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Amanda Martin Lives Her Best Life as a Virtual Wellness Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/25/19 3:00 PM

“How blessed am I?!” exclaims Amanda Martin, “I'm excited to wake up every day knowing that I get to assist clients with their personal journeys of discovery.”

Amanda recently graduated from the 100-Hour Life Coaching program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and is currently working on completing her Reiki certificate. She says that since stepping in to her power as a Wellness Coach, she has found her life’s true passion: being an active partner for those on their journey to uncovering their best selves.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, health coach, Virtual Coach

From Engineer to Mindful Lifestyle Coach: Harsha Bipin Shares Her Joy

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/18/19 3:00 PM

At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we actively encourage our students to work through their fears and hesitations around entrepreneurship. Harsha Bipin, a Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner graduate, is a brilliant example of what can happen when you take a leap of faith in yourself!

 “My previous life was of a software engineer,” Harsha explains, “it had a lot to do with me and the needs of my immediate family.”

“I joined SWIHA while I was on a maternity break, hoping to just do the Holistic Nutrition program to learn more about eating right. I had faced a huge positive shift in my life by changing my eating habits, and I knew there was more to learn.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, Mindfulness, yoga nidra, yoga

Is the Wellness Industry Profitable? A Look at the Trends

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/15/19 3:00 PM

If you were to tell someone fifty years ago that you’re going to a hypnotherapy session or a sound bath, their reaction would likely have been a mix of confusion and laughter. Holistic wellness was something for the counterculture, living on the fringe in spiritual communities and somewhat cloaked in taboo.

Today, more and more people are embracing holistic modalities

  • Between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga increased from 20.4 million to 36 million.
  • The number of U.S. consumers who adhere to a vegan diet grew from 1% to 6% between 2014 and 2017, increasing 600%.
  • The global demand for essential oils was 226.9 kilotons in 2018.
  • Wellness tourism is growing 12% per year, with awareness doubling from 1 in 10 people to 1 in 5 people.
  • The number of spas have doubled since 2007, producing 2.6 million additional U.S jobs.
  • Employment of massage therapists is expected to increase 26% from 2016 to 2026.
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Topics: Motivational Monday, holistic entrepreneur, Holistic wellness, Wellness Industry

SWIHA Instructor Loren Evans Talks Finding a “Second Life” Through Massage

Posted by Staff on 4/11/19 3:00 PM

Ask Loren Evans what the greatest lesson he has learned in his 22 years at SWIHA, and he’ll tell you this: “The Universe will never present an opportunity that we are not prepared for.” While he may not have envisioned becoming an instructor at SWIHA or a well-traveled massage therapist, it was a journey and an opportunity that he was certainly ready to seize.

Loren was introduced to massage therapy through his former wife, who had suggested that the pair sign up for a community education massage class close to home in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time, Loren was employed as a software designer for healthcare companies. This demanding career took him far and wide across the United States— and even internationally to places like India, where he helped complete a project involving open system design.

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Topics: Massage Therapy, massage therapist

Foolproof Formula for a Healthy, Satisfying Green Smoothie

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/8/19 3:00 PM

Full of fiber and packed with nutrition, green smoothies are a staple in any health-conscious diet. Making this delicious drink is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 2 cups of liquid
  • 3 cups of greens

Step One: Choose Your Liquid Base

To ensure even blending, add two cups of liquid to your blender first. Be mindful of the sugar content of liquid bases, and feel free to choose more than one!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe of the Week, Recipe, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Green Smoothie

Becoming a Yoga Teacher Helped Jenny Sirwet Say ‘Aloha!’ to Healing

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/4/19 3:00 PM

“Everything that happens in life has a lesson. Sometimes you have to look harder to find it, but it is there,” affirms Jenny Sirwet.

Jenny is a graduate of the 800-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program, has studied Polarity, Life Coaching and Aromatherapy, and serves future SWIHA community members in the Admissions department with her warm and welcoming presence. Though Jenny is now what we lovingly call a ‘SWIHA-Lifer’, she admits that she didn’t quite jump in to her journey feet-first: “I was allergic to the word ‘trauma’ when I first started as a student at SWIHA,” discloses Jenny, “That word was a trigger for me. It was a reminder of the ‘victim mentality’, which I try to avoid.”

Five years ago, Jenny suffered a serious back injury which launched her into a journey of healing and a mindset of growth. After a year and a half of  physical therapy, she had lumbar spine surgery in August of 2016 followed by six more months of remedial exercises.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, life coach, yoga nidra, Holistic wellness, yoga

Take Initiative: Create a Culture of Mindfulness at Your Workplace

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/1/19 3:00 PM

Many view their jobs as ‘just’ forty hours per week. However, when you actually do the math, the average American spends a collective thirteen years and two months of their life at work.

So, why are three quarters of Americans reportedly unhappy on the job? And why should we be okay with spending so much of our life in a discontent state?

According to The American Institute of Stress, one in four people surveyed had been driven to tears due to work-related incidents and 65% reported that job stress caused difficulties resulting in decreased productivity. It’s not just a mental/emotional problem, though: job stress has been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders, and 62% of people reported leaving work experiencing stress-related neck pain.

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Topics: Mindfulness, Meditation, healing arts, Mindful, guided imagery, Mindful Workplace, Stress Reduction

The Pesticides in Your Produce: Stay Informed, Wash Well & Shop Local

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/28/19 3:00 PM

Every year, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) analyzes the chemical residue on fruits and vegetables widely available in the average grocery store. Their report notes things such as the average number of pesticides found on a single sample and the maximum number of particles detected.

Here are their findings for 2019:

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, organic, healthy living, healthy lifestyle, Organic Produce, Natural Lifestyle

Probiotics, Dairy Alternatives, Juicing & More! Nutrition Webinar Replays

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/25/19 3:00 PM

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has been celebrating National Nutrition Month by inviting you in to our teaching kitchen for informative Facebook Live sessions with Becca Briley, Lead Admissions Coordinator, and Janet Lee, Online & On Campus Holistic Nutrition Instructor.

In case you missed the Facebook Live Videos, enjoy these replays below, and check out the next opportunity to join us on March 26th at 5PM (AZ) for a discussion about eating right for your blood type!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Healthy Eating, healthy living, healthy lifestyle, Holistic Education, Nutrition Classes, Videos

Time to Shine: Jamie Reklau Serves Her Clients as an ‘Assistant of Spirit’

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/21/19 3:00 PM

“Though I reside in Wisconsin and SWIHA is a distance from me, I know my people are out there,” Jamie Reklau says with a full heart.

From an early age, Jamie has loved to build others confidence, offer wisdom and lend an ear when needed. She tells us: “During my junior high school years, I passed around a notebook and started a ‘Dear Jamie’ column.  I had passion, even back then, to offer new ideas and do whatever I could to assist my classmates to have a better life.”

However, as she navigated adulthood, she realized that she had shut herself off from her authenticity: I felt like I was not allowed to be my genuine self,” says Jamie, “I lived a highly traumatic life. I survived a Traumatic Brain Injury and lived most of my life feeling like I could never accomplish anything meaningful. My mindset was that it wasn't in the cards for me.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Toe Reading, Hypnotherapy, Spirit guide, integrative healing arts practitioner, Swiha Online

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