Yoga Therapy for Trauma – Aileen’s Story

There’s a lot of buzz these days about how effective yoga therapy is for trauma. For over 30 years we’ve seen some amazing results.  In the early years we didn’t know much about how or why our particular approach (Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy) worked so well for so many.  Now we not only know our work is “trauma informed” (and pretty much has been from the outset 30 years ago).  It also is clear now from both research and recent developments in neuroscience, that the body is involved when a traumatic... Read The Rest →

More Clarity

Who are we? What do we do? What distinguishes us? What are our intentions? Let’s start with what we do. In terms of our GLOBAL and PERSONAL vision, we help people and professionals live significant and meaningful lives. We do this by accessing wisdom primarily from their bodies. As a result, they take effective and empowered action that makes a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. Let’s dig a little deeper into this. As far as our programs go, the above definition not only helps us... Read The Rest →

Yoga Therapy and Healing

As yoga therapy becomes even more mainstream, and the benefits more widely accepted, more people are jumping on the bandwagon and the growth accelerates. As practicing yoga therapists for many years, we have known how yoga therapy can help anything from sciatica to a failed marriage.   So it’s great to finally be recognized and become part of the mainstream. But one of the problems associated with the popularization of yoga, is the tendency to apply it as a panacea and imply that all you need to do is “know” how... Read The Rest →

Inspiration – Listen to a Podcast

On my morning walk today I listened to two very different podcasts, yet at the same time a very similar approach to life was inherent in both. I love to listen to Insight Meditation teacher Gil Fronsdal.  Gil, through many years of practice, offers an approach that I believe is very relevant to living authentically in our world today.  He has the capacity to discern in the moment by being fully present to the moment,  and offers some great wisdom, often interlaced with his lovable sense of humor.  He was right on cue  in the... Read The Rest →

Winter’s Chemistry And Our Body-Mind

Winter drags on for most of us. I heard last week, the only state that does not have snow is Florida. I meet many people daily in my job. I have been trying to maintain a sunny disposition in the face of this interminably long winter. I keep hearing myself say, “The sun always wins”. I see more light every day and hold my hope of warmer days close.   Often I find myself thinking in the middle of winter doldrums, “what’s the matter with me?” as I find myself... Read The Rest →

Neuroscience goes Phoenix Rising

Lately I have been thinking about neuroscience and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT). As a practitioner I have had many iterations of how I explain to potential clients and interested folks, exactly what is PRYT? Sometimes when I try I get what I call the blank stare.  How do use words to  make the connection to what my body knows and has experienced through the Phoenix Rising Process. In PRYT training, students spend time on this very question.  As many times as I have done or watched the exercise of... Read The Rest →