What Does Love Mean To Me

I shared this last week on Instagram and decided to share it on my blog and add a few things to the list.

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, yes another holiday created by Hallmark but there is history behind the holiday of roses, candy, expensive dinners, or gifts depending on who your partner is. There are so many stories about Saint Valentine and the meaning behind this holiday of love. I won’t get into the history, just GOOGLE it!

What does love mean to me? This question is both easy and challenging. Here goes the babbling:
Love is a feeling.
Love is bigger than everyone of us.
Love is not only romantic.
Love helps us live and grow.
Love protects and connects.
We can’t survive without it.
Love at first sight is looking at your new born baby.
Love is guiding, teaching, protecting, practicing and learning.
Love is silence.
Love is loud.
Love is making sacrifices.
Love is giving and receiving.
Love is human.
Love is not cruel or mean.
Love is not only about making it.
So many are wanting, seeking and fighting over it.
Look no further than within yourself.
Love is accepting.
Love is respect.
Love is gratitude.
Love is not hurtful or manipulation.
Love is truth.
Love is without ego.
Love is passion for what sets your soul on fire.
Love is a state of being.
Love is our dreams.
Love is our actions.
Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should be equal.
Love is skinny, fat, short, tall, black, white and every color of the rainbow.
Love is life and life is love.
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The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
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The strongest love I have ever felt is being a mom. The kind of love that can make your heart cry when they are sad or sick. Struggling and confused. The “what if’s” that keeps us up all night. 
This love is the strongest. 
The strength that keeps me going. The drive, passion, and sacrifices is all because of the love for my kids. This is love. This is the strongest love I have ever known. It was love at first sight. 💕

Now for the other “things” I love

I love teaching yoga to ALL levels, shapes and sizes

I love how yoga has changed my life and watching it transform other lives

I love authentic people

I love essential oils and how just a few drops from nature can heal

I love flannel shirts

I love dark chocolate

I now love gluten free pasta

I love coffee enemas

I love celery juice and how it makes me feel. The Medical Medium is a genius

I love motivational quotes

I love podcasts

I love Oprah

I love Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

I love reading and writing. (who would have thought. I once couldn't stand either)

I love Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Baths

I love alone time

I love The WIZARD OF OZ (Happy Anniversary)

I love my life and everything from the past that has shaped me into who I am today.

I love that I have bad days and good ones.

I love that I am continuing to learn everyday.

I love that I can share these experiences with people who are willing to learn.

There will be a part 3!!! The list is LONG

xoxoxox

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Chalk Talk from 2018

Have a seat at your desk, grab a pen and a notebook and take some notes. Here are a few lessons that I have learned in 2018 that will make 2019 even better.

  1. Everything starts in your gut. Illness and intuition. Listen to both very carefully.

  2. Facebook and Instagram listen to you just like Spotify. So listen carefully.

  3. Many women use the hashtag “#empowerwomen, according to stats; women scroll, men actually read, and like. Come on ladies. Get it together. We are all one!

  4. If you think they’re shady, you are probably correct.

  5. Don’t let anyone threaten you, bully you and take your money if you are not sure where it’s going.

  6. Boundaries: Have them and never let them go.

  7. Celery Juice, Yarrow Pom, Coffee Enemas!! Enough Said.

  8. Busy is negative. Productive is positive.

  9. I run my business, you mind your own.

  10. Never let social media bring you down. Connect with people outside of your bubble. There are beautiful, authentic people all over the world. Use social media to expand your bubble.

  11. High School is no joke. It has changed since 1989.

  12. Hire a study habits coach. (Helpme FIND ONE PLEASE)

  13. Stick with your philosophy. ALWAYS

  14. Church has certainly changed. Check it out! You will be surprised.

  15. Contemplative Prayer.

  16. There is a angel looking over my angel.

  17. Get your BOOBIES checked.

  18. Sports bras are painful. Coobie is like wearing nothing! (shop local)

  19. I have the coolest pets. SPIRIT ANIMALS.

  20. Find people that inspire you, not bring you down.

  21. Essential Oils work. FOR EVERYTHING.

  22. Menopause is not bad and it DOES NOT make you fat. (#1)

  23. Always remember the past, it dictates your future. Don’t get stuck there.

  24. Haters are a reflection of themselves. Keep in mind it is a sign that you are on a path towards success.

  25. Stillness.

  26. SUPERSOUL Conversations.

  27. Grey hair is another sign of authenticity.

  28. Creativity ROCKS at 4:00am. So does the algorithm.

  29. Journals are therapy.

  30. Don’t be scared to create and share. There’s a whole world out there that will find you inspiring.

  31. You never know what someone else is going through.

  32. Utah is loaded with nature, beauty and healthy places to eat.

  33. Wizard of US

  34. Grapes are good for your kidneys.

  35. Anthony Williams.

  36. Declutter your house to declutter your mind. Sometimes you need a local pro to do the job!

  37. Renting a home ROCKS!!

  38. Never let anyone take you off your path.

  39. Podcasts are fun.

  40. Doctors really don’t know much about mystery illnesses. Let’s keep it that way so they don’t put regulations on holistic healing alternatives.

  41. Chlorella is a game changer. (buy local)

  42. Holistic Healing is the way to go. Maryjo is the best!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday and the best 2019!!!

There will be bumps like every year, but keep going. Be authentic always.

Create but don’t steal. Look for genuine, real inspiration.

Smile always. Resting bitch faces are not attractive.

SHINE Bright.

Stay focused.

Be You.

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Grind and Shine for 28 days for $28

Motivation and Creativity at its best!!

I absolutely love this combo and I absolutely adore one of the creators of Grind and Shine.

Sarah Giberson is a student at SUKHA. Sarah and her husband Ryan started practicing both yoga and pilates at SUKHA in June. You can find this motivated duo at SUKHA almost every day. They made commitments to themselves by living a healthy lifestyle.

It was a pleasure to have them on our first yoga retreat in October.

Sarah and her officemates created a blog called “Grind and Shine”. “This blog is for people looking to fuel their competitive spirit and energize the nine to five".

Every month they post a challenge.

This month, is YOGA!!!

“Namaste your way to a happy, healthier you”

Grind and Shine will start this yoga challenge 12/3 and will go for 28 days straight of yoga practicing at least 45 minutes to one hour per day.

I loved this blog and challenge so much, I am offering anyone who makes this commitment to themselves to Grind and Shine for 28 days a great deal. (new clients only)

28 days of yoga at SUKHA for $28

Now, you can’t get better than that!! No need to be nervous, you will feel at home at SUKHA in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment.

Just arrive at SUKHA 15 minutes before class, mention you are here to “Grind and Shine” for $28.

Cash only please.

You can view the schedule and sign up through our website and pay at the door.

Grind & Shine #everydamnday

offer ends 12/27

Grind & Shine

Take Responsibility for Lighting Your Own Flame

This week I spoke about my visit to the church, mindsets, childhood wounds and being proud.

We always tell our children how proud we are of them for all of their accomplishments and I think it should be said when deserved and be sure we make it about them and not ourselves. We must give the credit when the credit is due with taking ourselves out of the equation.

This Tuesday I came to the studio and found myself dead in my tracks at the front door. I actually looked up at the purple sign, the stickers on the door and as I walked in, I stopped and said to myself “wow”. “This is your studio. You did this.”

I have never had this feeling and I have never given myself any kudos for creating such a great space.

This moment brought so much up for me. Childhood wounds, fear of expressing myself or the fear of what others may think if I verbalized my feelings of achievements. I don’t crave attention or praise. I actually don’t like it. Yes, it feels good but I am humble. Humble and proud.

Be proud of yourself. Give yourself some credit. “You’ve survived heartache and heartbreak. You work your ass off for what lights your soul on fire. Take time to say “great job”. “I am proud of you”. Because guess what? It’s nobody’s responsibility to keep your flame lit but your own”.

This quote came rolling off of my tongue last night. I was hesitant to post it with the fear that it was too rough. But it’s tough love and it’s the truth. It is time to take responsibility for your own life. Why? Taking responsibility of your life moves you from victim to victor. This will change your energy and will raise your vibration.

When people seek constant praise, approval and admiration it is a noticeable sign of Narcissistic personality. This is why it is so important to give praise to others, especially our kids when most deserved. Not when they draw a good picture, come home at curfew or take out the trash.

If you find you are looking for praise for all of your hard work, look in the mirror and say:

“I am proud of all of my efforts”

Take in deeply, beyond the layers of self doubt to the truth of your glowing spirit.

You are amazing.

Take responsibility for lighting your flame and….

BE PROUD.

Resume of Life

There are a few things that inspired me to write this blog. The first being Bayley’s post on Instagram. “Can cross this off my (b) list”. Congrats again to Bayley for finishing her first Half Marathon. For those of you who do not know Bay, she is a almost 20 year old teacher at SUKHA, a now Half Marathon Runner, a College Student, a Care-Giver for children, a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, cousin, niece, artisan and a diabetic. For 19 years young, Bayley is crossing things off her list. Congrats Bayley!!

We have told for years from our parents, teachers, and mentors “Stay with one job, it looks bad on your resume”. I disagree. Thanks mom. You never held me back from any of my wacky decisions. Each decision was a learning experience and helped me to grow and be who I am today.

I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I did it all!! Or at least as much as I can mentally and physically handle.

When I was about 8 years old, I remember playing school and wanting to be a teacher. Then as I got older and being introduced to the New York Times Fashion Magazine, I then wanted to be a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser.

As a teenager, I was a waitress, a cashier at Shoprite. I worked concessions at PNC Art Center, I stuffed envelopes with travel brochures in NYC on the weekends with my mom. I attended Newbury College and received my degree in Fashion Merchandising. I worked at Prudential in NJ and Boston, Merrill Lynch, I even scooped Ice Cream and sold Fanny Farmer Candy then off to NYC where I did billing for a diamond company, then worked my up to Account Executive, then Merchandiser where I traveled to India for quality control.

Years later, I was blessed to have had the most challenging, gratifying, most under appreciated job in the world. I became a mom to two amazing children. When you become a mom, you add to your resume a nurse, a doctor, therapist, teacher, accountant, taxi driver, chef, maid, coach, disciplinarian, and a friend.

This will always be my number 1!

I sold jewelry and skin care products. I held Spa Classes carrying around bins and towels to give people at home spa parties. The list is long.

Oh the car business!! Who would have ever thought. I loved it and hated it. I learned so much as Director of Business Development and I have no regrets. Now years later, at 47, a Yoga Instructor, Small Business owner, Wellness Advocate and Blogger. Make the most from each one. Learn from your experiences. Share them.

These were only jobs/careers. Like Bayley, I have a list. Much has been crossed off, but there is more.

Guess what? I am not stopping here. Who knows what will be next. I am beating my own drum.

Do what you love and love what you do. Learn. Don’t stop because someone told you it looks bad on your resume. Try it all. Be a wealth full of knowledge. In one industry or multiple. Do what YOU want to do. Make your own decisions. Be kind, honest and compassionate. Inspire and motivate yourself and others. Run a 5k or a half. Hike. Paddle. Travel. Read. Write.

The last few days I have been listening to the most inspiring man; the late Wayne Dyer.

I will leave you with this:

“Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You”. -Wayne Dyer

For those who know me, you can see why this is so inspiring to me and how this blog all links together.

“Not dying with your music still in you is not about what you “do with” your life. It is about how you lead your life. Raising children to dance to the beat of their own drum means raising them first to hear, and then follow their own inner calling”-Serena Dyer

Don’t get caught up in what others tell you to do. Follow your heart and not others.

“When you follow the herd, you’re bound to step in shit. Avoid the herd. Think for yourself. Do what you feel is right for you”-SD

Teens: Study and continue to learn. Have fun. the right way. Never stop learning. I know you may hate it now, but trust me; Don’t “F” up. You are young. Learn to balance it all. You can do it!! DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD.

xoxoxox

Countdown to 50.

I know this may sound strange since I have 1,026 days left until I turn 50, but I felt the need to write about where I am and where I’ve been and wondering where will I be on the day I turn 50. What will my life be like?

I am not sure what encouraged me to write this. Maybe it was how good it made me feel to get carded in Salt Lake City last weekend, or thinking about how lucky our children are to have so many tools to live a long, healthy life. Whatever it is, here it is…

This blog is not about looking into a crystal ball. It is a challenge. A challenge, a blog and a picture I would like to look back on in 2021 when the big 50 approaches to see how far I have come since 2018 and I encourage all of you to do the same no matter what age.

To date, I have been through a lot just like all of you. Maybe not everything, but we have all been through “stuff”. The good, the bad and the ugly.

I am a child of divorce and a daughter of an alcoholic. We grew up in bad times and good. We lived on food stamps for a short period of time living in a not so great town. My mother was strong and worked hard. My dad had a disease, struggled and lost everything. We were fortunate enough to get out of a horrible town and live where we were meant to be.

My mother worked hard. We went to private school and college. We worked and worked hard. My sister on Wall Street, my brother with a large Pharm Company and me in NYC. As I am writing this, I stopped. WOW!! Not so bad. Three kids coming from a broken home and a father with a terrible disease. We are products of divorce!! Thanks mom!! You did good. It wasn’t easy and neither was I. Thank you. We are all where we are meant to be because of you. There are days where you may feel under appreciated, but guess what? Being a mom is the most UNDERAPPRECIATED job in the world.

I feel the need to also express gratitude to my father for the experience of being a child of an alcoholic so I can share and teach. My father has been gone four years now this month. We have had a few conversations since and I am so thankful for them. It has been healing.

We are far from perfect and each of us has our crap to deal with; but I am proud. Proud of my mom and my siblings. Thank you!

Lesson: Never judge children of a broken family.

Fortunately and unfortunately, my children are children of divorce. They are amazing and I am blessed. Woody and I co-parent well and I am thankful for that. Honors, athlete, no booze or drugs, fun, healthy and happy. And they to are not perfect. No one is. They are driven and have goals and my wish is that they never loose sight.

I have seen divorce, pain, homelessness, addiction, physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I have seen poverty in India as I inspected diamonds. I have driven old cars and new. Fancy and not so fancy. I am blessed now to be doing what I am doing. On the mat and off. Hopefully inspiring, motivating and helping people as best I can because helping others is the way we help ourselves and it feels really good.

I was never a good student. I struggled in school. It never came easy to me and I am not embarrassed to say that I was not “book smart”. I am street smart. Situational awareness and the center of my own knowledge based on MY experiences, not someone else’s. I have learned how to trust my own judgement and fend for myself. The past, present and future and I encourage everyone to try to do the same. Let’s teach our kids how to be street smart.

To date, I have visited many places and this will not stop unless I am physically unable. The beauty and slums of India, the towers and art of Paris, blue waters of Turks and Caicos, green hills, and yummy Guinness of Ireland, the changing of guards and breathtaking countrysides of England, many Caribbean Islands, cruised and boozed, paddled Rincon and sunbathed topless in St. Martin. I have 18 states left to see and many countries and Islands on the list. Travel if you can. Save those quarters. Don’t waste the money at the bar when you can put it towards a trip.

I have had my heart broken and broke a few myself. This body has seen 99 lbs and 180 lbs (no tummy tuck BTW) Boobs yes. Tummy tuck no. It’s called exercise and being in tune with your body. (moral of this story: Don’t bring others down and make shit up to make yourself look good. It has the opposite effect)

We have all suffered from pain. Heartbreak to pushing for 19 hours to give birth to an angel.

There are times when you think emotional and physical pain is so bad that you just want to give up. Storms that you never think you will get through and then you open your eyes and realize “as long as you are breathing, there is more right than wrong with you no matter what is wrong”-Jon Kabat.

This beautiful, yet challenging life I have had has shaped me and encourages me everyday to be perfectly imperfect. I am learning and growing and I will until I die keeping in mind to breathe and be fully present.

In 2021, the year I turn 50, I will have one young woman in college and my young, handsome man on his way. Holy shit!!! I encourage them to see the world. Get out of the bubble. Live. Learn. Be street smart and take care of your bodies inside and out. Where will I be? Hopefully sitting here writing to follow up on this blog. I may not be physically sitting at this desk, but I will write. My hope is that my daughter follows her dream of going to college in California and my son in Florida and I will be writing this in either of those two states as I visit them. I will be proud of them with any decision they make.

As for my professional life….who knows. Taking one day at a time. Learning and sharing through yoga. Learning, sharing and teaching how to live a perfectly imperfect, authentic, natural, healthy lifestyle until I can’t go any longer. It’s going to take a lot for me to stop.

Follow your dreams. Go for it and never give up. There is still time. 40, 50, 60 and 70 on up!! It doesn’t matter.

In three years I will be 50 years old. Wiser, smarter, stronger and healthier than ever before. Maybe my life will be half over, but one thing that I will always take with me is that I have lived a life that made me who I am today. As always, I am blessed and grateful to those who pushed me, pulled me, left me, loved me, messed with me, doubted me and encouraged me. Thank you!!

The road to 50 is going to be great.

No matter what age, learn, live, grow, heal, share, practice, teach, and breathe. Take good care of yourself today and always.

“The best investment that you’ll ever make is in yourself. Never stop exploring, learning, experiencing, and becoming a better person each day”-Mo Seetubtim

Real-Life, No BS Chakra and Yoga Workshop

I am so honored and thrilled to have Lindsey and Chris Jones, Founders of Hug Your Chaos return to SUKHA on Sunday October, 7th at 12:00 pm. Lindsey and Chris have been such a huge part of my healing journey in a no BULLSHIT way. They tell it like it is!! I call it tough love. The exact same way, I give it. I truly feel this is why we connected instantly. No sugar coating, no pussy footing around.

This amazing couple have been through it all, share their experiences, and coach people on how they can Hug Chaos. Let’s face it, we all have chaos. It’s a matter of accepting it, hugging it all, learning, growing and not drowning in it. Let’s stop complaining, end the “whoa is me”, the “why is this happening to me” crap and start doing something about it. You will be amazed how things turn around.

Before I introduce the workshop/book signing, I am going to share with you one of MANY of my favorite paragraphs from Lindsay’s new book, “The Chakras. A real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to healing Your Life”

“This book isn’t about dumping a bunch of big Sanskrit words on you, so you can be impressed by my knowledge of dead languages. It’s not about me using big fancy words so you can look at me as though I’m smart, It’s not about me regurgitating a bunch of research that comes from ancient texts that date back thousands of years, so you can put me on a pedestal and sing my praise. It’s not about any of that. It’s not even going to be all that esoteric, which is funny because, I know since we are talking about energy work and chakras.”

“This book is going to be about real talk, real life, and how you can empower yourself from within so that all the other nonsense in your life can fade away because you won’t need those lessons any longer. It’s about teaching you how to take charge of your life and your healing, so you can live the life of magic that you were born to live”

How refreshing does this sound??? Real Life!!! No bullshit. Straight to the point healing.

Come and join Lindsay Carricarte-Jones & Christopher Jones of Hug Your Chaos to learn just how vital chakra health and wellness really is. 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. 

We are Lindsay & Christopher Jones, better known as Hug Your Chaos. #Hugyourchaos is our movement and our life. It is our mission. We are the founders of hugyourchaos.com and Hug Your Chaos Abundant Life Mastery. We're both certified coaches and healers who specialize in guiding others to smash through their self-limiting blocks in order to start living the life they are meant to be living.

We work with a variety of healing, energy, coaching, and empowerment modalities because it is our mission to help others heal and empower their own lives the way we did in our own lives. If you would like to know more about our personal journeys through severe addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and the road to healing visit us at www.hugyourchaos.com/about/

The fact of the matter is this: before we met one another, Chris & Lindsay were both coming out of the darkest dark night of the soul a person can go through and live. We both came through it and found a path to healing through various modalities such as Vipassan meditation,

Buddhism, Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Reiki, crystal healing, yoga, philosophy, therapy, 12-step programs, nutrition, Ayurveda, and various holistic healing methods. We then came together and knew we were meant to guide others to their own power.

So here we are!

Both of us are certified life coaches but we prefer the title of Life Excellence Gurus.

Chris is also a Reiki Master and has a degree in Western Herbal Medicine. He's an Alchemist and all around Magical Mother F*cker.

Linds is Reiki Level 3, YTT 200 hour in Hatha Yoga, a student of Kriya under Guruji Yogananda, Pagan Buddhist, and all around Magical Mother F*cker.

We see the world as a place of energy and believe that all problems originate on the energetic plane. thus, we seek to empower YOU to become a conscious co-creator of your divine reality. We don't believe in competition or the fear mindset - these are dying paradigms and we want to help you challenge them!

This workshop is $25 and includes a yoga class, workshop and FREE signed copy of The Chakras. A real-Life, No Bullsh*t Guide to Healing Your Life.

Sign up on the FREE Sukha app.



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Labor of Love

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.

xoxoxox

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Pilates with Peggy

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.

Thanks Peggy!!

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!

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You have Gifts, Talents and a Purpose. LIVE IT!

I felt the need to write tonight as a "week in review". It will not be poetic, or maybe some of you may think its pointless. There are certain times I feel selfish not sharing. Sharing is caring and when we hold ourselves back from sharing, we are holding back love from ourselves and others.

Last week was hectic. My calendar was full of classes, football, cheer,  a fundraiser, preparing for High School, writing dharmas, posting blogs, playlists, laundry, bills, scheduling, bike repairs, food shopping, cleaning and grey removal!!( I needed to fit some self care in)

Two amazing blogs were posted written by two amazing, brave, perfectly imperfect women. Michelle Amy wrote about her relationship with her yoga mat and Krissy-Jo poured her heart out about her weight loss journey, self-love and acceptance. Continue to write, to heal and share your work. Water it with compassion, kindness and light. It deserves to be seen by everyone. You ladies have a purpose. You ladies have a gift. You ladies have a talent. LIVE IT. SHARE IT.

It was a week of running around. One to cheer and work, and the other to football. I don't want to get into the football experience, because I am still trying to figure out how I am going to be able to sit through a season without cringing and coming pretty close to passing out. A football blog will soon follow. I would like to share with you a great movie I watched Saturday night on Amazon that is for everyone to watch. Parents and kids. ATHLETES!! It's a must. "Peaceful Warrior" staring Nick Nolte. "A warrior does not give up what he loves, he find the love in what he does".

Friday  early evening I decided to meet up with two good friends for a couple of hours. It was great catching up, sharing stories, thinking, creating, laughing and enjoying the moment. WE have a purpose. WE are living it and we WILL SHARE IT.

How do you find people that inspire you? Do your friends inspire you or do they bring you down? When you find people that help you find the best version of yourself, KEEP THEM.

Find people who want to learn, grow, share, raise their vibration and live authentically.. Men and women who want to be grow, transform and have the same interest in personal development.

As you continue to lift yourself up by learning and growing you start to attract the same. Shine bright, SMILE, be full of energy and you will find the same. You will lift them and they will lift you. Stay clear from the ones who bring you down. I have had many the last few years.

We all have the desire to want those around them on the same level they are. )At least good people do).

When a person makes s decision that they are going to improve their life, lift themselves up, those around them (the nay-sayers) instinctively try to pull them down. They will make fun of your efforts, work and success or try to minimize it. They will belittle your abilities to reach new levels. Bottom line? Those peeps are no good. (I am being very kind)

What is the reality? They are bringing you down to lift themselves up. 

Stop accepting the advice of people who you would never want to be like. Take a VERY close look.  It may take you days, months or a year. That's okay.

Begin to slowly remove the trash talkers, the downers, the nay-sayers. Anyone who keeps you from growing, and reaching new heights. Hang on tightly to the ones who help you grow. Be the one who shines bright and has the energy to pull others up. Be that beautiful, smiling, energetic, compassionate soul that encourages others who are actively working to improve their own life.

I will conclude this blog giving a shout out to a group of women who I have witnessed lifting each other up, supporting their dreams, who are looking to improve their circumstances, and are glowing, alive and want to raise their vibration and bring others along for the ride. It has been so refreshing to meet Jenn, Debra, Lauren, Lindsey, Ellen, Alexis and Viki. These amazing women I was blessed to meet a few months ago through yoga. We flowed Thursday night for Debra and her son River. There were tears, smiles, and lots of hugs. These women are a TRIBE. A Perfectly Imperfect, Good Vibe Tribe who lifts each other up personally and professionally.

These amazing women are members of The Bloom Foundation. The Vision of this foundation is to create a world where every mother has access to a new standard of care for maternal mental health and wellness. Viki has been holding Akashic Record Readings at SUKHA and will be holding a breath work circle at SUKHA 9/25. 

Ladies, you have gifts, talents, and a purpose!! Continue to LIVE IT and SHARE IT. 

 

 

 

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A Relationship with my Yoga Mat

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

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"A Story at-a-Glance"

Sending some tough love on this Monday afternoon.

I love to share what I experience because sharing is caring. I share in class, Social Media, email, text, and talk about anything that has been working for me on this healing journey. Angel Cards, Akashic Record Reading, Hugging our Chaos, Mala Beads and Essential Oils just to name a few. I don't share if it is not genuine, or has not worked for me. I do my homework on people, places, and products. I share from my heart and so do all of the amazing, genuine people I meet that are here to do the same. 

So, those of you who listen and care, know how essential oils have helped me that last three years. I won't bore you, especially for those who think they know it all and are rolling their eyes. Just read this article. You can find my experiences under "New Blog" of sukhayogaclass.com , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Links will be at the bottom of this blog. Happy Reading!

Let me know when you are done bad mouthing and bashing tools that people use to grow and heal. Keep your opinions to yourself. We all have different beliefs.

Essential Oils May Replace Antibiotics 

June 25,2018 Articles.mercola.com

  • Scientists say the overuse of antibiotics for people and animals is lessening their effectiveness so much that even a slight injury or infection could turn into a serious medical crisis
  • Using special techniques, researchers have used the antibacterial properties of essential oils to create a bioactive coating to protect against infection, which may help prevent millions of infections every year
  • Drug-resistant bacteria has caused farmers to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals, while scientists are also targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms
  • Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint, cinnamon and lavender have potent properties that can kill harmful bacteria strains such as salmonella and E. coli, eliminate intestinal worms and improve acne, shingles and even MRSA

By Dr. Mercola

It's quite likely that whether you visit your doctor for back pain, anxiety or an ingrown toenail, you won't leave without a prescription of some kind. Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common reasons why people visit their doctors and, often, antibiotics are the go-to remedy. Repeatedly taking antibiotics causes major problems, however, as overuse of this type of medication, both in the health care setting and in industrial agriculture, has resulted in increased resistance.

In fact, every time you take antibiotics, your body builds resistance, they become less and less effective and, worse, any bacterium that survives the medication also builds resistance. One of the worst aspects of drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, is that an alarming number are found on the biofilm — a thin slimy surface substance — that forms on medical devices, including implants.

In one study, Mohan Jacob, head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at James Cook University (JCU) in Queensland, Australia and his team of Ph.D. associates used nanotechnology to harness the power of antimicrobial molecules from plants to create antibacterial coatings. Their findings were recently published in Polymers.1 Jacob cites a recent study published in Microbial Biotechnology, which reported that approximately 17 million new biofilm infections are reported every year, leading to 550,000 fatalities.

In addition, about 80 percent of the surgery-associated infections worldwide may be associated with biofilm formation.2 That's why more doctors are turning to natural agents with antibacterial properties, such as tea tree oil, as studies show it may help prevent millions of infections every year. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an essential oil that creates a bioactive coating to keep harmful bacteria from adhering to medical devices.

How a Bioactive Surface Is Made From an Essential Oil

In regard to the scientists' search for a way to turn plant compounds into bioactive coatings for medical devices to avoid having to rely on antibiotics, they used plant secondary metabolites, aka PSMs, of tea tree oil and its most important component, terpene-4-ol. Derived from essential oils and herb extracts, with relatively powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial activities, they're termed "secondary" as they're not vital to the plant's survival or function.

Jacob described them as a "low-cost renewable resource available in commercial quantities, with limited toxicity and, potentially, different mechanisms for fighting bacteria than synthetic antibiotics."3 But the biggest challenge Jacob and his team faced in developing antibacterial coatings from PSMs was converting the liquid state of the compounds into a solid without losing any of their antibacterial nature.

Medical News Today notes that scientists have used nanotechnology for this purpose for several years. Kateryna Bazaka, an adjunct senior research fellow at JCU and the study's coauthor, explained the scientists' procedure in creating polymers is somewhat like naturally occurring rubber and cellulose to make a resistant, "chain-like structure," in this case converting the PSMs of tea tree oil. She noted:

"We used plasma-enhanced techniques within a reactor containing the essential oil vapors. When the vapors are exposed to a glow discharge, they are transformed and settle on the surface of an implant as a solid biologically active coating."4

Essential Oils for Medical Device Polymers and Beyond

Plasma polymerization of this sort has been in use to create biological activity on surfaces for about 20 years. In the 2010 version of the "Handbook of Deposition Technologies for Films and Coatings," one scientist explained that plasma is the "fourth state of matter, consisting largely of ionized gas which maintains overall electrical neutrality."5

One reason the plasma technique is so effective for this kind of plant conversion is that it's environmentally friendly; no potentially harmful chemicals or solvents are used in the process that might remain in the coating or damage surfaces the coating is applied to. The upshot is that if tea tree oil can be converted to protect the surfaces of medical devices, millions of infections may be prevented every year.

According to Jacob, after publishing more than 70 research articles and six Ph.D. theses on the topic, the scientists involved in the project are bona fide pioneers in the world's development of bioactive polymers from plant compounds. But the concept has been extended. Because the thin polymer coatings are visually transparent, they're being tapped for coating contact lenses, as well as for optical windows in aquatic sensors.

Specifically, Jacob and his team are targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms, working with Peter Mulvey and associate professor Jeff Warner at the JCU-based Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. Controlled Environments notes:

"Even though synthetic antibiotics have been the best weapon for eradicating microbial infections since the arrival of penicillin, the overuse of these medications is gradually rendering them ineffective. Scientists think that if new strategies are not developed soon, medical treatments could retreat to the era where slight injuries and common infections develop into serious medical problems."6

Antibiotic Resistance Doesn't Stop There

Significantly, Cyril Gay, senior national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, contends that losing the reliance on antibiotics due to the growing instances of antibiotic resistance is one of the most challenging problems faced by the medical profession in the 21st century. One case in point, Cari Romm reported in 20147 that livestock consumes as much as 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S.

Between 2009 and 2012, that number increased by 16 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).8 The trouble is, antibiotics are used on humans as well; about 70 percent of those used on farm animals are deemed "medically important" for humans. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that antibiotic resistance in the U.S. caused more than 2 million illnesses and an estimated 23,000 deaths,9 which resulted in an extra $20 billion in health care costs.10

Experts in the U.K. expect the problem to only get worse, as a 2014 report projects that more than 10 million deaths will be attributed to drug-resistant microbes by the year 2050.11

The reason livestock are treated with those kinds of drugs is explained by yet another FDA report12 asserting that farmers and food manufacturers rely on them not just for infections but to speed growth and girth for the marketplace, and as a sort of go-to remedy for the many infections livestock incur in cooped-up and unsanitary conditions, now known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.

Stuart B. Levy, hematologist and professor at Tufts University and author of the book "The Antibiotic Paradox: How the Misuse of Antibiotics Destroys Their Curative Powers," has been deeply concerned about the impact that is looming due to the overuse of antibiotics. His study in 197613 noted that chickens began developing resistant bacteria in their guts from the antibiotic tetracycline within a week.

It's unnerving to hear the rest of the story: The resistant bacteria became resistant to other antibiotics the chickens hadn't even consumed, and months later, the illnesses spread to untreated chickens and even to the farmers. According to Levy, "Resistance doesn't stay in that environment, and resistance is transferrable among bacteria of different types."14

Essential Oils: The New Antibiotics

Levy believes the lobby for continued antibiotic use is so strong that it's difficult for wiser voices to get legislation to change. Farmers still insist that drugs are their only choice to combat infection on their farms, so the problem is ongoing. The Atlantic asks:

"What's being done to confront this major contributor to this obvious, growing world health threat? The FDA has asked those in the agricultural industry to voluntarily reduce their use of antibiotics, but no one is keeping track of whether they do (nor has there been a record of the antibiotic use all these decades)."15

The key is to get farmers to see viable alternatives. Studies show that essential oils may exert greater power against infection than many realize. Here are several examples of how essential oils have been found extremely powerful for dealing with bacterial infections:

  • One study found that chickens eating feed with oregano oil added had a 59 percent lower mortality rate due to ascites, a common infection in poultry, compared with untreated chickens.16
  • Rosemary and oregano oils brought about the same growth rate in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin.17
  • Other essential oils killed bacteria and helped reduce salmonella in chickens.18
  • A blend of oils can help keep salmonella from spreading between animals.19
  • Extracts from oregano, cinnamon and chili peppers helped chickens with weight gain and protection against an injected intestinal infection.20

So tea tree oil isn't the only type of essential oil studied for antibacterial potential. Drug-resistant bacteria have caused farmers as well as scientists to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals. Usually associated with the scent of candles or body lotions, they're also used in products used for pest control and over-the-counter medications. The Atlantic notes:

"They're used in the food industry because of their preservative potency against foodborne pathogens — thanks to their antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin and more."21

Why Taking Antibiotics Wreaks Havoc in Your System

Resilient bacteria that survive can even pass that ability to resist antibiotics to other bacteria. One big problem with relying on antibiotics (by both doctors and their patients) is that it radically affects the rate it takes place, as well as the degree the resistance occurs. One thing you may not realize is that, while antibiotics are busy killing off bad bacteria that cause and prolong certain infections, they nail the good bacteria, too.

If you've heard of "good bacteria," they are what your body needs to maintain health and fight toxins naturally. When they're killed, your system is left vulnerable to all kinds of other physical problems. Are the antibiotics in the meat you eat harmful? Answer: Yes. As previously noted, the agriculture industry is responsible for 70 percent of all the antibiotics used in the U.S., which means the other 30 percent is used by humans. According to Daily Health Post:

"As the bacteria grow stronger and are no longer resistant to antibiotics, these once life-saving drugs will no longer be of any help. Minor infections will run rampant with no way to stop them. It will be like living in the Middle Ages when even a small cut could end up killing you."22

Doctors sometimes advise their patients that if they decide to take an antibiotic, to follow it with a good probiotic to make up for the damage. This is good advice (I recommend taking a high-quality probiotic both during and following antibiotic treatment); however, it's better to avoid antibiotics in the first place unless they're absolutely necessary. Even if you're not in the habit of taking antibiotics, there are other ways they can end up in your system. So what can you do? Here's a list of some healthy alternatives:

  • Consume only organic, grass fed meat and dairy products as often as possible.
  • Take an antibiotic only when absolutely necessary. Find a doctor who's aware of the issue and will only prescribe antibiotics when needed.
  • Improve and build your immune system and gut bacteria naturally.
  • Consider getting to know the properties in essential oils such as tea tree oil and others.
  • Consume fermented foods regularly.

Think Alternatively for Your Health

It's amazing how nature is already equipped to help you stay healthy and alternatively, deal with symptoms of disease naturally rather than resorting to drugs. One study, titled "Essential Oils, A New Horizon in Combating Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance," notes:

"Combination therapy combining conventional antibiotics and essential oils is currently blooming and represents a potential area for future investigations. This new generation of phytopharmaceuticals may shed light on the development of new pharmacological regimes in combating antibiotic resistance."23

Here's a short list of some of the more popular essential oils and their uses (but there are many more besides):

Eucalyptus oil aids in faster wound healing, protects from air exposure and offers antimicrobial activity

Oregano is a known protector against several bacterial strains such as E. coli, staphylococcus (Staph) and salmonella

Peppermint is useful in dental care due to its antibacterial activity and antiviral properties

Bergamot's antibacterial properties can kill parasites, help speed healing of mouth ulcers, cold sores and herpes, and combat shingles and chicken pox

Thyme is known to be effective against myriad bacteria, including MRSA and Staph infections

Lemon grass has antimicrobial properties that inhibit bacterial growth both internally and externally, i.e., urinary tract infections, malaria, typhoid, food poisoning and body odor

Lavender has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it good for inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, helps speed healing of cuts, burns and sunburns and helps prevent scarring

Eucalyptus is a potent germicide and antiseptic, making it good for treating wounds, burns, cuts, ulcers, sores and abrasions

Cinnamon may be one of the strongest antibacterial oils, working against such strains as E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus

When using essential oils, a carrier oil such a jojoba or coconut oil is often recommended because they are very potent. In many cases, a topical application of essential oils is much safer than taking antibiotics internally. When in doubt, consult an aromatherapist who can provide you with more information and exact oils for your specific condition. Healthy Focus advises:

"Combine a few drops of your chosen oil or oils with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and apply the oil to the affected area of your body. Massaging the oil into your abdomen is also a great way to help fight internal infections. You can also apply some diluted essential oils to help treat common skin infections like acne or even warts."24

As often as possible, look to natural alternatives instead of antibiotics. Depending on your symptoms, there are many articles covered on this website that can expand your knowledge and increase your awareness of natural instead of conventional health. Mercola.com is focused on a "whole person" approach to your entire person rather than just your symptoms. In preventive health care, providers help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.

articles.mercola.com June 25, 2018

Make sure you do your homework on essential oils. Not all essential oils are pure. DO NOT BUY them in Marshalls or Bed Bath!! Look out for companies that have added essential oils to their skin care line or even clothing line.

I am learning everyday. There is so much and it can be overwhelming. Start small like I did three years ago with the basics. As you learn more, you practice more. As you practice more, you can share and teach.

When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. 

Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.  

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques. 

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected. 

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular distillation method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.

 

Expression

Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. doTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.

 

 

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Do You really Care.....

What people think?

There are so many people, all ages that are so worried about what others think of us. The bottom line is it truly does not matter. When we constantly worry and it causes nothing but anxiety and unnecessary stress.

This morning in class I decided to read a great blog about just this topic, take it up a notch and bust out "To Be Real" and just start dancing. Not giving a shit what anyone thought. And guess what? It felt amazing and all of the 21 peeps in the room did the same.

Why do we care about what Jane Smith from the PTO thinks about us? Why? 

It is time to UNFUCK ourselves as Hug Your Chaos has taught me, Let's re-wire our brains with positive thoughts and not negativity.

Start doing the work. Begin by digger deep within yourself because you deserve it and you should start showing the world what a beautiful human you are without trying to impress with stress.

Let's not take this the wrong way. We can and should CARE about others, their feelings and what they think. But if you find yourself becoming anxious and stressed over it, you need to figure out exactly why.

"We have an inside and an outside—an interior landscape and an exterior landscape. Our interior landscape is our subjective experience of our authentic self, while our exterior landscape is a product of our worldview. The two together create a psychosocial dynamic, but that dynamic has only one reference point, leaving us balancing self- and other-perception.

When this delicate balance shifts because we begin seeking approval, or attempting to control outcomes, we become externally focused and can literally lose sight of our essential nature. That essential nature is different from the ego-self—the self-image fed and influenced by what is outside of us. In looking out, rather than within, our sense-of-self and sense-of-place become clouded. The more we attempt to establish these sensibilities through external means, the more clouded our vision becomes and the further we get from our authentic self. Instead of being fully present in our social interactions, our thoughts and behavior become means for eliciting a response, rather than an expression of self-value.

The ego-self is a false self, a façade scripted by the demands of our context as we perceive them. It is our self-image, our social mask, the role we are playing—and it thrives on approval. That need for approval is driven by self-criticism and negative self-talk, which are fear-based. That fear derives from any number of sources, from our original premise concerning fear of rejection to a "less-than" mentality, all of which begs the question:

We’ve been disapproving of ourselves our entire lives without much success. Why not start approving of ourselves and see how that works out?

Self-approval comes out of self-acceptance, which rises out of the recognition that we are, in fact, enough, just as we are. With that recognition, we can free ourselves from fear; we no longer need to look outside for a validation that, on the inside is self-evident. We come into our power, our full humanity, in the recognition that our essential nature is all we need to be fully us."-Psychology Today

Loose the stress of trying to impress. Your body knows you are not being authentic and that is causing stress and can lead to more dis-ease. And that feels so much wore than having someone dislike you.

Did you know that Ulcers are caused by fear? Fear of not being good enough because we can't stomach who we are and we rip our guts out everyday trying to please others. That's a pretty scary thought. Keep that in your mind when you are stressed over what people think of you and constantly trying to please others.

Be Real

Be You

Dance

Sing

Laugh

Smile

xoxoxox

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A Better Boat

It’s that time of year again but this year I decided not to count the minutes, the days or the months that I have been here on this earth. (But I may do a cute post with a sign that says how many months old I am) ha

Counting just makes it seem that much longer and make the hand on the clock move that much faster. I am learning to try and slow the fuck down. I breathe in, I breathe out.

I started writing this blog a few days before my 47th birthday. For the simple reason of time. It flies by, there is not enough of it, time is precious, of the essence, an illusion, on my side, it heals wounds, time is not wasted if you enjoy doing what you are doing. And that is EXACTLY it. I am enjoying everything that I am doing.

This past year I have learned so much personally and professionally. I have dug deep and looked on the inside on what I needed to work on, what my triggers are and the things I need to fix to continue to evolve. And I have done the same with others. I have felt their energy, sadness and fear, happiness and relief, bitterness and resentment. Authenticity and fake. It was a year of digging, learning and clearing. I have increased awareness to interpret myself and others much deeper than before on so many different levels. And I wanted to share what I have learned during year 46.

Lately, it has been the onion and the mask. Reading, thinking and trying to figure it all out. Let’s remove the first layer of the onion my friends. Take off the mask. Behave and appear the same everyday and everywhere. Stop hiding your authentic self. Although I have seen many “true colors shining through” this last year. Do the inner work!! Once you dig you will realize what a great person you are. Lose the ego. Peel back the layers and be yourself. Stop following the crowds, and show up where you want, when you want and most importantly walk in without a mask. Throw it in the trash. Because guess what? That is exactly where it belongs.. And I don’t give a shit what town or county you live in or what car you drive or how big your house is. You are all amazing, beautiful beings. Show the real you. Thinka bout this...After the mask comes off, begin peeling off all of the layers. What's left?

" I ain't lonely, but I spend a lot of time alone. More than I'd like too. But I'm okay with staying home. My how the last few months have changed. I'm smiling more despite the pain"

Yes!! I am not sure what happened. From extrovert to introvert!! I am actually proud to have this come out of mouth. Most treat introverts as weird  or a personality trait. Some just get physically exhausted by spending a lot of time with other people. I have found that I need alone time to rest and recharge so I can continue to do what I do everyday. I sit and enjoy life without being in constant motion with others. Maybe it's because I am now 100% aware and tapped into those who are authentic and those who are not and I prefer to be around authenticity. I choose wisely.

Happy Hump Day, July 18th. I am back continuing the blog for what I have learned during year 46.There is so much I want to write and it may just be a mish mosh of crap so bare with me.

Let’s go back to 1973. I was two years old and I specifically remember watching The Wizard of Oz belly down with my hands under my chin, close to the big, old school, hand channel changer tv with 2, 4,5, 7, 11 and 13. I buried my head everytime that scary, green faced, screechy wicked witch with those cheesy long ass nails would come on the screen. It didn't take so long for me to stare at the screen and look her straight in the eyes. After 45 years of watching this movie over and over again I always found a new meaning. A deeper meaning. But nothing as deep as this amazing book I discovered just a few months ago. I have shared it in class but feel the need to share it today, on my 47th Birthday. This movie is a part of me. It always was and always will be.

“It is a story we remember, believe, and cherish in our hearts. To each generation, the story rises and blooms anew in the psyche. It is a story invested with all of our potentials and highest ideals, as well as our shadows and terrors.  It speaks to the basic human need for companionship. It is innocent and sincere. As it remembers a golden age in our past, it simultaneously portrays a technological golden age in the immediate future. We find the security of place, the assurance that we have in us a sufficiently of capacities to confront evil and survive, and the ability to trust in our own enormous untapped potentials.  Then, like Dorothy, we can come back and re-green the wasteland, the Kansas of our lives. We are OZ. In any mythic structure we may identify with the hero, but in truth we contain all of the characters. Dorothy might be any one of us. Or we might be the Tin Man in our longing to feel loving connections, the Scarecrow seeking our true intelligence, or the Cowardly Lion seeking courage. We contain the Great and Powerful Wizard. What would happen if we dared to dip into this high and holy magic within ourselves??”-The Wizard of Us.

This movie has so many lessons that so many of us can learn from and The Wizard of Us is one book that I am learning from everyday. It just makes sense to me. I can relate 100%.

For many years on this earth, I cared so much of what others thought of me. The last few, specifically this last I have finally removed that completely out of my head. It no longer exists. Theo Roosevelt said it best “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do” That is character!”

I have taken the time to really figure out who I would like in my life. Those who I value, respect and trust and those who respect and value me just the same. Those who are real, who lead and don’t follow. The people who can understand and accept decisions I have made or need to make and some were harder than others that’s for sure. Each decision has been a true lesson and wake up call that goes back to wearing masks and living a truly authentic life. I have made a commitment to myself to send only love, kindness and sympathy to those who portrayed themselves to be something they are not. I have let go of the situations that have occured. From phony emails and phone calls to cards and letters blowing smoke up my ass saying how much I changed their lives and then once things didn’t go their way; the real people under those masks appeared.

“A balanced individual is free to make the choice to change something if they’re comfortable with feedback that may be unflattering”-Wayne Dyer

Oh boy, did I get feedback. Ha ha.

I will continue to go on a rampage of appreciation rather than discussing the evils of the world and take every opportunity to continue to radiate joy whether you are on my side or not. Today, as I am approaching my 47th birthday I am sending nothing but hug and kisses to the evils of my world and everyday hope that halos are given and pitchforks are thrown in the trash along with the masks. Thank you for the lessons.

Boundaries.

Now this has taken a long time for sure and I am still working on it and the first step has been to practice self-awareness personally and professionally. SUKHA is a place of business and not a free for all. I will no longer allow a student or teacher to dictate or demand how I operate. I am always open to suggestions and there is now a suggestion box in the studio. In the beginning of my journey I have let too much get by. I have had past students drive to my house and threaten me if I raised prices, I have had negative comments thrown at me if I did not come around with oils, etc...Of course we all know people such as these have so much inner work to do. They just don’t seem to get the true meaning of yoga. With that being said, in November of 2017, I had felt like I failed as a teacher. With the number one thing coming to mind-”Did they not listen to ANY of my dharma talks? Holy shit, all the time and preparation and they still don’t get it but that’s okay. I get it now. I now fully understand that not everyone thinks they have healing to do and that many only think of yoga for the physical benefit or a social hour. Some people make situations so easy to walk away from. (Especially when you have a bird chirping in your ear front and center that likes to stir the pot)

I will continue to share even if some don’t fully understand the real reason why I am here

and what I am teaching and sharing. I congratulate everyone of my students who are on their authentic journey and practice yoga for the work-in.

As far as the personal boundaries go, well; I believe I am almost there with certain people that will unfortunately be in my life for a long time.

"I breathe in. I breathe out. What ain't working, what's still hurting. All the things I feel like cussing out."

Always remember, no person, no place, and no thing has any power over you, for you are the only thinker in the situations you create. When you create peace, harmony and balance in your mind you will find it in your life.
 

Competition.

It is only a word. Something I do not want to participate in. When I first opened SUKHA I was expecting peace, love and happiness from all and that was not the case. But again. That’s okay.  When it comes to the “C” word the best thing for me to do is mind my own business and that is exactly how I operate. I still struggle with others stealing Intellectual Property. Everyday I try to now to send peace to those who can’t seem to think for themselves, it’s been challenging, but I’m getting there. I am always flattered, but it still gets me heated. The hours and time brainstorming for someone else to steal? Ugh.

From the bottom of my heart, all yogis are welcome to SUKHA to practice. Not to spy,or have any alternative motive but to practice. And keep in the back of your mind that SUKHA is not only for beginners and we leave egos at the door and continue to keep it real. On the mat and off. On the screen and off. My wish is for yoga instructors all over the world to share this beautiful practice with as many people as possible and from the  heart, I wish you all nothing but the best on this magical, yet challenging venture. Always remember to be yourself. Teach how you want to teach and what feels right to you. Be your authentic self and teach that way. Let go of the script and teach from your heart. Your book and your lessons. Make people smile.

Healing.

Even at this age I am healing every freakin day. Healing from old wounds, present day bruises and learning to accept things that I can’t change.

I am trying to figure myself out and this is just the emotional healing. What I have learned is that any physical problems are caused from emotional issues that we carry and hold on to and I have many. This year I have found the root cause of a few and have found ways to heal through juice, essential oils, and making a change to my diet and letting go and removing blockages caused by people, places, and food.

To end this mish mosh of a blog, I would like to end with this:

I am proud of my flaws and I have so many and I will continue to work on them everyday.

I breathe in. I breathe out.

“We are each responsible for all of our experiences.

Every thought we think is our future.

The point of power is always in the present moment.

Everyone suffers from self-hatred and guilt.

The bottom line for everyone is, “I’m not good enough”.

It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.

We create every so-called illness in our body.

Resentment, criticism, and guilt are the most damaging patterns.

Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.

We must release the past and forgive everyone.

We must be willing to begin to learn to love ourselves.

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are keys to positive change.

When we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.”-Louise Hay

Thank you for reading, learning, practicing and sharing with me everyday. It’s going to be a great ride and I wouldn’t jump off just yet if I were you. :)

"I think I'm stronger than I was. I breathe in, I breathe out. I got friends to call who let me talk about. What ain't working, what'still hurting. All the things I feel like cussing out. Now and then I let go around the waves I can't control. I'm learning how to build a better boat"-Kenny Chesney

Listen to it here. It's a good one! (Amy may even like it) :)

 

 

Be Confident. Be Inspired. Be Yourself. A Blog from Jen Cory.

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. 

Be Confident
Be Inspired
Be Yourself

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.

Namaste,
Jen Cory-Curvaceous Yoga Teacher

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Curvaceous Yoga

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!

Class Description:

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!!

Perfectly Imperfect

Sunday I shared a blog about being a Imperfect Mother and I feel like I need to take this a step further and share more. Starting this month I will be having a series of blogs, posts and maybe even a  video on" How to embrace our perfect imperfections"- "The Journey of embracing imperfection on and off the mat."

The past few weeks, we discussed how therapeutic it is to write whether in a journal, a blog or a letter to your children.

I would like to offer all of you this opportunity to write, to own your imperfections!! Because your imperfections are your own PERFECT.

The entry can be a few sentences or a few pages. No need to think too hard or stress. JUST WRITE. You do not have to be a practicing yogi or a SUKHA client. This is a great exercise for everyone! It can be funny or serious. Just write. Writing is HEALING.

"Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious"

Please submit your "imperfect' blog to sukhayogaclass@gmail.com

All entries will receive a FREE guest pass to SUKHA and a my newest roller bottle blend "Perfectly Imperfect".

If you request, your name will not be mentioned on social media.

Please continue to stay connected on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

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

 

The Secret to Fighting Menopause

This is part two of fighting the frightening mood swings, tire around the waist and all of the other things that comes with menopause.

Guess what ladies???

It is all what you put in your mouth.

I have been reading, and reading on this even though I am officially done, I need to share with as many of you as possible because it does not have to be horrible.

In fact, did you know that in the 1800's menopause wasn't even a thing?  It was never mentioned. Hot flashes and night sweats did not exist.

It all changed around 1950 when women were rushing to their doctors with all of the common menopausal symptoms and the doctors had no clue what to do or say. "Once the big pharma companies got wind they decided to capitalize on this and the false discovery of female hormone issues was discovered".-(Anthony Williams. Medical Medium)

How did this happen?

The crops began being sprayed and modified.  All of these symptoms are caused by the food we eat.  So, don't blame the menopause, men; don't blame the menopause. The blame is inaccurate. 

So before you start blaming menopause, start reading, learning, practicing and sharing.

A few things before I close. If you are serious about fighting the tire, the hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings; pick up "Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal" MEDICAL Medium. Start there. But before you do, start with celery juice, eat apples, avocados, asparagus, cucumbers,leafy greens, tumeric, nettle tea, bag the dairy and the coffee. 

Don't forget about Clary Sage, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. ALL AMAZING!!

I am officially done at 46 1/2. Found answers and not from my doctor. From reading, learning and practicing. And guess what? IT F'in works. I feel great. I was getting worried for a while.

Be determined and motivated not to get that tire, fight the "blame". You can do it!!!!

There are so many tools available for us to learn from. So before you blame menopause and dip into the ice cream and drink every night blaming menopause; think again. 

The Medical Medium Books can be found on Amazon.

Doterra Essential Oils can be purchased through my website. This month, buy a kit and get $50 in free oils next month. You don't have to sell and you don't have to buy every month. Sign up to purchase at wholesale. You won't regret it. It's the healthy way of eating, cleaning, staying young and fit. #justdoit

 

How Two Text Messages Made My Day

This Tuesday after my 9:30 am class, as always I am so f'in happy and feeling; well; pretty f'in good. We all chat after class for a few minutes about stuff. Lots of stuff. Celery, oils, kids, and life in general. After everyone left and I ventured over to see Alison at her new store a few doors down. And what a beautiful store it is BTW.

As we were chatting I received a text message. A very, very, nice text message. At first I was confused as to why I was getting it.

As I was driving home, another message came through. Another very, very, nice text message. I said to myself "WTF"! What did I do? What did I say? I honestly could not think of why I received two sweet text messages within 2 hours. I checked my social media accounts to see what I posted. I was still confused. Normal stuff. Yoga, me, sharing what I am learning and sharing. Whatever it was; those messages made me feel really good. (Text is at bottom of blog)

Both of these text messages did not come from people who practice at SUKHA. One has been twice, and the other has never been to Brick.

Then I thought about it. Mabye it was the posts and what I was sharing.

Why am I sharing this? Well, you see I teach yoga because I want people to feel good no matter what age, size or what they wear. I am sharing the practice and other practices that I am doing or in the process of doing so we can all live the healthiest and happiest life. 

Shit, it isn't easy as we age, but we need to prevent aging and illness the best we can. Whatever I learn, I share in class or on social media. I may post three times a day or I may not post for a few days. Sometimes the post may get 30 likes sometimes 111. The numbers do not matter to me. What matters is that the post about yoga, a quote, food, oils, skin care, or my son playing a sport reaches people. Reaching people to learn, practice, to be healthy, happy and grow. My posts come from the heart and I say it like it is. Sometimes it may come out harsh or bitchy but it all depends on how it is being read and by who.

If I post a quote, it means something to me and I feel it may strike a cord with someone else. 

By sharing your stories, experiences and lessons you have learned you are providing an opportunity for people to learn. You can take what you want, ask questions,  and choose what you want to act upon. 

LEARN-APPLY-SHARE-TEACH but do it AUTHENTICALLY. Your way. Authenticity is meant to be imperfect. If you mess up, that's okay. If you can't do a pose, that's okay. If you have a crappy day; well, WE ALL DO. Even the Instagram Famous have bad days.They may not post it, or some write way too much. Authenticity is not an image. Authenticity for some is still having a closed heart chakra that won't bust open, dropping the F Bomb often, working hard, being slightly selfish at times and forgetting to call your mother back. 

Own your life. Own your experiences and own how you feel about those experiences.

Tips from others and experiences are all around us. Everyone has a story  that we can learn and grow from. Some will come from people with years of experience, and others that are just learning and sharing as they go along. :) 

What you think is a minor aspect of your story might just be exactly what someone else needs to move forward.

So, be authentic, learn, apply what you learn, share and teach. Remember this is not only pertaining to yoga. Although yoga is LIFE. Practice, learn, apply and share on what you learn about life.

Before I close, I want to say that I have been posting and saying for years BE YOU. I came across a note/quote that says " I would say to be yourself, but it's too cliche', so instead I will say to own yourself, and to own your life"

Thank you again to the two amazing women who sent me the text messages. Although we live in the same town and we don't see each other all that much; you are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! 

be happy

be healthy

be strong

own yourself,

xoxox

 

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