Are you scared of Yoga?

Yoga isn’t just for thin and fit young women… ohh nooooo! Why then, would you be scared of Yoga?

If you’ve ever walked into a yoga studio and been made to feel anything less than beautiful, no matter your age, weight, skin tone, gender, hair color, or personal style, then honey, that group wasn’t for you anyway.

Or, if you’ve ever thought that you’re just not flexible enough to do yoga, think again! Only with practice does flexibility come. No one has ever became a yoga guru overnight! And no one will expect that perfection from you. It’s all about the progress, not perfection in yoga. No one is born a master.

In a yoga class, each of us are so busy working on getting into a posture and breathing in it, that we aren’t looking at you anyway. Sure, there may be the occasional glance, but our purpose in class is to focus on self, breathe and connect with our own mind and body, all the while feeling the support and building our confidence by feeling supported by a caring teacher who will guide us.

This is why I delightfully invite you, if you’re anywhere near the Tampa Bay area of Florida, to meet Dr. Ronald Porter and come to one of his uplifting classes.

I attended Dr. Porter’s “Yoga FUNdamentals!” class yesterday (one of the series of experiential learning classes he offers on a monthly basis at Miracles Metaphysical bookstore in St. Petersburg, FL) and he did a brilliant joy (er, job) of leading an older group of us (many of whom had never moved their bodies much at all, much less had done yoga before) in yoga. Plus, he taught us how he came to learn and teach yoga, the proper way the positions (asanas) are done, the Sanskrit words for each asana, and how to modify it for our body and ability. We moved very slowly, breathed, and held the asana for 3 to 5 minutes.

I woke up this morning feeling ten years younger, lighter, and with no muscle soreness at all! In fact, yoga can help you live longer, because with a flexible spine you’ll be able to do more, and not hurt when you bend over and pick something up from the floor. With practice, yoga will enable your body to flex, thus allowing  you to feel younger! Yoga is a process. But, it won’t take long, with consistent practice, for you to feel, and then see, a transformation in your body.

In the Fundamentals playshop, Dr. Ronald K. Porter lead us in an exploration of the basic philosophy and fundamental poses of yoga.  We all learned and practiced right along with him. We smiled, and laughed. It was experiential! And it was fun!

During Ronald’s class, we could obviously see Ronald’s mastery of yoga, yet we could also see, hear, and feel that this master has transcended ego. He never made us feel “less than” anything! In fact, because Ronald says, “beautiful” so much during class, he has me saying it more now in my everyday life. Positivity abounds!

The journey of yoga is a lifelong process, and the student who is open to this process can experience an entirely new readjustment and realignment in their life.  We invite you to laugh and have fun learning this wonderful technique for better health! People have diminished or eliminated anxiety, eased stress, calmed nerves, and lessened depression by practicing yoga. Some have even replaced their smoking habit, or other addictive habit with yoga–it’s very beneficial for you since it’s all about the mind-body connection. And if you’re on prescription medication for a chronic health issue, over time, you may find you’ll need less of those meds!*

If you’re taught properly, yoga is simply about connecting your breath to your body.

Yoga means “to yoke with”. The history of yoga indicates it was thought that by practicing yoga you could enter a meditative, contemplative state of mind, and establish right relationship with God, or the Divine. Whether you want to explore yoga for spiritual reasons, or to relieve your body of pain or chronic dis-ease, don’t let anyone judge you into not coming to a yoga class.

If you aren’t local to our area, or for any reason whatsoever still scared to try a public yoga class, you can always go to YouTube or Gaiam TV online and find a beginner video to watch. Begin moving your body in rhythm with your breath. Do five minutes of yoga. Then build to ten minutes, and so on. Until you feel ready to come out and join a group. The energy you’ll feel while in a group experience is so much richer than going it alone, that within a couple sessions, you’ll really enjoy it.

From Dr. Ronald Porter,

Yoga is for everyone!  Whether your tall, short, round, thin, male, female or transgender, yoga has the potential of being very beneficial for your life.  Often, when people think of yoga they imagine lean and slender persons contorting their bodies into positions that look painful, and even disturbing.  Every now and then I am even asked, “Hey, can you demonstrate that pretzel position?”  It’s sad to think that many people miss out on yoga simply because they have been led to believe it is not for them.

However, yoga is for us all!

I have overheard some people say they’re scared of yoga for religious reasons. Well, that is simply misinformation. If you’re thinking that a yoga teacher is going to attempt to convert you into becoming a mystic, read this.

Some of you may feel intimidated at the thought of yoga, but again, everybody has to start somewhere. We’ve all been new. It’s really okay! Just start wherever you are! And if you tried a class somewhere and felt pressured to perform a posture that was too much for you, or worse, you were called out in any way, you have my assurance — you will not feel that way in Ronald’s yoga classes.

Ronald’s soothing voice and calm manner was one of the first things that attracted me to his classes. When Ronald says to, “breathe d-e-e-p”, you will feel the tension melt away, and as you breathe deep, you’ll feel the ease of your body. I am blessed in those moments. And if I didn’t feel like I fit in when I arrived, I feel it then!

Each week, I look forward to the energy and the flow that I feel during our yoga class, the relaxation, and the healing that takes place. No one has to prod me to attend. I even sleep better after attending a yoga class!

Try it, you’ll like it!

You’ll find a group at Ronald’s classes who are kind, supportive, and loving. You may not get to know them all at once, because since yoga is about our “self” you might find more introverts practicing yoga. However, over time, as you come to class and practice next to someone, mat to mat, you will see that we are all each on our own journey. Yet, We Are All Connected.

Along my life’s journey I have learned that if I do not judge others, they do not judge me. And I think that’s a pretty good mind set and way to live, whether on or off the yoga mat.

Amen. Namaste. OM

———– Weekly Yoga Class Invitation ———

When?

Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where?

Metro Wellness and Community Center

3251 3rd Ave. N

St. Petersburg, FL

There is a $5 donation requested per class with all proceeds going to Metro.

Also, Ronald offers a yoga class on Thursday evenings at Awakening Wellness Center in St. Pete –> visit the their site’s calendar to view events here.

———– Blessings to you in ALL ways! ———

*Consult with one of your licensed health professionals / wellness practitioner team before making any changes in your prescribed medications.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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7 take away thoughts from meeting Sadhguru during his first American book tour

A once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet Sadhguru during his first American book tour!

I–along with 2000 other people–recently attended a book launch event for Sadhguru’s first American book and New York Times Best Seller, “Inner Engineering, A Yogi’s Guide to Joy.”

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I totally loved the live musical performances offered while we all gathered in the Van Wezel auditorium (in Sarasota, Florida). And to think, all of the singers and musicians traveling with Sadhguru are volunteers! What a glorious gift! I love how enchanting Indian music is, especially the sitar, which has to be one of the most amazing instruments ever invented! My heart was dancing in the abundance of the vibrations!

Sadhguru will be visiting 42 cities this year, so attend if at all possible. Your ears will be delighted and your heart and consciousness will expand from the profound and practical wisdom shared.

Check this website for the other cities where Sadhguru will be speaking, and get tickets. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to sit at the feet of this gentle, wise contemporary yogi’s feet.

After the musical performances, Dr. Kiran Patel gave an insightful and stirring introduction of Sadhguru. And then the moment arrived…

As Sadhguru was about to enter the stage, a hush fell over the entire auditorium, as such, you could have heard a pin drop! It was like 2000 people were holding their collective breath! Sadhguru meekly, yet with what I would call, powerful command of knowing, walked out and sat down in a “not so comfortable chair”, center stage.

We did not know whether he would speak first, or lead us in meditation, sing, or what! So, we eagerly anticipated… I could feel the Energy in the room–nearly palpable!

Sadhguru began by asking us a question, “How many of you have experienced even one day of joy in your lives?”

Several hands went up.

But, continuing, Sadhguru brought the real issue to the surface of our minds. How to sustain joy.

During Sadhguru’s talk, he used stories from his life to illustrate the variety of predicaments we each seem to get ourselves into, and how we can find the pleasantness–even in the moment of some, perhaps not so pleasant of an experience.

One of the questions I had was whether or not once one reaches “enlightenment”, does everything become, well, easier? And the answer seemed to be “yes.”

Sadhguru explained how he continues to change and grow in the field of pure positive potentiality. Ahh… even after explaining about his childhood and experience of enlightenment, he said “one does not just reach enlightenment and then that’s it.”

I literally took many things away from my experience with Sadhguru, and am continuing to grasp more ideas, concepts, and tools while reading Inner Engineering, but for purposes of this article, I thought I’d share my 7 takeaways from this event:

  1. Most of us have experience joy, but find it nearly impossible to sustain it
  2. Peace and joy are the basis of our life, not goals to be achieved
  3. Pleasantness leads to peace and joy–and other people are attracted to you when you are pleasant
  4. We can never find pleasantness outside of us, if we do not first find pleasantness inside of ourselves. Yes, it is an inside job.
  5. Tools exist that can help each of us find the pleasantness inside–we do not have to “recreate the wheel” so to speak, or “go it alone”–and these simple and powerful tools are explained in Sadhguru’s book, “Inner Engineering:  A Yogi’s Guide to Joy” which will guide you towards the well-being and joy that you seek.
  6. Only our physical senses limit us. Yoga is not only a physical “workout”, but rather it’s defined as “to yoke” with the “dimensionless unity of absolute perfection” that exists everywhere–We Are All One
  7. What is pleasing to you, may not be pleasing to me, but each together weave a beautiful tapestry when we let go of our need to control each other’s perception of reality

While enjoying Sadhguru’s event, I was in a state of awe, as I had predicted. Not just of Sadhguru as a man, mystic, or master, but of the shared vibratory resonance that occurred in that one place.

At the event, Americans of many different nationalities were tuned human instruments playing a delightful symphony of be-ing. We listened intently. We laughed with Sadhguru as he related funny stories. We sang with him. We clapped. And finally, we meditated as Sadhguru led us in a shared meditation, the likes of which, I had never experienced before. It certainly put me in a pleasant blissful resonance!

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Again, here is the link to all of the information about Sadhguru’s continued American tour, so you can see and hear him–but most importantly, FEEL this extraordinary experience yourself.

P.S. If you will be in the Sarasota, Florida area Oct. 20 – Oct. 23, 2016  please check this link and attend a 4 day in-person Inner Engineering program. CME and CE accredited too! The website is here also, for more information.

We Are All Connected. We Are All One.

Amen. Namaste. OM

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

You’ll LOVE these enriching Yoga classes! St. Petersburg, FL

I can’t say enough grand things about Dr. Ronald Porter and the yoga he teaches… I’m thrilled to have connected with Ronald, experienced his teaching methods, and now… introduce you all to him!

Enrich your life.

Learn how to do Pranayama breathing!

Experience the freedom of movement and flow of Energy that will calm your mind, yet invigorate your being, all while enjoying the vitality and meditative qualities of Yoga with Ronald.

Metro offers a huge room for us to do our yoga, clean and nice. All that’s missing is you and your yoga mat!

Dr. Porter teaches yoga for everyone!

You will learn the how and why, proper breathing and body form (postures), along with the encouragement to “only do as much as you can do comfortably.” We do not seek pain in order to gain. Yoga is a mindful practice and one that, when practiced often and consistently, will reap the physical rewards you seek. But the calm mind, and the peace, you can feel that after your first class.

There is a $5 donation requested per class with all proceeds going to Metro.

When?

Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where?

Metro Wellness and Community Center

3251 3rd Ave. N

St. Petersburg, FL

We hope to see you there!

Namaste. OM

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

8 easy free things you can do to improve your health at home

A conversation this week with Chris Waltein, a very “tuned in” Holistic Health Practitioner at Awakening Wellness Center, and Director of Operations at Awakening Into The Sun (St. Petersburg, Florida) gave rise to this blog post! Thank you Chris, for an aWEsOMe conversation and tour of the new wellness center!
There are many easy and free things all of us can do at home that can improve our health. Most of us know and do some of these things, but we may not have tried them all–and we might be able to increase our vitality and longevity by incorporating more of these tips into our daily routine.
So, here’s a short list for consideration. Click any of the highlighted words to learn more about each:
  1. Drink more water
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Meditate
  4. Eat fresh home made meals — including raw veggies/juice
  5. Massage your body — if you live alone, you can do self massage or acupressure!
  6. Deep breathing — there are many benefits and techniques
  7. Laugh! Yes, there are real measured benefits just from laughing daily!
  8. Move you body–Any kind of movement!

Some ideas on how to get the cells of your body moving:

Yoga, Qigong, Pilates, Tai Chi, gentle stretches to improve mobility and flexibility, lunges and squats, walk (either alone or with a neighbor or friend), run, dance, garden, walking meditation, stair climb, swim, golf, play any kind of sport, etc.
There are many ways to get your blood and lymph moving (some within a very small place)! Always go at your own pace and be kind to yourself — there’s no competition, just move a little more every day and measure your improvements!
While practicing deep breathing you can add any of the following healing energy medicine modalities, such as: Jin Shin Jyutsu, EFT or Reiki to calm, relax, and rejuvenate your body.
There are many aspects to yoga. You might want to begin with the yoga postures (how you move your body) and progress to the other mind-body and spiritual enlightenment aspects. I would recommend you to find a well-rounded yoga teacher and take some classes. I initially learned yoga when I was a teenager, by watching x on television.
Many years later, I took an in-person class and there was a world of difference! Dr. Alison J. Kay teaches a more complete yoga because she was trained in India as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, and also trained as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher of 200 hours (RYT-200).
Pilates has been a modality that I’ve only recently explored. I take classes at Blue Sage Pilates in Bradenton, Florida and I LOVE IT! I can’t say enough about how it’s gently strengthened my muscles, increased my flexibility, and enabled me to breathe much better! It’s so much more healing than I ever knew! It’s not just for dancers. Anyone, young or old, can learn and practice Pilates for health. I highly recommend it!
Now, take out a pen and paper. Jot down some of the things you want to improve about your physical body. Try one or two of the things from this article that you aren’t currently doing. Give it a couple weeks, and then write down all of the improvements.
Come back to this article and comment to let us all know what you did, and the differences you’ve experienced in your energy level, overall health, or vitality! I’ll be looking forward to it!
Also, if you’ve already been doing these things, or have another alternative, natural, or holistic health recovery experience to share with me, please comment or email and let me know – especially if you’d like me to add your story to my third book (in progress).

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey