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Happy Monday!! I hope those who have off today are finding time to relax, disconnect and take time for yourself or spend time with your family and friends.
This weekend was non-stop for me with so many great things happening at the studio. Thank you to everyone who attended the Keep A Breast Donation Class with Amy. We raised $500 towards our goal. Next class will be Sunday, 10/14 with me at 9:00 am.
Thank you to Hug Your Chaos for a powerful workshop on the Real-Life, No Bullshit way of healing our chakras.
Sunday, my dharma was inspired by so many different situations that came up for me.
The first of many was the blog written by Lori. The blog was read by many and then it happened. The comments “I had no idea”, “ We never realize how much we all have in common” and even Amy’s powerful dharma for the donation class about her story. (You can read Lori’s blog below)/ There have been so many women last week that have the same situation going on right now or have in the past.
In a nut-shell; many reactions were “me too” as well as so many other situations we find out about when we share our story.
Now “Me Too” does not always mean the most powerful and popular hash tag among women right now. It should not only be characterized by sexual harassment.
It’s everyday struggles. Struggles from the past and the present. Addiction, physical, mental abuse, anxiety, depression, weight struggles, self esteem, mommy issues, daddy issues or any form of illness or diseases.
I created this space because it allowed me to start the healing process by speaking and sharing my stories for the first time ever. Sharing and teaching what I am learning to heal wounds so I can continue to be a better mom, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, business owner, x-wife, and girlfriend.
Healing is a life long journey and providing tools and a space so we can heal.
So, whatever it is that you are going through, I can guarantee that someone else in this room is going through the same thing. Whatever it may be. Expressing our imperfections and struggles allows people to say “it’s okay”, “me too” or maybe we should create our own hashtag!! #sameheresukha #ditto. Ha ha. Just did! #dittosukha
Remember. it’s okay to ask for help and a shoulder to lean and or cry on. Having a space and a community to share and heal; it’s a wonderful place to be.
It is also okay to not always be “FINE”. (Feelings Inside Not Expressed).
I am going to close this blog with a quote by Cheryl Strayed
“Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. START HERE”
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.
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.
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.
Jen Cory-Curvaceous Yoga Teacher
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!
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!!