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

Mommy and Me

SUKHA is happy to announce a Mommy and Me class!!

Are you a new mom and sometimes feel like you are isolated from the world and stuck in the house?

Now is your chance to get out with your toddler and get on your yoga mat with your little one.

I am excited to have a new edition to the SUKHA teaching staff. Please welcome Brittany Cioffi to SUKHA. Some of you have already met Brittany in classes the last few weeks.

Brittany has a toddler and will be guiding you are your little one through a 45 minute, special Mommy & Me yoga class.

Mommy and me (1-3 years)
45 minute Mommy and toddler yoga class.

Mommy & Me Yoga Pass

5 sessions $75.00


Mom and little ones will play and practice yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation all while singing songs, having fun, and connecting with other moms and toddlers.

Brittany found Yoga over 10 years ago and was hooked after her first savasana.  She loved the sense of calm that came from mindful movement and meditation.  This lead her to get her Hatha Yoga certification in 2012 and she has been teaching in a variety of locations ever since.  She is also a licensed massage therapist and feels that her massage background really helps her as a teacher. Brittany takes time to plan out every class she teaches, making sure that the class will be well rounded physically and benefit the mind, body, and spirit.  Her classes focus on meditation and breath work, with fun and challenging yoga sequences with modifications accessible to all levels of practitioners. Brittany believes anyone should be able to seek yoga’s benefits and she strives to make every student feel welcome and comfortable so they can safely deepen their practice.

 

New Year

Well, it sure has been a while.

Happy 2018 to you all of you.

Taking some time off last week was a great time for me to spend quality time with my children and my parents and to reflect on what a great year 2017 was and how 2018 will be better.

Most of you are aware of the changes that were made at SUKHA in November and I am truly thankful for those who were supportive and are making their way to the Brick location. Many of you finished your month in Brick and are now on the "Special Pricing" for three months. 

There are so many things that I would love to write about all in this post, but honestly; I will save it for weeks to come.

I don't have resolutions for this year. I have plan in place for myself, my family and my business that I will continue to visualize and support them with positive and encouraging images doing what I desire to have a great year.

Yes, I certainly have things to work on. We all do. 

Anything that happened in the past was and will always be necessary for growing so we can learn. Taking the time to sit back and reflect to find solutions to problems and how I can try everyday to  be the best mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, girlfriend, teacher and business owner I can possibly be. This is not something that comes once a year, this should be done daily. It is hard as hell to do so, but I will certainly try my best. And I wish the best for all of you.

We all need to give up bad habits to make room for good ones. 

Don't put a time frame on it. Just try to make little changes . If you really want to make changes within and work towards the best version of yourself that you can be continue reading:

1. Stop putting yourself down-Be there for YOURSELF when no one else is. You are your own cheerleader, start acting like it.

2. Stop giving up so easily.-Stop letting this WORLD tell you no.

3. STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN MISERY.-True happiness comes from within. You are not as much of a victim as you think you are.

4. STOP THINKING THAT YOUR WAY IS THE ONLY WAY-In this life, there is almost more than one way of doing something.

5. Stop saying yes when you want to say no- Don't do it if you don't want to.

6. Stop letting others define you- You are only defined by yourself and your actions. If you accept the things people think or say about you as fact, then you are wasting your time. The past is just that. THE PAST. We can't change it and should not give it power. Move on and become who you are meant to be.

7. Stop letting people use you as a doormat- You are a person. A amazing, beautiful person. Stop letting people control you and use you. Be your true self.

8. Stop wasting your life- Do things that YOU WANT TO DO. 

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year! I hope to see you all soon.

Please continue to check the app for any schedule changes and the website for the 2018 Specials.

You will be seeing new names on the schedule in weeks to come! The Gypsy Soul Teachers in Training have started to teach as part of their training.

The Crystal Bowl Meditation and Card Reading will resume this week. Tuesday night at 7:00 and Friday morning at 11:00 am.

On January 20th at 11:00 am Editor of Elephant Journal and author of Hug Your Chaos and Fractured; Lindsay Carricarte-Jones will be hosting a workshop about the chakras, healing, energy work and empowerment. You don't want to miss this. They are in NJ for a short period of time until they head back to CA.

On February 3rd, Kim Traverso will be here from Hawaii to hold a FREE Essential Oil class at 11:00 am. 

Many of you express interest about the oils. This session you will learn how to use the oils, how they expedite the healing process and why they are causing a shift across the globe!!

Sign in under event on the SUKHA South Facebook page.

Be Happy

Be Healthy

Be Strong

mb

 

 

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