We had the good fortune of connecting with Janna Yost and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As an individual who is on the path towards freedom in various realms, starting my own business naturally aligns with my journey. I have had the privilege of working within nonprofit community mental health centers for the past 8+ years and have grown in countless ways. I believe it is a privilege to be a witness and to hold space for another who is on their healing journey, and I hold such gratitude for each person who has trusted me. Throughout my career so far, I have been able to form my unique lens of sacred space and offerings that I feel deeply called to share with others. My business is called Sacred Spaces Holistic Health, LLC, which was initially inspired by my work as a psychotherapist. Through experience in this role, I came to realize how sacred it is to be fully present with another, to hold room for another, and to witness the evolution that can happen, when one feels safe, seen, and heard, in the sacredness of who they truly are. It is a means to honor all parts of another’s existence within all the sacred spaces that exist within, throughout and surrounding, the incredibly complex and beautiful being. This is also an expression of honor towards the sacredness of all that is.
I currently offer private, individual breathwork sessions inclusive of verbal and somatic exploration in addition to holistic and integrative health coaching services. All services are offered virtually and through a trauma-informed and whole person approach. This includes a lens that is shaped by my educational path and years of experience as a psychotherapist (LCSW), holistic and integrative lifestyle medicine coach (NBC-HWC), registered yoga teacher (RYT) and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner.
It is important to me to offer holistic and alternative services that are accessible. I am a member of Healing Arts Collective and offer sliding scale fees for holistic and integrative lifestyle medicine coaching. I also invite anyone to contact me directly for sliding scale fees or payment plans for private breathwork sessions. My door is always open for those pursuing their healing and that are willing to take responsibility for their life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been curious about the human condition, the inner landscape of another, and each individuals’ path towards self-defined freedom and expansion. I have pursued various educational paths to support my continued learning and to build on the container I am able to hold for others, in the sacred work of healing.
I obtained my Masters of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in clinical mental health. I have completed a NBHWC (National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching) approved coaching program through YogaMedCo, to offer somatic and movement-based approaches to coaching (Yoga Coaching) and an integrative health coaching approach through a lifestyle medicine lens. I have obtained board certification as a health and wellness coach and carry the credential of being a NBC-HWC. I have obtained my credential as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) through YogaMedCo and Yoga Alliance. I am also a certified Yoga Coach.
My most recent training was through the Clarity Breathwork Practitioner Training Program and was the most sacred training I have completed so far. I am currently a Clarity Breathwork Practitioner and am offering private sessions virtually. I have never felt so aligned, alive, and awakened into my truest expression and calling. I have experienced and witnessed the healing power of the breath and am following the deep calling of sharing this medicine.
Arriving to this place within my career has been a journey indeed. I hold dear each past version of myself, each time I felt swallowed in darkness, each time I questioned and wondered, and each time I chose to continue to make a step on the path as it unraveled in front of me. This has been a journey of learning and unlearning. Taking responsibility and forgiving. Being honest and loving. Trembling in terror and trusting. I am now choosing from a place of loving consciousness versus living the narrative of my mind. From this place, I continue to expand my capacity to meet others. My own inner work is a paralleled experienced to my ability to show up for others– and one I am deeply committed to.
The most important factor behind my success is my own ability to stay attuned to my fullest expression, so that I have the continued capacity to show up fully. As one serving in the healing profession, it is my responsibility to take care of myself so that I can offer the fullest loving presence I am able to. Engaging in self-sustaining and centering practices allows me to stay aligned and clear on my path with each step and to trust more deeply when things are unclear. I moved to Colorado in 2014. Looking back, I now understand the deep calling and need to be surrounded by mountains, trees, meadows, and wildflowers. Every day, I am offered the gifts of medicine and wisdom from the nature that is all around. This has offered my mind, body and soul deep rooting and nurturance and space for expansion. Nature has easily become a big part of my life, being, and a resource for continued replenishment.
I want others to know that I too, am committed to my own healing and blooming into my fullest, expansive self. That I too, walk this journey alongside you. And that I see you, honor you, and celebrate you for all that you already are.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are many places to share with a loved one who is visiting! For morning coffee and breakfast/lunch treats in Denver, I would take them to Stowaway Kitchen, Edgewater Public Market, or my new favorite, Dandy Lion Coffee Co. For dinner in Denver, I would take them to Work & Class, Barcelona Wine Bar, Grabowski’s Pizzeria or Shells and Sauce as they are all delicious.
In addition to staying in Denver, we would drive to Boulder for the day — with a stop at Eldorado Canyon on the way. After taking it all in, we would venture on to Boulder for the gorgeous mountain views and go the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Afterwards, we might stop at Nomad Bead Merchants to do some creating— or stop at my favorite used bookstore, The Bookworm. Perhaps we would grab some tasty baked goods or a sandwich and head for a beautiful drive through Boulder Canyon.
In all honesty, if a loved one was coming for a week and was completely open to the adventure, I might suggest we might road trip to visit different mountain towns, go for some day hikes and/or sightseeing adventures, and/or consider going camping/backpacking. Maybe we would pack some food and find a spot in the mountains for a picnic. For me, the access and connection to nature with living in Colorado, is the most precious treasure of it all and something I love to share when loved one’s visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so much gratitude to express to my parents, Brien and Julie. They have been consistent and unconditional, loving presences and supports in my life since I was born. I recognize the sacredness and privilege of growing up in a home in which I had my needs met and where I was surrounded by love and safety as my foundation. This created the soil that has allowed me to bloom into the being that I am, presently.
It has been, and is, such a gift, to be encouraged and supported in exploring one’s unique curiosities. It is another gift to be encouraged to take the courageous path of learning, discovering, and creating. My parents have created a loving and safe nest for me to grow within and to always return to– and have also encouraged my own discovery–and offer celebration of my own wings. Words will never capture the depth of my love and appreciation for everything my parents have done for myself, my two older brothers, and our family as a whole.
In addition to my parents, I have such gratitude for my partner and brothers, and truly, each person that has crossed paths with mine. Whether it has been a family member, a friend, a teacher or mentor, or a past supervisor. Thank you for supporting me in finding my unique path, voice, and expression.
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