Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Yarnall.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My wellness journey started after a personal tragedy during high school nudged me off my tracks into several heavy years of depression and self-destruction. I slowly began the process of self-healing at age 19, for the first time really beginning to explore and understand my intuitive gifts and became interested in a variety of healing modalities such as; Ayurveda, Meditation, Reiki and Yoga.
Yoga took the forefront, helping me to heal body, mind and soul simultaneously. However, every additional healing practice became like an extension of the yoga experience, helping me to heal even more deeply. During this entire transition I became recognized for my knowledge of different healing modalities. Others came to me seeking information, advice or connection to another healer. At that point, I had the idea of bringing together all of the healers that helped me along my journey, into one space to form a community. I had a vision for a healing and wellness community that would be approachable and accessible, rather than lonely and confusing.
In 2014, a solo vacation to California pulled me to visit San Diego. Upon arriving, I was sold on the ocean, sunshine and lifestyle. I returned to NYC where I was living, quit my (at one point) dream job at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and made arrangements to move, certain that everything would work itself out. Once in San Diego, I found my tribe of healers and began to understand further the need for collaboration, accessibility, and community. In 2017 Sojourn Healing Collective was born. Within Sojourn, I am the Collective’s Community Director; leading and developing the community’s healers and members. I lead Yin Yoga classes and offer private sessions for Chakra Balancing, Reiki and Flower Essence Therapy. Ripples create waves and healers create change. When we heal ourselves, we play a part in healing the world.
Has it been a smooth road?
There have, of course, been obstacles along the way. Securing funding, a location and a core group of Healers were my biggest challenges. However, I have always had a clear vision of what I wanted the community to look and feel like, so that has kept me going. When I view challenges as merely opportunities for growth, it makes things a bit easier!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Sojourn is a holistic healing and wellness center that provides an integrative approach to total well-being. Through our unique combination of offerings such as yoga, reiki, meditation, massage, acupuncture, intuitive readings, workshops and community events, Sojourn is able to create a wellness plan unique to each individual; allowing participants to reveal the most authentic version of themselves, helping them realize their greatest potential from within. Offering drop-in rates for yoga classes and all-inclusive memberships, participants have access to a supportive community of gifted healers, teachers and students, all of which inspire truth, wholeness and self-realization in one another.
I am most proud of our community being so welcoming of new comers. There is no way to remain anonymous in our space, we all just want to get to know each other and help support in any way we can.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe San Diego is a great place for a Holistic Healing Center. In our city, people tend to seek ways to become healthier and grow spiritually.
- First Yoga or Meditation Class is FREE!
- $85 Unlimited Monthly Yoga
- $175 Unlimited Yoga + 60 Minute Massage OR Reiki Treatment (one per month)
- $20 Community Acupuncture
- Address: 2870 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: www.sojournsd.com
- Phone: 858 634 0435
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @sojournsandiego
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/sojournsandiego
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sojourn-healing-collective-san-diego
Vincent Roazzi Jr