We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Kruz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariana, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Social impact: How does your business help the community or the world? At the heart center of my work is the intention of helping my clients move towards swastha, which is a sanskrit word that could be defined as “being deeply rooted in oneself.” To me this is health, and it encompasses not just the physical body, but the mind and spirit as well. When one starts to shift into this state of swastha through diet and lifestyle practices, exercise, and emotional/spiritual work; they start to naturally emanate a frequency of love and healing. This frequency starts to ripple out into their community and to the Earth itself. Ian Somerhalder writes “The environment is in us, not outside us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.” Ayurveda views the world through the lens of the five elements; ether, air, fire, water, and earth. The ancient seers understood that there is a deep connection between us and the natural world, and this is one of the most important ideas that I can impart upon my clients. When we start to purify our lymphatic system and bloodstream, we are simultaneously cleansing the waters of the Earth. When we return to living in alignment with the Earth and her natural rhythms, we start to limit our use of processed foods and harsh chemicals, which enhances our digestion and detoxifies the liver; while also reducing our carbon footprint. When we start to eat more whole, organic, and seasonal foods that perhaps we purchase from our local farmers market, we begin to nourish our bodies, help to support our local economy, and replenish the soils of the Earth. When our consciousness is fueled by blueberries, squash, legumes, and seeds, our mood starts to enhance, we start to see things more clearly, and we have the energy to move towards our goals and our purpose here on Earth. When we are overflowing with abundance and gratitude because we are living our purpose, we share this positive energy with our families, friends, and our communities, and they start to become inspired to make changes within their own lives because they want to feel good as well. This is how we heal ourselves, and hold space for each other’s healing. This is how we heal the Earth. We start to see that there is no separation between the chronic disease epidemic that plagues humanity and the environmental crisis we find ourselves in. They are one in the same, and the path to healing humanity and the Earth resides in the small choices we make each day to embody love, to work through our past hurts, and to nourish our bodies through our diet and lifestyle. It’s not a quick fix, it’s a practice, and it is the practice that I have built my life’s work upon; in hopes that the healing work I do within myself and the space I hold for my client’s healing, may someday create enough of a ripple effect that all beings awaken to their highest potential.
What should our readers know about your business?
My own personal journey into wellness has been a long, and windy road. There is a saying that goes ‘the mess is the message’, and this has definitely been true in my own life. The most painful experiences I have endured and the negative patterns that were so deeply ingrained in my being, have transformed, over time and through dedication, into some of my greatest gifts. I started walking down the path of plant medicine and Ayurveda because I was in need of healing, on a multitude of levels, and I wasn’t after the quick fix or the band-aid that offered symptomatic relief….I had tried those things, and they weren’t working. I was fueled by a deep desire to be well, to feel safe in my body, and to discover why I was put on this Earth. Through years of study, emotional/spiritual work, the support of my loved ones, and shifts in diet and lifestyle; I now wake up each morning with a sense of gratitude and purpose. It feels good to be in my body, and a gift to be alive. My own personal transformation through this work has inspired me to share it with others. What I offer my clients is a variety of tools that I have picked up along the way, that help them to step fully into the journey of awakening their Soul’s highest potential. What sets my work apart from a lot of modalities of modern medicine, is that we aren’t working solely towards symptomatic relief (although I offer resources for this as well), we are working towards getting to the root cause of the issue. We work not just at the level of healing the physical body, but the mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies as well. Ayurveda also understands that each person is a unique expression of Nature, and so what may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. This understanding helps me to tailor each session to the living, breathing human in front of me, not just the symptom or the disease itself. Besides coaching, my other passion is medicine making. I love working with plants and creating products that people feel good about putting on their skin and into their bodies. It has been one of the greatest joys in my life to receive feedback from folks about how the products I offer have changed their lives, specifically around pain management. So many people are dealing with chronic pain and mainly their options for symptomatic relief come in the form of pharmaceutical drugs, it is such a blessing to be able to offer my clients natural alternatives that create more mobility and flexibility in their lives.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I grew up in Arizona, and have spent much of my life here, however I am newer to the Phoenix area and still getting a feel for the city, I will share some of my favorite places I have found so far. One of my absolute favorite hikes, although quite strenuous, is Camelback Mountain. There is something so rewarding about hiking 2.5 miles up a rocky terrain and then finally making it up to the top, with a beautiful view overlooking the whole city. If you want to get a great view of Phoenix metro, this is it. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle! One of my favorite restaurants is Flower Child. They source their produce locally and everything is so fresh and delicious. I am a sucker for a restaurant with a great ambiance, thoughtful decorations, and lots of plant decor hanging from the walls. If you are into the craft beer scene, you will not want to miss the Perch in downtown Chandler. They have a wide selection of local craft beer, great food, and they are also a tropical bird rescue. I love bars/restaurants that have something unique to offer, and the Perch is definitely one of those places! Some other things to check out in AZ would definitely be Flagstaff and Sedona. Both have a variety of hikes with incredible views, and a great selection of local restaurants and breweries. Also, one of the most epic hot springs in the entire country is the Arizona Hot Springs. It is a few hours from Phoenix, but if you have the time to spare, definitely worth checking out. It’s about a 2.5 mile hike each way. You can camp out right next to the Colorado River and the three hot spring pools are carved right out of the rock and offer an amazing view as you soak.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It is a beautifully woven web of intricacy that makes me who I am today. Some of the deepest influences in my life, and those to whom I owe an immense amount of gratitude, are first and foremost my Mother, for giving me the gift of life itself, and for showing me unconditional love. My little sister, Chanel, who is the strongest person I know. Mother Earth, for nourishing me, supporting me, and guiding me through the journey of my soul’s evolution and healing. To the plants themselves who have been such great teachers and friends. Rebecca, for being my forever best friend, and for witnessing + accepting me in all the seasons of my life. Melissa, for inspiring me, supporting me, and for offering me such a crystal clear reflection of who I am and the power I hold, and for always being there to remind me when I forget. Katie Silcox and the Shakti School, who’s wisdom and teachings have transformed my life and my work, in ways greater than I could have ever imagined. Braiding Sweetgrass and Women Who Run With Wolves, two of my favorite books in the whole universe, that have left a ever-lasting impressions upon my soul. Lastly, my pup Odis, for his endless curiosity, awe for adventure, and for keeping me warm on the coldest nights.