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KC Miller is the founder of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts celebrating its 30th year anniversary of helping people to discover their Gifts and Graces. Over the years KC has received many designations and won numerous awards. While these are milestones in life worth celebrating, her greatest joy and accomplishment, in her mind, is that her 'Life Light' has been used to help illuminate others 'light' and life purpose! Her personal life motto has become the healing model for SWIHA ~ Let me be an instrument in the peace and healing of others as we seek to touch lives, heal bodies and free souls!

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The Legend of Santa

Posted by KC Miller on 12/22/22 4:00 PM

 

In this age of transparency and vulnerability, when questioned as to whether you believe in Santa or not, you might experience some consternation or dissidence.  What do you say without lying or compromising the trust little ones place in you? 

 

Recently my youngest granddaughter confessed she was very concerned that “the Bigs” (meaning the older kids) were telling “the Littles” (the younger kids) that Santa wasn’t real. 

 

Me, the Granny, “Oh, tell me what you believe?”

 

Granddaughter, “Granny, I don’t have it all figured out yet …. I just think if we keep believin’ then Santa will keep showing up!” 

 

My heart melted. She went on to plead, Let’s let the Littles believe a little longer!”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, KC Miller, Christmas, Holistic Education, Holiday Season, Blessings, Christmas 2022, Santa

Holidays Are Not Always Merry & Bright

Posted by KC Miller on 12/15/22 8:00 AM

This time of year, it’s easy to begin to recite unconscious, redundant holiday greetings such as Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, or Happy New Year. While a sincere sentiment might be your intention, could we just stop a minute and acknowledge those who aren’t feeling so merry and bright this season?

Holidays can be an emotional time of year for some, especially those who mark the holidays with anniversaries such as This is the first holiday without (insert loved one’s name)! Or, I cannot believe it’s been so many years that (loved one) hasn’t been here for the holidays.” Remembering and reminiscing are part of the grieving process.

Rather than skirt around the grief or try to act as if it’s not there, consider these thoughtful and compassionate HAPPY options:

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Holistic Healing, KC Miller, Arizona, Tempe, integrative healing arts practitioner, Holding Space, Christmas, Holidays, IHAP, winter solstice, Connection, Solstice, Healing Procress, Healing Process, Space Holder, Grief Stages, Grief

Thanksgiving Every Day in Someway

Posted by KC Miller on 11/24/22 8:00 AM

“If you give thanks every day, every day is then Thanksgiving!”

Many scientific studies have been done documenting the benefits of gratitude and the practice of giving thanks including a study conducted by the Association of Psychological Science. Their findings showed those who had deeper, vulnerable conversations and made the effort to socialize more frequently with others were significantly and statistically happier and healthier.

Let’s look at six easy steps to ensure your health and happiness using the acronym THANKS.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Gratitude, SWIHA, Self-care, Psychology, Arizona, Tempe, Brene Brown, chakras, Holistic Education, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Honor, Giving Thanks, Chakra System

30 Years and Thriving — It Takes a Village

Posted by KC Miller on 9/15/22 11:13 AM

30 years ago this year, with a prayer and a small loan from my husband, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, came into existence. Starting with two classrooms and 6 students, the college has grown to 16 classrooms, in three buildings, serving nearly 600 on-campus students, and nearly as many online students across the country.

As a longtime student of A Course In Miracles, one day long ago I prayed in earnest what is known as the ‘miracle prayer’: “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say, and to whom?” From that prayer came the vision of creating a place where individuals could come to discover their gifts, where education would not be a “cookie cutter” experience and where individual expression and diversity was encouraged and honored. Starting as a massage college, SWIHA is striving 30 years later by offering 16 Certificates of Excellences, 10 different diplomas, Associates in Healing Arts, and over 300 individual continuing education classes.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, KC Miller, Massage School, Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics, Arizona, spirit of yoga, Tempe, Yoga studio, Holistic Education, Arizona Yoga Studio, Arizona Massage School, Thirty Years, ACCET, Massage Clinic, Thirty Year Anniversary, Thirty and Thriving

The Making of a Yogi — The Incarnations of Will Zecco

Posted by KC Miller on 5/26/22 4:00 PM

As youngsters, we are often asked, “What do you want to BE when you grow up?” The question being asked is really what do you want to DO for a living?

For Will Zecco, he knew in middle school he wanted to BE a hairstylist. And yet his dad wouldn’t hear of it! He wanted Will to do “college”. So Will attended a community college and became a Fashion Designer, doing costume design for a local theatre group. He was good at what he was doing, including singing and dancing in the local productions, yet he still had a dream of being something else.

A hometown newspaper did an article featuring Will with the headline “Local Boy Becomes Designer.” A state Senator sent Will a letter congratulating him and offering that if there was ever anything he could do for him, to let him know. As Will often says, “We only get what you’re brave enough to ask for!” Will boldly asked the Senator about a grant and got a full ride to go to Cosmetology school.

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Topics: SWINA, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Aesthetician, SWIHA, yoga, 200 Hour Yoga Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics, YTT, spirit of yoga, Yogi, Safe Space, Holding Space, Trauma-Aware, Hairdresser, Makeup Artist, Esthetician School, SOY

Desire: Valentines for the Soul – by KC Miller

Posted by KC Miller on 2/10/22 4:00 PM

Meditation is the practice of falling in love with life. Follow your desires.” ~ Lorin Roche

It might surprise you to know that desire is a word traceable back to the ancient yogis used to describe our Soul journey and not just a word you see used on Valentine‘s cards.

An ancient text known as the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra (VBT) is an encyclopedia of yogic breath awareness techniques. It is sometimes called “A Divine Love Letter to Self” offering inspiration and guidance for self-care and self-love.

Let’s explore the acronym DESIRE with the transliteration of the VBT by Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Meditation, Yoga Teacher Training, Breathing Techniques, Yoga Sutras, yoga, Arizona, Tempe, Yoga Philosophy, Soul, Valentine's Day, The Radiance Sutras, Desire, Yogis

Consider These 10 Ways to Utilize Journaling during Yoga Teacher Training

Posted by KC Miller on 1/27/22 4:00 PM

Journaling is about creating clarity, prioritizing your energy, and provides an opportunity for positive self-talk. It is also an amazing way to see how much you’ve grown, changes in mindset, and your progress toward your goals.

Through documenting our thoughts and feelings, we advance our self-awareness and self-control. It gives us the ability to analyze how we are currently showing up in the world and provides us the opportunity to feel empowered in our decisions.

Consider these 10 ways below on how to utilize journaling as Svadhyaya, or self-reflection, either through life, or especially during your experience of going through Yoga Teacher Training. Ultimately, your journal is a place to practice vulnerability and honesty, and bring that in to the world to truly live yoga!

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Topics: Gratitude, yoga, Mindfulness, journaling, Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Sutras, Arizona, YTT, Tempe, Yogi, yoga teacher, Sacred Space, Holistic Education, Ahimsa, Self-Awareness, Gratitude Journal, My Spirit of Yoga, Svadhyaya, Self-Control, Principles of Yoga, Alter, Satya, Self-Reflection

Do YOU — Meditation Done Differently

Posted by KC Miller on 1/13/22 4:00 PM

Many people think they can’t meditate. Maybe it’s not that they can’t meditate, rather the way they have been instructed to meditate doesn’t resonate with their Soul!

In the past, much of what was taught about meditation came from a restrictive mindset, often couched in needing to be more disciplined or committed to be a good yogi or person.

Restrictive meditation is a form of meditation where concentration is emphasized and epitomized. One is to focus on a singular object to the exclusion of all other thoughts. It can almost be described as the “sit down-shut up-suck up” approach to meditation. Clearing the mind of all thoughts is the guiding edict. And while the goal is to really experience whatever you are focusing on, whether it's your breath, a specific word, or a mantra in order to reach a higher state of being, the result is often a feeling of defeat because total concentration is almost impossible for most of us.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Guided meditation, Holistic Healing, Meditation, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga, Arizona, YTT, Yogi, Holistic Education, Mindset, Soul-care, Invitational Meditation, Soul

The Yoga of Manifestation: Amrit Desai’s Visit to SWIHA

Posted by KC Miller on 1/6/22 4:00 PM

There is a story told of a guru who was approached by many people wanting to know the secrets of manifestation. He closed his eyes, and so did those saying they were seeking wisdom. The yogi took a deep breath, as did those waiting. After what seemed to be a long time, the wise man opened his eyes and said, “If you want pears, plant pear seeds!” With that, he descended the mountain, leaving some to understand, while many only mumbled in their confusion.

The first Friday in September of 2019, over 300 people gathered to listen to Yogi Amrit Desai, one of the few remaining living yoga masters who originally brought over the authentic teachings of yoga in the early 1960’s. Nine years before his arrival, the seeds were planted!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, SWIHA, Amrit Desai, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga nidra, Gifts and Graces, Yoga Sutras, yoga, Arizona, YTT, Spiritual, community, Yogi, Yoga studio, yoga teacher, Manifestation, Amrit Institute, New Years Resolution, Amrit, Yoga Practice, Divine Timing

Holiday Truce Making — Consider Silent N.I.G.H.T

Posted by KC Miller on 12/23/21 4:00 PM

Have you seen the holiday meme that says “Deck the Halls” and in a finer font “…just don’t deck your relatives?” As funny as the meme is meant to be, for some families, the holidays can be intense times where conflict and chaos abound. Calling a truce might be exactly what’s needed.

A favorite holiday story is that of Silent Night and the truce it brought. As the legend is told, there were two countries at war during the Christmas season. Both countries celebrated the tradition of Christmas by singing Silent Night in their own native tongues.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Holistic Healing, Reiki, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Christmas, Holidays, Holistic Education, Holiday Season, Truce, Transform, Silent Night, Peace, Calm, Honor, Grace, War Treaty, Deck The Halls

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