The guiding principle of the Phoenix Rising Method is engaging yoga as a transformative experience to create a life of greater contentment and in harmony with your unique nature. This change is easier when done through the body rather than through cognitive processing. There are six phases to the Phoenix Rising Yoga and Meditation Class, with transitions in between. Each phase moves progressively deeper, beginning with a focus on the physical body and progressing toward inward contemplation. The process is anchored by embracing an edge and breathing, to gradually shift from mental activity to a more direct, present-centered experience in the body, and focusing on the wisdom that arises. In the final phase of the Phoenix Rising process, we bring back cognitive awareness to help us integrate what stood out in the practice and apply it to life off the mat. The class will conclude with a short theme-based talk and guidance to apply the theme in the following week. You will learn how to listen to your body to bring more wisdom, clarity, tranquility, and contentment to your life. NOTE: You'll need enough space to be able to swing your arms Recommended props: meditation cushion, pillow, bolster or chair, blanket, strap (or scarf/towel)
This class is appropriate for all students with all experience levels, including new and beginner students who are still learning the basics.
Gentle, with slow sustained movement on the mat.
Michael Lee, M.A., Dip.Soc.Sci., C-IAYT, is the Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a leading edge yoga based modality for psycho-emotional well-being and an IAYT Accredited Program. He has traveled the world teaching and presenting at conferences since 1986. With a background in Behavioral Sciences, he left his home in Australia to come to the USA in 1984 to study and live for 2 years at the Kripalu Ashram (as it was in those days) while completing a Masters Degree with a focus on yoga therapy for life transformation.He is the author of two books, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss and a contributing author in two American Psychological Association published texts.Learn more