Reclaiming Wellness with Jovanka Ciares

Jovanka Ciares, author of Reclaiming Wellness: Ancient Wisdom For Your Healthy, Happy, And Beautiful Life, sees wellness as a birthright we reclaim, versus something we pursue or struggle for. There are so many tools we can integrate as we travel along our own wellness path, including ancient tools like plant medicine, hypnosis, meditation and tai-chi. The key is opening up our awareness and increasing our curiosity.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • The definition of wellness and why it matters;
  • Jovanka’s seven practices for reclaiming wellness;
  • Plant medicine and hypnosis;
  • How music can be medicine;
  • How to see our wellness journey as a series of daily practices, choices, and behaviors.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Jovanka Ciares is the author of Reclaiming Wellness and several other titles. A certified wellness expert, integrative herbalist, nutrition educator, and coach, she offers lectures and workshops in Spanish and English. Ciares studied nutrition with bestselling author T. Colin Campbell, PhD, at his Center for Nutrition Studies (in partnership with Cornell University) and herbalism / plant medicine with Tieraona Low Dog, MD. A native of Puerto Rico, she lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at www.jovankaciares.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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