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This month I participated in the #12daysofslowliving Challenge on Instagram with Beth Kirby. Now, slow living is not something I practice. Moving at a slow pace does not come easy for me. It never has. Some health issues the last year and this fall has told me that I have to start. This challenge came at the perfect time. Normally I do not participate in social media challenges. I like to offer them, especially 28 days of yoga for $28 or to get my shy clients out of their comfort zones. The Grind and Shine Yoga Challenge is to practice yoga everyday for 28 days.
If any type of challenge is offered to me, it needs to be something I really need to incorporate in my life.
Slow Living and lots of yoga.
Last year, my body was giving me the signs. The signs to slow down. This year, my body was screaming at me. October is a “productive” month for me. Workshops, back to school, sports, and this year SUKHA hosted the first yoga retreat. It was non-stop. After the retreat, I was not myself. Everything was a blur. My lungs, my brain, my gut. Physically and mentally foggy.
Once again, thank you to Maryjo Kurtz at Wellnecessity for all of her services and guidance to getting me back to the healthy me. I try to see Maryjo as much as I can and I highly suggest you do the same!
Slowing down is something I must do but I feel as if when I do, important things may slip through the cracks. This challenge so far, has encouraged me to do a few little things in my daily routine. Self care has always been part of my life it is routine, but slowing down and embracing the time is not. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not rush through life, or am I always in a “rush” , or “can’t get my shit together”. I am very balanced but I rarely take the time to sit back and appreciate drinking cup of tea or be aware of how blessed I am to have nature’s gifts to heal my body.
My children will always come first and I am so fortunate that I have the flexibility to attend games, cook them dinner and be there for them whenever they need me.
When my body gives me the signs to slow down, I never can understand how I am supposed to slow down when I have so many big responsibilities. I am one person doing so much. No wonder one of my Spirit Animals is the Octopus. Speaking of the Octopus; I decided it was time to have a logo for my personal brand. I have had these visions of part octopus, with some SUKHA branding incorporated but never thought I would be able to find someone who understands my thinking. Well, I did. This is the power of Instagram. All the way from Denmark I found a talented, creative, patient, responsible, professional, beautiful Graphic Designer who understood what I was looking for and created my logo. Thank you Anamarija Designs
How can I possibly slow down? This mind never stops.
This challenge has showed me to take the time, notice and appreciate the time I spend slowing down.
Here’s a recap of the first 8 days
Everything I have done so far with only a few days left is posted on Instagram @mbwishes and Facebook @myblogsaboutlife
Today is Day Nine/INDULGE and I did exactly what my body was calling for. “Do something luxurious for yourself”
Most people automatically think of indulging as eating a burger, fries or candy. Today I needed to relax my muscles .after a week of teaching and practicing in a Infrared Sauna at Current Recovery & Performance new location on Brick Blvd. I was honored to have a tour of the new, spacious and clean facility yesterday and went back this morning after my class for a 35 minute session in the sauna. The staff is friendly, kind, and extremely knowledgeable.
Current Recovery offers TPI Golf Screening, Cupping, Cryotherapy, Spot Cryo, Normatec and ARRC Therapies. Now Michael explained these to me yesterday in detail but my brain could not soak all of the amazing information in one sitting. But stay tuned. I will go back and bring my son. Current is not only for people with injuries. These services are perfect to prevent injuries.
Day Nine of Slow Living was worth writing about. I feel amazing, my skin looks even better and I took 40 minutes of my morning to detox, relax and move slowly.
Now, back to my normal routine of working, cooking, cleaning, laundry, wrapping and getting ready for Christmas. I am now able to actually hydrate SLOWLY and embrace every sip. Thank you Beth!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!
Don’t forget to take time to S L O W D O W N
Many thanks again to Beth Kirby, Maryjo, Current Recovery and Anamarija!!
Please take a moment to download the ANCHOR app and listen to my new Podcast!! Authentically Speaking. Link is right 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.
Shame on me for never formally introducing Peggy from Pilates here at SUKHA. Peggy has been teaching Pilates at SUKHA for about one year now.
I asked Peggy to write a bio to re-introduce herself so I can share what she is continuing to learn so she can continue to practice and teach.
More Pilates will be added to the schedule this fall!
Hi I’m Peggy Rossi. I live in Howell with my husband and three children
24, 21 and 15. I have always been athletic growing up, on swim and
track team. As a got older I was a big gym enthusiast. Lifting weights
and having to get my cardio in. I thought that was the answer. Till I
discovered yoga and pilates. I finally was able to understand what mind
body connection was. To understand my own anatomy and what was
happening to my body when I moved a certain way. I was able to clear
my head and I felt so much healthier and stronger and aligned without
having to beat myself up at the gym.
I do not believe in the no pain no gain philosophy. I am certified
through AAAI/ISMA and The Physical Mind Institute. Pilates
concentrates on all the small muscle groups in your body. The building
blocks. It lengthens and strengthens the body. It is not just exercises.
We want you to have an awareness of what the movements do to
strengthen the body and improve mobility.
I’ve been teaching at Sukha South a year now. I love my Sukha Family
and the community we created. I love the connection I have with my
classes and bringing something new to the mat each week.
Pilates is for every age and every body. The exercises can be done in a
chair or standing for modifications, as well as adapting a sequence and
making it more challenging for an advanced student.
I’ d love to meet you on your mat for a class one day!
Join Peggy every Wednesday night at 7:15! New friends get 5 classes for $65
In almost every class, I encourage my students to write. Just like yoga, writing is healing. After Thursday's class I received a message. A well written message. "A relationship with my yoga mat"-Michelle Amy.
"Thanks for checking on me today and thank you for an amazing class, summer back on my mat. I followed your advice and went back to what helped when I was young. I started writing away. I haven't written since before motherhood. Thank you!
"My mat knows me, the true me. The real-as-shit-can-get me. It has seen me at my best, worst, strongest, weakest, sweatiest, sanest and in the moments when I felt like I was completely losing my ever-loving mind. It pulls at my heart strings, grounds me, shakes me to my core, absorbs my fears, doubts, and at times, tears. It is where I push myself to face myself. My safe place that always catches me then catapults me right back up again. My mat does not take no for an answer and always sees through my bullshit. It is the place that is my space and mine alone. Its loyalty lies with me and only me, no ulterior motive. While its color or pattern or thickness may change, its commitment to me does not. My mat has supported me through failed relationships, stupid decisions, loss and gut-wrenching, how-will-I-ever-survive-this grief. It has guided me through new beginnings, major life changes, challenges and successes. For ten years it has been my mirror, my anchor, my refuge. Even when neglected, it always welcomes me back without judgment. Yes, my mat knows me, the real-as-shit-can-get me. And I am forever grateful."-Michelle Amy
Thank you Michelle for sharing. xoxoxox
I have been feeling the need to re-introduce the teachers of SUKHA.
So many students at SUKHA that have been practicing for over a year now still have few doubts in minds about their yoga practice. I will start out by saying this....you are all amazing and have the ability to do whatever you want whether it's a career, relationship, a home, or a new lifestyle. You are never too old, too fat, too skinny or don't have the money. If you continue to wire your brain with negative thoughts, you will be stuck for a long time.
Today I would like to share this blog by Amy. Amy has been with me since day 1. When I first started teaching. Amy was my only student. We learned together, practiced together and shared a lot together on this yoga road. Amy doubted herself for a long time about going to teacher training. I pushed her and she did with the confidence and determination to do it. And she did. Almost three years later, here she is....
Amy Sowul is a Brielle resident and mother to two boys.
She has been an instructor at Sukha for almost three years. Her classes are a mix of strength and grace, as she creatively takes you from pose to pose. She is always looking for mindful and challenging ways to improve upon the basics, paying close attention to the transitions.
Amy is a writer, poet and nature lover. She is an employee at Barlow Flower Farm where she connects to the beauty all around her. Check out her amazing photos of her passions on her Instagram page @asowul
Class description: Mindful Power Flow
This class is not about being intermediate or advanced. It is about taking the next step, and piecing together what you already know with the things you never tried. Most importantly this class is about faith in your body and it's ability to learn new things - despite your shape or size or age. You are always stronger than you think.
A few weeks ago I received a email asking if I would post a "guest blog" for Meera Watts.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)
Once I saw the topic and read the blog it was a no brainer. "How yoga helps women in midlife"!! Duh. How could I not? I am there. After just turning 47 years young and notice what yoga has done for me and so many of my students that are mostly around the same age. Some are younger, but that's okay because guess what girls?? Time flies and you will be "midlife" before you know it. I am so proud of all of the young men and women that get on their mats at such a young age and overly impressed by the ones who really get it and not just for the leggings and the "trend".
With that being said, it is my pleasure to post this great blog written by Meera Watts.
Going through midlife isn't easy. It's that point where you suddenly feel trapped, tired, and miserable. It's like time sucked your enthusiasm and you're left clueless about what to do with your life.
For women, midlife can be twice as challenging. This is why most of them try so hard to hide from it and avoid talking about it. They refuse to acknowledge the changes they are going through and that makes things a lot harder.
This is where yoga becomes beneficial. If you're still not doing it, here are some of the most important benefits you're missing out.
Stress is something you can't easily avoid. Whether it's at work or at home, you're bound to experience stressful situations that can make you feel worse.
The problem with stress is that it can make your decision making and problem-solving skills dull. It can even make you physically ill.
By performing yoga on a daily basis, you'll be able to increase your feel-good hormones while lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. When the hormones and chemicals in your body return to their normal levels, your body will be able to experience balance which can improve your overall health.
Improve your bodily functions
As you age, your body experiences a decline in function. This puts you at an increased risk for several illnesses, like diabetes and heart diseases.
By putting your mind and body in a relaxed state, both your blood pressure and blood sugar become lower. Even the hormones that affect the way your blood clots and heart pumps become more stable.
Insomnia and other sleep problems tend to get worse with age. As you constantly worry about your work, family, health, and finances, sleep becomes less and less satisfying for you. A busy work schedule can also make it hard for you to get proper sleep.
And when you fail to get enough sleep, a lot of health problems come up. Even your mood becomes affected that you become chronically grumpy. You'll find it hard to stay focused and calm, too.
Yoga has this unique way of making it easier for one to fall asleep. It can even improve the quality of sleep so you can wake up feeling well rested and rejuvenated.
Because of the changes women experience in their body during their midlife years, it's perfectly normal for them to feel frightened about going out and exercising. There's always the fear of getting injured or creating more harm than good.
However, contrary to what most women believe in, yoga isn't entirely bad once you reach your midlife years. Unless you have spine problems or issues with balance, it's totally safe for you to practice yoga. It's actually a great way to stay in shape, particularly if you aren’t a fan of intense workout routines.
Your midlife years mark the moment when most of your body processes slow down. As a result, you get tired easily and you start to lose energy. Partnered with stress, your energy levels can get worse.
There are yoga poses you can do to combat stress and improve your energy.
The Cobra Pose is one great example. It opens up 4 chakras within your body while reducing stress, tension, and fatigue. The Downward Dog, Bow Pose, Shoulder Stand, and Fish Pose are excellent options as well.
Take note that although those poses can boost your energy, they aren’t for everyone. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you, consider consulting your doctor or yoga instructor.
Yoga offers tons of benefits and most of us are already aware of that. For women in midlife, however, they are extra helpful. From enhancing their sleep quality to boosting their overall health, practicing it on a daily basis can make the process a lot less stressful and easier to cope with.
Of course, you’ll need patience and dedication before you see results. While yoga is effective, it’s still not an overnight miracle. You need to be consistent in practicing it on a daily basis.
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
As you all know, I share what I learn and experience. This afternoon I had the amazing experience of Akashic Record Reading with Viki Quirk. I have been thinking about blogging the entire reading, but I have decided to share in class or give all of you the opportunity to experience this reading for yourselves. Truly amazing, eye opening and healing.
Imagine a place where you can obtain answers to any questions you have about yourself. The answers are given to you by Ascended Masters and Teachers as well as other guides who have been charged with not only storing and protecting your sacred information, but also with assisting you in remembering your divine light and path. This place is known as your Akashic Record and it is the energy of your soul.
Do you need clarity, direction or more healing in your life? The loving,healing energy of the Akashic Records is a profound tool for self-exploration and empowerment.
In this 30 minute reading, Viki will ask your permission to enter your Akashic Record and act as the vessel for the conversation between you and your Record Keepers. You will be able to explore a question or two you have about past lives, life purpose, or receive general information.
Viki Quirk is a contemporary healer who believes the power to heal lies within the individual. Her work in this field started with Pilates back in 2009 when she earned her certification to teach through Pilates Academy International and Ellie Herman Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, she has increased her knowledge and understanding of the physical body through continuing education studies on safe spine practices with Rebecca Leone and pre/postnatal with Debbie Goodman.
The more she learned about the body and worked closely with clients, she saw that the emotional, energetic, and spiritual experiences all play a role in wellness. In an effort to provide comprehensive guidance and support to those she works with, Viki pursued additional certifications such as Reiki in the tradition of Dr. Usui Shiki Ryoho, learning to access the Akashic Records for healing with Vanessa Codorniu, and Breathwork first with Erin Teldford and then master teacher David Elliott.
Viki moved her practice to Monmouth County in 2016 where she currently lives with her husband, young son, and their dog.
These readings will be held on the following dates in three 30 minute time slots.
Tuesday, August 7th
Friday, August 17
$30 for 30 minute private reading. Readings will be held at SUKHA individually.
Today we celebrate Independence Day. Music Speaks Dharma has been my description of all of my classes since I started SUKHA in 2015 and I traditionally teach all of the holidays. By now, many try to do the same, and I am so honored to have inspired others.
I decided today I would change it up slightly and steer away from the normal July 4th class.
Independence-" the fact or state of being independent. self-determination, freedom"
Independent- "free from outside control; not depending on others authority"
You see, I am very independent. Always was and always will be. I can honestly say that if I was dependent, I would not be living a truly authentic life.
Many people live in a state of co-dependence and allow others to shape our beliefs and decisions from how to dress, political views, financial decisions and so many other things that we forget who we really are and this I can't seem to digest. (it gets my blood boiling)
Independence is knowing who you are, owning it, being aware of boundaries, saying no, speaking your truth, being clear on exactly what you want and most importantly respecting yourself and owning your life.
Today, start making your own decisions, give yourself permission to think, feel, support, love and do whatever the fuck makes you happy.
How the hell do people survive, achieve and live a life based on what someone else dictates to them?
America is the LAND OF THE FREE!! Get your shit together and start living your life, YOUR WAY.
The place where we can do whatever we wish. So let's do it. Do what you believe in. Follow your heart, your dreams, wear what you want, be whoever you want, travel, quit the job that you are constantly complaining about and find a new one, stop bitching and start doing. Stop asking permission and advice from the people that will tell you "don't do it". (this will be for another dharma)
America. "Home of the Brave"
Are you courageous? Do you step into your true self? Do you tell your story? Are you afraid of making decisions on your own? What is holding you back from having the courage to do what you want? Is it you that keeps telling yourself that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, educated enough or is it someone from the past or the present that has planted these thoughts in your head. Those thoughts are going to stop TODAY!!
"Courage is required in almost every basic human activity or endeavor. For instance, to allow oneself to love and commit to another person takes courage. Separating from our parents and forging an independent life for ourselves is a courageous act. To survive an abusive, traumatic or neglected childhood or relationship with dignity and integrity demonstrates courage and resilience." -Wizard of Us
Stop basing your dreams and decisions on someone else. Put on your big girl/big boy pants and take the step into independence. You will begin to start doing everything that inspires you on your terms. Stop wasting time living someone else's life.
Let's begin to have the confidence, courage, self-love to live the life you want to live. In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Today and always
Have a Happy Independent Life!