WHY Phoenix Rising?
First, it’s our process which is kind of like embodied mindfulness on steroids. Once clients “drop-in” during a Phoenix Rising session or class they are able to tap into their body as a source of awareness and tap into body wisdom. Neuroscience explains it as experience-based attentional plasticity. When we practice focusing our attention on the breath and internal bodily sensations, it changes our brain, strengthening the experiential attention neural pathway. Perceptual experiences are heightened. And, it gets easier to access these pathways and we integrate attention to internal experience into daily life.
Second, it comes down to how we engage people in our programs. More to the point, we are educators, as opposed to trainers. Training often implies following a protocol or format –a set of processes and procedures in a step-by-step fashion. Education, on the other hand, involves tapping into wisdom from within and discerning moment-to-moment choices based on skills, knowledge and experience. These are all essential competencies for those who want to work in a field that helps people changes themselves for the better and become empowered to live more authentic and meaningful lives.
Third, we have a fully accredited IAYT program track and have years of experience and credibility not only in the professional yoga world but also in the medical and psychotherapy communities nationally and internationally.
Our graduates work with a wide and varied population serving many needs including relationship issues, cancer survival, work stress, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, dealing with change, aging, menopause, empowerment and life enhancement, and many more. Ninety percent of our graduates say that their Phoenix Rising education was one of the most transforming experiences in their lives as well as setting them up for a solid and rewarding career.
Don’t just take our word for it. We are excited to share this television news feature highlighting one of our faculty members, Shivani Wells, who has a thriving practice in Vancouver.
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