New Year’s resolutions are in full motion — you’re eating healthy and going to the gym regularly, but you can’t shake off those stubborn pounds — a common yet frustrating phenomenon.

With over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Heather Jordan of Sundara Wellness Center in Midtown uses a holistic, mind-body approach that takes the “ish” out of self, offering a sustainable model that addresses root causes, encouraging people to flourish from the inside out.

“I worked as a personal trainer for many years before I realized there are so many elements to wellness beyond exercise alone. It’s not as straightforward as just going to the gym five times a week,” Heather explains about her ever-evolving relationship with health that extends past the foundational tenets of exercise and nutrition.

Her methodology prioritizes essential habits like time and stress management, sleep hygiene, and emotional wellness, explaining how when these things go awry, it can lead people to make unhealthy choices.

“When we’re tired, we often reach for foods that give us instant energy, like sugar and caffeine. We struggle to manage time, which may affect dietary choices.”

Hormones are also affected by sleep and can dysregulate hunger and thirst cues. 

“Eating has an emotional element, so if we don’t address someone’s stress, time, and even the thought of feeling worthy, they’re not as likely to be as successful as they could be.” 

“People begin to realize that not only do they lose weight, but they feel happier, have more energy, and enjoy life more because their stress levels have reduced. Once you address these holistic pieces, weight loss becomes much easier because you are not fighting yourself. Nutrition becomes easy, and weight loss becomes a secondary factor.” 

Other practitioners at Sundara specialize in different areas, including physical therapy, acupuncture, Ayurveda, dietetics, and more. They will often refer patients to one another to assist in a client’s complete wellness. 

Heather collaborates with practitioners to help clients heal emotional barriers that may hamper their treatment progress. 

“There is a mindset people have to adopt when starting their lifelong holistic wellness journey, and that is that they need to make themselves a priority to shift out of unworthy, negative self-talk, and all-or-nothing thinking.” 

“Lifelong wellness takes a lot of resiliency because it will never be perfect. It takes time and planning.” 

To assist, Heather’s incorporates several other psychological modalities, including Reiki, PSYCH-K, and Emotion Code, to help people get to the root of why they want to be well — motivational digging if you will. 

Most of her clients start by meeting weekly over ten weeks, and by the end, they have shifted their thinking and are ready to take ownership of their health. Other clients who prefer having support and accountability will work with Heather for more extended periods. 

“I love seeing people’s complete and total transformation and how they think of and value themselves.” 

Heather’s personal practices include daily meditation, plenty of outdoor time, running, and yoga at Delta Groove. She also limits social media time and is very disciplined about getting into bed by 10 p.m. 

IG: @heartbrainbodywellness 


Sundara Wellness | Acupuncture, Yoga, Physical Therapy – Memphis 

By Shlomit Ovadia