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The Practice of Empathy: Holistically Healing Others in a Compassionate Way

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/15/21 4:00 PM

To talk about the power of empathy, one must first understand the difference between sympathy and empathy. According to Psychology Today, ‘Sympathy’ is a feeling of care and concern for someone, often someone close, accompanied by a wish to see that person better off or happier. However, sympathy, unlike empathy, does not involve a shared perspective or shared emotions. The power of empathy is the ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings, stepping into their shoes, and seeing things from their perspective.

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Topics: holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Holistic Healing, Intuition, Holistic wellness, Empath, social media, Empathy, Holistic Education, Setting Goals, Self-Awareness, Sympathy, Feelings, Perspective, Connection, Emotional Intelligence, Thoughts

SWIHA’s Partnership with DaoCloud Amplifies Alumni Reach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/11/20 4:00 PM

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) has joined forces with San Francisco based DaoCloud, the largest and fastest network of vetted wellness professionals, to bring awareness to holistic health! With SWIHA educating future wellness professionals in healing modalities, this partnership allows those professionals to build their practice and clientele through DaoCloud’s community network.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic wellness, DaoCloud, SWIHA Partnership, SWIHA Alumni

How To Advertise Your Wellness Business on Facebook + Tips for Live Videos

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/20/19 3:00 PM

Marketing your small business on social media is necessary in this day and age. The world has three and a half billion active social media users and that number is growing each year by two hundred million. That is an abundance of potential clients to reach, influence and offer your services to!  However, you can’t just post and hope for the best. Today, we’ll take a look at marketing your wellness business effectively on the largest social media platform, Facebook.

By far the most popular option for small business marketing online, Facebook is currently dominating the social media scene with 2,375 billion user profiles.

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Topics: Motivational Monday, holistic business, Holistic wellness, entrepreneurship, Wellness Business

Developing a Powerful Brand Identity for Your Wellness Business

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/16/19 3:00 PM

You’ve got your skills, your business name, your offerings outlined and your ideal client in mind. Many people get to this stage and think: Now what?  Today, we’ll be looking at ways to create a powerful brand identity to attract right-fit clients, help you stand out and create consistency within your marketing materials.

What is a Brand Identity?

A brand identity is a combination of elements within your marketing materials that serve to make you instantly recognizable. Your audience will naturally connect your brand identity with your products and/or services which increases loyalty and recognition. Getting clear on what your brand identity is helps you to appear consistent, professional and trustworthy.

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Topics: holistic entrepreneur, holistic business, Holistic wellness, Entrepreneur Support, OurSuccessCenter

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

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

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

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

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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

Why So S.A.D?: Facts About The Standard American Diet (There’s Good News, Too!)

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

It’s no secret: Our society is saturated with unhealthy, unbalanced options for food. In fact, many households spend over three-thousand dollars--or 10% of the average income--eating out per year; the United States fast food industry is forecasted to make 223 billion dollars by 2020.

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D) is causing an epidemic of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and a slew of other ailments to affect ourselves, friends, family and loved ones. According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services and the Center for Disease Control:

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Nutrition Coach, Plant-based Foods, Plant-based-diet

Spice Up Your Life! Super Seasonings With Major Health Benefits

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/11/19 3:00 PM

Herbs and spices have been an integral part of cuisines around the world since the days of hunter-gatherers; and not just for their taste! Early Egyptians, Indians and Greeks are just a few cultures who have documented the use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes and passed down their knowledge from generation to generation.

In the present-day, modern science has uncovered some fascinating properties to these tasty additions, reaffirming some ancient knowledge and discovering new ways of thinking about what we put in to our meals. As the great thinker, Hippocrates, advised us: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Today, we’ll be looking at some super seasonings and their studied health benefits!

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Topics: western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Alternative Medicine, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Food

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