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 ———

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! ———

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

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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.

Book review: Echoes From Punjab

Echoes from Punjab was a deeply moving and enchanting story to read! The following is my heartfelt book review:

As a reader and author of non-fiction works, I am delightfully surprised by this beautiful novel, which was so well written that it could be non-fiction!
From the velvety soft book cover, to the pacing, the story moves at such an elegant pace, it can keep a reader meaningfully engaged from beginning to end.
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As I read this endearing story, I learned some Indian words–even some new English words! I laughed, cried, and experienced many emotions–all the while I read about Jasmine’s journey.
Jasmine, the central figure and main character, has led a similar life to mine, except that I only moved to a different state in the USA, not to a completely different country (so obviously I did not have the racial or language challenges she had).
I so enjoyed the way the author interlaced descriptions of places in India, Indian history, and lots of Punjabi (the 10th most widely spoken language in the world) into her novel. For example, in Chapter 2 – The Land of Milk and Honey, Daljit teaches us, “Tussi Punjabi ho” [you are Punjabi] as very early on in the story Jasmine meets a stranger in the U.S.A. who is also from Punjab. Somehow I knew I would love this book just by seeing the title of this chapter–as this is indeed what America is–The Land of Milk and Honey!
Speaking of favorites, Chapter 6 – The Twins knocked my socks off! My daughter is expecting twins and lives far from me, plus, I’d only recently learned of this glorious news when I began reading Echoes from Punjab! Obviously, synchronicity was working spectacularly for me! I read this chapter and the many to follow about Jasmine’s twins with eager excitement! I could really visualize so much of this story… Oh!! I love it so much!
I also truly grasped the richness of the vivid imagery the author detailed, both in the Indian scenes and in the northeastern U.S.A. Since, I lived a good many years of my life in the northeast, and traveled to many of the destinations that Daljit writes about, I had those scenes well set in my imagination. When she took me to India, a place I’ve only seen in many movies, well, I could paint them easily from her words.
What is hard to imagine is just how far away Punjab is from America. I’ve talked with several coworkers from India over the last few years who have tried to explain the travel time and how tiring it can be, so I have an inkling–but mostly it’s mind boggling to think about the actual distance, time, and money involved in the travel. Chapter 9 with its aptly fitting title, The Journey, does its best to convey about the burdensome travel though. This chapter gives us shocking twists and turns in the drama of what is becoming Jasmine’s life–I won’t tell you what happens as I don’t want to spoil it for you–but I can say, that again, I’ve shared some of these life experiences and oh, how good it is to have them behind me!
On one particular page during The Journey, I can tell you that I absolutely agree that “I love my country as I love my mother but that does not mean I cannot see its shortcomings.” I have so much respect for people who leave their home to go live in another country, as until I read Echoes from Punjab, I could barely imagine how one could be so far from loved ones, deal with a different language, culture, time zones, currency, racism, and so on! I have a hard enough time dealing with the fact that I have dear loved ones several states away from me within our own country, much less having to deal with all of those other pressures! I also believe one must really be dedicated to make such a sacrifice.
The Distressed Visit, Chapter 12 was intensely emotional for me. I was “with” Jasmine in every gut-wrenching moment! Having lost several friends in my life already, I know the pain of what she must have felt, and I grieved with her. When you have to say goodbye to friends, especially so far away, and when you have not seen them face to face in a long time, it can be especially difficult. Our family and friends are so important to us all! I think I now realize why so many people do not move away from their home places!
Chapter 20 – The Weddings, was as bright, light, and uplifting as The Distressed Visit was sad! Through Echoes from Punjab you get all of the ups, downs, good, not-so-good, colors, sounds, and intensity of life that one could want. I would smile and laugh, then reminisce of times gone by. I definitely could correlate several times of my life, alongside Jasmine’s up and down experiences. Thus, in the end, through sadness, grief, joy, and bewilderment, I shared her humanity. And I will be forever grateful to a new yet, dear friend who was thoughtful enough to gift me with this timeless book. (Thank you Rekha!)

7 takeaways from meeting Sadhguru during his first American book tour

A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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

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!

Raise your vibration!

Enrich your life. Find balance.

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

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Meet yogi and visionary humanitarian Sadhguru… Sunday Sept 25th, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida

Oh, this is sooo exciting!!! What a humble honor it is for me to share with you… Sadhguru will be visiting Sarasota Florida on Sunday, Sept 25, 2016!

As I sit writing this, I wonder what my focused experience of meeting Sadhguru will be like. Will it be similar to what my dear friend and angel Alania experienced and wrote about (here) last year? Will he say the same thing? Or like us, does Sadhguru continue to change and grow in the field of pure positive potentiality? Ahh…

Well, my dear lovely friends, I offer you an opportunity to find out.

Click here to go to the official website where you can find out all of the event particulars and buy your ticket to reserve your seat (there are multiple pricing levels, even a discounted student rate). Note: The minimum age limit to attend is 7 years.

I will be there. And I believe I will be in a state of awe. Not just of Sadhguru as a man, mystic, or master, but of the shared vibratory resonance that will occur in one place, when many finely tuned human instruments will join together to play a delightful symphony of be-ing.

I have been watching Sadhguru on YouTube, since being introduced to Pranayama breathing only recently. Literally, within days of my beginning to practice my newly learned breathing techniques, I found myself at a film screening (I’d been invited with only two days notice, and I just simply knew that I must attend) whereby I was given the most thrilling news that Sadhguru would be visiting locally–SOON!

Well, if you know me, you will most definitely understand when I say, I jumped at the opportunity to, not only reserve my seat to attend, but also to serve by offering to write this blog article FAST and help get the news out about his upcoming visit!

Again, here is the link to all of the information about this extraordinary event. See you there!

We Are All Connected.

Amen. Namaste. OM

From the official Press Release (shared with permission):

Inner Engineering: A Yogis Guide to Joy helps one to master the most sophisticated machine on the planet — the human being. During his North American Fall Tour, world renowned yogi and visionary humanitarian, Sadhguru, will introduce the new book, which will be released September 20th. Sadhguru will be touring 17 cities during his North American Fall Tour with an event planned in Sarasota on September 25th at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

For the first time, Sadhguru will present Western readers with a path to achieving absolute well-being through the classical science of yoga in a practical, accessible book. The wisdom distilled in this transformative book offers readers time-tested tools for creating inner situations exactly the way you want them, turning you into the architect of your own joy.

Sadhguru presents a philosophical and practical introduction to the power and profundity of yoga – as he puts it, “not as acrobatics or metaphysics, but as an empirical science that makes you the master of your own destiny…(this book) is an invitation to each one of you to turn from an armchair reader into a dynamic participant on an ecstatic journey inward.”

A yogi lives life in this expansive state and in this transformative book Sadhguru shares the story of his own awakening, from a boy to a young daredevil, to the moment of his enlightenment on a mountaintop in India, where time stood still, and he emerged radically changed.

“My aim in this book is to help make joy your constant companion. To make that happen, this book offers you not a sermon, but a science; not a teaching, but a technology; not a precept, but a path,” explains Sadhguru in the book’s forward.

Today, as the founder of Isha Foundation, a worldwide nonprofit organization, and classical yoga retreat centers in both the East and West, he lights the path for millions like you. Isha’s international retreat center based in the western world is the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences situated in Tennessee’s own spectacular Upper Cumberland just one hour northwest of Chattanooga, TN.

Just following the book release will be Isha’s popular, annual World Peace Day celebration September 24th, hosted at the Tennessee center. The World Peace Day celebration is an annual daylong event in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace. World Peace Day is dedicated to cultivating peaceful possibilities within ourselves and our world through creative expression, celebration, yoga and meditation in the idyllic natural setting of the Foundation’s breathtaking Upper Cumberland retreat center.

Sadhguru is known around the world for large-scale humanitarian, educational, and environmental projects carried out by Isha Foundation, which he founded in 1992.   Supported by over three million volunteers worldwide, the objective of all the Foundations activities is to empower the individual to realize the ultimate potential within, and to promote a global climate of inclusiveness and harmony. Sadhguru has been an honored guest and speaker at distinguished forums and institutions including the United Nations, The World Economic Forum, Harvard, Wharton, Microsoft, TED, Google, and more.

Inner Engineering is a fascinating read of Sadhguru’s insights and his teaching. If you are ready, it is a tool to help awaken your own inner intelligence, the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos.” – Deepak Chopra

“I am inspired by Sadhguru’s capacity for joy, his exuberance for life, and the depth and breadth of his curiosity and knowledge. His book is filled with moments of wonder, awe, and intellectual challenge. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in self-transformation.” —Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author

Good-Gums tooth powder instead of toothpaste

Combination of two articles originally published on EXAMINER Sept. 20, 2014 and July 9, 2014

Good-Gums tooth powder, a healthful toothpaste alternative and natural remedy, has been this author’s daily dental product for many years, reversing several gum and dental issues, as well as providing a glistening clean.

I’ve been using Good-Gums since 2013 and have naturally reversed receding gums and gingivitis! It’s hard for me to estimate just how much money and pain this wonderful Good-Gums product has saved me!!

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I had been without dental insurance for about a year and a half so I had been looking for some non fluoride toothpaste (while shopping at the market) the day I was introduced to Good-Gums. The product’s creator, Isabelle Dunkeson, explained we can use Good-Gums just as easily as we use toothpaste.

 I had previously undergone deep scaling cleaning for pre-periodontal disease and gingivitis! I certainly did NOT want to go through that ordeal again as it was quite painful (even with the numbing shots)! So, if that’s your issue, also consider gently brushing (or better yet, “massaging”) your gums.

So, I bought a bottle of Good-Gums and took it home. I followed the instructions and brushed faithfully – including my gums – daily. A couple of months went by. I noticed I was having a lot less bleeding when I flossed. I also noticed the tooth sensitivity I had previously experienced was GONE.

After moving, starting a new job, and getting dental insurance again I went to a new dentist. He took the normal X-rays and gave me a thorough exam. I had NO cavities and NO sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease! NONE!

I must admit I was surprised. I knew I had been doing a good job with brushing and flossing (but I do not floss daily either as I know I should) and I had noticed that with Good-Gums my teeth always felt CLEAN – just like they do after a dental cleaning, but I really didn’t expect such a good report. Now I only wish I had been using Good-Gums my whole life!

When I did return to a dentist for a cleaning and to repair a crown, the new dental hygienist who cleaned my teeth didn’t even scold me for not flossing! Every previous cleaning I had always been scolded for not flossing daily. But now, it’s sure seems like Good-Gums had been doing such a good job for me that my lack of flossing didn’t matter! Now, I’m not suggesting you don’t need to floss, but at least for me, I found it did not matter that I had skipped some days!

The first product review I wrote for Good-Gums (Natural health and beauty product review: Good-Gums toothpaste replacement originally published on EXAMINER x date) became kind of well known–because Isabelle printed a ton of them and handed one out with each purchase of Good-Gums at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market. Yay!

I’ve returned many times to visit with Isabelle to get the whole scoop on Good-Gums and how she brought this fantastic health product to market. Eventually, I was honored to be interviewed by Phil Pagano of the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on behalf of Isabelle and Good-Gums.

I am happy to help this small company in any way I can to promote this amazing product that definitely has materialized via these folks “putting your money where your mouth is” and utilizing a grassroots type of marketing and promotion.

You can read more about (and order) this fantastic natural product here –>> Good-Gums.

So let me share with you how Good-Gums came to be produced. When Isabelle Dunkeson originally formulated Good-Gums she thought she was only doing so to alleviate her own gum issues. Little did she know just how many people she would help, how many people’s gum issues would reverse, and how many teeth she’d save! I’d be thrilled if one persondoesn’t have to undergo dental or gum surgery from reading this article – so I know Isabelle lives a joyous life knowing how many people she’s helped! Isabelle’s Good-Gums formula not only cured her own dental issues but it’s helped so many others – including me!

In fact, in the Jan 2012 issue of the HSI newsletter I became fascinated with an article written by Michele Cagan that recounted the miraculous healing experience of a lady named Winnie Burke. Winnie was quoted as saying, “He (her dentist) told me I’d lose every one of my teeth. But I knew they were already getting better.” The article outlined Winnie’s experience in detail – to summarize, Winnie had very loose teeth when a friend suggested she try Good-Gums. Apparently she had a dental checkup just after beginning to use Good-Gums tooth powder. So when the dentist told her something contrary to what she was already beginning to experience (from a short time of using Good-Gums) that her teeth seemed to be tighter in her gums, she began to question his desire to perform gum surgery even if he pulled her teeth! You see, Good-Gums can help strengthen gums and save your loose teeth!

That particular article presents information many of us have encountered and it’s also something I talk about often. A doctor or dentist tells us something that just doesn’t quite feel true or right to us and almost bully us (because they wear the white coat and have degrees) into believing their knowledge trumps ours. But the moral of the story is, Winnie continued using Good-Gums and did not return to the dentist for three years. She never lost any of her teeth and saved herself from gum surgery! When she finally returned for a checkup the dental hygienist was surprised that after such a long time between visits Winnie had no pockets between her teeth and gums, minimal plaque, and NO cavities!

So what’s in Good-Gums and why is it so special? Well, part of the reason Good-Gums works so incredibly well is that it DOES NOT contain:

  • Glycerin
  • Fluoride
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Harsh abrasives
  • Artificial ingredients

The reason Good-Gums works so beautifully is that it ONLY contains 100% non-toxic ingredients that contribute to healthy teeth and gums, such as:

  • French grey sea salt

Salt – not just any salt though. The French grey sea salt is ground to a very fine specification to limit abrasion; its known for it’s high mineral content and lowest sodium content.

  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon – Herbalists have used cinnamon for years to aid infants who experience teething pain because it offers mild anesthetic properties, along with antimicrobial action.

  • Cranberry

Cranberry offers the extraordinary benefits of making plaque less sticky. It’s one of the reasons cranberry works so well in the urinary tract, it helps keep bacteria from sticking to the urinary tubes so your body can more easily expel it.

And if you’re now beginning to wonder if dental plaque is the same as arterial plaque – which can cause heart attacks, I have an answer for you –> Click here.

  • Vitamin-C

Vitamin-C promotes healing of the connective tissue which, holds your teeth in place. Connective tissue depends on collagen, and collagen cannot be produced without vitamin-C! So the whole discussion about teeth not being bones, that kind of goes out the window when you think about this: you can’t have your teeth without the connective tissue that holds them in place!

  • Bio-flavinoid complex

Naturally occurring plant metabolites that possess the ability to neutralize reactive oxygen stabilizing molecules and breaking the oxidative chain – in other words, they are plant based antioxidants.

  • Peppermint

Peppermint for pain relief, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. The peppermint herb is easily absorbed and soothing on the gums.

Finally, let’s talk about one of my favorite ingredients in Good-Gums:

  • Myrrh

Myrrh is a wonderfully ancient remedy referred to many times in the Bible and used in Germany and England to this day as an approved treatment for gingivitis is a highly beneficial ingredient in Good-Gums. Many of my readers know that I am a Young Living therapeutic essential oil distributor so yes, I know much about the healthy benefits of myrrh and other oils. Our medicine cabinet mostly only contains these helpful oils.

When I say “pure” ingredients the company that manufactures and bottles Good-Gums adheres to all the same standards and regulations as a pharmaceutical company does.

This product is so pure and natural, even pregnant women can use Good-Gums. It is well known that a baby extracts calcium and other minerals and nutrients from it’s mother’s food supply but perhaps also possibly robbing calcium or other minerals from her bones (though reportedly not from teeth – though bones and teeth are made of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals). If a pregnant woman is not eating a nutritionally sound diet, the mom-to-be is very much encouraged by her obstetrician to take prenatal vitamins. But what is missed? Does the doctor refer her to a dentist, or other qualified dental practitioner to ensure the health of her teeth while she’s expecting? If she’s low on vitamin-C as I note above, then this could be the reason women who’ve had many pregnancies are correlated with having lost more teeth! You didn’t know that I’m a scientist, now did you? Ha!

Many men lose their teeth for a variety of reasons too! So, I realize pregnancy is not the only reason we need to use Good-Gums. In fact, every tooth is connected to a meridian in the body! You can Google “Meridian Tooth Chart” to learn more about the connection between teeth and acupuncture.

If you’ve ever wondered why some people do not ever have cavities or bad breath it may be due to their having a healthy gut, which means they have good intestinal flora. You can build up good gut flora by eating one cultured living food a day like yogurt, kefir, etc. Also, these people no doubt have a healthy biofilm on their teeth (in a healthy mouth every tooth has a film around it called a biofilm) and those people never have any dental problems. The ingredients in Good-Gums encourages a healthy biofilm – does your regular toothpaste?

An acquaintance of mine mentioned that she has receding gums and that her dental hygienist suggested that she should brush multiple times a day because of it. I commented, “so much for 40 years of fluoride huh?” (always my subtle way of saying it hasn’t been of any help – people still get cavities, root canals, crowns, bridges, and dentures as much as they always did) and she began to tell me about the importance of the deep cleaning ever three months!

When people are very strong in their belief system, I try not to get into a long conversation or enlighten them about alternatives. Pressing too hard about any particular subject usually either offends the person, or they won’t listen anyway. Also it seems to me that if what you are doing is working for you, who am I to question it. Go ahead! But for me, I would rather not go to the dentist, and not have that painful deep scaling and root planing. YUCK! I mean, I had a really good dentist and hygienist where we used to live, but even as good as they were, I prefer Good-Gums and my new brushing method better!

I really don’t want to knock your dentist, but honestly if fluoride was helpful, after 40+ years of it being pumped into our water and toothpaste – why would anyone get cavities? Whose interest is it in to keep us going back to the dentist? I certainly do NOT enjoy going to the dentist for crowns, bridges, and so forth! Lots of pain and EXPENSE!

Regular toothpaste that contains fluoride and other toxins is your mouth’s worst enemy because all it does is kill your teeth. Fluoride is plain old poison. Just read the label on YOUR current toothpaste! You’re encouraged not to swallow it, and to call poison control if you do! Unfortunately, it gets worse.

Toothpaste keeps Good-Gums from working effectively. Why?

Most toothpastes contain glycerin (even the ones found in health food stores) and glycerin actually coats teeth with a film that prevents your saliva from re-mineralizing your teeth! Yes, your body knows how to naturally heal and repair your teeth! Our body grows our teeth and heals a cut on our skin, so why should this concept shock you? If your teeth aren’t re-mineralizing it could be because of the glycerin in those products that coat the teeth.

Not only are fluoride and glycerin bad, but regular toothpaste contains harsh abrasives, preservatives, etc. Why eat organic food and then brush with pesticide and chemically laden toothpaste? Makes no sense to me!

You brush your teeth everyday, so even if you only absorb a small amount of the toxins and chemicals found in drugstore and grocery store toothpaste, you’re getting dosed twice a day, every day of your life!

If you’ve been told you need gum surgery I definitely suggest you give Good-Gums a try. After all, what do you have to lose? Good-Gums can only HELP bring health back to your gums, tighten your teeth, whiten, and allow your body to re-mineralize your teeth.

If like me, you believe every purchase you make equates to voting with your dollars, then you know the best way to nurture companies like Good-Gums is to keep buying and using their products.

Good-Gums has begun making a pet version of their product too! So, now your dog can naturally have healthy teeth and gums!

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Sales of Good-Gums have exceeded 45,000 units and continue to climb, as more people discover its outstanding benefits.

If you’d like to stock Good-Gums in your store, contact Good-Gums at: Email: sales@good-gums.com  Phone: 1-888-693-0333

You can read more about (and order) this fantastic natural product here –>> Good-Gums.

There’s always an alternative if you look for it and be open to receive!

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.

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CD Review: Love Medicine by Shelley Morningsong is expressive and full of heart!

Originally published on EXAMINER(dot)com: April 5, 2015

Author note: 65 Facebook Likes!!! Wow! That’s got to be the most ever Facebook Likes that I received on any of my Examiner articles! Thank you, thank you!

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Yes I am branching out a bit to review a music CD: Love Medicine. I cherish these vibrant and expressive songs! Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have written masterful and touching music that speak to our hearts.

It is only difficult for me to find the words that fully express the resonance I feel when I listen to their original songs. Shelley’s deep and strong vocals, blend and flow perfectly with the music. As Fabian joins her, their melodious voices blend in such anaWEsOMe way! So much love, insight, and magic come through.

The Love Medicine CD is masterfully produced, beautifully sung, and harmoniously seamed together, that I feel anyone – even if you’ve never bought a Native American CD before – will enjoy it. Exquisite, inspiring, and heart-opening! Put the CD on and listen to it all the way through.

Songs:

We Didn’t Ask Why is a modern contemporary piece that employs, guitar, drums, flute, Fabian speaking, Shelley singing, and just the perfect amount of rattle. Fabulous vibe! Musical wisdom you can dance to – whether you just want to sway, belly dance, or rock out! 🙂

The CD’s namesake track is: Your Love, My Medicine. Fantastic! Really exotic sounds, beautiful and rich guitar, flute, drums, and Shelley’s haunting voice. Backing vocals accentuate and balance. Blissful. Lyrics paint a gorgeous picture. Purple sunset, wild horses, ah.

She Talks To The Animals is another lyrically wonderful song because as we listen, we can envision it as a movie scene. Is there violin on this song? Tremendous! I embrace this melodious journey. Storytellers will be enchanted by it. Gentle and easy story to sway with.

Every time I listen to the short Interlude songs (there are two), I think of my beautiful granddaughter and her innocent voice. Sweet.

Surrender invites us along for a deep and thought provoking journey. It will stir compassion within your soul.

Peace and Love is upbeat and vibrant! It definitely brings home it’s message to me. If you want to get people moving, this is the song you need to use for your lead in. Motivational speakers, check it out! Charity leaders, you could use this too! This is an anthem and needs to get OUT to everyone – aWEsOMe message!

Love Came To Rescue Me takes me back to when my husband and I met. Love the violin on their song! It’s just brilliantly played. If you’ve ever been down, or hurt… then saved – this song will resonate with you. This song is profoundly personal to me.

One by One is a hopeful and transformative song. It encourages us to teach our children to reach for the stars – yes! “Ripples on the water”, and other universal insights of vibration and connection resound in this song, so you know I delight in it! Yes a perfect song for us idealists. The musical influences are mixed, so you can appreciate the Native American tones and enjoy this as you would any contemporary song on the radio. It’s a delicious song of positivity! Another great anthem type of song that will inspire you to be your best! One by one we can change the world.

Be sure to pick up your own Love Medicine CD from Shelley today –> Click Here.

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If you live anywhere close to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida you can see Shelley and Fabian in person! Check the Musical Echoes Flute and Cultural event website to find out all about it!

When my husband and I attended the Brooksville Native American festival (Feb. 7th, 2015), we were honored to meet Shelley and Fabian. They are down-to-earth, lovely, and genuine. Their love and caring for each other was very apparent. Also, their kindness and compassion shined for everyone who came to meet them, shake their hand, whether or not the person bought a CD or beaded purse.

I developed a strong desire to meet Shelley after watching a video of Fabian and her (Click here to see the video –> on YouTube), which totally clicked when Shelley spoke the words that I was given years ago, We Are All Connected.

We Are All Connected

I am of Cherokee Native American descent. I continue to learn and uncover more about my Native American heritage along with that of my Welsh (English), Dutch, Irish, and German lineage. I lovingly stand on many shoulders.

When the words, We Are All Connected, came to me many years ago, I sensed the direction of my life would change. The more I explore our connections the more rich and full life becomes! 🙂

My husband is a guitarist and songwriter and wrote the song, (Click here to hear the song track #2 –> The Connection) also based on these words.

I have written a book chapter (Click here –> We Are All Connected book chapter) and blog post (Click here –> We Are All Connected to read my blog post) in exploration of all the ways that we are all connected. To me, it’s an undeniable reality.

You may not think you have any Native American ancestry, but I am learning that many of us do! It’s worth exploring that aspect, if it interests you.

When you visit Shelley’s website be sure to scroll down, especially if you click on the Store or Gallery links, as there is much to see! I plan to write a review of Shelley’s, “Full Circle” CD — soon!

Another way you may wish to connect with Shelley, is through your support with Half the Sky. Click here –> Half the Sky to learn more about how you can help impoverished women and children who just need a hand up.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author, my two co-authored books are: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”. 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 partner with you, or include your story in my third book! As well, 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. Be who you want to be.

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Feeling so much better! Therapeutic massage with Tiffiny

I am honored and blessed to know Tiffiny C. Rudkin, LMT of Jade Tree Wellness Center Inc. I’ve had massages before, all wonderful, but Tiffiny has raised the bar for sure! In fact, she’s more than a massage therapist, she’s an”Ailment Alleviator.”

My experience with Tiffiny today (similar to my first visit) left me invigorated, breathing better, relaxed, ready to shop a bit, and then clean the house (when I got home later)!

I drank plenty of water afterwards too! It’s wise to drink plenty of water after receiving healthful bodywork in order to flush out any toxins and other unnecessary accumulations released from your muscles.

Tiffiny performs Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Trigger Point Therapy–finding points on my back that I didn’t even know were sore until she found them! As well, she does Esalen Relaxation Massage, Cupping, and Tui Na.

Tiffiny used the cupping on me in a different way than I’d ever had done before also. She actually used a silicone cup to massage my back and release contracted muscles, which improves blood and lymphatic circulation. I also learned from Tiffiny that the way she uses the cup during massage prevents the temporary red circles from forming that I’ve known cupping can often leave on the skin.

Tiffiny knew she had a knack and passion for the healing arts, and thus became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in 2009. I asked how long she had been performing massage therapy, where she’d went to school, and how long it took. I have often considered going to massage school myself, but I am older than Tiffiny and my hands are not as strong as hers! Perhaps I should stick to typing! Haha!

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Tiffiny C. Rudkin, LMT

As well as all of the therapies previously mentioned, Tiffiny also practices Craniosacral therapy, which is a light pressure modality used to achieve deep, cellular level relief and may also help with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Tiffiny works on Triathlon athletes using sports massage, pregnant women with pregnancy massage, and chair massage. With Craniosacral therapy, she can do mouthwork both inside and outside the mouth, which can be good for headaches, migraines, and TMJ dysfunction.

If you’ve had a massage, you know that you can feel how muscles seem to get “knots” or bumps in them. I actually had a couple of these in my back, on my shoulders, that I hadn’t realized, but Tiffiny’s focused therapeutic bodywork on these really helped to loosen them. She also worked on my neck quite a bit, which has had a kink or catch in it for several weeks. It’s totally released now and my singing rehearsal today went exceedingly well! I’m so stoked about realizing the wonderful benefits that massage can have on my breathing and vocal ability!

When I asked Tiffiny about massage later, she told me that she is an “Ailment Alleviator” and I believe her! And my belief is built from experience. Tiffiny’s client centered approach, and focus that’s specific to your body is outstanding! I think you’ll be amazed!

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If you have any body pain, do yourself a favor and book an appointment at Jade Tree Wellness Center Inc. with Tiffiny C. Rudkin, LMT. You’re going to thank me for referring you to her!

Jade Tree Wellness Center Inc.
3039 49th St. N
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
727-207-4814 Cell
727-344-8690 Office