SUKHA Supporter of the Month

It is my pleasure to announce the SUKHA Supporter of the month.

This yogi has been coming to SUKHA since day one, makes her way on her mat almost every day and with EVERY teacher.

Yogi, mom, wife, music lover and author; Barbie Bohrman!

You are always bringing in positive energy into the studio, smiling, singing and sharing it with others. Sharing and wearing the SUKHA love on the mat and off.

Learning everyday from all teachers, taking workshops and growing.

And your taste for music........WELL my friend we have the same set of ears no matter what era or genre.

Thank you for your support, love of music and yoga and sharing the SUKHA philosophy.

Have a wonderful BirthMONTH!! 

xoxoxox

Stay tuned for what Barbie has to say about how SUKHA has changed her life! And some pics!!

Dear Future Yogi

Dear Future Yogi,

I am writing you today to confirm that everything I have said still remains true. Yoga is for everyone. If everyone practiced yoga, what a wonderful world it would be. (As long as they practice all aspects) lol

There is no such thing as a "yoga body". Please do not let social media determine what your preconceived idea or notion of what people that practice yoga look like. 

Is it their clothes? Their body? Their diet?

What is your reason why you have not tried yoga? is it because you can't touch your toes? Or do you think you are too big? Out of shape? Eat meat?

Yoga is not exclusive to just women. Yoga is not only for the flexible or spiritual or plant eaters.

The yoga philosophy encourages being non-judgmental and compassionate to others and ourselves.

So, my BEAUTIFUL friends, remember that you are that. BEAUTIFUL. Inside and out. No matter what. Please do not let anyone or any social media page steer you away.

Yoga is about connecting with your individual self, body and mind. Making room for exactly where you are in that moment. Every day is different on your mat. Just like life. Some days we fall, but we ALWAYS get back up.

 This note is to reassure you that you will be fine. You will feel comfort and joy. You will laugh and sing. You will clear your mind and relax. You may touch your toes. You may not. But who's judging? No one at SUKHA. 

Throw on your pj pants or shorts. Your favorite, old sweats, a pair of leggings from Marshall's or leg warmers and a head band and get on your mat.  You may just hear "Let's Get Physical" or "FAME". 

A yoga mats job is to catch you if you fall. My goal is to make you feel 100% comfortable the second you walk through the door. And it won't stop there. That, I will promise you.

My door is always open and my phone is always on. 1-877-SUKHA-11

Love,

Maribeth 

 

 

Go Back To The Basics

SUKHA "The Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio. 

Is SUKHA for beginners only? That seems to be what people think. The answer is no. SUKHA is for everyone. Yoga is a practice for the mind, body and soul whether you have been practicing for 1 day or 15 years. We learn new poses everyday. So, EVERYONE is a beginner. No one knows it all. We are not GOOGLE.

Just like life, we learn something new every day.

Leave the ego at the door. There is no need to look for the toughest teachers and force yourself to get into the toughest pose. Why? So you can post a really fast picture on Instagram and walk out limping? 

Advance your practice by going back to the basic fundamentals.

Every teacher has a different way of approaching a pose and describing it. All of the teachers at SUKHA have a different way of teaching. We make sure everyone in the room is comfortable no matter what level.

We all have a different "personal practice". It doesn't mean we teach that way. 

We ALL modify every class accordingly based on each students level. That is what teachers do. We accommodate; modify and support. EVERYONE! EVERY CLASS! 

Open up your mind, maybe go back to the beginners mindset and be proud of how far you have come. 

There are two workshops approaching soon at SUKHA.

This Saturday, June 17th at 10:30, join Maria Preuster for a Back Bending workshop.  Learn the fundamentals as your open your heart and your mind.

Saturday, July 15th at 10:30, join Melanie for "Yoga FUNdamentals". Whether you are new to yoga, or don't know your asana from your elbow, this workshop is for you. Build confidence on and off the mat by going back to the basics. From breath work to modifications. First class or 101st class. We can all use a refresher. 

All welcome. Except EGO. They can be left at the door.

Thinking of Trying Yoga or Maybe Ditching Yoga?

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

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

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

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

Here you go. Happy Sunday my friends! xoxo

Thinking of Ditching Yoga? You May Want to Reconsider

By Emily Waters 

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

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

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

 

Teachers of SUKHA South

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

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

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

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

I want to share with you something about each one.

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

Brittany Rossi:

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

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

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

Linda Vera:

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

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

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

Melanie Viani

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

Melanie will be teaching "Dynamic Yoga"

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

Tara Kennedy

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

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

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

earned my 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification in December 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

aspects of your life.

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

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

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

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

Tara will be teaching at both Brick and in Manasquan!

Amy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you tomorrow!

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong

MB

 

 


 

Proud and Grateful

I shared this with the 6:00 am class this morning and wanted to share it with everyone!

For the most part, all of you in this room come to SUKHA every morning faithfully 2 to 3 times per week. Some 4 times.

This past Sunday inspired me to write this dharma for today.

Having everyone home safely from Spring Break, the energy, the fun, the chatter, the music, and most of all; YOU!

This is rare. What has happened here. The energy that walks in this room is truly uplifting and so rewarding.

Think about it. If you win in the morning, you win the day. Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. All of you get up early, arrive at SUKHA starting at 5:30 am. You arrive with smiles. We talk, laugh and ask how everyone is doing. Amazing friendships have been made in this classroom.

I may sound like a real classroom teacher but I am so proud of all of you! Most of us are in our 40's, 50's and 60's, getting up to practice yoga. The best practice for the mind, body and soul!

We come together on our mats and off.

We truly care about each other.

We help one another.

We inspire.

We encourage.

We tell our stories.

We have each others back.

We are REAL.

People were designed to be in communion with one another. We are not meant to be alone, and our lives are enriched by strong bonds and friendships. Life is better when it's lived along side and for others.

We are all here, in this classroom for a few reasons. Physically, mentally, and spiritually. Deep down, I believe we are all meant to be in each others lives.

I am dedicating this class to all of my SUKHA family.

We may not be spring chickens anymore, but if we continue to look within daily, we will be around for a long time. We will age gracefully providing a sense of self acceptance and gratitude that is often missing in one's younger years, as well as a gradual quieting of the ego as perfection ceases to be a goal.

Flexibility, skill and vitality continue to sustain our bodies as we get older, but the self acceptance, self knowledge and forgiveness that deepen and grow through our yoga practice here at SUKHA make aging a process of more, not less enjoyment.

Thank you for being you.

Thank you for choosing me to guide you through your unconventional yoga practice every damn day!

Keep up the good work my friends!

Thank you for allowing me to be me!!

xoxoxo

Playlist upon request

 

SUKHA South Location

I am so excited to open SUKHA South in Brick!!

Sukha South is located at 602 Mantoloking Road next door to Jersey Mikes and Dunkin Donuts and a hop away from PLAYA Bowls!!

Playa Bowls is amazing! The company is growing at such a rapid pace; they are so inspiring for all business owners including myself. And I can't forget how much my teenage daughter loves them! Drive thru???? Whoa. Now that's exciting.

Here is a article written By Laurie Cataldo February 6, 2017 1:19 PM
 

Playa Bowls is best known for their acai bowls, which are basically like super-thick smoothies in a bowl, topped with lots of fresh fruit and others goodies like Nutella, almond butter, chia seeds, or granola.

In addition to the acai, they also have pitaya (dragonfruit), coconut, oatmeal, chia pudding, or green (kale) bowls, not to mention juices, smoothies, and even soups!

Playa Bowls will open this week in Red Bank. (Laurie Cataldo)

But wait, it gets better! A spokesperson tells me Playa Bowls is planning to open in the The Shoppes at Brownstone Square at 645 Mantoloking Rd. in Brick in April or May, complete with the chain’s first drive-thru!

Game changer.

There are also plans to open a store on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, and another in Millburn (Essex County) but there’s no timeline on those just yet.

I can only recommend you try Playa Bowls for yourself, but for real, Nutella Bowl all day!! It’s just a totally refreshing (and surprisingly filling) option for breakfast or lunch.

In our area, Playa Bowls has stores in Belmar, Manasquan, Bay Head, and Long Branch, plus a food truck currently at the Jackson Premium Outlets. There are also locations in New Brunswick and Montclair.

 

SUKHA is looking forward to having great neighbors!!! xoxo

 

SUKHA South

Well, I did it!! Signed the lease for SUKHA South!! 

602 Mantoloking Road! 

The classes at SUKHA South will be held the same way as they are at SUKHA (St. Denis). "Non-Intimidating", good music and a relaxed atmosphere with essential oils and cold cucumbers. 

Spreading the "non-intimidating" vibe in a great area that is not over saturated with yoga studios. My goal is to try to create the loving, fun, community that we have at SUKHA for people who have never tried yoga or to a yogi who has been practicing for years and looking to change it up maybe for a class or two.

I am not looking to compete with other studios, and that was never my goal when the doors opened at St. Denis. My goal was to teach yoga with a non-intimidating approach and to bring amazing people from the community to flow, laugh, sing, dance and maybe cry. And it happened. I have been so blessed to have met all of you and I continue to look forward to so many new things ahead.

SUKHA may not be for everyone, and that's okay. 

As I say everyday in class; it is not a race or a competition; it is a practice. A fun-loving, practice with beautiful people in a great community and I am sharing the experience with as many people as I can.

There will be kids yoga, teen yoga, adult yoga and chair yoga.

There will be crystal bowl meditations and card readings.

There will be inversion workshops and restorative workshops.

There will be Reiki by appointment only.

Opening May 2017

Once again, I thank all of you for love and support and most of all the friendships. Some of you I have only known for two years and you have become a huge part of my life.

Be Happy

Be Healthy

Be Strong

Maribeth