The Body’s Wisdom: Learning to Listen with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
By Shivani Wells
As a practitioner of yoga vedanta for over a decade I have always been taught that I am not my body, and although I still believe this to be true, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy has helped me discover that my body is wise beyond measure and is my greatest tool for self-discovery. Phoenix Rising is based in the belief that present moment experience is grounded in the felt-sense of the moment, and that the body is a resource for harnessing mindfulness, presence, and awareness – all skills required in the process of growth, empowerment, and healing. We also understand traumas, memories, emotions, and beliefs as physiological experiences, stored not only in the thinking mind, but in the tissues of our physical being. And it is through this work that I’ve come to believe that no part of our human experience can be denied if we want to fully heal; the body can no longer be the elephant in the room while we talk about our feelings. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy acknowledges the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and perhaps most importantly, champions the client’s own inner knowing.
One of the reasons why a holistic approach, like Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, is so important is because trauma effects us holistically, not only on the level of spirit and emotions, but also the brain where it can cause neuroanatomical changes such as decreased hippocampus volume, and the body where it effects the functioning of the nervous, endocrine, immune and digestive systems. A second reason is because trauma is universal: it touches each and every one of us to various degrees, leaving behind it a myriad of symptoms that Dr. Janina Fischer calls, “the legacy of trauma” such as depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse, numbness, hypervigilance, insomnia, loss of interest, and difficulty concentrating. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ON THE PHOENIX RISING YOGA THERAPY WEBSITE.