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Do YOU — Meditation Done Differently

Posted by KC Miller on 1/13/22 4:00 PM

Many people think they can’t meditate. Maybe it’s not that they can’t meditate, rather the way they have been instructed to meditate doesn’t resonate with their Soul!

In the past, much of what was taught about meditation came from a restrictive mindset, often couched in needing to be more disciplined or committed to be a good yogi or person.

Restrictive meditation is a form of meditation where concentration is emphasized and epitomized. One is to focus on a singular object to the exclusion of all other thoughts. It can almost be described as the “sit down-shut up-suck up” approach to meditation. Clearing the mind of all thoughts is the guiding edict. And while the goal is to really experience whatever you are focusing on, whether it's your breath, a specific word, or a mantra in order to reach a higher state of being, the result is often a feeling of defeat because total concentration is almost impossible for most of us.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Guided meditation, Holistic Healing, Meditation, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga, Arizona, YTT, Yogi, Holistic Education, Mindset, Soul-care, Invitational Meditation, Soul

How Savannah Foster Built an Online Holistic Community Using Wellness Coaching Tools

Posted by Jade Marvin on 12/2/21 4:00 PM

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” - Picabo Street

Savannah Foster, soon to be great graduate of the Holistic Health and Wellness Coach Diploma Program here at SWIHA, shares her journey that led her to SWIHA, and how she is taking what she has learned out into the real world, as well as, applying these learned concepts into her daily life. Savannah Foster asserts, “SWIHA has saved my life. Not only has this school allowed me to find my calling, it also allowed me to rediscover why I was put on this earth. It has challenged me to be the best version of myself and to push through the times that I once believed I couldn’t get through.”

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Topics: self love, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, entrepreneur, Intuition, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, Crystals, Arizona, health coach, Mental Health, Wellness Coach, Food, SWIHA Grad, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, NBHWC, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches, Certified Coach

SWIHA Student Blog: Finding The Pause

Posted by Johnie Kolzen on 11/23/21 4:00 PM

When I was a little girl, my parents got divorced. I was 6, my brother 9, my little sister just 5. We went to stay with my dad’s parents so he could continue on his job on the railroad. My grandfather was retired and had been in the navy. My grandmother was a rough and tough sort of woman that had been married five times, rodeo trick rider, sharecropper, all-around tough cookie. I share this with you because I had no pause, my family had no pause. The next steps my family took could have been changed or at the least given a pause, we as a family could see the purpose in our actions. When I was 9, I ran away from home. They called my mom (which I had been told was dead) and she flew to see me face to face to tell me, her daughter, she could not take me back to live with her. She got on a plane the next morning.

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Topics: self love, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Guided meditation, Essential Oils, Meditation, Mind, yoga, Breath, Spiritual, mind-body wellness practitioner, Boundaries, Sacred Space, Holistic Education, Mindful Practices, Calmness, Pause, meditate, breathing

Proof That Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching Is Exactly What You Are Looking For

Posted by Jade Marvin on 10/28/21 4:00 PM

Have you been itching for a career change? Do you enjoy helping others live their best, healthiest lives? Empowering, encouraging, and providing support for people to make lasting life changes? If you said yes to most or all of these questions, becoming a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach may be the right career change for you! Health coaches aid their clients by becoming their “accountability partner”, enabling them to live their best life!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Self-care, entrepreneur, Holistic health, health coach, coaching, Facebook Live, Wellness Coach, Setting Goals, Positive Psychology, Webinars, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, Holistic Health and Wellness, Healthy Habits, NBHWC, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches, ZOOM

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

Holistic Health & Wellness is Self-Care for the Soul

Posted by Jade Marvin on 5/13/21 4:00 PM

Life is known to throw a few curve balls here and there. We can sometimes get swept up from underneath our feet, both literally and figuratively. Our world is then shifted upside down and the need for guidance, clarity and compassion is on our radar. Where to start? Invest in yourself.


Taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically should be a top priority, and is an essential ingredient to living a long and happy life. Investing in yourself sends a powerful message to yourself and the world around you. The message is that you value yourself enough to give the time, space and energy needed to grow and create results. Have you ever struggled with putting yourself first? Most people do. Good health is the best form of investment anyone can have.

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Topics: Self-care, Holistic health, Wellness Coach, Setting Goals, Somatic Psychology

Be Merry and Bright: Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/28/19 8:00 AM

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing! While this is the time for giving and gathering, it’s also a perfect time to remember to take care of yourself. There are a number of stressors that everyone encounters--whether it be complicated family dynamics, guilt around financial situations, long travels or even diet woes--however, there are a number of ways to gift yourself a merry and bright holiday season!

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Topics: Self-care, black friday, Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Hanukkah, Kwanza

What the Core Principles of Reiki Can Teach Us About Self-Love

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/11/19 3:00 PM

Reiki is a Japanese therapeutic technique where the practitioner is believed to channel Universal energy in order to activate the natural healing process and restore well-being. It’s often used in conjunction with traditional treatments or additional healing modalities, such as massage therapy.

Mikao Usui, the originator of Reiki, considers the core principles the "secret of inviting happiness."  Each principle begins with the words “Just for today…” as a reminder to focus only on what we are capable of changing (our present thoughts and actions) and to release the past or future.

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Topics: self love, Self-care, Holistic Healing, energy healing, Reiki, healing arts

Take Ten Minutes for Self-Care and Listen to a Guided Meditation (You Deserve It!)

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/4/19 3:00 PM

Keeping afloat in this fast-paced world means that each day we face challenges—whether it’s finances, family, career, or relationships—and it can be easy to go, go, go! until suddenly we’re running on empty, our self-esteem is plummeting and we feel disconnected or numb.

Consider that when you’re feeling exhausted, uninspired or just plain ‘off’, it may be your mind, body and spirit sending signals  to ‘check in’ with them!

Meditation is the practice of diving deep within yourself to access the wisdom we inherently possess. With guided meditation, you’re effortlessly directed to your subconscious mind to harvest the raw, ingenious ideas that are calling out to be manifested!

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Topics: self love, Mindfulness, Self-care, Meditation, guided imagery

Have A Healthy Holiday! Wise Ways to Celebrate Mindfully This Season

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/27/18 2:00 PM

‘Tis the season! Holidays are a time of joy and generosity filled with friends and families gathering to celebrate in their own unique ways.

However, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hype and forget to be mindful amid the shopping sprees and ample sugar. Today we’re diving in to the Spirit of the Season and sharing some healthy holiday tips to celebrate consciously!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Mindfulness, Self-care, aromatherapy, Christmas, Healthy Holiday, Eco-Friendly

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