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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
- Ahimsa- the practice of non-violence which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and the self.
- Satya-truthfulness. urges us to live and speak our truth at all times.
- Asteya-NON-STEALING is best defined as not taking what is not freely given.
- 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.
- 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,
Well my friends it's time!! Time to cut the cords to unhealthy eating!!
"FRESH START" DETOX
4 WEEK SPRING CLEANSE
Begins Monday April 23rd thru Monday May 21st
The earth is awakening from a long, cold winter and very soon the temperatures will be warmer and daylight will be a little longer each day. Spring is a time of transition, renewal, growth, and expansion. Soon we will be ditching our coats, opening the windows, and finding ourselves eager to begin spring cleaning! The list goes on and surely will include potting some seeds for summer blooms and planning our 2018 adventures. Spring is truly a wonderful time of year that screams ACTION!
It's also a season that has been used for thousands of years and in many traditions to detox and cleanse the body in a way that supports our health, energy and immunity so that we can take the action we are being called to do in the summer and year ahead.
This program is designed to support you in changing your eating and nutritional plan to one that supports and fuels you. It's your 2018 "Fresh Start!"
Join us for this 4 week program and make the changes that are right for you. You will have options for how you want to detox - No deprivation or starvation required! You will eat delicious nutrient dense whole foods. We’ll help you to make some simple changes in your routine that will help you gain energy, clarity and motivation to stay on track. You will also uncover some of the things that block you from making lasting changes and create a lifelong plan for eating for optimal health.
This 4 week program includes our kick off meeting along with ongoing support via a private FB group, weekly group conference calls/chats and access to special rates on detox therapies and tools! Take advantage of these 4 weeks to get focused and feeling great before Memorial Day!
Need more information? Join us for one of the Information Sessions:
Tuesday April 17th @ Sukha Yoga following the 7 pm Healing Circle/Meditation
Choose Your Opening Session:
Monday April 23rd - Online Conference Call ( information will be provided at sign up)
Tuesday April 24th in person 7pm @ Sukha in Brick
TO REGISTER - Sign Up at Sukha or Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should you do a cleanse?
Our bodies are incredible organisms with a natural built-in filtration system to help us get rid of toxins. Believe it or not we are exposed to more toxins than any previous generation. . This influx of toxins comes from our food, pollution in the air and water, toxic ingredients in beauty care and household cleaning products, electric and magnetic fields from technology, and more. These harmful substances have an extremely negative impact on our health and we are seeing the result of this with the onslaught of chronic disease, serious illness and general degeneration of our bodies. The primary organ and powerful built-in filter that helps our bodies to process excess toxins is our liver.
The primary goal of this detox is to lighten the toxic load that our bodies are currently experiencing. It gives our liver a chance to rest and catch up! The results are feeling more energy, vitality, clarity and much more! And that's just the beginning. During this cleanse you will learn about many different eating plans and uncover what will work best for you.
About Mary Jo:
Mary Jo Kurtz is owner and founder of Wellnecessity, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, A Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Ordained Minister Practitioner, Certified Angel Oracle Card Reader, Spiritual Intuitive & Counselor, Aromatherapy Practitioner, Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and International Best Selling Author and Speaker.
Mary Jo is the creator of the 4 Week Spring “Fresh Start” Detox Program and has been facilitating the program since 2008. She has helped her clients regain their health through this program which teaches the impact of food, herbs, essential oils and lifestyle changes.
Congratulations for those who received their Reiki II certification with Mary Jo.
The certification for Level II will be held on 4/28 at 12:00 pm.
Reiki II Certification & Attunement:
For those already attuned to Reiki Level I this training will expand your healing energy and Reiki practice to aid healing for yourself, your family, friends, pets and others. We will introduce you to Reiki II symbols, their meaning and uses. You will also learn and practice distance healing and how to utilize crystals in your Reiki practice.
You will receive training, handouts, an attunement to the Reiki II energy and become certified as a Level II Reiki practitioner. We will also spend time with hands on practice.
Deposit is required. Please drop off or mail to SUKHA $87.50 at 602 Mantoloking Road Brick NJ 08723
Well, it sure has been a while.
Happy 2018 to you all of you.
Taking some time off last week was a great time for me to spend quality time with my children and my parents and to reflect on what a great year 2017 was and how 2018 will be better.
Most of you are aware of the changes that were made at SUKHA in November and I am truly thankful for those who were supportive and are making their way to the Brick location. Many of you finished your month in Brick and are now on the "Special Pricing" for three months.
There are so many things that I would love to write about all in this post, but honestly; I will save it for weeks to come.
I don't have resolutions for this year. I have plan in place for myself, my family and my business that I will continue to visualize and support them with positive and encouraging images doing what I desire to have a great year.
Yes, I certainly have things to work on. We all do.
Anything that happened in the past was and will always be necessary for growing so we can learn. Taking the time to sit back and reflect to find solutions to problems and how I can try everyday to be the best mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, girlfriend, teacher and business owner I can possibly be. This is not something that comes once a year, this should be done daily. It is hard as hell to do so, but I will certainly try my best. And I wish the best for all of you.
We all need to give up bad habits to make room for good ones.
Don't put a time frame on it. Just try to make little changes . If you really want to make changes within and work towards the best version of yourself that you can be continue reading:
1. Stop putting yourself down-Be there for YOURSELF when no one else is. You are your own cheerleader, start acting like it.
2. Stop giving up so easily.-Stop letting this WORLD tell you no.
3. STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN MISERY.-True happiness comes from within. You are not as much of a victim as you think you are.
4. STOP THINKING THAT YOUR WAY IS THE ONLY WAY-In this life, there is almost more than one way of doing something.
5. Stop saying yes when you want to say no- Don't do it if you don't want to.
6. Stop letting others define you- You are only defined by yourself and your actions. If you accept the things people think or say about you as fact, then you are wasting your time. The past is just that. THE PAST. We can't change it and should not give it power. Move on and become who you are meant to be.
7. Stop letting people use you as a doormat- You are a person. A amazing, beautiful person. Stop letting people control you and use you. Be your true self.
8. Stop wasting your life- Do things that YOU WANT TO DO.
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year! I hope to see you all soon.
Please continue to check the app for any schedule changes and the website for the 2018 Specials.
You will be seeing new names on the schedule in weeks to come! The Gypsy Soul Teachers in Training have started to teach as part of their training.
The Crystal Bowl Meditation and Card Reading will resume this week. Tuesday night at 7:00 and Friday morning at 11:00 am.
On January 20th at 11:00 am Editor of Elephant Journal and author of Hug Your Chaos and Fractured; Lindsay Carricarte-Jones will be hosting a workshop about the chakras, healing, energy work and empowerment. You don't want to miss this. They are in NJ for a short period of time until they head back to CA.
On February 3rd, Kim Traverso will be here from Hawaii to hold a FREE Essential Oil class at 11:00 am.
Many of you express interest about the oils. This session you will learn how to use the oils, how they expedite the healing process and why they are causing a shift across the globe!!
Sign in under event on the SUKHA South Facebook page.
Dear Future Yogi,
I am writing you today to confirm that everything I have said still remains true. Yoga is for everyone. If everyone practiced yoga, what a wonderful world it would be. (As long as they practice all aspects) lol
There is no such thing as a "yoga body". Please do not let social media determine what your preconceived idea or notion of what people that practice yoga look like.
Is it their clothes? Their body? Their diet?
What is your reason why you have not tried yoga? is it because you can't touch your toes? Or do you think you are too big? Out of shape? Eat meat?
Yoga is not exclusive to just women. Yoga is not only for the flexible or spiritual or plant eaters.
The yoga philosophy encourages being non-judgmental and compassionate to others and ourselves.
So, my BEAUTIFUL friends, remember that you are that. BEAUTIFUL. Inside and out. No matter what. Please do not let anyone or any social media page steer you away.
Yoga is about connecting with your individual self, body and mind. Making room for exactly where you are in that moment. Every day is different on your mat. Just like life. Some days we fall, but we ALWAYS get back up.
This note is to reassure you that you will be fine. You will feel comfort and joy. You will laugh and sing. You will clear your mind and relax. You may touch your toes. You may not. But who's judging? No one at SUKHA.
Throw on your pj pants or shorts. Your favorite, old sweats, a pair of leggings from Marshall's or leg warmers and a head band and get on your mat. You may just hear "Let's Get Physical" or "FAME".
A yoga mats job is to catch you if you fall. My goal is to make you feel 100% comfortable the second you walk through the door. And it won't stop there. That, I will promise you.
My door is always open and my phone is always on. 1-877-SUKHA-11
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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!
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!
We all know that Instagram pretty much copied Snapchat.
This April Fool's Day, Snapchat decide to play a joke on Instagram by rolling our a filter that looks almost exactly like Instagram's story interface.
This April Fool's Day fell on a Saturday.
My dharma for Saturday was done by Thursday night totally not thinking that April Fool's Day was Saturday. But that's okay because my Sunday 8:00 am crew is the best crew to play a joke on; and indeed that is what I did.
It didn't take me too long and the playlist was a breeze.
As always, they started piling in at 7:35, coffee, mingling, laughing, and buying new SUKHA tanks.
Then 7:59 came around and I started to shake and get a pit in my stomach as if this joke was not a joke.
I had them all lay on their mats. Most did. The ones who always sit up, did not. I made them. Telling them I had something very important to tell them.
I heard "Oh no, this doesn't sound good".
It isn't I said. In fact it is bad news.
I received a call from Rec saying that the pub crawl was not professional and risky and they decided to close down Sukha North!!
Well; mostly all sprung up, Martha looked like she was going to kick someone's ASS. I tried so hard not to laugh. I kept a very straight face. And asked them to please all relax and let's practice.
And it was a very, very, Belated April Fool's Day at SUKHA. Well done, I must admit. Funny as shit too!!!
For those reading this that may wish it was true, sorry folks. It was a joke. Not going anywhere, but location number 2 in Brick!!!!
Love you all!
Thank you for making it amazing to love what I do everyday!!