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Get Out Of Your Own Way: Mitch Rustad Helps Others Break Negative Patterns and Find Happiness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/9/19 8:00 AM

Mitch Rustad’s journey to becoming a Life Coach was a natural evolution of his passion for personal development and transformation. After a profound experience helping a close friend navigate a severe life crisis, he was inspired to take his interest a step further and pursue an education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Holistic health, Holistic wellness, Great Graduates, Positive Thinking

A Recipe for Success: Janet Lee Serves Some Wisdom on Integrating Life Coaching and Nutrition

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/8/19 8:00 AM

My personal favorite quality of Janet Lee’s, a Holistic Nutrition instructor at SWIHA, is that she can make a heavenly cheesecake--and it’s all nutritious, raw vegan ingredients! A close contender is her ability to deliver her wisdom and knowledge in a relatable, engaging way. Each interaction, you’ll come away with a fascinating food fact or thinking: “Wow! I didn’t know I could do that with my veggie scraps.”

“I’ve always enjoyed hearing about people’s journeys,” she explains, “and I thought [Life Coaching] would be a nice compliment to my interest in nutrition coaching.”

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Life Coaching, national life coaching month, SWIHA Staff, entrepreneurship, Holistic wellness

The “Will” to Succeed: Business Mentor Will Zecco Gets Honest About Entrepreneurship

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/4/19 8:00 AM

Will Zecco’s favorite question to ask budding entrepreneurs is: What are you willing to do, become or give up to find success?

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Topics: Life Coaching, entrepreneurship, Great Graduates, Holistic wellness, holistic business

Health is the New Beauty: How Kelly St. Claire Merged Her Passions to Help Others

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/29/18 2:00 PM

Kelly St. Claire was enjoying her life as a mother of two with a successful career as a hairstylist when she suddenly felt as though something was missing from her life.

“I love beauty. However, my passion also lay in holistic and energetic healing,” Kelly explains, “I didn’t know the term ‘multi-passionate’ at the time. I just thought I was flighty and that in order to get into my holistic health work I’d have to leave my beauty work. I struggled with it for a long time.”

The urge to expand in to healing eventually led Kelly to take many holistic workshops in order to stretch her knowledge base and get inspired. That’s how she found Southwest Institute of Healing Arts!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Great Graduates, Diploma, Holistic wellness, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy

Five Signs You (Yes, You!) Would be an Amazing Nutrition Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/26/18 2:00 PM

If you love the idea of improving lives, educating others and creating meaningful work for yourself, then you’re already in the mindset of a holistic entrepreneur—and you’ve come to the right place!

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers a plethora of holistic wellness education, and has helped thousands of individuals take their gifts out into the world in a loving and profitable way.

Today, we’ll explore one of our most in-demand programs: our 200-hour Holistic Nutrition certification, available online and on campus. In fact, the food featured in this blog was created by SWIHA Holistic Nutrition student, Roman Massey and his classmates!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Nutritionist, Healthy Eating, Healthy Food, Holistic wellness

Heal the Healer: Do You Need Some S.O.U.L C.A.R.E?

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/12/18 2:00 PM

Healers are highly sensitive, which is why they’re so drawn to dedicating their lives to helping others! 

However, if you’ve been spending a lot of energy focused on the healing of others, you may be pushing through warnings from your own system that something is off.

Signs that you may need to pause and do some S.O.U.L C.A.R.E include:

  • Your personal to-do list is a mile long
  • You haven’t been sleeping or eating well
  • Your schedule is not a reflection of your priorities
  • You’ve had limited alone time lately
  • Your body is inexplicably ill or in pain
  • Your physical space is cluttered and disorganized
  • Your emotions have begun calling the shots
  • You feel like you’re operating on auto-pilot
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Topics: Motivational Monday, Self-care, holistic entrepreneur, Holistic wellness, spirituality

Ready, Set, Blog! Moving Past Fear and Sharing Your Business' Message

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/25/18 2:00 PM


In case you’ve never read the bio at the end of these blogs: Hi, my name is Taylor! I serve at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts as a marketing specialist or (as I like to title myself) “Creator of Copy, Bringer of Blogs”. You’ve never seen me write in the first person on the SWIHA blog before, so this is a special feature that warrants the change in voice!

As an ongoing entrepreneurial support piece for our students and graduates, SWIHA’s Success Coach, Sharon Rose, hosts bi-weekly webinars talking all things business. Sharon brings her fabulous energy, her honesty, and her personal experience with her own thriving venture, The Soul Stylist.

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Topics: entrepreneur, Great Graduates, Success Center, Holistic wellness

Heart to Heart with Dr. Paul Bernitt: Integrative Medicine and the Intelligence of the Body

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 9/13/18 2:01 PM

Dr. Paul Bernitt, a Board Certified Doctor of Holistic Health and founding member of Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Scottsdale, has worked in a wide variety of health care entities including long-term care, OB/GYN, children’s hospitals and family medicine since 1998.

“My life was all about how much I could get done,” he says, “raising my family, being active in my church and trying to ‘get ahead in life’.”

In a turn of fate, Dr. Bernitt fell ill. He was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and, at age thirty-six, was already experiencing atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. The traditional allopathic doctors he spoke with told him that he would have to reduce sugars and carbohydrates from his diet, increase his physical activity and that he would need to take medications to help him manage his condition.

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Topics: Mind Body Transformational Psychology, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Holistic wellness, Life Coaching, Great Graduates, wellness, health

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

Posted by Staff 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: Holistic Nutrition, western herbalism, hatha gong, Yoga Teacher Training, cancer, Alternative healing, Holistic wellness

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

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