness your pain.

One human being to feel your sadness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think about it…..

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

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

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

Hold the door.

Say hello to a stranger.

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

Donate to a charity.

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

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

Be Kind.

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

be kind

Everyday is a New Beginning

Welcome October!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both classes are open to ALL levels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One question….

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

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

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

This kit includes:

Kids Collection

Magnolia Touch

Pink Pepper

Green Mandarin

Tumeric

Yarrow-Pom

Copaiba Soft Gels (A MUST)

On Guard Mouth Wash

Hydrating Body Mist

Natural Balance Deodorant

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

Dream Kit $230

Dream Kit $230

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

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