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Charlotte MacDonald Connects To The Divine Through Written Word

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/1/19 3:00 PM

Charlotte MacDonald describes her life before SWIHA as a pile of scattered puzzle pieces which she struggled to fit together.

“Being a queer teen and a missionary forced me to reconcile with my spirituality. As I allowed it to evolve and grow, I sought out a career path that would allow me to feel fulfilled as I left my evangelical roots behind,” says Charlotte.

She went on to discover the Spiritual Studies certificate offered at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and decided to pursue the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program. She tells us: “When I got here, I discovered so much more than I bargained for and began sorting through my story and opening to my healing process.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, spiritual Studies, Diploma Program, Creative Writing

Toe Reader Janell Erickson Helps Others Discover Happiness Within

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/27/19 3:00 PM

“My life truly is my very own happy place,” Janell Erickson tells us, “I have found healing and health through holistic and inspirational living.”

Janell is a transformational coach, using an array of modalities to facilitate major shifts in the lives of her clients. Her path to SWIHA, however, was full of twists and turns!

“I had a totally different lifestyle,” Janell explains, “I was married, raised two step-sons, lived by the Colorado River, worked as a human resource manager, as well as owned a thriving ice cream truck business and eventually a steakhouse. And then the low tide of life swept in and set me up for the next part of my journey.  I survived an alcoholic husband, bankruptcy and finally divorce.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Reflexology, SWIHA Staff

From the Marines to Massage Therapy: Rudy Frame Follows His Heart

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/20/19 3:00 PM

Rudy Frame is a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and currently pursuing the 700-hour Western Herbalism program at SWIHA. He’s been a SWIHA student since 2005, when he took a course on Gua Sha while working in a chiropractor's office.

He tells us: “I took a different route of service for six years in the United States Marine Corps, traveled the world and completed a Bachelor’s degree. However, government work was no longer appealing to me. Like a light bulb it hit me: go back to SWIHA and work on my own healing journey from my short time of intense service in the Corps.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Massage Therapy, yoga, massage therapist, SWIHA Staff

Alexa Moody is Proud to Be Plant-Based and Helping Others to Health

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/23/19 3:00 PM

When Alexa Moody arrived at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts she describes herself as “on fire with changes” and eager to share her journey to help others.

“I had made dramatic changes in my life,” explains Alexa, “Especially with my food choices, which dramatically changed my health. I wanted to share this with the world and needed an outlet.”

She once struggled with numerous weight-related health issues such as acid reflux, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and diabetes. Within months of committing to her health, Alexa eliminated her need for medications for these conditions! Today, Alexa has successfully lost 188lbs through a nutrition-focused diet and committing to an active lifestyle.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, healthy lifestyle, Diploma Program, Plant-based-diet

Mindfulness & Life Coaching Helped Grow Victor Terrazas’ Massage Business

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/2/19 3:00 PM

Victor Terrazas has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for twenty years, and spent much of that career as a program director for a Massage Therapy school. While he enjoyed facilitating the health and healing of others, a few years ago he was called toward change.

“I started noticing that I was feeling extremely stressed,” Victor tells us, “I had very low energy and motivation. I was also feeling extremely irritated most of the time and walking the line between negativity and anger. I started becoming more and more aware of this, and I started thinking that I needed to make a change from my day job as a massage school director. I didn't know what or how to do it. Although I had my clinic operating with a team of therapists, I had many attachments to the ‘director’ title.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Massage Therapy, Mindfulness, guided imagery

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

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

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

Do You Love Healthy Food? You Could Profit From Your Passion!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/7/19 3:00 PM

More than ever, consumers are paying close attention to what they put in their body, avoiding unbalanced fast food in favor of organic whole foods. This shift toward a wellness-conscious mindset is changing the landscape of the health industry and fueling an increased demand for reputable, knowledgeable authorities on Holistic Nutrition.

We at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts witness firsthand the amazing transformations that passionate Nutrition Coaches facilitate, and we love supporting our graduates as they embark on their journey of becoming conscious, successful wellness pioneers! Our graduates have become motivational speakers, opened restaurants and catering businesses, written wellness blogs and cookbooks, and created successful coaching businesses. The one thing they all have in common? They began with a passion for healthy food!

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, healthy living, healthy lifestyle, Online Programs, Wellness Education

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