Putting Down the Load

The other night I couldn’t sleep. My mind was turning so much I decided to get up and write out all the thoughts running through my head. There was so much to sort out, my list of “to do’s” required sub categories. By the time I was done writing the list I noticed I felt much more settled and calm. I found that interesting because It’s not like I really got anything accomplished, but by purging and sorting my thoughts out on paper, it felt like I no longer need... Read The Rest →

The Edge in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

 I’ve always loved hiking. There’s something so fulfilling about accomplishing a long trek, especially when the destination lands you standing on a cliff edge or mountain peak; reaching that point where you can step no further and submit to doing nothing more than being present to the expanse before you. Perhaps this is why I was drawn to yoga, it’s similar in that I can take my body to places where I can explore an edge. Entering a pose, there is a point where my body naturally stops, where it... Read The Rest →

Top 5 Life Lessons I Learned from Yoga Therapy Training

  To say my experience in Yoga Therapy training was pivotal in how I live my life would be an understatement. Here’s a few of the “ah ha moments” I took away from my journey of becoming a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) practitioner. Words matter. Like a mirror reflecting back your deepest secrets, what and how you say reveals much about your inner beliefs about yourself. There is a technique in PRYT were the practitioner feeds back your words to you, which is done in the training as well.... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Letter of Invitation

The body is the shore on the ocean of being. – Sufi saying   As practitioners and students of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PYRT) we are always playing with just the “right words” to describe what it is we do to capture interest. Anyone who has gone through the training knows how truly unique and powerful PRYT can be. As I was completing the training I was so excited about diving into the work and sharing it with the world, but I soon realized that trying to explain to potential... Read The Rest →

Taking Shape in the light of Yoga Therapy

~Written by Renee Reusz~  In my kinesiology work I’ve always been most interested in learning about how posture and injuries relate. I find it particularly interesting to watch people outside of a clinical assessment, standing and moving naturally in their environment, letting all their “misalignments” reveal themselves. (My apologies to all of you who have caught me taking long, roaming looks up and down your body – I wasn’t checking you out, it was the slight curvature in your spine or barely perceptible limp in your gait that stole my... Read The Rest →

How Yoga Makes you Creative

~written by Renee Reusz~ Let me start by introducing myself. I’m a woman who believes “reliability and functionality” define a good handbag, I studied science in university, my favourite iPhone app is my Reminder’s checklist, and my friends nicknamed me “The Grid” for my exceptional ability to think in straight lines. Over the years, I certainly have not placed myself on the top of the creative totem pole. In fact, I used to get low grade anxiety whenever someone invited me to a crafting event. (The echo of my subconscious... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: Presence to your Process

When Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy was first born, creator Michael Lee drew from his experience with classical yoga and his knowledge of humanistic psychology. Congruent with the work of Carl Rogers (1902-1987), the humanistic approach states that in order for a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being listened to and understood). This is the role of a Phoenix Rising “therapist” or facilitator, to be this loving, unconditional presence–creating the environment within... Read The Rest →

10 Really Good Reasons It’s Time to See a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist

Do you believe that the mind and body are connected? Most people do these days. It makes sense that whatever happens to you physically affects you mentally/emotionally and vice versa. As Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapists, we are mind-body practitioners. By blending supported yoga poses/stretches with non-directed dialogue, the connection between what’s happening in your body is explored in relationship to your thoughts and emotions. To borrow a phrase from a Vancouver based yogi, Eoin Finn, “Our issues are in our tissues.” And let’s face it, we all have issues… it’s... Read The Rest →

Road Trip to Now

Sometimes I forget how nice it is to receive. Recently I was in a training session where I got to receive a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy experience. The practitioner took me through a body scan where, from a relaxed standing position with eyes closed, you are guided from bottom to top (and various other ways) to notice what’s happening in your body. I have always found this to be a simple but profound Phoenix Rising technique as a way to check in with the body and become aware of mind-body-life... Read The Rest →

Silence and Violence–a Yoga Therapy Perspective

Recently there was an abduction of a young, 17 year old lady in my community. It happened at the small shopping mall where I get my groceries, not far from my home. A man lured her out to the parking lot claiming car troubles, held a gun to her, had her drive to a remote location, and then physically assaulted her. I’m glad to report this young lady got away and the perpetrator was caught. Perhaps a relieving end to scary incident, but likely not without lasting emotional damage on... Read The Rest →

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