Yogic Journey Within

“The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center of our being, the soul.  The aim is to integrate the various layers, so the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass.” – BKS Iyengar Daily I am witness to clients, friends, patients who live mostly in their head. The connection to their body varies from a sketch of a path, to a total disconnect.  Having been in this place myself, I am empathetic. What can be gained by the connection? Often my clients will initially see... 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 →

Phoenix Rising Faculty Profile – Soleil Hepner

This week we feature Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and faculty member Soleil Hepner from San Diego, CA. Soleil, what was your first experience of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy? May of 2002 – I was at Mt Madonna in Santa Cruz, CA when I sat to eat lunch with someone taking Level 2 at the time. As she talked about the training, I knew right away that this was ‘it’ And when did you graduate?  I graduated as a Practitioner in Dec. 2002 and as a Phoenix Rising Group Facilitator... 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 →

Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy

Mindfulness is hot right now.  So hot that it made the cover of Time Magazine.  This is great news for those of us who have believed for decades in the importance of focused mind-body awareness in doing life with balance and equanimity. A peaceful mind is a beautiful thing but it doesn’t create itself.  Particularly in the world we have live in.  There is so much out there and so many gadgets to create the next moment that living in this moment is not something we readily embrace.  But for... Read The Rest →

A Phoenix Rising Perspective

  Recently I painted a mural on the wall leading up the stairway, in my house. I am not a painter by any means. So I did what any modern woman would do, and I goggled “perspective”. While not a trained painter, I have enough artistic training to know, in order to have depth in your piece, perspective must be employed.   I began to review what I had found concerning perspective and vanishing points. For those of you who are unfamiliar with vanishing points, it is the point in... Read The Rest →

Connecting to your Inner Guidance

As another year comes to a close and a new year is upon us, it bring with it so many opportunities. The opportunity for some of us to start fresh, to break away from bad habits, to maybe even try something new. It’s like somebody hits a reset button and we get put back at the starting block. Despite whatever happened to us in the past year, we have a clean slate as of January 01st, but do we?   I personally don’t believe much in New Year’s resolutions, and... Read The Rest →

The Sacred Space of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT)

  The other day I was listening to an interview with writer, Wally Lamb. He is a bestselling novelist and writes stories about the human condition. He has a knack for really living in the heads of his characters. I have always wondered about this, how does he do it? As well as writing bestselling books, he works with the women of York Correctional Institution, in Connecticut. He teaches a writing workshop with the incarcerated women there. He encourages them to write about what they know, and share. Many of... Read The Rest →

Learning to Be Present to Life with Yoga Therapy

Experiences are what touch our hearts, what create our memories, our passions, our desires our dislikes. Knowledge is not the same as experiences; knowledge may influence experiences but does not result in our experiences. Every person is responsible for managing their own state of awareness and finding ways to deal with these increasing highs and constant wavering levels of stress in order to not miss out or change the experiences that appear in our path of life. “As you think, so you are. The mind guides your actions and emotions.... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Witness, Teacher

  Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is we are holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us with terrifying clarity, exactly where we are stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are. Pema Chodron As I read this quote I found myself... Read The Rest →