Breathwork Couple Session with Viki

Mid Morning Breathwork Session with Viki was amazing!!

A few weeks ago, I announced the Breathwork Circle that is being held 9/25. As you all know and I will always repeat myself, I share what I have learned and experienced. Due to a pretty packed calendar, today was the day to do the work and I could not have ask for someone better to share this with.

I do not want to give it all way, so you can have this light, open, feeling yourselves.

Viki explains the entire three part breath process, the Spirit Guide cards you choose, the feather that is chosen for you, and guides you through a challenging, emotional, fun, restorative session of breathwork.

The first emotion that came up for me was overwhelm. During the session I started to feel a pain in my lower back, my face was numb as I continued to breathe in three separate parts. My emotions were all over the place. Viki instructed us to scream at one point which was so refreshing and a huge sense of relief washed over my body that magically washed the lower back pain away. This meditation eases the mind so the body can call up and let go. It moved so much stuck energy to create healthy energy. So much healthy energy the screams turned into laughter and a peaceful mind. I was holding so many emotions in, and they are finally gone.

Viki explains how this can be done at home and how often you can do this so that negative energy and emotions do not linger. Let’s face it, it takes one situation to close it all off again.

Card Pulling!!! I love to pull cards. These were different. Animal Spirit Guides joined us today; and holy COW!! Mind blowing. Nope, I did not pull a cow. I pulled a Raccoon Card and my feather was The Hawk. I will let Viki explain how the feathers are chosen.

The Raccoon-Talented, Shadowy, In Hiding. In brief, it indicates talent, tenacity, and skillfulness with a particular musical instrument or creative tool. Which Viki explains in detail. Its shadow side points to an unresolved issue around self-image and success. What if I am ready to grow into something more? Raccoon energy won’t let us off the hook until the creative ego fear is resolved. Hmm. There is much more, but again; I don’t want to tell all about the Raccoon Card 100%.

Viki does a wonderful job explaining everything from the card, to the breath. If she finds you are struggling during the session; she will come over to make you comfortable and take you back to your breath. She is extremely knowledgeable and gifted.

Having Matt by my side participating made it more special. I was nervous at first because I was not sure what emotions I was going to release and why. It was great to share this with him.

Here’s what Matt had to say about the Breathwork Session with Viki:

“Not knowing what to expect, I walked out floored by the experience. It’s one thing to breathe, it’s another thing to learn how to breathe to connect with and learn about yourself. It was amazing. I immediately felt relaxed and confident with Viki as our guide. I look forward to seeing what else I can learn with the guidance and knowledge of Viki”.

Join Viki on 9/25 for a self-healing practice that has been called “years of therapy” in one session and is open to everyone.

So, bottom line; if you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed ,and/ or have a busy mind, this is for you. Bring a friend, hubby, wife, or family member. You don’t want to miss this!!

I am so grateful to Viki and all the amazing people who bring their knowledge and experience to SUKHA. Thank you for providing me with the tools to do the “work-in”!!

Healing one day, one breath at a time.

xoxoxo

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Yoga Loves Your Curves.....Even if You Don't!!

Writing has been so healing for me the last three years as most of you know. After reading one of my first blogs the other day, I ended the blog by saying "I am not a writer and not pretending to be something I am not". A few years ago one of my former students said to me in response to that blog "you are a writer now". That response gave me confidence to continue whether I thought I was or not. Thank you!!

I do not write to get more likes or followers. I write because it is healing and it has helped me tremendously as I mentioned in my recent podcast with Coaches and Authors of Hug Your Chaos; Chris and Linds Jones. If you missed it, you can listen here by clicking link below. AFTER you read this amazing blog from Curvaceous Yoga Instructor, Jen Cory.

Since childhood, I have always had trouble speaking my truth/feelings in front of others. I am still getting to the root of that, but in the meantime, writing as allowed me improve my communication skills and working memory. It allows me to express exactly how I am feeling, clears my mind, and most importantly it opens up my eyes and mind about my struggles and successes.

After Jen Cory wrote her first blog introducing her new class at SUKHA, we spoke about the healing benefits of writing and Jen decided to write another inspirational blog for everyone to read.

Thank you Jen for sharing and inspiring so many others overcome their fear of yoga, overcoming insecurities and self-love.

Yoga Loves Your Curves….Even if You Don’t

By SUKHA Curvaceous Yoga Instructor Jen Cory

Throughout my yoga journey I’ve read many books, articles, blogs, and so on.  I’ve always been fascinated with the yoga life and the feeling that I get after I spend some time on my mat.  I crave that euphoric feeling and keep searching for a way to extend it throughout my daily life. For some reason, like many of us, I keep looking for the secret to living a truly authentic and happy life.  I’ve come to realize that I’m not going to find the answers in a book. I need to put in the work both on and off my mat. It’s something that I am still working on and will continue to do.

With my countless hours of researching and trying to find the key to happiness, I came across an idea that is very foreign to me.  In Anna Guest-Jelley’s book, Curvy Yoga, I read that yoga can help you accept and love your body!  What!? It sounds crazy and counter intuitive, and I didn’t believe it at first, but slowly I am beginning to understand.  If nothing else, yoga helps you to learn how to move your body through the asanas and teaches you to honor your body by doing what feels right for you.  No matter your size, shape, or stature! You don’t have to be a size 2 and look good in your matching outfit with the perfect ponytail or man bun. You simply have to be YOU!

Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of insecurities and am still working on accepting and loving my body.  Do I want to lose weight? Yes. Do I want to be healthier? Yes. Do I want to be stronger? Yes. But I am actively trying not to talk down to myself or focus on the negative.  When Maribeth hired me to teach a curvaceous yoga class I was excited! She believed in me, and more importantly wanted to help break the stigmatism of yoga only being for people with the perfect body.  So, I decided to embrace my body and put myself out there.

My first step was taking pictures to help promote the class.  This was NOT easy for me. I hate pictures of myself and am usually the first person to hide when a camera comes out.  Recently a few events in my life have made me realize that capturing important moments with family and loved ones is more important than my self-loathing and hiding from the camera.  I didn’t want to look back at my life and see photos with me missing. So, I decided I was going to go for it!

One Sunday afternoon I spent hours doing various poses with a really cool backdrop of a cement plant.  I really just jumped in and embraced it! I was even having a good time doing it. When I checked out the pictures, I actually liked some of them and didn’t cringe when I looked at them.  It was fabulous! I thought to myself, “wow, I’m starting to accept my body!” Then, on the very last pose of the day…...I fell! I stepped my foot back for Warrior II and quickly found out there was nothing there to catch me.  I dropped backwards on the ground hitting my head on a metal machine on the way down! Seven staples later, I look at those pictures and laugh. It is yet another reminder to me that this is a process and sometimes I’m going to fall…literally!  What matters is that I get back up and keep trying. This is exactly what I plan to do. Hope to see you on your mats.

Jen Cory

Curvaceous Yoga Instructor

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