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!!

Your Heart

I hope you all had a great weekend or still enjoying the long weekend. Please check the schedule for class times.

A few of you asked for the blog that I read Sunday morning in class about "Our Hearts". The playlist can be found in the Sukha South Private Community page.

For anyone looking to learn more about the chakras, and how they contribute to our overall well-being across the body, mind and spirit; join Editor of Elephant Journal and Author of Hug Your Chaos, Lindsay and Chris Jones.

Lindsay and Chris are 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.

The workshop will consist of an introduction to the 7 chakras (lecture with Q & A), a diagnosis of your chakra quiz, guided meditation and The Three Pillars of Happiness.

Catch them before they leave to go home to CA!! January 20th at 11:00 am. $30 pay at door, sign in on SUKHA app.

"Your Heart Is Not Made Of Glass"-Ari Eastman

Your heart is not made of glass. It doesn’t shatter when dropped. It doesn’t splinter, doesn’t ricochet off the kitchen counter when someone accidentally bumps it. It doesn’t crack down the middle just because someone was clumsy with their hands.

Your heart is not made of glass. It isn’t fragile or cold or even something to be handled timidly, to worry how it should be touched. It doesn’t need a CAUTION sticker slapped across its front. It’s not as delicate as you’ve been made to believe.

Your heart is not made of glass. It doesn’t break just because it hurts. It’s not beyond repair just because it feels a little bruised.

Your heart is your powerhouse. It’s your white noise when everything else is too much. It’s the steady drum reminding you you’re alive. It’s your life’s accompaniment. Beating. Thumping. It’s not weak. Listen to its resiliency. Listen to the consistency.

Your heart is not made of glass.

It’s an incredible organ, full of strength. It’s tough, you know?

Your heart is not made of glass.

 

Living In The NOW

You read it, hear it and see it everywhere.

"Live in the present moment".

Blah. Blah. Blah. Rolling eyes I am sure. 

And I have done the same thing until I starting reading" The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle.

This past week was one for the books. Living in the now. Because as Eckhart says "nothing exists outside the now" How f'in true is that? NOTHING EXISTS OUTSIDE THE NOW.

Currently, I am typing by the fireplace on a cold, Saturday night in January. Nothing else is going on but exactly this. Just typing. My mind is focused on this blog and nothing else. 

Try to grasp this..

"Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now".

"Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.".

Get it? Chances are; probably not. I didn't until this past week really making a effort to be in the now with everything. From cooking dinner (which I did every day), driving kids, attending games, teaching, writing dharmas, running a studio, cleaning the house, doing laundry and making time for my BF; STRESS FREE. Not thinking. Just doing. I did have a list of groceries to buy for the awesome, healthy meals I cooked all week. But I did not stress about when I was going to get to the store. No plan, no stressing. I went in the NOW.

Tolle says "The moment you grasp it, there is a shift in consciousness from mind to Being, from time to presence. Suddenly, everything feels alive, radiates energy, emanates Being".

It sure does. 

Not just me. This week the kids were happy, focused, helpful and fed!! ha ha all week.

Maybe it was the healthy meals we had all week or just maybe it was the energy that I was giving. Whatever it was, The Power of Now worked and I am going to try my best every day to live just like this.

Don't get me wrong; I have focused on living in the present and I think I have done a pretty good job, but it has been challenging. How can it not be with a crazy schedule with kids and yoga and everything else in my life.

"I don't have the time"!!! How many times have we said this to our kids, our husbands, boyfriends, friends, co-workers and ourselves? At least 5-10 times a day.

We must "END THE DELUSION OF TIME".

Here is the key from Tolle: End the delusion of time. Time and mind are inseparable. Remove time from the mind and it stops-unless you choose to use it.

To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates preoccupation with the past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

Well, my friends I will not go any further. This book is a must read. It is inspiring, spiritual, and pretty intense.

Just wanted to share.

Enjoy your Saturday evening!

xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Down

I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the cooler, fall weather. Summer temps definitely hung around for a while which was nice and fall took its time. Wouldn't it be nice if we all took our time and slowed down?

Those words have been coming up so much in my head, out loud and in conversations with others so I felt the need to write about it. 

SLOW DOWN.

Life goes by so fast. Why are we rushing?

Rushing to get places. Rushing to leave places.

Rushing to get the new fashion trend. Buying the latest and greatest. The biggest and the best.

Not thinking long and hard before accepting a job offer.

Taking on more sports, fitting it in to one season.

Running non-stop and constantly checking our phones, emails and social media.

 

Everyday seems to be a traffic jam during rush hour.

 

Do I go the speed limit on a daily basis? No. 

Did I get scared? Yes

Did I get a warning? FUCK YES

I am not talking about driving a car. I am talking about life. Daily life.

Our society rushes through life. It starts early. Even before technology. 

We can't wait to get out of grammar school, can't wait to drive, can't wait to turn 21, can't wait to get engaged, can't wait for the wedding, can't wait for the first house, can't wait for to get prego, can't wait for a bigger house, can't wait for the second baby so baby number one won't be lonely and it doesn't  matter if we have no money because we are speeding through life and we must do what everyone else is doing.

Then the family is set and the house is bigger. Not because we NEED a 5,000 sf house for a family of four because we need the biggest and the best. Then we can't wait until the kids can feed themselves, can't wait for them to go to school full time so mommy can get her body back and have a few hours to get things done. We can't wait until our husband gets home. Not to have sex with him but to have some time alone or go out with the girls and have wine. 

The kids are now driving and we couldn't wait for them to get their license so we don't have to play cab driver anymore. 

Next thing you know, the house is empty, kids in college and you can't wait for them to graduate and get a job, meet their love, get married and have kids so you can be a grandparent. 

We just rushed through life.

Right there.

Boom.

WTF just happened? We rushed through life and our kids are going to do the same and it becomes a vicious cycle. Rushing. Speeding. Flying through life.

SLOW DOWN.

It has been a eye opener the last few weeks. Constantly going. Keep going. Don't stop. Won't stop. It is nothing new to me thou. My entire life. I am not a couch potato. Never was. Never will be. But I need to know when to SLOW DOWN. I rush. We all do. Rush to get kids to school, rush to work, rush home, rush to feed family, rush to get kids to sports, meetings, so much rushing. Why? For what? Really think about it. Can Johnny Boy be five minutes late for the Recreation Soccer Practice? Did you pay for him to play? Is he on the Celtics and getting paid millions? Will he get fined? Enjoy your dinner. Take time to taste it and not see it on the soccer field. Don't do 40 in a 25 to get Sally Jane to Field Hockey at the High School. Maybe start dinner early or teach Sally how to start dinner for you.

 SLOW DOWN. 

You may get a WARNING!

I tell everyone in class to listen to their body. I needed to do the same. And I did.

Two weeks ago.

A strange, numbing feeling in my left shoulder blade. It would come and go.

Then the heart beat. The fast heartbeat. 

Telling no one. No phone calls. No text messages.

I stayed up all night. Taking baby aspirins and praying that I wasn't going to have a heart attack. It can happen to anyone. My grandfather died at 42. It was in my head. Shit. I take vitamins, I eat well. Shit!!! I am a fucking yoga instructor. This can't be.

Drove the kids to school the next morning and went straight to the ER. I was hooked up to machines within minutes.

Results back. Heart good.

Phew. Relieved.

But, not 100% good.

"Your Pleura is inflamed". Pleura?

Now, I am not a nurse or a doctor and really don;t know that much but I thought they just did blood work and EKG and my legs were not in stirrups. PLEURA just sounds so gynecological. Pleura is a membrane consisting of tissue that lines the inner side of the chest cavity and a layer of tissue around the lungs.

This could have been caused by pneumonia and I never knew I had it because I can't slow the fuck down. I do recall one day I didn't feel right. I did everything I normally do. Green Tea, Essential Oils and lots of water. I felt fine. Back to normal.I kept going as I always do ( BTW, essential oils are a LIFE SAVER.)

Am I "burning out"? FUCK NO.

Do I need to SLOW DOWN? FUCK YES.

What have I been doing? 

Putting my feet up.

Diffusing Essential Oils.

Meditating.

Reiki Treatments.

Breathing.

Teaching.

Getting Fresh Air.

Writing.

Being a mom.

Really, nothing different, but SLOWING THE FUCK DOWN. Not rushing to get to the next moment.

"Surrender to the Moment". Accept what is. The present moment is all we really have. Yet we"re so busy rushing ahead and planning, we are never able to enjoy the moment.-Eckhard Tolle

What does this quote mean? Stop rushing. Surrendering the mind is self-mortification. 

Always Remember Good Things Take Time!

Let's not look back on days, weeks or months and wonder where it all went.- 

Enjoy what is in front of you and take your time doing it, and do it well.

Smile

Put Your Feet up

Breathe

Slow down, you move too fast

You got to make the morning last

Simon and Garfunkel

 

 

 

SUKHA "The Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio Turns 2

Happy Birthday SUKHA and to everyone who has been along on this amazing ride.

Two years.

Two years of tears, fears, singing and dancing. 

Two years of falling, flying, laughing and crying

Two years of fun

Good days and not so good days.

We made friends that are now family.

Some lost family and friends unexpectedly. We were present. On the mat and off. We walked and talked.

We had broken hearts, but we  flowed to mend them.

Pub crawls and paddle boards.

Concerts and Yards.

Funny guest dharmas and ones that made the tears roll

Music.....Oh the music

Jokes....OH MY....THE JOKES

The classes started with me and a shy blonde. We spoke, we flowed, we practiced and flew like eagles, grew like trees and blossomed like  two beautiful flowers. (I won't get to descriptive on the flowers. I will leave that up to her) 

First it was one. Then it was three (+ me). Amy, Alison, Michelle and me. We flew and grew. And so did the classes. As my friends shared and spoke of this place in a kindergarten classroom, so did the family. Day by day.

To some it was not a "real" yoga studio. For many, it is more than that.

It started small. With no "marketing scheme" in mind. No copying or mimicking. Just being me.

How? Let me tell you.

I followed MY heart. How I felt. How I wanted to teach. How yoga made me feel walking in to a studio. No clicks. No whispering. No silence. No judging. Good music and talking about life. Real life. 

There are things you just can not duplicate. You can write it, post it, and attempt it. If you are not yourself, it may not work so take note.

My heart lead me to a classroom and a amazing space in Brick Township. One vision, a big heart and AMAZING people.

Heart, drive, passion and  people that believed in me.

Thank you to the "friends" that said I could never do it. And the ones that don't talk to me anymore. You continue to motivate me everyday. 

Happy Birthday my friends and family. 

Thank you for listening.

Thank you for understanding when I mess up.

Thank you for wiping the tears.

Thank you your continued support.

Thank you for making me smile.

Thank you for ALWAYS having my back.

Thank you for being your TRUE authentic self.

Thank you for trusting me and the amazing teachers at SUKHA.

You all hold a special place in my heart. You are all doing so great with your practice. Keep it up. This world needs more people like you. Compassionate, kind, mindful, gentle, disciplined, aware and enlightened. 

You are not just practicing when you are in a pose, you're practicing when you delete crappy people out of your life so your mental energy is not consumed by hating or judging and can be directed to more beautiful and useful things, like becoming the amazing person you already are.

Yoga is life changing.

Yoga changes your body.

Yoga changes your mind.

Yoga changes your emotions.

Yoga changes your attitude.

Yoga changes your life.

It has certainly changed mine.

Here's to many more years on the mat and off. 

Thank you my friends. 

More AMAZING news to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking Your Truth

Well, here it goes my friends. It has to be blogged one of these days and tonight is the perfect time to speak my truth about something I have been holding back on for a while now.

As many of you know, I have not been practicing for too long. My story is short and sweet and pretty f'in cool.

I tried it, I loved it, I went to training, I starting teaching, Recreation asked me to teach yoga, it grew, and grew. And here I am today. The truth. Two studios later. Minus a few "friends". But I have gained a shit load more. That are my family. Real, genuine people who practice yoga at SUKHA. They respect me, the teachers, and most of all the SUKHA Philosophy. 

Years ago when I was living in NYC. I was living uptown and Maria was living downtown, I remember her telling me she was going to study to be a yoga teacher. Yoga was not big then. BUT, if anyone would be a yoga instructor it was her. You see, my impression of a yogi, was always someone like Maria. Since the day I met her in 1986. Sweet, caring, honest, real and she would do anything for anyone. Maria never got angry. Maria always spoke her truth. Maria is a good friend. A friend who is proud of my accomplishments, a friend who teaches, a friend who does not lie, a friend who asks for advice and a friend who gives amazing advice.

So, years later, I always thought that ALL YOGIS were like Maria. The Truth.

I was wrong. After the Squan studio grew, I grew, my yoga community grew and I began to get heat. And I am still getting it. #everydamnday. From who? Just guess.

It is getting old. The mystery phone calls from other studios, the yoga instructors walking into SUKHA South giving false names, looking at my sign in book instead in my eyes and pretending they are someone they are not just to get information, the instructors that were hell bent on getting my book of business so they can bring it to another studio. The list goes on.

Are these people truly practicing yoga? They may be physically practicing, but are they practicing the Five Yamas?

Let's just talk about the second shall we?

Yama 2: Satya TRUTHFULNESS-seeing and reporting things as they are rather than the way we would like them to be.

REFRAIN FROM TELLING LIES and speak with kindness, compassion and clarity. 

If you have any questions, my fellow yogis, please call me directly stating your real name. If you want to come in a take a peak, tell me where you really teach and what your intentions are. Want to grab a bite to eat? Call me. Let's Chat. I am lots of fun. Come take a class or ask any of the SUKHA Family. I am sure they will fill you in.

I am not perfect. I announce that I am not perfect. I may not teach the yoga philosophy in all of my classes, but my dharma talks always go to a yoga teaching in some way. And I ALWAYS speak my truth. Sometimes too much. This blog is a perfect example.

I am not focused on being Instagram famous or being a Ambassador for a clothing line.

My number one focus is to make feel people comfortable, happy, confident and to teach yoga in a non-intimidating atmosphere and have fun while doing so. 

Helping others is very important to me. Volunteering my time for LOCAL charities and foundations without a reward in return.

The communities where I teach have been so kind to me and it is my turn to give back.

So, the bottom line is. Speak your truth. Be kind. Practice yoga off the mat. If you teach it, make sure you practice.

I am not competing with anyone. That is not my goal. You run your business and I will run my business. So.....MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,802 Days Living

Well it's that time once again. Where the f*#k did time go?

Yesterday morning in class I shared SOME of the things I have learned in the 16,802 days living. I have decided that sounds better than 46 years OLD! OLD. That just sounds WRONG!

I have been debating all day if I should share it here, but I decided not to. Typing as everything came to mind. In no particular order. Bullet points. A few words. Some emotional. Some embarrassing and well, some brutally honest. Not feeling 100% comfortable sharing it all publicly. Only sharing it with those who truly know me, respect me and "get me". No judging. No assuming, and no gossiping. It is amazing how one can just open up in front of 25+ people at 6:00 in the morning.

I thank you all for listening without judgement and being a part of my life.

This year was amazing. Kelsey had a great freshman year finishing in honors and top ten percent of her class. She met new friends, cheered, worked and studied her ass off.

Patrick had great grades, play hard in hoops and hit incredible on the field finishing the baseball season with 18 home runs!!

Although I do not fill my Facebook feed with photos of all of their accomplishments, I am so proud of them. I can not and will not take all of the credit. Woody was Kelsey's Honors Biology study partner and Patrick's coach off the field. Co-parenting!! JUST DO IT people!!

This year I had a goal. And well, I achieved it. Bringing SUKHA to Brick! Creating a "Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio to a second location. 

I could not have done it without the support and love from the family at SUKHA Squan. Thank you!

And, of course. Matt. Thank you for a great year! Thank you for all of your help, creativity and putting up with my determination throughout the process. 

So, what have I learned? Here are just a few things from this past year

  • Always ask for help
  • Let go of things you can't control
  • It feels AMAZING to help others and volunteer as much as you can
  • You will have critics and haters. 
  • It's never too late to start
  • You are never too old
  • Your kids are not you. We teach them, love and support them. You can't change them. They are not you
  • Perfection is boring
  • Social Media makes people crazy
  • It's not about the likes. It's about how many people you have touched and inspired. (and not by wearing and posing in fancy yoga clothes)
  • Yoga (if practiced correctly) helps you found out who you really are. 
  • Do your own thing. One day you will be gone. 
  • Many women just don't like other women. Especially when they succeed.
  • Stalkers will stalk. Haters will hate. Don't do either.
  • Confidence is attractive
  • The 3 P's-Personality. Place. People! 

There is so much more. That's the non-emotional, clean version.

Thank you all for always listening, sharing, liking, and truly being a friend. 

Thank you to those who are are the critics and the haters. You motivate me #everydamnday. Even at 16,802 days living!

Life is good.

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong

BE KIND. And BE YOU!

xoxo

mb

 

 

The Toms River Field of Dreams

I hope everyone had a great week.

This week was very inspiring and motivational.

The past two years at SUKHA, I have met amazing people. Men, women and children. All ages, all professions. I am so happy and proud of the bonding that goes on in both locations.

Two of my students work with children with special needs. We have been talking a lot lately about what they do. It is a gift and truly inspiring.

In conversation she mentioned a project. A project that is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard! The Toms River Field of Dreams. 

A complex within the community for children and adults with special needs to enjoy the basic fundamentals of play. Baseball, basketball, golf, a playground and a walking path surrounded by a multi-sensory landscape.

Baseball. Many months of baseball. And more to come. My son Patrick. A very active, healthy baseball player. Wins and losses. Tears for losses and smiles for wins.

These boys play on a beautifully maintained field, wearing cleats, running and sliding. Sometimes not realizing how blessed they really are and on a daily basis; win or loose, we all need to remind ourselves that life on the field and off may not be perfect, but is sure as hell ain't bad. 

Pause, take a step back, look in the mirror and outside our bubble and take notice of things that we are blind to.

Wednesday I met with Christian Kane. The father of Gavin. A motivated, inspirational, hard working teacher, husband and father of six children and the Founder of Field of Dreams.

I was in complete awe. 

Five years ago, to date, a loaded beer truck plowed into them from behind leaving Gavin with severe brain trauma.

The idea of Field of Dreams was inspired by Christian and his wife Mary. Their older son plays baseball. "Gavin is never going to be able to do anything like this" they both said. 

Now, with help from the community, corporate sponsors, and fundraising, he will have a place to play ball, golf, have snacks and have fun on a playground.

The Toms River Field of Dreams will not only benefit children and adults with special needs, but it will also become a sanctuary for caregivers.

There are so many ways to help this dream become reality for so many children, adults and caregivers.

  • Financial Donations
  • Construction Materials/services
  • Naming Rights
  • Committee Members
  • Volunteers

There will be so many great events coming soon.

  • Jeff Frazier Clinic at Blue Claws Stadium-9/26-9/28
  • Chipolte Night-9/19
  • Color Run-10/7
  • Golf Outing-TBD
  • Father/Son Brunch-Early December
  • Wine Tasting
  • Jean Day in both Monmouth and Ocean County
  • YOGA Donation Class with SUKHA-TBD STAY TUNED

If you would like to volunteer or contribute, please let me know or visit:

http://tomsriverfieldofdreams.com/

Let's help make their dream a reality!

xoxo

Maribeth

 

 

 

 

A Father's Day "Presence"

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing men that wear the title of "Dad" proudly and legitimately.  Hardworking, supportive, loving, caring, fun, and present. I respect all of you that wear each of those badges on your sleeve every day and continue to do so until you leave this earth. 

Life is short and the days seem to fly by more now than ever before. Enjoy the time you have with your children.

Doctor, Lawyer, Police Officer, Bartender, Teacher, Coach, Salesman. Whatever profession it is; spend the time no matter how old or tired you may be.

Don't let divorce, a new wife, girlfriend or an addiction ever come between you and your children. 

Your son; he has your mannerisms. Your oldest daughter  has your coloring and sensitivity and the youngest daughter; has your love for music and stubbornness.

Your grandchildren; well they have...

The athletic talent and the ocean blue eyes.

 

The proud grandfather.

The present father.

Be that.

Both.

Be it all until you just can't be.

The one very important man that I never had enough time with. And that human being that my children never met. My father.

A void.

A completely empty feeling that will never be filled.

The love, the light, the emptiness that fills my soul is my children. I wish he would have met them in person instead of on screen and photo prints. 

Be proud.

Be the love.

Be present.

 

You never met him. Only pictures and a few stories.

He was a good man with a bad disease.

He had your eyes of blue.

He had your passion for sports.

Each of you are a part of him.

He was your Grandpa Tom.

 

You have his eyes of blue.

You have his passion for sports.

He is your Father.

Each of you are a HUGE part of him.

Happy Father's Day Woody!

You are a great dad! 

Her eyes light up when she sees you.

His energy level rises when you talk about any sport. Anytime.

They both can tell a joke with that "Woody" humor.

Thank you for all that you do!

Happy Father's Day to all!

Be Happy.

Be Healthy.

Be Strong.

Be PRESENT.

 

 

 

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

 

 


 

Snapchat's Aprils Fool's Joke and Sukha's April Fool's Joke

We all know that Instagram pretty much copied Snapchat.

This April Fool's Day, Snapchat decide to play a joke on Instagram by rolling our a filter that looks almost exactly like Instagram's story interface.

This April Fool's Day fell on a Saturday. 

My dharma for Saturday was done by Thursday night totally not thinking that April Fool's Day was Saturday. But that's okay because my Sunday 8:00 am crew is the best crew to play a joke on; and indeed that is what I did.

It didn't take me too long and the playlist was a breeze.

As always, they started piling in at 7:35, coffee, mingling, laughing, and buying new SUKHA tanks.

Then 7:59 came around and I started to shake and get a pit in my stomach as if this joke was not a joke.

I had them all lay on their mats. Most did. The ones who always sit up, did not. I made them. Telling them I had something very important to tell them.

I heard "Oh no, this doesn't sound good".

It isn't I said. In fact it is bad news.

I received a call from Rec saying that the pub crawl was not professional and risky and they decided to close down Sukha North!!

Well; mostly all sprung up, Martha looked like she was going to kick someone's ASS. I tried so hard not to laugh. I kept a very straight face. And asked them to please all relax and let's practice.

And it was a very, very, Belated April Fool's Day at SUKHA. Well done, I must admit. Funny as shit too!!!

For those reading this that may wish it was true, sorry folks. It was a joke. Not going anywhere, but location number 2 in Brick!!!!

Love you all!

Thank you for making it amazing to love what I do everyday!!