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Jenny McGee uses Holistic Nutrition Coaching to Heal the Mind, Body & Spirit

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/10/22 4:00 PM

I knew I wanted to be a part of the Holistic Wellness industry 12 years ago when I started a new job working at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. This was my first introduction to what holistic medicine was and what it meant to view the body as a "whole" rather than just the symptom. I quickly grew passionate and learned that whole food nutrition is a necessary part to bring the body into balance. In 2009, I became a massage therapist and practiced for 5 years. I was passionate about massage therapy and eager to learn more. Little did I know, I was led to dive deep into my passion for helping my clients.”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, Massage Therapy, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Urban Farming, Farmers Market, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, nutrition Practitioner

Reiki Master Patti Oskvarek Guides Her Clients to a Harmonious Work-Life Balance Through the Art of Reiki

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/3/22 4:00 PM

My life before SWIHA was quite different; I worked in a stressful career that was no longer fulfilling for me. However, I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference. SWIHA helped me realize I could have the life I wanted, make changes, and learn new skills to accomplish those goals. My husband was the one who encouraged me to become a Reiki Practitioner, and a friend of mine who is a Reiki Master said to look for an in-person school to learn Reiki. So I searched for schools, and that was how I found SWIHA. So why am I passionate about Reiki? When you see what a difference it makes in other people's lives for the better - when the client says the Reiki is working.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Reiki master, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, energy healing, Reiki, Arizona, Tempe, Traditional Reiki

How Spiritual Coach Sophia Duhon Helps Others Explore Their Modern Spirituality

Posted by Jade Marvin on 10/27/22 4:00 PM

The meaning of spirituality has evolved and expanded over time, and various meanings can be found alongside each other. What does spirituality mean in the modern world? Modern Spirituality centers on the deepest values and meanings by which people live. This idea often embraces the idea of an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his or her being. This is exactly what Great Graduate Sophia Duhon was searching for before her time at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Sophia explains, “Before SWIHA, I felt a bit lost in terms of what my life purpose was, and how I wanted to go about educating myself, helping others, and raising the vibration of my spiritual self. My interest in non-denominational spirituality is what led me to SWIHA, as well as my desire to bring accessible Spirituality to everyone and anyone interested in the wisdom of the soul!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Life Coaching, spirituality, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, holistic business, Arizona, coaching, Tempe, integrative healing arts practitioner, tarot readings, Spiritual Life Coaching, Herbal Business, Ministerial Studies, Online Business, Modern Spirituality

How Alexandria Taft Followed Her Heart to Help Others with Customized Coaching Sessions

Posted by Jade Marvin on 10/13/22 4:00 PM

Before I came to SWIHA I was very much steeped into one method of meditation in a close-knit community that surrounded it. However, it became a dogmatic life for me that eventually led me to suffer from being in a fixed mindset. After a 360 reality collapse, I began opening my mind to other things and intuitively leaning into a growth mindset. Which ultimately led me to SWIHA.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Intuition, Hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, Arizona, intuitive, Tempe, integrative healing arts practitioner, IHAP, Ceremony, Mother Earth, Prayer, Admissions, Growth Mindset, Somatic Work, aroma auriculotherapy, embodiment, Emotional freedom techniques (EFT)

How Suzanne Lucero Went From Hospice Nurse to Holistic Entrepreneur by Awakening People’s Hearts

Posted by Jade Marvin on 9/22/22 4:00 PM

Just before I enrolled, due to a near-death experience, I began going through a transformational spiritual awakening. I was confused by all the personal changes I was experiencing. I knew I wanted to do something, yet I did not know what or where to begin. I was a certified nursing assistant in the Hospice field for 24 years. I was divinely guided to help people in a new way. The divine message I received was to awaken people's hearts. Then I found SWIHA and enrolled. The adviser helped to point me in the direction of Hypnotherapy. The Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner program with a focus in Hypnotherapy taught me the tools I didn't even know I needed for my own self-healing. As I went through the program, I underwent my own healing journey and came out as the best version of myself. I now have the confidence that I will only get better and better from here.”

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Topics: self love, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Toe Reading, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Past Life Regressions, Hypnotherapy, Arizona, PTSD, Tempe, integrative healing arts practitioner, Weight Management, Fears, Phobias, Pain Management, Auriculotherapy, IHAP, GRIT, authentic self, Spiritual Life Coaching

From Chef to Health & Wellness Coach, Valerie Hahn Guides Others through Inner Transformations

Posted by Jade Marvin on 9/8/22 4:00 PM

What was your life like before SWIHA? What led you to SWIHA and to your particular program of study? Why are you passionate about this modality?

Before SWIHA, I was a Chef who worked long hours at a fine dining farm-to-table restaurant & was a hairstylist on the side. I love to cook and especially loved embracing the sustainability aspect of sourcing our ingredients and how everything connected full circle. Although I loved cooking, as many people know kitchens can be quite a challenging and sometimes toxic environment to be submerged in. At that point in my life, I was deeply depressed and longed to do something that felt more fulfilling to my soul. For me, this "cycle of depression" triggered an awakening of sorts. I began venturing my journey of "internal" personal development (outside my physical fitness) and sought out schools that spoke to my soul path. After studying myself and creating a boatload of interests, everything on my list pointed to holistic health and wellness. I discovered SWIHA at the beginning of my journey and finally answered the call to enroll 10 years later!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Intuition, Spirit, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, community, Holistic Education, conscious community, GRIT, Divine Timing, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Spiritual Wellbeing, Microbiome

SWIHA Student, Lizzy Hemmerle aka The Feel Good Mother, Helps Others on Their Journey to ‘Feel-Good’ Living

Posted by Elizabeth Hemmerle on 8/25/22 4:00 PM

I have been on the journey of entrepreneurship for almost 5 years before beginning my path at SWIHA as an Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner student. After bringing my daughter into this world, Ella Rae, my mother, and I started a skin, soul, self-care business: Dragonfly co., and our mission has been to create “products you can feel good about.” Through the years, I felt the call in my heart to expand this mission. I knew that feeling good was about more than just looking good. It prompted me to create and coin the term: ‘feel-good living” ((soon to be trademarked!)) While moving through my own life experiences of separation, loss, and transition — I became wholeheartedly committed to setting out on the journey of discovering what ‘feel-good living’ actually is. My partner, daughter, and I moved out to Arizona, on a whim or what I feel was a divine call, in January of 2022. Shortly after, I discovered SWIHA, randomly and unintentionally. Through this journey of defining ‘feel-good living,’ SWIHA is providing a safe container for me to fully embody and explore every layer of this lifestyle.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Spiritual Coaching, spiritual studies, Arizona, Tempe, intuitve guide, integrative healing arts practitioner, IHAP, SWIHA Students, Spiritual Coach and Celebrant, The Feel-Good Sisterhood, Trauma-informed

How to Move Forward as an Entrepreneur When You Are Experiencing Self-Doubt

Posted by Jade Marvin on 8/18/22 4:00 PM

It is easy to feel self-doubt when you are an aspiring entrepreneur. Imposter syndrome starts to creep into your mind and you begin to feel like you aren’t up to the challenge that a once “eager you” was so excited about. You may even feel the need to protect yourself, stay where you are comfortable, and not really put yourself or your business out there. When this happens, you start holding yourself back from your most true and highest potential. What can you do now? There are many ways to push yourself forward even when it feels uncomfortable! Learn how to ditch your self-doubts with the power of mantras.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Meditation, Arizona, mantra, Tempe, Om, mantras, Holistic Education, Perspective, mantra meditation, Leap of Faith

How a Love for Coffee & Yoga Fueled Holly Cavanaugh’s Entrepreneurial Dreams

Posted by Jade Marvin on 8/11/22 4:00 PM

In 2018, Holly Cavanaugh sat down with SWIHA Admissions and shared her vision of becoming a yoga teacher and a coffee roaster. Holly asserts, “In August 2018 I set out from Michigan to Arizona on a leap of faith that this would be the next step toward making my dreams a reality. I have been looking forward to continuing to grow my business ever since”. Long before finishing her 600-hr yoga program, and joining the Online Team as an Academic Advisor, Holly had an entrepreneurial spirit and was willing to work hard to make her vision a reality. “Has it been easy? No. I have had an image of what I wanted to create within my life and I have had to release control in order to stay open to the opportunities in front of me” states Holly.

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Topics: holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Yoga Teacher Training, Arizona, yoga teacher training 600 hour program, YTT, spirit of yoga, Tempe, Arizona Yoga Studio, Coffee, Private Practice, Academic Advisor, Online Advisor

How Leah Morris Went From Being Unemployed to Starting Her Own Six-Figure, International Coaching Practice

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/21/22 4:00 PM

We often hear the phrase ‘you have to pay your dues’ in situations where someone starts out in a new career field. This phrase translates to the understanding that you have to first experience difficulties before reaching success. This does not have to be a reality for everyone. Leah Morris, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy Graduate from SWIHA states, “The greatest lesson I learned at SWIHA was that with the right intention and a massive amount of integrity, your efforts can take you anywhere.” Basically, if you are willing to work hard and put forth effort into what you want out of life, you can achieve anything!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, entrepreneur, Holistic Healing, life coach, Hypnotherapy, Arizona, Holistic Living, Tempe, Relationship Coaching, Podcast, small business owner, relationship transitions

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