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The Gita & Gratitude — An Epic Tale of Thanksgiving

Posted by KC Miller on 11/23/23 8:00 AM

An ancient sage told of a rich man having all of life's luxuries — money, property, a doting wife, sons who bore him grandsons, adoring daughters, prize-winning steeds, overflowing barns from fruitful harvests. Despite his bounty, he was not happy because of his obsessive, worrisome attitude.  His worry preoccupied his thoughts day and night, causing him untold paranoia and mental anguish. His wife, daughters, and servants began to avoid him for fear of his accusations and confabulations.

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Topics: Gratitude, Mindfulness, KC Miller, yoga, Thanksgiving, Yoga Philosophy, The Bhagavad Gita

Mindfulness: Unlocking the Benefits of a Daily Routine with Laura Lapp

Posted by Laura Lapp on 10/26/23 4:00 PM

What is mindfulness? Where can you apply mindfulness in your life?

Mindfulness is to be present with what you are focusing on, in that moment. There are many different ways you can apply it within aspects of your life. We can start by creating a mindful habit that will help with being more present at the moment. This helps with the ability to be able to have non-reactive moments when fear or anxiety takes hold.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, Mindfulness, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator

Why You A.R.E. S.O. Capable of Overcoming Stress: SWIHA Student Blog Series

Posted by Lyric Swedenhjelm on 8/10/23 4:00 PM

Take a moment to recall the last time you felt stress in your life. Did it take you a while to remember the last experience, or was it too easy to quickly identify when stress has been present?

It's safe to say that stress is universal- stress is likely to arise at some time in our human experience, maybe even frequently. In fact, the Recovery Village states "

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Topics: Great Graduate, Mindfulness, Self-care, mind body spirit, Stress, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, Stress Management, integrative healing arts practitioner, SWIHA Students

Health & Wellness Coach, Nicole Kalbach, Guides Women on a Journey to Self-Love without Fear of Judgment

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/27/23 4:00 PM

I started the Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching program at SWIHA after being sick of the repetitive feeling that I was missing something. I was a doula pre-COVID and felt like there was so much more I could be offering clients and their families, yet didn't know how to do that. I saw SWIHA come up on my internet screen more times than I would like to admit. I was a complete people pleaser at the time, so I continued to say no. I finally said, ‘YES, it's now. This is what I need’ and it's been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. I am so glad I said yes. I love the closeness I feel with my classmates as well as the instructors and I also love that this program has challenged me to really focus on what I am passionate about.”

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Topics: holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, Mindfulness, Meditation, Holistic wellness, SWIHA Students, Health and Wellness, Holistic Health and Wellness, Health & Wellness Coach, SWIHA Graduate, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Meditation

Joy is an Approach to Life

Posted by Jaelene Smith on 6/29/23 4:00 PM

According to research professor and author Brene Brown, "Joy comes to us in moments—ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary." This statement highlights an important distinction between happiness and joy. Happiness is often associated with external factors, such as material possessions or life events. It's the feeling we get when we achieve a goal or experience something positive. Joy, on the other hand, is an internal state of being that is not dependent on external circumstances. Recently I’ve settled on a joy/happiness distinction mantra of “Happiness is a response to life, joy is an approach to life.

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Topics: Great Graduate, Mindfulness, joy, Brene Brown, Happiness, SWIHA Students, Health and Wellness, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Mindful Meditation, Serving Others

Meditation! Mission Impossible or Mission Totally Possible?

Posted by Brandi Watts on 6/13/23 4:00 PM

What is meditation exactly? Simply put, it is a technique that uses breathing exercises, mindfulness, and focusing on the mental status. Meditation can help to calm the mind and body, center us to better handle tasks at hand, and can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and possibly even pain. The common misconception is how difficult meditation is. Anyone can reap the benefits of meditation with a little consistency.

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Topics: Great Graduate, Mindfulness, Meditation, SWIHA Students, Health and Wellness Coach, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Meditation, Student Blog, Meditation Practice

Making a Difference with Graduate Carrie Hall: Wanting to Help People Who Desire Change

Posted by Jade Marvin on 5/11/23 4:00 PM

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help others! It has held a deep space in my life and I have taken many different life paths to find just the right one! My intention as a child was to go to school to be a Psychiatrist, yet as life would have it I became a young mom and that desire was put on the back burner. I instead became a hairstylist; this is a career that I absolutely love and continue to hold space for. Fast forward 25 years and I became pregnant with my second child and that is when my calling changed! I became sober at 40, not drinking alcohol created a new awareness and a totally new space in my life, and realized I wanted to travel a different life path and move down the path to help others in similar situations! I started attending Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching program with a focus on Culinary Arts, and graduated with an "A" average in February of 2023! I feel as tho I have circled back to my initial desire as a child and I am now able to help anyone that is desiring change and want that path partner!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, Whole Foods, Mindfulness, Online student, Nutrition Specialist, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Meditation Facilitator, Whole Foods Culinary Specialist

The Ultimate Guide to Coping with Digital Stress: Top 4 Strategies

Posted by Jade Marvin on 5/9/23 4:00 PM

It’s the year 2023, and it’s easy to say that the digital world is here to stay. So how do we cope with it? It is everywhere, always surrounding us - I mean, here you are reading this blog on a device! There are so many beautiful ways the digital age brings us connection, information, education, entertainment, and more. However, it is important to be aware of the negatives this digital age brings. With all these components in mind, we can find ourselves feeling stressed or overwhelmed from the information overload and screen time ever increasing. Let’s dive into what is digital stress and how to cope with it.

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Topics: SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, social media, Boundaries, Mindfulness Facilitator, Digital Stress, Blue Light

Health and Wellness Coach, Jaclyn Kutchinsky, Helps Women Reclaim their Health and Rediscover Themselves

Posted by Jade Marvin on 4/13/23 4:00 PM

Before SWIHA I was a very broken wife and mom, numbing the pain from past traumas with alcohol and just doing what I needed to do to make it through another day. My self-worth had dwindled over the years and I had invested so much of my time and energy into raising my family that I had forgotten who I was. I especially began to feel called to SWIHA when I finally got sober from alcohol in 2020. Mindfulness and intentionality became cornerstones of my newfound healing. The further along I got into my sobriety, the more clarity I had on the life that was truly meant for me. I knew I wanted to help facilitate the same type of healing for other women seeking shifts in their overall mind, body, and spirit. It's incredibly empowering to reclaim your own health and rediscover your true identity - and to be able to hold space for women who are seeking that kind of transformation is a huge gift.”

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Topics: Great Graduate, SWIHA, Mindfulness, entrepreneur, mind body spirit, Arizona, Tempe, Sobriety, Intention, Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Meditation Facilitator, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, true self

Health & Wellness Coach Priscilla Kreft Helps Women Replace Stress & Anxiety with Confidence & Self-love

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/30/23 4:00 PM

For years, I have served as a resource to those seeking inspiration, help, or advice. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. I started by journaling about my passions, thoughts, and wonderings about our world. I learned through reflection and introspection that I can't cruise through life without support, and neither can anyone else. I discovered that there is a profession around just that - holistically supporting humans!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Swiha Online, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator

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