Authentically Speaking

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”-Judy Garland

Being authentic is being 100% yourself always but it doesn’t always come easy and it takes daily work.. Deep, inner work. Start by stop comparing yourselves to other people. Be the best you ALWAYS and start by choosing yourself. When you start the work you begin to be your truest version of yourself, you will find peace and you will no longer be a second rate version of someone else.

When we speak authentically we begin to live a life of passion, fulfillment and joy.

It’s hard work digging deep to figure out who you really are and speaking your truth. We have all been there. Begin by taking the steps to see who you really are. Are you more like Mrs. Jones next door that you have been keeping up with for years? Or are you super competitive at the office, the gym, yoga studios and other social settings where you will try to do what the others are doing for that recognition? Is this who you are? Are you in an unhealthy/unhappy relationship or marriage, but feel bad speaking your truth? Are you living a lie? Are you leading or following?

Free your mind, set your voice free. It is healing and feels good.

It took me years and I am still digging. Sometimes, I don’t like what I find, but I am a work in progress every day.

When I started teaching yoga three years ago and writing dharmas, Putting my thoughts and stories on paper and sharing with my class felt great. Then the blogging started shortly after, and that was even more healing. Journaling found it’s place in the line up and now I am authentically speaking on my podcast.

Authentically Speaking is another tool for me to share my stories and have people near and far share theirs. Real people, who inspire others, have a story they would like to share to help themselves and help others along the way. Men and Women who are learning, practicing, sharing and teaching.

So far on Authentically Speaking you have listened to ,a writer, traveler, and hopeless romantic share his story about healing after heartbreak through writing and finally speaking it out loud. A teen with type one Diabetes inspiring others how to live with it and not to be ashamed. A Creative Designer who overcame her fears, and loss of her mother at 15 years old and said she is now “FREE” after authentically speaking.

Someone recently asked how I was choosing my guests. I am asking authentic men and women who live their lives authentically, inspire others, who have a story to share that will help people who may be going through similar situations. From divorce to sports. Living with a broken heart or trying to mend one.

The next two months on Authentically Speaking will be inspiring and educational.

A single mom who left her 9 to 5 job to follow her dream.

A resilient, strong, principal, author and LGBTQ Advocate who authentically speaks about being gay, marriage, raising kids and the curricullum that is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

A holistic health coach who authentically speaks about hormone health and helping women all over the country using natures gifts.

A Spiritual Healer who left her corporate job to create beautiful healing tools and sharing her gifts authentically.

A role model for athletes who is so grateful to impact young men on the field and off and building a quality life of his own.

A Doctor with an insatiable thirst for learning and helping those in pain.

A Global Wanderer who is filling pages with stories of seas she has sailed, miles she has walked and the beautiful blue skies she has flown.

A couple who has overcome addiction, cancer, and together making an impact by helping others.

A mom spreading awareness to all the Big Hearts, so the Little Broken Hearts can be mended.

A strong mom with a strong family and supportive community with a SUPER STRONG baby girl who is fighting everyday against Hurlers Syndrome.

This is only a taste of the guest line up.

With so many more topics and genuine people who have inspirational stories to share authentically. Stay tuned as we learn, share and heal as we speak our truth.

Are you learning, sharing, practicing, teaching and inspiring others authentically? Share your story by emailing maribethwoodford@gmail.com to possibly have a chance to be a guest.

#samehere #ditto

Happy Monday!! I hope those who have off today are finding time to relax, disconnect and take time for yourself or spend time with your family and friends.

This weekend was non-stop for me with so many great things happening at the studio. Thank you to everyone who attended the Keep A Breast Donation Class with Amy. We raised $500 towards our goal. Next class will be Sunday, 10/14 with me at 9:00 am.

Thank you to Hug Your Chaos for a powerful workshop on the Real-Life, No Bullshit way of healing our chakras.

Sunday, my dharma was inspired by so many different situations that came up for me.

The first of many was the blog written by Lori. The blog was read by many and then it happened. The comments “I had no idea”, “ We never realize how much we all have in common” and even Amy’s powerful dharma for the donation class about her story. (You can read Lori’s blog below)/ There have been so many women last week that have the same situation going on right now or have in the past.

In a nut-shell; many reactions were “me too” as well as so many other situations we find out about when we share our story.

Now “Me Too” does not always mean the most powerful and popular hash tag among women right now. It should not only be characterized by sexual harassment.

It’s everyday struggles. Struggles from the past and the present. Addiction, physical, mental abuse, anxiety, depression, weight struggles, self esteem, mommy issues, daddy issues or any form of illness or diseases.

I created this space because it allowed me to start the healing process by speaking and sharing my stories for the first time ever. Sharing and teaching what I am learning to heal wounds so I can continue to be a better mom, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, business owner, x-wife, and girlfriend.

Healing is a life long journey and providing tools and a space so we can heal.

So, whatever it is that you are going through, I can guarantee that someone else in this room is going through the same thing. Whatever it may be. Expressing our imperfections and struggles allows people to say “it’s okay”, “me too” or maybe we should create our own hashtag!! #sameheresukha #ditto. Ha ha. Just did! #dittosukha

Remember. it’s okay to ask for help and a shoulder to lean and or cry on. Having a space and a community to share and heal; it’s a wonderful place to be.

It is also okay to not always be “FINE”. (Feelings Inside Not Expressed).

I am going to close this blog with a quote by Cheryl Strayed

“Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. START HERE”

#sameheresukha

#dittosukha

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How Yoga Helps Women in Midlife

A few weeks ago I received a email asking if I would post a "guest blog" for Meera Watts.

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)

Once I saw the topic and read the blog it was a no brainer. "How yoga helps women in midlife"!! Duh. How could I not? I am there. After just turning 47 years young and notice what yoga has done for me and so many of my students that are mostly around the same age. Some are younger, but that's okay because guess what girls?? Time flies and you will be "midlife" before you know it. I am so proud of all of the young men and women that get on their mats at such a young age and overly impressed by the ones who really get it and not just for the leggings and the "trend".

With that being said, it is my pleasure to post this great blog written by Meera Watts.

Going through midlife isn't easy. It's that point where you suddenly feel trapped, tired, and miserable. It's like time sucked your enthusiasm and you're left clueless about what to do with your life.

For women, midlife can be twice as challenging. This is why most of them try so hard to hide from it and avoid talking about it. They refuse to acknowledge the changes they are going through and that makes things a lot harder.

This is where yoga becomes beneficial. If you're still not doing it, here are some of the most important benefits you're missing out.

Stress management

Stress is something you can't easily avoid. Whether it's at work or at home, you're bound to experience stressful situations that can make you feel worse.

The problem with stress is that it can make your decision making and problem-solving skills dull. It can even make you physically ill.

By performing yoga on a daily basis, you'll be able to increase your feel-good hormones while lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. When the hormones and chemicals in your body return to their normal levels, your body will  be able to experience balance which can improve your overall health.

Improve your bodily functions

As you age, your body experiences a decline in function. This puts you at an increased risk for several illnesses, like diabetes and heart diseases.

By putting your mind and body in a relaxed state, both your blood pressure and blood sugar become lower. Even the hormones that affect the way your blood clots and heart pumps become more stable.

Better sleep

Insomnia and other sleep problems tend to get worse with age. As you constantly worry about your work, family, health, and finances, sleep becomes less and less satisfying for you. A busy work schedule can also make it hard for you to get proper sleep.

And when you fail to get enough sleep, a lot of health problems come up. Even your mood becomes affected that you become chronically grumpy. You'll find it hard to stay focused and calm, too.

Yoga has this unique way of making it easier for one to fall asleep. It can even improve the quality of sleep so you can wake up feeling well rested and rejuvenated.

Better fitness

Because of the changes women experience in their body during their midlife years, it's perfectly normal for them to feel frightened about going out and exercising. There's always the fear of getting injured or creating more harm than good.

However, contrary to what most women believe in, yoga isn't entirely bad once you reach your midlife years. Unless you have spine problems or issues with balance, it's totally safe for you to practice yoga. It's actually a great way to stay in shape, particularly if you aren’t a fan of intense workout routines.

Increases energy

Your midlife years mark the moment when most of your body processes slow down. As a result, you get tired easily and you start to lose energy. Partnered with stress, your energy levels can get worse.

There are yoga poses you can do to combat stress and improve your energy.

The Cobra Pose is one great example. It opens up 4 chakras within your body while reducing stress, tension, and fatigue. The Downward Dog, Bow Pose, Shoulder Stand, and Fish Pose are excellent options as well.

Take note that although those poses can boost your energy, they aren’t for everyone. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you, consider consulting your doctor or yoga instructor.

In Conclusion

Yoga offers tons of benefits and most of us are already aware of that. For women in midlife, however, they are extra helpful. From enhancing their sleep quality to boosting their overall health, practicing it on a daily basis can make the process a lot less stressful and easier to cope with.

Of course, you’ll need patience and dedication before you see results. While yoga is effective, it’s still not an overnight miracle. You need to be consistent in practicing it on a daily basis.


 

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!!

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

 

A Must Read from Barbie Bohrman

Well, I must say this took me away and made me cry.

Thank you Barbie for this! A must read my friends.

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About a year ago I did a Google search for a yoga studio near me that wouldn’t make me feel like one of those people who play blackjack in Atlantic City for funsies only to get that look from all the other players at the table because, quite frankly, you suck at it and you’re a nuisance to their game. The first thing I noticed in my search results was the phrase, “The Non-Intimidating Yoga Studio,” so I clicked and there I read up on what Sukha and Maribeth was about and their schedule.

It took me another couple of weeks to actually get the nerve to step foot inside the studio, but when I actually did, it was on a random Thursday night and it was Amy’s class. The self-described shy and quiet blonde had a way of teaching for the next hour that drew me in and made me forget everything that was waiting for me outside the door and at home…you know those pesky things: kids, husband, dinner, washing clothes, work day, life in general and all the stress it can bring. 

Then, it took me another couple of weeks to get up the courage to try Maribeth’s class. Which, in hindsight, seems so ridiculous, because if you have taken her class then you know how much of a f*cking great time it is. And that is EXACTLY why I need to take Maribeth’s class every week…and when I don’t, I feel off. The hour always flies by with awesome high energy (in my opinion), balancing my ass off, and f*cking great tunes too. (I f*cking cursed in your honor, Maribeth.)

It was in one of Maribeth’s classes that I remember someone asked me, “Have you taken Brittany’s class yet?” Um, no…no, I have not. But, within a week, I remedied that as well. I will say right now that the very first time that I took Brittany’s class, I literally said out loud during one of her, “so, if you practice this move every day for like the next two years, you too will fly like an eagle and then jump back to crow and then chaturanga and then into some weird ass forearm stand,” moments: “This is some Cirque de Soleil shit that I will never be able to do.” But you know what? In less than a year, I’m able to do a lot of what she teaches. And the things I can’t do yet, because of how Brittany teaches, I believe in my heart that one day, I WILL be able to do them. 

Then someone else in that same first Monday night class of Brittany’s asked if I had taken Tara’s class…nope, not yet! But, the following night, there I was taking her class. Tara’s class is such an amazing time because she stretches and holds poses for long periods of time that before I know it, I’m in pigeon – which use to be my least favorite position but is now my favorite– for about a full minute. Because of Tara’s class, I have found that I am way more flexible and more apt to try different poses that involve my 46 year old legs stretching in a certain way that my 46 year old ass wouldn’t have ever tried.

One day, when Maribeth was out, she had a sub come in and teach her Wednesday night class. That sub was Crystal…and she brings a totally different vibe to what I was expecting that particular Wednesday night. Her voice is soothing and soft, and the way she teaches her class is relaxing as all hell. By the end of that hour, I was almost bummed that it was over. I say “almost” because I as relaxing as it was, I was sore in places I hadn’t been for some time for the next few days, but in a really, really good way. 

And then Maribeth, and everyone else that I came to love seeing every day of my life at this point, said that I must try Maria’s class… and so I did. So here I am trying to make every Saturday morning class Maria teaches, to not only improve my physical practice of yoga, but more importantly, the spiritual side of my practice…the part that I’m still a newbie and hopefully, under Maria’s tutelage, will evolve into something else, something more. 

So you see, there is something truly for everyone at Sukha South. The whole non-intimidating part of the name…it’s no bullshit and that’s what makes it feel like a home away from home for me now. If you haven’t been able to tell yet, it has changed my life because there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not on my mat waiting for one of these amazing ladies to guide me through my practice. 

On a side note – a couple of times that I’ve taken Brittany’s class, she left “Buddha” personalized notes for each person. She strategically placed them right in front of you once you were done with class and opened your eyes. I swear that I don’t know how she knew or if it was just a coincidence, but the two times/notes she has left me came at a time that I so needed to “hear” them. To this day, easily over 6 months later, I have both of her Buddha sticky notes saved in my wallet and occasionally take them out to re-read them to myself because that’s how much they mean to me. Because sometimes when life is bringing you down or something is in your way, you need to know that “You’re capable as f*ck” or simply that “You’re strong as f*ck” from someone else. 

Xo

Barbie J

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!!

What does SUKHA mean to Bayley?

Once again it is my pleasure to announce The SUKHA Supporter of the Month-

Bayley.

This 19 year old is way beyond her years. I have had the pleasure of guiding Bayley through yoga for a while now and I'm not sure if this blog post will allow me write as much as I would like to.

Bayley is a gift to SUKHA and to anyone she meets and will meet. She is one of the most genuine young ladies I have ever met.

Real, wise, smart, beautiful, honest, mentally and physically strong, and a yogi through and through.

Bayley, my sweet friend; I am so proud of you for all of your accomplishments. Keep smiling and shining bright. I look forward to taking your class at SUKHA!!

Well my friends; this is what Bayley has to say about SUKHA. (for those of you that know Bayley, you may want to grab a tissue)

 

 

About year ago, I felt lost as all my friends and class mates were deciding where they were to go to college. When asked about my future, I was always unsure. I decided to stay home, and attend community college. I started practicing yoga more and more, searching for who I want to be. I found that at Sukha I could be who ever I wanted to be, singing in the middle of class, and being courageous with things I do on and off my mat. Coming to Sukha makes me unbelievably happy. Walking through the door always puts a smile on my face. Sukha is my happy place.

 

Hot or Not

Hot or Not???

Hot or Not is a rating dating site that allows users to rate the attractiveness  of photos submitted voluntarily by others. Yes, it's a dating site. Luckily, I am not writing about such a disgusting dating site. Let's create a site called "Beauty Within" having men and women search for qualities such as loyalty, honesty, compassion, independence, confidence, joy, loving, and all the imperfections that may come with a truly beautiful person. Maybe no photos? Just a nice "get to know you" PHONE CONVERSATION! No swiping. No scrolling. Just a bio.

Luckily, I have no need for that crap anymore. 

Now that I have your attention; this blog is a re-post that I would like to share with all of you that have called and asked about the safe temperature to practice yoga.

Everyone has their personal preference of course. Many people love to sweat to ensure they are getting a great workout. But let's also remember the true meaning of yoga and why we come on our mats in the first place. Again, everyone practices for different reasons. It doesn't matter where you practice, with who, how cold, how hot, what outfit you wear. As long as you practice. On the mat and off. I speak of practicing yoga off the mat often; almost every day. I will recap it briefly before I share the article with you.

Do you rock your crow pose or handstand? Awesome. You are strong. You have amazing upper body strength. Are you mentally and emotionally strong? How do you deal with the roadblocks in life? Being mentally strong is not about acting like a tough ass. It is about being aware of your emotions and learning from painful experiences. We have all been through crap it's about how we deal and how we turn it into a life lesson.

Do you sit quietly in easy seat during meditation with a clear mind? It is hard for many. This may be the toughest. Are you present at home? At work? Are you a good listener? Or you scrolling through Instagram at dinner? Or when someone is talking to you, you are hardly paying attention because you are thinking of something else. Be present. Off the mat.

Do you leave yoga class feeling so thankful for the space, your teacher and your body for rocking a new bind? Leave class and make a call to your boyfriend, mom, sister, friend,teacher, children for how thankful you are to have them in your life. Write a note. Whatever it is, just do it.

During your time  in class, you are so kind to your body. You are doing the body and mind amazing good. You gently get into new poses to prevent injury, you focus on your breathe through every pose, inhaling and exhaling.. You are (hopefully) kind to the teacher, and your fellow yogis. How do you treat others and yourself when you leave class? Do you go home and drink a bottle of wine and eat a pint of ice cream? Do you call a friend and start talking trash and gossiping? Be kind to others and to yourself off the mat.

You are so disciplined in your practice. You use straps or blocks, you go at your own pace and you listen to the teacher who is guiding you and your body. Off the mat; are you working in a disciplined matter at home and work? Are you working towards what you want in life? Your goals and dreams? Or do you procrastinate? 

I think you get it. That was the scaled down version in English. For more on taking yoga off the mat read The Yoga Sutras. The Yamas and Niyamas. How we show up on our mats and off. 

Turns out, hot yoga isn’t more effective than yoga at room temperature

By: Allasandra Milato

Why put yourself through an hour-long session in 90 degrees for this?

There may be no need to put yourself in a stifling 100 degrees for a hot yoga session.

Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, involves 26 positions usually done in a room of 90 or 100 degrees. Part of the allure is that the heat opens up the muscles faster than room temperature and can release toxins from the body, but new research from Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin found it’s no more effective than the latter.

Yoga at room temperature does exactly the same thing as hot yoga, the researchers found. It reduces the risk of heart disease and can delay atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds up in arteries and can result in a heart attack or stroke. Half of the Bikram yoga class was spent in standing positions, which requires balancing on one leg and can be more taxing than floor positions, the research said.

They looked at 80 participants enrolled and randomly assigned to three study groups — heated room, room at regular temperature and a control group — and asked the participants to attend three Bikram yoga classes a week for three months.

Why avoid hot yoga in favor of regular yoga? There are additional risks associated with hot yoga. People can suffer from heat-related illnesses, according to a separate study from 2015 sponsored by the American Council on Exercise. A group of 20 healthy men and women practiced Bikram yoga in a 105-degree room for 90 minutes after swallowing a temperature sensor and wearing a heart rate monitor.

The researchers found the participants’ body temperatures rose to 103 degrees, one degree away from potentially suffering from heat stroke. The average heart rate for the men was 80% and the women’s was 72%. Sweating during hot yoga doesn’t do enough to cool the body down, the researchers said.

But there may be some benefits to hot yoga. It can improve “vascular endothelial function” or thinning blood vessels in middle-aged and older adults in a relatively short time period, according to a 2016 study from the University of Texas and published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. “Bikram yoga may be effective as a secondary preventative measure in reversing endothelial dysfunction in middle-aged and older adults who are at risk of developing vascular disease.”

If you’re set on participating in a hot yoga class, there are ways to help mitigate any health risks. Drink 80 ounces of water the day before, and 16 ounces of water two hours before a class. After class, refresh by drinking water with lemon or having dark leafy green vegetables or water-heavy fruits like watermelons and cucumbers. Stretch before and after sessions and use a towel during the class, not just to pat down sweat but also to dry off your mat and prevent falling.

 

Again, practice, practice, practice. Hot or Not! It's your practice. Just do it. On the mat and off.

Have a great weekend!

xoxoxox

Leaders and Followers

"The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.

The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been"-Albert Einstein

There are two parts to this blog about being a leader and not a follower and followers, likes, and friends on social media. It is a very broad topic.

That seems to be a word that comes up often these days. Followers.

How many do you have on Instagram  and Facebook? Does it even matter? Does it define who you are as a person or as a business? Are these followers paid for? Are you the one buying them? Are they even relevant to you or your business? 

We are in a world of friends, followers, and fans through a device for our own personal agenda.

Don't get me wrong,  social media is a great way of connecting with old friends and making new ones and for a business, well; it is a must.  All businesses should be on all social media outlets having followers that pertain to your business in your PMA. If you are in a business where you can sell all over the world; get it out there!!! Or if you are looking to get famous; good luck.

What is more important, 10k followers or 100 that will actually engage with you or your business?

Teens are obsessed and adults; maybe even more so.

A recent study found that one in five people say they feel depressed as a result of using social media due to stress of constantly monitoring status updates, likes, followers and people presenting MOST LIKELY a false picture of lives to the online community.

The last few months, I have been talking to people and running analytics on my posts and what I am finding is very interesting.

I post. For SUKHA and pictures of my kids and life. I enjoy sharing. Some get 3 likes, some 103. The blogs that get 3 likes, have actually been read by 116 people with over 4,000 visitors to my website in a month. People silently scroll, read and will bring it to my attention in person, but do not hit the like button. Why?

I found the answers from online sources and some personally.

1. I don't like it because you don't follow me back. (grow up)

2 .I don't like it because you don't like my posts. (grow up)

3. I don't like it because it doesn't have more than 20 likes in 5 seconds (grow up)

4. I don't like it because I don't want you to know that I am creeping on your shit at 4:00 am. (gross)

5. I don't like it because I am jealous. (self confidence issues)

6. I don't like it because my BF or GF would be mad. (Be confident in your relationship)

7. I don't like it because other people can see what I like. (Who cares)

8. I don't like it because liking is no way to communicate. (Then send a message or a text or tell in person) I prefer this!! :)

9. I don't like it because I don't like you. (Then please don't follow me)

10. I don't like it because I am not looking at my device 24/7 and the way the algorithm works I may not see your post for 2 days. Don't get yourself in a tizzy. (my answer)

So my friends, I have deleted Facebook off of my phone and is only on my Ipad. I post for SUKHA and on my personal page when I have something to share and will like and comment when I have my ipad. Please do not take it personally.

Social Media is amazing. It brings people together and is great for businesses.

Don't let it consume you, or make you sad or angry and most importantly, don't let it happen to your children. 

Now; back to the real reason for this post.

Are you happy to follow the lead of other people or do you make your own decisions and make things happen by doing your own thing and leading?

We teach our children this but are we doing the same?

Do you stand up or sit back silently and stay put? 

Don't be frightened by the responsibility to stand up and take the lead and make your own decisions.

Let's not spend our lives hiding behind a curtain. Follow your heart and go in the direction YOU WANT TO GO.

If you feel stuck being a follower, you can still lead by inspiring others with your words and actions and show other how to grow.

Continue on your path with love, kindness, determination and live from your heart.

Bottom line....

Who cares about how many followers or likes.

Be a leader with confidence, knowledge, respect, communication and you will fly.

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon Cord Cutting

Both Mary Jo and I are so happy everyone is enjoying the card reading and meditations.

You don't want to miss this!!

Cord Cutting & Healing Circle with Mary Jo

Tuesday Nov. 28th 7 pm Sukha South

Friday Dec. 1st 11:00 am Sukha South

Get ready for December’s Full Moon and utilize the energy and power of this SuperMoon. The time of the full moon is the perfect time for closure and completion, to gain awareness or insight into situations or to let go of what no longer serves you.  Come join us to clear your energy field of negative energies and cut the cords to all relationships, feelings, and unhealthy situations that do not bring you peace and joy. As the holiday season approaches it’s easy to let old emotions and patterns keep us stuck in doing things the same "old" way. Enjoy this holiday season with a fresh outlook and as 2017 comes to a close, get ready to step into the New Year with a clean start!

Reasons to cut cords:

  • Unable to move on
  • Unable to stop thinking or obsessing about a person
  • Frequent conversations in your mind with a person
  • Frequently remembering what they said in the past, feeling their ongoing judgment or criticism
  • Arguments, sometimes daily in your mind with someone (these can be actual psychic arguments)
  • Constant memories or emotions that arise - i.e. we used to watch that show together
  • Temptation to go back to a relationship that does not serve you
  • Stalking another online through social networking, watching them compulsively
  • Unable to sleep, experiencing amnesia
  • You seem to endless process the past and what happened there
  • Deep feelings of sadness, anger, and depression around the past
  • Feelings of wanting to get revenge, or constantly aware of unfair treatment
  • Crying a whole lot, an emotional wreck
  • Turning down other offers and invitations, feeling uninterested
  • Becoming stuck in the past, not looking for new opportunities

 

Come relax, recharge, and rejuvenate! Because we limit the number of participants we ask that you pre-register on the SUKHA app or in person to secure your spot.

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.