Are you scared of Yoga?

Yoga isn’t just for thin and fit young women… ohh nooooo!

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 ———


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


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! ———

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Get a great stretch and workout at home once you learn Yamuna Body Rolling with Emily


Yamuna® Body Rolling (YBR) is an awesome and empowering therapeutic technique, which consists of special 4”-10” inch air-inflatable balls, along with special movements using your own body weight and gravity. You can practice self-care and easily work specific muscles and tendons in detail.

Using YBR routines, you can progress slowly (or at your own pace), to put your body into alignment, and bring suppleness to tight areas. You can optimize your bodily range of motion by relaxing your body weight into one of the balls, during specific exercises that will re-educate your muscles to bring about lasting changes in your body. Wonderful body transformation can be achieved with regular use.

Sleep better, lose weight, and live longer–the possibilities are endless when you do body rolling regularly! And it’s FUN!!!

Anyone can experience a Yamuna® Body Rolling session; no matter your age or fitness level. Even expectant mothers have found YBR techniques enjoyable, smooth, and easy to do. When the body becomes more flexible, all tasks become easier!

In the Tampa Bay Florida area, Emily Stein is a certified Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner dedicated to helping her local community become pain free using this non-invasive fun and gentle method. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2012, Emily began studying multiple healing methods, and soon found how authentically the Yamuna® Body Rolling aligned with Yoga and stretching to bring her participants and students unparalleled health benefits.

You can feel incredible immediate relief of tight muscles, stiff joints, or aches and pain in the body after just your first session with Emily! The YBR balls, in a variety of sizes, almost replace a massage therapist’s hands! Often, after just a lesson or two, you can reach areas that are not part of a massage, thereby lengthening and toning muscles, as well as releasing stress in ligaments and joints – all on your own in the comfort of your own home. This is just one reason why, after a Yamuna® Body Rolling session, many people say they feel as though they’ve had a deep tissue massage! Think of the money you can save!

Yamuna® Body Rolling is definitely a health spa type of thing that you can do while watching television – you don’t have to be a couch potato! And the YBR balls are super portable and convenient to take along if you travel for work or pleasure.

Speaking of work, you can take one of the balls with you to work and place it behind your back in your office chair to get a quick and personal chair massage for mid back, shoulders, and so on, and no one will know! Of course if someone asks and tries it, they’re going to want the to get the Yamuna® Body Rolling system for themselves (and go for a class in their area) – so, be prepared to joyfully share this article for them to learn more!

The Yamuna® Body Rolling foot wakers (two half balls with nubs on them, perfect to massage all acupressure points on the feet) are also awesome to take to work and place under your feet and get your foot work done while you sit at your desk. This author’s feet have never felt so good–and I’ve never been able to spread my toes apart and hold them that way by themselves, until now!

Previous participants in Emily’s classes reported the soothing of plantar fasciitis, relief of sciatica, shoulder, hip, or back pain. Many people who regularly use the Yamuna® Body Rolling system have experienced a wonderful lasting calm and ease of their central nervous system.

In the Tampa Bay Florida area, Emily Stein is a certified Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner and Personal Trainer who specializes in flexibility and mobility training using Yamuna® Body Rolling and Active Isolated Stretching. Emily is dedicated to helping her local community become pain free using this non-invasive fun and gentle method.

Interested in learning more? If you’re near the Tampa Bay (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater) Florida area, contact Emily at: Roll for Fitness. Emily helps people who want and need to improve their movement.

For information about the history of YBR, see the Yamuna® Body Rolling website.

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.

Toss and turn? Can’t sleep through the night? All-natural sleep aid provides relief!

Do you toss and turn quite a bit at night before you eventually fall asleep? Do you feel like you have to think through a million thoughts before you can wind down?

Millions of people seem to experience frequent bouts of insomnia or other sleep pattern disruptions. Our busy and stress-filled lifestyle is no doubt most of the reason. In our fast-paced, ever-changing, interconnected world, we are surrounded – nearly at all times – by stressful people, places, and things:

Environmental stress: Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel you have more information coming to you than your brain can process at any one time? When you feel overwhelmed, or overloaded, it means your emotions can’t quite keep up to speed with all the life stuff as it happens, which can cause you to be more frustrated, reactive, impatient, worried, and/or irritable. This mental stress takes a big toll on us. This has all been said before though, by many people. When our lack of sleep begins to effect us in evident ways, only then, does it seem, we take action.

Stimulation Fatigue: We know we’ve got to get a certain amount of things done daily though, such as get the kids to school, do our work tasks, care for loved ones, and so on. To attempt to maintain, we often find ourselves reaching for caffeine or other stimulants to stem the tide of our mental/emotional fatigue and sleep deprivation. This can eventually lead to stimulation fatigue (or adrenal burnout).

When your adrenal glands take a hit, mental/emotional stress can’t be released easily by the body, thus leading to the disruption of our hormonal and sleep rhythms (circadian rhythms). There are natural remedies we can take to help us get more rest, deeper sleep, and wake up refreshed!

Maybe you’ve tried all the tips and tricks to ease yourself into sleep, but none seem to help (because there’s really more going on inside your body than you know). Perhaps some nights the following sleep tips provide a little relief, but not on a consistent basis:

  • Turn off all of the lights, television, smart phone, electronic devices, etc. at least an hour before bedtime
  • Smell some lavender or other calming essential oil before you lay down
  • Drink chamomile tea, warm milk, or other soothing non-caffeinated, non-alcohol drink
  • Make the bedroom comfortable and cool
  • Install sound dampeners to block outside noises
  • Run a fan, or other white noise type of appliance (that does not have any distracting lights on it)
  • Don’t eat, smoke, or exercise just prior to bedtime
  • Meditate or use emotional freedom technique (EFT / Tapping) to ease any stressful thoughts from your day

Okay, so you’ve tried all of the preceding ideas (or found some of them impossible), yet you still need some kind of help.

When we miss sleep it affects us in different ways, often in some not so good ways. We may not always realize that our attention span is reduced, our memory is less sharp, or that losing sleep has anything to do with us not being able to lose weight. Lack of sleep also disrupts the body’s natural healing ability, which can lead to increased risk of chronic health issues, such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Great news!

Here’s some information about an all-natural, non-narcotic sleep supplement developed to help you fall asleep easier, sleep all night, and wake up refreshed. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Xymogen-Sedalin

This article provides you with details on a winner of a sleep supplement: Sedalin

Xymogen Sedalin is uniquely designed to promote sleep by:

  • Helping you to feel calm
  • Assisting you to get a normal, uninterrupted night’s sleep

People using Xymogen Sedalin reported that it helped them:

  • A young adult, under their parents supervision, on the autism spectrum (ASD), can relax and has an easier time of getting to sleep
  • A long time user is able to fall asleep faster and sleep better; feels refreshed upon awaking in the morning
  • Can fall asleep easier with less tossing and turning before falling asleep
  • Found it to be more effective along with 1mg of melatonin
  • Did not experience any morning grogginess, which is really good
  • Seems to balance user’s nervous system
  • Calms a busy brain
  • Experienced an ease to stress and anxiety
  • Helped a user stay asleep all night
  • Post menopausal female happy that this is not addictive; she can sleep through the night
  • User prefers SedaLin to name brand narcotic because the narcotic drug caused disturbing and wild dreams

Bottom line: If you have difficulty getting to sleep, need something to help calm you, and sleep all night long, the suggested recommendation is sleep aid: Xymogen Sedalin

This recommendation is based on research and noted anecdotal evidence from reviews.

Doctors might advise Xymogen Sedalin for you, if you experience any of the following:

  • Can’t concentrate?
  • Too much technology?
  • Overall busy day?
  • Proper sleep will help you stave off feelings of:
  • Befuddled
  • Dazed
  • Tired
  • Not as sharp
  • Grumpy

SedaLin is a non-addictive, all-natural blend of Magnolia officinalis and Ziziphus spinosa.

Xymogen SedaLin is a all-natural formula providing enhanced sleep support for:

  • Occasional sleeplessness due to stress and/or anxiety
  • Normalizing nighttime stress hormone levels
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Weight management

Studies have shown the following sleep support benefits when taking SedaLin by Xymogen:

  • Helps insure a sound night’s sleep
  • Helps you relax
  • Reduces fatigue due to lack of sleep
  • Allow you to wake up feeling refreshed
  • Gentle on your stomach
  • Gives you more energy during the day

SedaLin works via an herbal formula to reduce your cortisol (stress hormone levels) produced by the adrenal glands.

The all-natural herbs in SedaLin bind to targets in the brain that cause drowsiness. High Cortisol levels can disrupt your sleep rhythm and may be associated with sleep disturbances and fatigue. As you may have heard, Cortisol levels increase in response to stressors, like mental, emotional, and illness related stress.

The herbs in SedaLin:

Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia bark), also known as houpu or hou po in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been used for thousands of years to treat low energy, anxiety, nervous disturbances and so on. It has been a popular herbal remedy in Japanese Kampo medicine for hundreds of years, to aid a multitude of of clinical disorders.

Magnolia bark is rich in a biphenol compound, also known as honokiol and its isomer, magnolol. Honokiol and magnolol have been identified as the anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) agents in extracts of a Kampo medicine called Saiboku-tu.

Ziziphus spinosa is a traditional as a calming herb used in TCM for over 2000 years. The leaves and seeds of Ziziphus spinosa inhibit central nervous system function, while the fruits may prolong sleep when combined with a sleep aid. Sansohnin, the main component of Sansohnin-to, is a TCM combination to aid sleeplessness.

Adults can take one or two capsules nightly, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

To achieve maximum effectiveness: SedaLin should be taken for a minimum of 7 nights in a row. SedaLin may be taken indefinitely as it is non-addictive.

SedaLin product is available only from licensed healthcare professionals. Buy SedaLin Online here.

When not to use:

  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Do not use if you are, or suspect you are, pregnant or nursing
  • Do not use if you are allergic to any ingredient

All XYMOGEN Formulas Meet or Exceed Current Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) Quality Standards.

SedaLin DOES NOT CONTAIN: Wheat, gluten, corn protein, yeast, soy, animal or dairy products, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

SedaLin is suitable for vegetarians.

Xymogen is committed to a quality product and is approved by:

  • GMP Certificate – Academy of Clinical, Environmental, Research and Information Services (ACERIS)
  • GMP “A Rating” – Natural Products Association (NPA)
  • Certification by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Kosher certification (all major authorities)

Getting proper sleep is vital to living a vibrant healthy life

Do you reach for an energy drink, or coffee in the morning because you can’t wake up? Perhaps another caffeinated drink midday because you feel exhausted?

There’s a reason people use the phrase, “burned out” in relation to how they are feeling. It’s entirely possible your adrenals are burned out.

Cumulative stress can overly stimulate the adrenal glands and drive up cortisol levels. Working in a high stress environment, or living with a stressful situation at home, can wreak havoc with your adrenals. Wouldn’t it be nice if you found a natural supplement to help? Keep reading!

Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night because you’re circadian rhythm is disturbed. Your circadian rhythm, a kind of physical, mental and behavioral ebb and flow (on a 24-hour cycle), kicks in according to how much light (or dark) in your environment.

When you miss sleep, it affects you in different, often not so good ways. You may not always realize when you can’t pay attention well or you can’t remember very well, that it’s because you’ve been losing sleep.

Lack of sleep also disrupts the body’s natural healing ability, which can lead to increased risk of chronic health issues, such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And there are studies suggesting people can’t lose weight as easily, when they’re sleep deprived.

If we are to just take a look at “attention” for a moment, we would find scientific studies, pointing to things like, Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with alterations in circadian rhythms. 

What’s even more interesting is that people with cognitive decline, such as senile dementia and mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease, can benefit from Interplexus Seriphos.

There are clinical applications for the main ingredient in Seriphos (serine phosphate derivatives) that can reverse hypothalmic-pituitary resistance to cortisol hyper-secretion. As well, it is also indicated in conditions of memory deficit.

There are wonderful non-narcotic all-natural sleep supplements suited to relieve a range of conditions. Each non-addictive sleep aid address different issues, but all of the products offer natural solutions to help ease you into a restful night’s sleep and / or help you sleep more soundly, all through the night.

Click this link: Interplexus Seriphos to learn more and order Seriphos, a natural sleep aid supplement that can also assist your adrenals.

Seriphos by Interplexus is uniquely designed to:

  • Help optimize brain neurotransmissions (specifically to the hypothalmic-pituitary area)
  • Provides a beneficial effect on memory retention and recall by rousing morphogenetic neuronal plasticity, which delays or prevents age dependent neurotransmitter deterioration or decline
  • Potentially improves memory, helping in cases where cognitive decline, senile dementia, and mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease are being experienced

Feedback from users indicates that most individuals end up using it for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months. In some instances, individuals start with 1 capsule per day and gradually increase dosage as directed.

People using Interplexus Seriphos reported that it helped them:

  • Bounce back from adrenal fatigue
  • Reset circadian rhythm
  • Get better rest, if they took Seriphos for a minimum of three months, to a maximum of nine months
  • Sleep better, even beginning with one capsule per day
  • More than Melatonin for being immediately effective to provide sleep through the night
  • Get at least a six hour night sleep for highly anxious persons
  • Feel calm
  • Sleep deep, more soundly
  • Calm anxiety, even for those experiencing chronic stress (with chronically high cortisol hormone levels)
  • Not only sleep better, but feel more alert the next day and think better
  • Reduce heart palpitations
  • Sleep better – even for those sensitive to hyperactivity, simple adjust when taking Seriphos (perhaps only with morning or noon meals and skip it in the evening)
  • Even when Bipolar disorder was suspected
  • Even when cortisol hormone levels are extremely high (causing insomnia, irritability, and exhaustion)

Bottom line: If you have difficulty sleeping due to stress and adrenal overwhelm, and experience any of the following:

  • Memory or learning impairment as related to aging
  • Know your adrenals are overworked, sluggish
  • Suffer from anxiety

The suggested recommendation is sleep aid: Seriphos by Interplexus

This recommendation is based on research and noted anecdotal evidence from reviews.

Doctors advise you not to take Seriphos if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are taking alkaloid stimulants or on adrenergic agonists
  • Suffer reduced kidney function or failure

If you have a sensitive stomach, it is recommended that you take Seriphos with (not before) meals.

Each Seriphos capsule contains:

  • Serine phosphate 90 mg
  • Calcium 45 mg
  • Magnesium 45 mg
  • Phosphorous 190 mg

SERIPHOS® is a pure product not derived from animal tissue. The serine comes from vegetable sources. The phosphate is derived from a pure phosphate donor compound.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.

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