What does it mean to be “well?”
That definition can vary from student to student, and oftentimes extends beyond just physical fitness.
The National Wellness Institute promotes six dimensions of wellness, including “emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual.”
According to the organization, “addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment.”
Utah Yoga & Wellness in Midway, Utah, has a similar view, recognizing that in order for its students to be healthy, they must be mentally and emotionally sound, as well as physically and nutritionally fit.
“Yoga in itself isn’t just a physical practice, it’s a way of life,” said Elise Jones, the founder of Utah Yoga & Wellness. “Incorporating wellness into everyone’s life in different ways, different capacities, is what’s going to create a healthier society. What we do internally is just as important as what we do externally.”
As a result, Utah Yoga & Wellness offers a robust list of wellness offerings, including yoga therapy, massage therapy, foot and back zoning, nutrition and health coaching, organic facials and more.
One area Jones sees many students struggle with when it comes to wellness is nutrition. As a result, she partnered with certified nutritionist Kimberly Charles to offer whole-food, plant-based nutrition coaching.
“There’s just so many myths about nutrition and diets, that it’s really important to clear up those myths and focus on the true healing and real nutrition that’s going to keep our bodies healthy for many, many years,” explained Charles. “Everybody needs guidance, because nutrition is not just about the food you put in your body, it’s also the spiritual and all the components of wellness that go into it. Once you start changing how you feel physically, then you can start focusing on all the other components of health.”
For studios looking to offer nutrition solutions of their own, Jones suggested partnering with a certified nutritionist like Charles, who can offer tailored nutrition guidance versus a one-size-fits-all approach.
“One reason why I sought out Kimberly is because I feel it’s extremely important that people learn a health plan and nutrition from someone who not only has studied it and is certified in it, but has lived it,” added Jones. “She’s able to tailor a specific plan to that person’s body. If there are certain foods they enjoy eating or can’t eat, she’s not saying, ‘OK you can never eat that again.’ She has the knowledge and the certification base to be able to create a specific plan for that person. That’s what’s very important to me, is that people understand and they know that their healing is personal, it’s tailored to them, and it’s not one-size-fits-all.”
Thanks to Utah Yoga & Wellness’ yoga and wellness offerings, the brand has become a one-stop-shop for its students needs — physical and beyond.
“It’s a unique opportunity for the community,” said Jones. “It’s not about business as much as about what people need. It really is a community-based thing.”