We had the good fortune of connecting with Shameka Clark-Ragland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shameka, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Most people are unaware of exactly how beneficial and powerful wellness is! So many people deal with some form of stress and/or pain, and most do not stop and ask themselves, “How is this affecting me on a holistic level?” Our bodies are interconnected. The things that affect us mentally, can manifest in our physical, emotional, and/or spiritual systems. Statistics show that by simply doing yoga your body begins to benefit in so many ways. Depression can decrease by 50%, anxiety by 40%, and this is only after just 3 months of practicing yoga. Also, with life coaching, 80% of people reported an increase of self-confidence, improved relationships, performance, and communication skills. Herbs, whole foods, and essential oils have been used by our ancestors for centuries to help heal everyday conditions that we are all faced with. You can heal yourself naturally.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Mecca Blended Wellness LLC offers holistic integrative wellness and life coaching services. These services include an implementation of plant-based eating, the practice of yoga and its techniques, and improving one’s sense of self. Mecca Blended Wellness helps individuals find balance in all four body systems: Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. Each system is approached using different modalities of yoga, life coaching, meditation, nutrition (meal preparation), and organic essential oils. Blending these modalities allows individuals to conquer core issues blocking them from balance, health, and happiness. I created Mecca Blended Wellness with the thought process of helping people by using wellness. Starting my own business stems from this feeling of desire ingrained within me of wanting to help people who have experienced trauma and who are out of balance because of it. Finding a healthy balance is an essential part of my business. I’ve helped myself heal from the traumatic experiences I endured as a child, which resulted in poor eating habits amongst other bad habits that I picked up however, as I persevered through such trying times, I knew I could do the same for others through the use of wellness. The services that Mecca Blended Wellness offers, sets my business apart from others because I coach with an integrative and holistic approach. Also, I am able to relate to each and every one of my clients. I have experienced the trauma, pain, lack of mobility, poor diet, as so many of my clients have, so when I am coaching or teaching my clients, I know how they are feeling. The empathy I share with my clients extends far and wide as my thoughts and techniques are carried with them through their everyday living. There were times even, where I could not see past my trauma. I am an example to my clients that you do not have to feel or stay trapped in such dark and or unhealthy places as wellness can help to shine some light in your direction. If I can do it, you can too! This is a mantra that I say out loud and share with all my clients. It represents hope for all of my clients. I surely am not just telling you something out of a book. Mecca Blended Wellness mission is to help people find balance after experiencing trauma. Whether that trauma be mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually related, I can help guide you towards a healthier, more balanced life. When my clients contact me and share with me how their life has improved and how they continue to implement the tools they learned through my services, I feel proud because I’ve help them achieve their mental, emotional, physically and or spiritual goals. Every time I help a person on their journey, I am living in my purpose. My purpose is to help people. I am here today because of the risk I took on my journey. Risks are important to take in order to grow. Most of us let limitations stemming from past trauma and fear block us from growth because we identify them as risk. From my personal experience, I’ve learned that taking risks will allow you to explore different paths. The major role that risk has played in my life was when I decided to move from New York City to Georgia in July of 2018. Any big move from one state to another with no true perspective jobs waiting in line for you can be viewed as having taken a risk. However, I had just started the process of creating my own business and through the networking and building I did, I made many meaningful connections within the wellness communities. I was even offered a yoga job while in yoga school to teach after my graduation. I had built a strong support system in wellness in NYC. So, when I moved to Georgia I had to (and continue to) rebuild my networking circle and connections. It has not been easy, however anything worth achieving is not going to be easy. I overcame my challenges by taking risk, alongside with having faith and being consistent which has led me to where I am today. I learned that it is ok to not know every detail of our life journey, and to always have faith. Our path is already written, so there is no need to fear taking risks. The lesson I have learned along the way is to always stay committed to my commitments. I, thereby decided that after I launched my business, no matter what my current situation may be, I would remain positive and stay committed to myself, my goals, and my business. I created an action plan for myself to help me keep those commitments as well. An action plan is a plan designed to help keep you on track by planning sub-goals under each goal, so you can accomplish your goal. It’s like designing a staircase to get to the top of your house. Another lesson I learned is to always release what is no longer serving me on my road to achieving my purpose. When I say release, I mean letting go of an unhealthy energy, by moving forward on a new path and distancing yourself from the old energy. This energy includes people, places, and things. People who experience trauma often build unhealthy relationships. There are people who I once genuinely cared deeply about that I had to release. Doing so was extremely difficult, but can be deemed as being one of the best decisions I have ever made. Once I released (let go) what was no longer serving me, it allowed space for me to grow and for healthy and positive relationships to enter into my life. I coach my clients on how to release unhealthy relationships so they too can have a more balanced life. It is important for the world to know that no matter the unfulfilled, unhealthy, unhappy situation we are in, we can always make the necessary changes in order to produce a different outcome. However, it is only truly up to us to make those changes. Wellness and life coaching are great resources however, it takes your commitment. Wellness is a form of art. Moving, healing, and speaking are the oldest forms of art we have. With moving, healing, and speaking you become a creator. I offer my clients the space for self-expression. With the holistic tools and modalities that I coach my clients with, they will have the ability to utilize what they learned so that they may create the life they want for themselves. I coach and teach from a place of experience and knowledge. I use a holistic approach because this allows for a more effective state of healing. When I first healed myself, I realize why, after going to therapy, I still felt unbalanced; only two of my body systems were being treated. I teach/coach to understand my clients as a whole person, this means understanding and dealing with the core issues in all four of their body systems. This was a game changer for me and for my clients because when a person is understood from a holistic standpoint, their healing ability is improved.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I just moved here two years ago, and love it here. I would take my friend to explore the following places: 1. Peachtree Lake- this lake in Peachtree City is a great spot I like to go to clear my mind and do yoga while enjoying the beautiful view. You can have lunch there, bring your family (playground) or be active. You can go jogging and canoeing. I usually bring my own lunch. 2. I’m on a plant base diet and love good food!! Southern Vegan Soul Café in Macon, GA is the place to go! Everything on the menu is so good. I love it here because I can get good food and also know I am eating healthy. I love taco Tuesday! 3. Little Five Point is a must go! I love the energy and art here. There are so many things to do here! When I go it’s usually to enjoy the art and spiritual shops like Crystal Blue and The Honey Pot. There are also a lot of artists that sell goods outside, so you can walk around and enjoy the neighborhood. 4, Desta Ethiopian Kitchen- This Ethiopian restaurant food is amazing. I love the ‘Vegan platter’. The atmosphere is one of peace and energy. 5.Your Dekalb Farmers Market- Here you can get food from different parts of the world. I come here to get my food. The market is clean and fresh, with a great bakery. 6.Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park- Is a powerful place to visit. Everyone should experience this historical park! 7.Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park. I love to go walking here and doing yoga. The views are beautiful here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I will like to dedicate my shoutout to my old High School teacher Ms. Michele DeSilva. She is the person that showed me that education was a tool that would allow me to live the life I wanted no matter my current situation. She also showed me that sometimes people need guidance to accomplish their goals. With her motivation and care I was able to complete my goals. I am very thankful for her.

Website: www.meccablendedwellness.com
Instagram: meccablendedwellnessllc
Linkedin: Shameka Clark-Ragland
Twitter: @BlendedMecca
Facebook: Mecca Blended Wellness LLC
Other: Yoga Alliance: Mecca-Mecca Blended Wellness https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=246979

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