Category Archives: Awards

2012 Natural Choice Awards for Holistic Business of the Year & Yoga Studio

A special congratulations to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) for receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for “Holistic Business of the Year” as well as SWIHA’s Yoga Studio & Educational Facility, Spirit of Yoga (SOY), for receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for “Yoga Studio!”

“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR US ~ We are Humbled and Honored!”

Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, the Natural Choice Awards provides readers the opportunity to select individuals and businesses across the Valley each year that deserve recognition for their efforts in health and wellness, and green living.  The winners are based on popular vote from online ballot submissions at, from April 1 to June 10, 2012.

Wayne Hoffman and Tara Celaya had the pleasure of attending the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and Natural Awakenings mixer, an award gathering Tuesday evening.  It was their honor to accept these awards on behalf of SWIHA and SOY.  At this event, it was their pleasure to gift two 5-class yoga studio packages away, as well as to meet an entire room of amazing healers!  THEY ARE PASSIONATE AND IT SHOWS!

From KC Miller ~ Founder of SWIHA, SWINA and SOY:

Thank YOU, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and Natural Awakenings  for the honor of  being receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for ‘Holistic Business of the Year’ and for Spirit of Yoga receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for ‘Yoga Studio.’   We are both humbled and honored.

Wayne Hoffman, Director of Operations of Spirit of Yoga and Tara Celaya, Education Manager for Spirit of Yoga reported  the event was beyond lovely.  It is very appropriate that the team members who have had a BIG part of doing the work that won the award were present to accept the honor.

Words seem inadequate to express our appreciation.  Thank YOU! ~ Blessings

“When Work Works” – SWIHA Receives the Sloan Award

It’s official – 26 recipients were awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award this morning, November 2, 2011.  Each of them have distingished themselves as leading practitioners of workplace flexibility in Arizona and across the nation.  The Arizona award ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona this morning, hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Arizona Recipients of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award:

  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Foundation
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCS)
  • Autohaus Arizona, Inc.
  • Children’s Dental Village
  • Clifton Gunderson LLP
  • Custom Accounting & Tax
  • Deloitte
  • Henry & Horne, LLP
  • Infincom
  • Intel Corporation
  • Keats, Connelly and Associates LLC
  • McGladrey
  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Omega Legal System, Inc.
  • Point B
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rio Salado College
  • Ryan, LLC
  • Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
  • Verede Valley Sanctuary
  • Wist Office Products
  • Neonatology Associates, Ltd. (Honorable Mention)
  • Valassis (Honorable Mention)

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey.  Terri Kimble, President and CEO of Chandler Chamber of Commerce says:

“We highly commend these companies for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase their business success and benefit their employees.  Not only are they excellent  examples for other businesses wanting to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace, but they are also leading the way in making Arizona a great place to live and work.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Of Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.  It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  For more info on the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for  Business Of Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit

About Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is a nationally accredited (ACCET) private college and community-healing center for Holistic Healthcare careers and continuing education, on-campus and online. ”We are highly honored to accept this award” says KC Miller, founder and CEO of SWIHA.  ”I feel very blessed to receive this honor again.”  It just so happens that the aesthetics branch of the school, Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics has previously won this award.