Today we’d like to introduce you to Edith Arias.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Latinx NY born Salvadorian raised in Southeast Los Angeles. I’m a Wellness practitioner, sharing holistic practices of healing and growth, through therapeutic, coaching, and yoga perspectives. I grew up in an underserved community in need of resources. I also grew up in a community with an abundance of alternative sources of healing and wellness. As a child, I saw my mom use herbs and food as medicine. I also saw my dad using gardening as a method to deal with his health and mental health struggles. As a young teen activist, I often questioned the lack of resources in my school and in my city. In high school, I became involved in a youth organization called Interact, where we tackled social justice issues. I began to discover wellness for myself by taking yoga classes from our local community college and practice at home. Fast-forward through college, grad school, and work, I found growth in my personal practice of healing and wellness. This propelled me to shift my perspective as a blooming macro and micro social worker. My path became one of understanding severe mental health as a therapist, while simultaneously working in preventative care as a community organizer.
I’ve had huge personal growth on the road towards my license. I became a complete nerd of wellness and continuously learned all about it. Part of it was for my professional development, and the other was for my own personal exploration of healing, My personal practice took me to become a zumba instructor, a yoga instructor, and a life coach while discovering holistic practices all over again. As I was studying for my exam to be a licensed clinical social worker, I was also completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training, I completed both that year. In 2017 I was living my best life, my holistic well-being was strong mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
In 2017, I co-founded Semillas Wellness a community organization for the Southeast Los Angeles area. But of course, my macro and micro ongoing perspectives continued to live within me. The following year in 2018, I started a part-time practice and went full-time in 2019. Grow Wellness Practice is my healing practice blended as a wellness practitioner. This is my way of sharing a micro perspective of all that I’ve learned from holistic practices of well-being.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been rocky to start a holistic wellness practice in an underserved community such as Southeast Los Angeles. Blending my practice involves working outside of the traditional mental health structures which are non-profits or health insurances with strict restrictions and limitations. A traditional mental health private practice, a private yoga session, or life coaching sessions are considered expenses that are often a financial strain in our community. Often, services are not sought after in a dominating Latinx community because of the stigma surrounding mental health and well-being. I am working on supporting accessible services within my community while sustaining a successful practice.
My challenge as a wellness practitioner is blending my services. As a macro social worker, it is easy to see a systemic perspective on community wellness. However, on a micro-level, everyone has a personal practice of healing and what works for them. I hold several roles as a practitioner and finding the right approach for everyone is a craft that I’ve been developing and enjoying along this process.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Grow Wellness Practice story. Tell us more about the business.
Grow Wellness Practice is a trauma aware, holistic practice supporting communities and individuals on their healing and wellness journey. Utilizing therapeutic coaching, mindfulness yoga, and culturally holistic perspective to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. I’m committed to healing trauma in our communities by strengthening prevention. I’m personally dedicated to supporting the healers and providers in keeping and finding their wellness while they serve others. I’m proud of dedicating my practice towards prevention and healing practices. What I considered a best practice approach within the realms of wellness are yet to be adapted within our traditional services. However, I believe that real growth to the whole well-being is to stop compartmentalizing our health.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5-10 years, the health and wellness industry will shift from working individually within their specialties to working collaboratively towards the individual’s well-being. Integrative health for the whole person means we see the person’s health from a biological, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We individualize care to see what works for that person while taking into consideration their environmental communities and access. Hopefully, we begin to consider a systemic and institutional level of our cultural practices and social injustice when approaching a wellness and healing approach.
- Wellness Session $75-$125
- Vitalized! A coaching and support group for practitioners and wellness providers $497 (next group open in the fall 2020)
- Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga Sessions $10
- Website: https://www.grow-wellness.com/
- Phone: (323) 538-0230
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grow_wellness_practice/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/growwellnesspractice
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/grow-wellness-practice-commerce