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Recognizing Positions of Privilege and Power to Create a More Just World

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 10/29/20 4:00 PM

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Topics: yoga, Guest Blog, Social Justice, Yoga Philosophy, Samskaras

How to Build Your Holistic Business with the Support of Fellow Entrepreneurs

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/22/20 4:00 PM

Do you dream of pursuing your passion for mind-body-spirit wellness and turning it into a profitable opportunity? At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we not only teach holistic modalities such as yoga, life coaching, herbalism and hypnotherapy -- we graduate entrepreneurs! We are ready to help you define what your success looks like, and provide you with the building blocks to reach it.

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Topics: holistic entrepreneur, entrepreneur, holistic business, Our Success Center, Graduate Support

Showing Up to Cultivate Inclusive Spaces: Guest Blog by Kimberlee Morrison

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 10/15/20 4:00 PM

I started my yoga practice at home, when my grandmother gave me Richard Hittleman’s 28-day Exercise Plan. The cover depicted a thin, blonde woman in what looked to me like a contorted shape; an image that has many variations and has become the dominant depiction of what a yogi looks like. I’ve also spent most of my professional, academic and athletic life as one of few (or the only) BIPOC people in the room. So it wasn’t all that surprising that I found myself surrounded by bendy white women in my first studio yoga class. Since this was a normal experience for me — being or perceiving myself as the only BIPOC person surrounded by white people — I didn’t think twice about showing up again.

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Topics: yoga, Social Justice, Inclusive Spaces, Racial Equality, Showing Up

Five Essential Hasta Mudras for Powerful Intention-Setting

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/8/20 4:00 PM

A mudra (Sanskrit for “mark”, “seal” or “gesture”) is a sacred and symbolic gesture found in yogic, Jainist and Buddhist traditions. Hasta mudras, meaning hand gestures, are performed with varying intentions and believed to impact and direct the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body.

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Topics: yoga, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Intention, Mudra

Meet JoAnn Sanchez: Herbalist, Educator, Friend of Earth & Western Herbalism Program Director

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/1/20 4:00 PM

JoAnn Sanchez is trained in social work, forestry, natural resource development, botany and describes herself as a “primarily self-taught Herbalist” with experience spanning four decades.

“A natural attraction and affinity to plants began in childhood,” says JoAnn, program director of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, “as it is with many Herbalists.”

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Topics: western herbalism, Natural Healing, Herbal Medicine, SWIHA Staff, Plant Medicine

Five Things You May Not Know About Energy and ‘Vibes’

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 9/24/20 4:00 PM

I loved her energy.” or “The vibes were just off.” are now a part of common vernacular – however, is there more to it than simply ‘feeling’ that way? Modern science has begun to confirm what ancient wisdom already knew: We are more connected and can communicate more than we think on both a subconscious and intentional level! Today we have some fascinating facts about the flow of energy within us and our surrounding environments, as well as the application for healing mind, body and spirit.

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Topics: Polarity, Alternative Medicine, energy healing, Reiki, traditional healing

What Does Colonization Have to Do With Our Modern Yoga Practice?

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 9/17/20 4:00 PM

Early yoga systems were available, accessible and heterogeneous, offering a wide range of philosophies, meditations, and rituals designed to liberate the mind, body, and spirit from suffering. However, over time it became a tool of oppression in India’s caste system under British colonial rule. It was during British rule that the Indian elite were given the power to enforce colonial control, and the upper caste implemented systems that eventually criminalized the practice of yoga altogether.

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Topics: yoga, asana, Social Justice, yoga history, Sanskrit

Healthy, No-Fuss Vegan Dessert: Avocado Chocolate Pudding!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 9/10/20 4:00 PM

I know what you’re thinking—and the answer is: No! This pudding does not taste of avocados, though it does use their thick, creamy consistency to create a decadent base. Perfect for a late-night sweet tooth, a crowd-pleasing potluck dish, or even for sneaking more variety in to a picky-eater’s diet – all you need are a few staple ingredients and a food processer or blender. Thanks to raw food chef and SWIHA Holistic Nutrition instructor, Janet Lee, for demonstrating this recipe on Wellness Wednesday (watch the video below!).

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Topics: Holisitc Nutrition, Whole Foods, Recipe, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Nutrition Coach

The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga of Action, Love, and Knowledge

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 9/3/20 4:00 PM

Yoga mythology is full of stories of love and war, enlightenment and disillusionment, victory and defeat. Like all mythos, the epic tales from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana provide important insights for understanding our cosmic place in the universe, exploring the depth of human experience through a spiritual lens, and what it means to be engaged and connected to the unexplainable.

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Topics: spirituality, yoga, conscious community, Yoga Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming an Herbalist at SWIHA

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/27/20 4:00 PM

Plant medicine is far from a new method of healing, yet we see a renewed interest in recent years to return to the ‘root’ of wellness – treating mind, body and spirit with holistic, natural practices. Beyond caring for our home—the Earth—we believe in an inherent right and responsibility to care for our wellbeing; knowledge of herbal remedies provides a self-empowering tool to provide self-care and therefore extend this learning onto others.

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Topics: western herbalism, Herbalism, Natural Healing, Plant Medicine, Herbalist

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