Personal Yogis, Schedule Changes and More

I hope everyone had a great weekend and found their way to yoga wherever it may be. When you practice, please continue to really practice yoga on the mat and off. Let's have a re-cap in case some forgot shall we? 

The Five Yamas of Yoga

  1. Ahimsa- the practice of non-violence which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and the self.
  2. Satya-truthfulness. urges us to live and speak our truth at all times.
  3. Asteya-NON-STEALING is best defined as not taking what is not freely given. 
  4. Brahmacharya- (continence) states that when we have control over our physical impulses of excess we attain knowledge, vigor and increased energy. To break the bonds that attach us to our excesses and addictions, when we need both courage and will.
  5. Aparigraha-(non-coveting) urges us to let go of everything we do not need, possessing only as much as necessary.

Why the re-cap? Well, this weekend unfortunately our good friend, talented, gifted, brilliant, hard working, single mom; Krista Eggering who you all know from our Mala Workshops was notified that a so called "yogi" stole her intellectual property. Every word from her posts, invites and went so far as to copy the description of the work shops and used it on all social media outlets as well as her mala work. Truly heartbreaking. 

 Why was I notified? Well, this "yoga" decided to steal my intellectual property as well. This situation put the two of us in a rip-roaring spin. We work hard. We think. We are creative. We spend hours and hours creating. From descriptions, to posts, playlists, logos, dharmas, what ever the case may be to find out that someone just can't think for themselves. And I do not want to hear that we inspired her. Stealing is different than inspiring. She went so far and obviously did not see my logo watermarked on the photo. Silly yogi. Tricks are for kids.

Krista and I spoke, messaged each other, and were there for each other and we both did what we needed to do to calm down and remember that this will return to her.

Krista said it best. " I connected this situation to the energy of the year..being that it is an 11 year and an inner reflection year....we were her mirror."

And I will add; that mirror has cracked. 

So, this situation has been resolved and this WILL NEVER happen again with this "yogi".

What a great way to end a emotional week! Sunday's class was full of light and POSITIVE energy. I am proud to say, almost one year and I have not yet had to sage the studio after class!!! Thank you for always coming to class smiling, happy, not complaining, not demanding, no criticizing and always spreading positive vibes.

Announcements and Reminders!!

Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am is the Mother/ Daughter Workshop with Michelle and Bayley. $40 sign in on the SUKHA app and pay at the door. I am sad to announce that Brittany has decided to pause her yoga teaching career to focus on her full-time teaching job and make that her first priority. I would like to share with you what Brittany had to say in case some of you don't see her. "I want to thank you for being an incredible boss and operating an amazing studio that has such a beautiful community attached to it. I've loved teaching at SUKHA so much and I have grown so much from it." 

We will miss you. Brittany will hopefully be subbing for us.

Friday, May 18th 6:00 pm Big Hearts to Little Hearts Fundraiser at All Dolled Up Paul Mitchell Salon in Brick " A night of Wellness". Yoga, Reiki, Angel Card Readings, Playa Bowls, Local Vendors, Essential Oils and give-a-ways. $20 at the door. All proceeds go to Big Hearts.

Tuesday, May 29 7:00 pm will be a Full Moon Cord Cutting with Maryjo. $20 Check in on SUKHA app, pay at the door.

Thursday, June 7th 7:00 pm-   Clean. Green. Home.  A Free class on how to clean your home with chemical and toxic free oils. From glass cleaner to hard wood floors. I am so excited to announce that this will be held at SUKHA neighbor "A Shore Style" Unique Coastal Industrial Decor and so much more. Light refreshments will be served. Tips and DIY tricks to get your house CLEAN and GREEN. Toxic FREE. 

Personal Yogis!!!! Well, this is going to be exciting!! Just a teaser. but stay tuned for a new and exciting offer from SUKHA. 

Check the app my friends for schedule updates and changes.

May Specials!! $12 drop in or 5 classes for $50 for new guests

Gentle Yoga/Restorative with Cathy Higgins will begin Mid June. Sunday's 10:30

Monday the 4:30 pm is BACK with Destinee!!

Monday 6:30 pm CLASSIC Rewind with Maria ( this class is one time only. this week) keep checking up for new Monday evening class times)

Two for Tuesday with Bayley!!!! 9:30 am and 5:45 pm

I feel like Carol Miller!!! HA HA. LMAO

Have a great week my friends,

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Celebrating One Year!!

This month SUKHA will be open one year!!! It has truly been a great year. 

Thank you to everyone who believed in me and supported my dream of opening in Brick. I am so glad I did not listen to the few who told me not to go.

I am grateful to all of the students that practice at SUKHA and trusting me and the other teachers as we guide you through your practice and basically trusting us with your bodies!! It has been my pleasure, honor and so much fun.

Thank you to all of the SUKHA teachers, Mary Jo Kurtz, Krista Lynn, Kim Traverso and all of the amazing women who hold the best workshops. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Special thanks to Maria Preuster who introduced many of us to the true, deep, meaning and practice of yoga and the philosophy. And the amazing teachers that attended Gypsy Souls Teacher Training.

I can't forget one of the biggest supporter of my dreams, goals and one of the main reasons the studio looks the way it does!!! Thank you Matt!!!! For your talent, creativity, hard work and dealing with my drive, motivation and venting. xoxo

I am looking forward to so many great things ahead. 

This month the SUKHA Supporter of the Month is....

ALL OF YOU!!! 

Here's to all of the students and teachers at SUKHA The "Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio.

Be happy

Be healthy 

Be strong

 

Speaking Your Truth

Well, here it goes my friends. It has to be blogged one of these days and tonight is the perfect time to speak my truth about something I have been holding back on for a while now.

As many of you know, I have not been practicing for too long. My story is short and sweet and pretty f'in cool.

I tried it, I loved it, I went to training, I starting teaching, Recreation asked me to teach yoga, it grew, and grew. And here I am today. The truth. Two studios later. Minus a few "friends". But I have gained a shit load more. That are my family. Real, genuine people who practice yoga at SUKHA. They respect me, the teachers, and most of all the SUKHA Philosophy. 

Years ago when I was living in NYC. I was living uptown and Maria was living downtown, I remember her telling me she was going to study to be a yoga teacher. Yoga was not big then. BUT, if anyone would be a yoga instructor it was her. You see, my impression of a yogi, was always someone like Maria. Since the day I met her in 1986. Sweet, caring, honest, real and she would do anything for anyone. Maria never got angry. Maria always spoke her truth. Maria is a good friend. A friend who is proud of my accomplishments, a friend who teaches, a friend who does not lie, a friend who asks for advice and a friend who gives amazing advice.

So, years later, I always thought that ALL YOGIS were like Maria. The Truth.

I was wrong. After the Squan studio grew, I grew, my yoga community grew and I began to get heat. And I am still getting it. #everydamnday. From who? Just guess.

It is getting old. The mystery phone calls from other studios, the yoga instructors walking into SUKHA South giving false names, looking at my sign in book instead in my eyes and pretending they are someone they are not just to get information, the instructors that were hell bent on getting my book of business so they can bring it to another studio. The list goes on.

Are these people truly practicing yoga? They may be physically practicing, but are they practicing the Five Yamas?

Let's just talk about the second shall we?

Yama 2: Satya TRUTHFULNESS-seeing and reporting things as they are rather than the way we would like them to be.

REFRAIN FROM TELLING LIES and speak with kindness, compassion and clarity. 

If you have any questions, my fellow yogis, please call me directly stating your real name. If you want to come in a take a peak, tell me where you really teach and what your intentions are. Want to grab a bite to eat? Call me. Let's Chat. I am lots of fun. Come take a class or ask any of the SUKHA Family. I am sure they will fill you in.

I am not perfect. I announce that I am not perfect. I may not teach the yoga philosophy in all of my classes, but my dharma talks always go to a yoga teaching in some way. And I ALWAYS speak my truth. Sometimes too much. This blog is a perfect example.

I am not focused on being Instagram famous or being a Ambassador for a clothing line.

My number one focus is to make feel people comfortable, happy, confident and to teach yoga in a non-intimidating atmosphere and have fun while doing so. 

Helping others is very important to me. Volunteering my time for LOCAL charities and foundations without a reward in return.

The communities where I teach have been so kind to me and it is my turn to give back.

So, the bottom line is. Speak your truth. Be kind. Practice yoga off the mat. If you teach it, make sure you practice.

I am not competing with anyone. That is not my goal. You run your business and I will run my business. So.....MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking of Trying Yoga or Maybe Ditching Yoga?

After speaking to a few people this weekend about yoga and "changing it up", the feedback was "XYZ" place tore my hamstring, I was sore for days, My shoulder popped out from lifting". I can't do that again. Yoga feels better. No equipment necessary. 

Or "I don't have time to practice". You can practice in yoga in your kitchen!! #justdoit

On the flip side, many emails coming through asking "I am dying to try yoga but I am scared, I don't have an outfit, and I have not stretched in 50 years"! And the famous line "I can't touch my toes".

Well, I thought I would post a great article I found this morning to share with those who want to start, and those who are thinking about "ditching yoga".

Here you go. Happy Sunday my friends! xoxo

Thinking of Ditching Yoga? You May Want to Reconsider

By Emily Waters 

Yoga has so many mental and physical health benefits, it is hard to actually count and keep track of. Since any form of exercise is beneficial for one’s mental and physical health, the majority of individuals today rely exclusively on cardiovascular/aerobic activities, while throwing to the wayside yoga/meditation or other forms of diaphragmatic breathing designed to have a powerful effect on your body and mind. In case you need a gentle reminder and a little motivation, let us review the myriad health benefits of yoga that are designed to keep you feeling well both physically and mentally as you age well into your golden years.

  • Supercharges your brain. As little as 25-30 minutes of yoga increases your memory, attention span, focus and helps you process information more accurately and quickly.
  • Soothes stress. Practicing yoga can have immediate psychological effects. Among these are cultivating a sense of calm, and decreasing anxiety and stress. Over time, these positive mental benefits occur even when you are in your kitchen cooking a meal, and off your mat!
  • Improving flexibility. In a few studies to date, yoga increased people’s flexibility by up to 35 percent after only 7-8 weeks of practice.
  • Increases balance. Certain poses enhance balance, and in older individuals specifically can actually reduce the number of falls they have, and reduce their fear of falling.
  • Fends off weight gain. Those who practice yoga regularly gain less weight as they age than do those who don’t practice.
  • Boosts body confidence and image. Women who practiced yoga on a regular basis rated their body satisfaction higher, regardless of current weight, than those who pursued other forms of exercise.
  • Relieves headaches. Yoga reduces the frequency and intensity of various headaches, including migraines, and tension headaches.
  • Reduces depression. Studies show that yoga can lesson symptoms of depression, like feeling lethargic and overall fatigue. One reason may be yoga’s boost to GABA, a neurotransmitter that is often low in people who are depressed.
  • Protects your heart. Yoga, when practiced consistently reduces blood pressure, lowers level of harmful LDL cholesterol by almost 12 points, and lost an average of 5 pounds.
  • Promotes more zzz’s. This is really great news for insomniacs. After 2 months of practicing yoga for 45 minutes before bed, students fell asleep 15-18 minutes faster, and had more quality REM sounding sleep leading to more than a half hour longer each night in deep sleep than controls.
  • Lessons inflammation. I have written about chronic inflammation in the past that is linked with a whole host of health issues from diabetes, depression, obesity, and high blood pressure to name a few. In regular yoga practice, yoga tends to lower levels of cytokines-as immune system protein associated with this.
  • Slows aging. With yoga therapy and yoga based stretching, scientists have discovered it may lengthen telomeres-the end caps of chromosomes that affect aging, and that consequently shorten every year we age.
  • Controls diabetes. Men and women with type 2 diabetes who practiced yoga for 5-6 months saw a substantial decrease in their blood glucose levels, a recent new study found.
  • Encourages Exercise. Inactive people enrolled in some form of yoga for a minimum of 8 weeks found that this markedly increased the chances they would partake in other physical activities. This is largely due to the release of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins all flooding your body.
  • Improves your day, and your mood. Various studies over the last 10 years have shown that yoga lowers stress including workplace stress, and promotes general well being. This zen disposition is not only visible on the outside, but the transformation is taking place from within, which contributes to a longer lasting positive effect on your health.

The list goes on and on, and this is far from an exhaustive list. It might be tempting to skip yoga as part of your exercise routine, and to shave off some time for yourself, but given all the health benefits, it might be wise to continue using it in your exercise regimen if you already incorporate it, or reconsider doing yoga alongside your aerobic activities to improve your overall mental and physical health and well being. It is important to remember that yoga is not about how much you weigh or how flexible you are, and that there are various forms of yoga suitable for different interests. As trite as the old adage sounds, when it comes to yoga, it really is never too late to start no matter your age. So get rollin!

 

Teachers of SUKHA South

Well, opening day of SUKHA South is tomorrow, Saturday, May 20. Nervous, excited, scared? Who the "F" knows. I finished a three day cleanse on Thursday and I feel amazing and ready to roll! Thank you Maria for all of your knowledge and guiding the SUKHA Family through three days of the cleanse. 

Maria will be teaching Saturday at 8:00 and 9:30 in Manasquan. Thank you for all you do!

The SUKHA app is updated reflecting the new schedule for the weekend and going forward. I do suggest signing in to the class/classes you would like to attend.

Each of the teachers are unique and I am so happy they are going to be teaching at SUKHA South and Tara will be teaching at both Manasquan and Brick. These women are amazing and I feel blessed to have found them.

I want to share with you something about each one.

So, my friends; welcome the teachers of SUKHA South!

Brittany Rossi:

I reluctantly tried yoga as a last-ditch effort to battle depression and anxiety, but was shocked to find it completely changed my being physically, mentally, and spiritually. After my first formal class I knew this was something I had to share with others; this practice isn't strictly for the flexible and strong, if anything it is for those who consider themselves the opposite. I received my 200 hour teacher training certification through Bodhi Yoga Academy and cannot wait to move forward to continue to explore and learn more about this beautiful practice.

Class description: Brittany's class follows the vinyasa tradition of linking the breath with movement to help link the body and mind. This class will open with breath work (pranayama), followed by creative and explorative movements leading into a deep relaxation (savasana). Get ready to move and accomplish things you once thought impossible!

Brittany will be teaching "Rock your asana vinyasa" at SUKHA South!

Linda Vera:

Linda has been practicing yoga since 2005. Ever since then, she knew it was a life changing moment. Over the next twelve years Linda's continued practice and quest to continue that feeling of "Balance, of Mind, Body and Soul" every day, lead her to yoga teacher training. Linda is a volunteer for Kula for Karma which is a nonprofit organization that offers programs at no cost to populations in need who face physical and mental health challenges as well as the medical community to complement traditional approaches to healing those with illness, disease, chronic pain and those recovering from abuse, trauma and addiction.

Currently, Linda spends time volunteering her time at the Integrity House in Newark, which is a substance abuse program.

Linda will be teaching a "very warm" vinyasa flow that will inspire balance between effort, awareness and breath. The emphasis is on YOU!

Melanie Viani

Melanie Viani is a woodworker, dog-lover, puzzle-doer, baked good worshiper, occasional wall climber, Yahtzee roller, book reader, runner, ex-math analyzer, knitter, traveler, stir-fry maker, full-on hiker, yoga enthusiast who is eager to practice with you.  Drawing inspiration from everyday life, Melanie’s classes are jam-packed with fun-filled sequences that encourage exploration through movement and mindfulness.  Bring your energy and your awesomeness.

Melanie will be teaching "Dynamic Yoga"

Change is good, especially when it comes to yoga. Challenge your body and your mind with a series of poses aimed to keep things interesting. Modifications are encouraged, all energies are welcome.

Tara Kennedy

I took my first class when I was 8 years old, solely for the purpose of wanting to be

just like my mom, and I can honestly say I fell in love with yoga. From then on, I

practiced on and off until then developing a dedicated practice during college. I

earned my 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification in December 2016.

Personally, I use yoga as a tool to help me be happy, on and off of my mat. To some,

they may not understand how having a yoga practice can help you to deal with your

day -to –day-life. Believe it or not, how you do anything is how you do everything. By

simply showing up to your mat, with a will to put in effort, is a major step in the

right direction, and will help you find the confidence to take that step in all other

aspects of your life.

Join me for a physical and spiritual practice for all levels, where you will listen to

great music, meet inspiring classmates, develop a relationship with breathe, learn to

get comfortable with your limits, and then learn how to push them before you’re left

melting in savasana. Let's do this!!!

Tara will be teaching at both Brick and in Manasquan!

Amy

For those who do not know Amy, she has been teaching with me for a year now. I decided to take it upon myself to write about Amy. (Don't kill me Amy)

Amy is a mother of two boys, a writer, poet and amazing artist.

Amy has a soft, gentle, beautiful practice; that is a true reflection of her personality. Her soft, voice guides you through a relaxing, gentle; but challenging practice. But, don't let "challenging" scare you. Amy will take you through every pose, offer modifications and end class with a great massage!!

This morning Amy filled the room in Manasquan for the 5:45 am class. Throughout the day today, I received three text messages, one email and a phone call saying how amazing her class was/is! Thank you Amy for all you do! Professionally and personally. 

Join Amy at both Sukha South and in Manasquan for a "Free Flow".

Well; it's me left to write about. But I am not going to!! Ha ha.

You can find out more "about me" and "who I am" under the "about Maribeth" page on the website.

I look forward to a great opening weekend and meeting so many great people in the Brick Community!

Download the Free SUKHA app to sign in for the classes over the weekend.

See you tomorrow!

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong

MB