Welcome to the nonprofit wellness endeavor:

Indigenous Wellness Initiative of Arizona (IWIAZ)

https://iwiaz.org/

Weaving a single beautiful cloth together from multiple diverse cultures through the practice of yoga.

Hello Friends,

This special organization came about after one of my many journeys to the breathtaking native lands of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. When we travel to different cities throughout the country or around the world, we travel with a purpose of experiencing another's culture, but we do still like our creature comforts.  While on my last trip up to Navajo Nation in December 2021, I was craving a yoga studio to stretch out my weary legs from my 30 mile hike, to clear my head of external distractions, and to meet the locals.  All I could find was a closed fitness center at my corporate hotel.  I wondered:

WHY DIDN'T THEY HAVE A NATIVE-LED MEDITATION OR YOGA STUDIO THAT SUPPORTED LOCALS AS WELL AS TOURISTS WHO WERE HIKING, BIKING, AND DRIVING THROUGH THE MONUMENT VALLEY AREA?

I realized that after the COVID-19 pandemic wanned in February of 2022, people saw the need for more holistic wellness and meditation to care for not just their physical health, but their mental and emotional health, too.  With the return to travel, the idea of the Indigenous Wellness Initiative of Arizona (IWIAZ) was born.

This initiative connects our communities, encourages healthy habits, creates meaningful employment, and continues the legacy of language, art, and culture for future generations.

Tiffany Johnson, Board President/CEO, IWIAZ