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Carrie Guthrie-Gray: Hatha Gongster Goddess and Future Death Midwife

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 4/19/18 2:00 PM

Before SWIHA, Carrie Guthrie-Gray was doing a job that would frighten most people to death: drawing blood. As a phlebotomist working for the same company for 15 years, she had great pay, great bonuses, and paid time off. Yet, despite the nobility of performing a service that is critical to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions, Carrie found herself bored by performing the same task day-in and day-out with little variation.

“When working in the medical field, you are only allowed to spend a certain amount of time with each patient,” Carrie reflects. “It was like moving cattle. I was unable to connect with people, or if I did connect with someone, I had to usher them out of the room shortly after. When I worked in the oncology department, there were many occasions when I was the first person that the patient saw after being diagnosed with cancer, and they would literally start bawling in my chair. I wanted to spend more time with them. I wanted to listen and hold space for them, yet I wasn’t able to do it in that setting. It broke my heart. It was draining the life out of me to be so pulled to hold space, yet not allowed to do so.”

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Topics: hatha gong, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Yoga Teacher Training, Holistic wellness, cancer, Alternative healing

Why I Teach Yoga

Posted by Kate Shipp on 4/16/18 2:00 PM

I still remember the first time I took a yoga class. It was February 2007, and my husband had presented me with a gift certificate for classes at a local studio. He had hoped that yoga would release my anxiety over being a new mom and alleviate the constant state of stress that overwhelmed me with every breath. I, too, was excited to try this new way of exercising. My daily workouts had left me feeling physically strong, so I had myself convinced that I would be “great” at yoga. Little did I know that my ego would be knocked down on its knees as soon as I stepped on the mat!

As I huffed and puffed through the poses in that first class, I struggled to understand the foreign guidance to “allow your breath to guide the movement of your body.” Finally, after much shaking and panting to force my hunched over body into triangle pose, the teacher approached me and gently asked, “Where are you trying to get into? Please come down into child’s pose and breathe.” Reluctantly, I listened. As soon as I followed her instructions, I was hit by a wave of peace and a softening in my mind. “What?!” I remember thinking. “I can rest? I’m receiving permission to rest, relax, and breathe?” In that moment, I knew the practice of yoga was going to change my life.

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Topics: Meditation, Yoga Teacher Training, Holistic wellness, exercise, yoga, chakras, Savasana

Walking Through Fire: Yoga Teacher Gullveig Talks Claiming Her True Name and Higher Self

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 4/12/18 2:00 PM

The year was 2000, and Lisa Grunwald—who now goes by the name Gullveig—was facing her first year of college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The stress of the transition from high school kid to university student was weighing heavily on her, and her normal anxiety had suddenly escalated to a whole new level. Some days, it got so bad that she would have dozens of panic attacks a day. To top it off, she suddenly developed lockjaw, a frightening condition which keeps the mouth from opening and functioning properly…

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Topics: Reiki master, 200 Hour Yoga Training, Advanced Yoga Training, Reiki, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga nidra, yoga, chakras

Facing the Facts: The Difference Between a Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Holistic Nutrition Coach

Posted by Blithe Parsons on 4/9/18 2:00 PM

Let’s face it: when it comes to eating well, a discussion of the “right” diet and “best” lifestyle is always on the table. Every day, we are bombarded with information (and misinformation!) about what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. So, when we get confused, who do we turn to? The experts, of course!

Yet, what exactly does it mean to be an “expert” in the field of nutrition? Do you need two different degrees and a decade of schooling to be able to talk to others about eating healthier? When you’re facing down your next meal, who can you ask for solid advice? 

Below we’ll look at the differences between the three most popular nutrition careers: a dietitian, a nutritionist, and a holistic nutrition coach. Whether you’re looking for assistance from one of the above or looking to become one of the above, it’s important to know the educational requirements, job duties, and strengths of each!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutritionist, Dietition, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Sports Nutrition

Tuning In: How Leah Baguet Transformed from Mathematician to Workplace Yoga Star!

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 4/5/18 2:00 PM


Like so many graduates, Leah Baguet’s path to holistic wellness began with a journey. She was surrounded by stress at her job, working through a series of medical challenges, and coping with the premature death of a close family member.

So, what makes Leah’s journey so different? Well, it was a literal one!

“I realized that life is just too short,” Leah shares. “I decided to quit my full-time job and travel the world with my husband. Upon returning, I didn’t want to go back to the regular hustle and bustle of a 9 to 5 job. That’s when SWIHA came into my life.”

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, yoga, 200 Hour Yoga Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Work Yoga

So, You Don't Know Jack about Jackfruit?

Posted by JD Cowdell on 4/2/18 2:00 PM

Odds are that unless you have been eating a plant-based diet for an extended period of time, you have probably never heard of Jackfruit. Don’t worry—you are not alone! The good news is that this multifaceted member of the breadfruit family is becoming increasingly well-loved in American households and can serve as a great alternative to meat if you’re looking to try out vegetarian and vegan-friendly options in your S.O.U.L. foods or holistic nutrition diet!

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Holistic health, Vegan, Jackfruit, Alternative Living, Meatless

Serving the Streets: Jason Taylor Talks Giving Hope, Help, and a Hot Meal to the Homeless

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 3/29/18 2:00 PM

For Jason Taylor, life before SWIHA felts like a numbers game. On the surface, he appeared to be a successful executive chef and restaurant manager. He had a “never say die” attitude—one which guided his spirit as he overcame addiction, abuse, and homelessness. Yet, despite the difficult hurdles he had surpassed and the assistance of many kind people along the way, Jason had still not dealt with the root of his pain.

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Topics: hatha gong, Holistic Nutrition, Holistic Healing, Reiki, community, Jesus, homeless

Hidden Gluten: 7 Tips for Cutting Out What You Can’t See!

Posted by Megan Wolf on 3/26/18 2:00 PM

Gluten-free veterans and newbies alike: welcome! Chances are that you have already seen dozens of articles from all across the web telling you what’s what in gluten-free living...

For the uninitiated, gluten is a plant protein commonly found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Medical science has thankfully progressed to the point that we are now able to use some simple tests to identify those lucky few who are unable to properly digest gluten; those individuals are generally diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Others might find that they have a sensitivity or allergy to this protein and opt for a gluten-free diet in order to lead a more comfortable life. Still others may choose a gluten-less lifestyle as a way of improving their overall health, clearing up skin troubles, and releasing extra weight.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Skincare, Gluten-free, Cosmetics, Celiac Disease, Food Allergies

Healthy Happy Healing People: Tory Dube Talks Overcoming Body Shame

Posted by Kitt Keller on 3/22/18 2:00 PM

For Tory Dube, life before SWIHA was a matter of constant performance. As a struggling professional dancer, actor, and comedian, Tory found herself trapped in the cutthroat entertainment industry, constantly facing the judgment of strangers. “I was an anxiety-ridden people pleaser who was hiding a nasty eating disorder,” she recalls. “My self-worth was defined by the people who decided whether or not I booked a job.”

Desperate for a change, Tory booked a space on a yoga retreat in the Bahamas, where she was introduced to meditation. While she found the demand of being totally present painful, it was exactly the spark she needed to start pursuing a new way of life. It was time to conquer her anxiety and food obsession once and for all.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Mind Body Wellness, Meditation, Acupressure, anxiety, Mind Body Transformational Psychology, mind-body wellness practitioner, Eating Disorder, Transformational Pychology, Body Shame

Golden Milk: A Recipe for Sweeter Dreams!

Posted by Blithe Parsons on 3/19/18 7:07 PM

Though its origins are in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, golden milk has become an increasingly popular holistic nutrition beverage in the Western wellness community. Golden milk is traditionally known as haldi doodh, with the only ingredients being turmeric and heated milk. Using this foundation, we can expand the recipe to make a delightful adaptogenic elixir to be taken right before bed!

Most of the ingredients needed for this soothing elixir are mostly available at any grocery store, although the ashwaganda and lucuma may need to be purchased at a specialty store or on Amazon. While they aren’t necessary for the basic version of the recipe, they add additional flavor and health benefits to this rest-promoting drink.

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Topics: sleep, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Dairy-Free, Raw Foods, Golden Milk, Turmeric

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