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Taylor Jablonowski

Taylor Jablonowski is SWIHA’s Marketing Specialist and a momma to a three-year-old boy named Arlo. When she's not working to make the Healing Arts accessible to everyone, you'll probably find her somewhere in the woods with her feet in a river.

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Who are Amrit and Kamini Desai?: SWIHA’s Alignment with the Amrit Lineage

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/15/21 4:00 PM

Around the year of 2010 and Kamini Desai, Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer for the Amrit Yoga Institute, was living in Phoenix and doing a lot of traveling, speaking and teaching about yoga and yoga nidra. A friend of hers mentioned that there was a school called the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), and that she thought she should connect with them. Kamini sent a message to KC Miller, Owner, Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer. The Universe brought them together when the timing was right about a year later.

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Topics: yoga, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga nidra, Yoga Body Psychology

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program: Authentic, Reputable & Life-Changing

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/9/21 10:12 AM


1. When choosing a Yoga Teacher Training program, it’s important you choose a program recognized by reputable licensing or a credential is involved is so that when you present yourself for employment your training will be recognized.

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the largest independent organized credentials body available in the world. Their standards for a Yoga Teacher Training facility include:

• Has a definite, pre-defined curriculum with competencies and sub-competencies that meet Yoga Alliance’s standards;
• Offers a training program that is taught by experienced yoga teachers who are qualified to train others to become yoga teachers; and
• Offers a consistent approach that supports authenticity of lineage, style, or methodology, rather than a survey of different approaches.

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Topics: Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga for Recovery, Yoga 200 Hour Training, yoga, I AM Yoga

Why Urban Farming is the Future of Agriculture and an In-Demand Skillset

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/1/21 4:00 PM

Urban Farming encompasses a vast array of interests: growing produce for personal consumption, involvement in a community garden or even with the intention of selling product at a local farmer's market. You may have a modest dream of a salsa garden on your patio, or loftier aspirations of creating a homestead with multiple plots. Whatever your ‘green goals’ may be, Urban Farming connects you back to the basics and gives you an enhanced appreciation of the magic of nature and how food is grown.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Urban Farming, Farmers Market, sustainability, Organic Produce

Your Diet is Influencing Your Emotions: Exploring the Gut-Brain Axis

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/25/21 4:00 PM

We all have days where we’re in an inexplicable funk and can’t seem to shake it; nothing out of the ordinary is happening externally yet we feel unmotivated, sad, foggy or simply just blah. In recent years, scientific research into the connection between our brains and our bellies has suggested that these moods may not be as random as they seem.

In 2015, the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that: “Insights into the gut-brain crosstalk have revealed a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation, and higher cognitive functions.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Mind Body Wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Standard American Diet, Gut-Brain Axis

Maximize Micronutrients With Rainbow Superfood Salad

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/11/21 4:00 PM

Diversifying food choices is essential for keeping our gut’s microbiome healthy. When our digestion is performing optimally, our bodies can absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the foods we consume, thereby improving the performance of all of the systems that keep us healthy!

There is also mounting evidence showing that what we eat affects physical health and mental health. A great way to keep our mind, body and spirit happy is by consuming a rainbow...in the form of a salad, of course!

This dish is able to be completely tailored to your personal preference. Read the guide below for suggestions on creating your own Rainbow Superfood Salad!

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Healthy Eating, Vegan, healthy lifestyle

Make Your Own Mock 'Meat' With Just a Few, Simple Ingredients!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/4/21 2:52 PM


The term ‘seitan’ is of Japanese origin, coined in 1961 by George Ohsawa who was an advocate of the macrobiotic diet. Sei, meaning "made of” and tan, the first character in the Japanese word tanpaku, which means protein. However, this vegan meat alternative can be traced as far back as 1500 years ago to Buddhist monks in China. Seitan has proven itself to plant-based eaters and beyond thanks to it's chewier texture versus other soy-based meat alternatives.

Although it is made of flour, seitan is low in carbohydrates, contains almost no fat, and is an excellent source of protein. It's widely available in grocery stores in many forms, however we'll be exploring how you can make it at home -- with no fancy ingredients or machines necessary. In fact, all you need is flour, water, your hands and a little imagination!

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Topics: Vegan, Nutrition Coach, Plant-based-diet, Holistic Recipes, seitan

Stuffed Squash Recipe: A Healthy, Customizable Meal for All Dietary Types

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/25/21 4:00 PM

Squash is a dietary staple for many cultures around the world. From its more common cousins, such as the zucchini and spaghetti squash, to the more obscure varieties such as the kabocha and zephyr squashes, these herbaceous vines are both delectable and nutritious! Today, we’ll be looking at basic squash preparation and ideas for stuffing them to create a complete and satisfying meal.

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Healthy Eating Tips, Vegan, Plant-based Foods

A New Career by Next Year? Why You Should Train to Be a Massage Therapist Now

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/11/21 4:00 PM

Are you feeling ready for a change? Do you desire to positively influence the lives of others? If lifelong learning, human connection and steady employment are appealing to you, you may be perfect for a career in Massage Therapy.

In just eleven months, you could be on your way to a fun and fulfilling career through our Massage Therapy program, beginning on March 1st (AM schedule) and April 5th (PM schedule). Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers the flexibility to choose what works best for YOU, with a wide range of electives and diverse scheduling options.

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Topics: Massage Therapy, massage, Our Success Center, Career Statistics, Gainful Employment

Get to Know: SWIHA’s Alignment with the Amrit Yoga Institute & Our Updated Yoga Curriculum

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/4/21 4:00 PM

In the practice of yoga, it’s traditional to follow a lineage to allow for more integration of the vast yogic teaching. After three members of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ leadership team traveled to India and birthplace of the Amrit Yoga Institute teachings, we are now aligning our curriculum with this lineage through incorporating I AM Yoga® in to our curriculum. This provides a valuable opportunity for you to learn an authentic expression of yoga which honors its spiritual intentions and provides a complete mind-body-spirit focus.

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Topics: yoga therapist, Advanced Yoga Training, Amrit Institute, Yoga Philosophy, I AM Yoga

Michelle Buonincontri Uses Life Coaching to Reframe Abundance & Create Financial Sovereignty

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/28/21 4:00 PM

“I have always been an empath and someone that others sought for counsel. It was something that I pushed away for many years before attending SWIHA,” Michelle Buonincontri tells us.

As in many stories we hear from our graduates, Michelle describes her discovery of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts as “serendipitous”. She had moved from New York to Arizona and attended a Celebrate Your Life event on campus. “I immediately loved the curriculum and knew I had to do the Life Coaching program,” she says.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, abundance, national life coaching month, Financial Coach, Limits Beliefs

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