Discover the wisdom within

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy bridges the gap between yoga and body-mind psychology.

This holistic approach recognizes the interconnectedness of your body and emotions, and uses gentle assisted postures and dialogue to enhance embodied mindfulness in your life. Through deepened self-awareness you are empowered to heal trauma, change self-limiting beliefs, and take tangible steps toward the life you want.

Mantra Medicine: A 4-Week Immersion into Sacred Sound with Shivani Wells







Vancouver School of Yoga Teacher Trainings

Shivani is on guest faculty for the Vancouver School of Yoga’s 240 hour Enriched Yoga Teacher Training & the 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training this fall and new year. She will be teaching on the subtle body, chakra system, and how to incorporate the chakras into yoga classes in an embodied, meaningful, and relevant way. 


~Enriched 240 hour: Friday evenings, Saturday & Sunday’s for 12 weeks: Oct 24th-Jan 18th 

~Advanced 300 hour: Full-time & Part-time options: Full-time Oct 20th-Jan 28th; Part-time March 14th-Oct 18th

300-342 Water Street, Vancouver


Yoga Therapy at the ALS Caregiver’s Day


Shivani is honoured to be presenting on Stress Relief & Relaxation at the upcoming ALS Caregiver’s Day on Thursday Oct 9th in Abbotsford. If you know a full-time caregiver of someone with ALS, please let them know about these events. You can find more info HERE. als

caregivers day

220 hour YTT at SFU starts this month!

Shivani is on guest faculty for the upcoming RYT 220 hour part time and intensive/full time yoga teacher training programs at SFU with Cielo English. The part-time program starts Sept 26th. Registration closes Sept 23rd, and you could win $500 toward your tuition! Click HERE to learn all about these incredible training programs!

SFU YTT 2014/1015

Super Full Moon Ceremony

July 12th 2014 was Guru Purnima and a super full moon. Coco & I hosted a magical gathering and ceremony, and we felt honoured to help bring the community together in satsang (likemindedness). Together we honoured the light of the teacher within ourselves and offered reverence to our teachers who light our paths. I honoured my Guru Ma, Manorama, by placing her picture on the altar. We released old ways of being that no longer serve us, and powerfully manifested what we want to create while making offerings to the ceremonial salts. Everyone got to take some salt home for a bath on the new moon, and it smelled absolutely amazing – full of flower petals and essence. It was a time of coming together in oneness and in support of a healthy and loving community. We also raised funds for Unicef, and blessed gemstones that will be strung on mala’s and sent out to acknowledge 3000 YYoga practitioners in the Vancouver area! Thank you to all who joined us! Please subscribe on my homepage if you’d like to find out about the next gathering. Om Shantih!

Moon Gathering July 2014

Shivani & the Guru Purnima Moon Altar July 2014Coco & Shivani stirring the ceremonial salts July 2014



Online Appointment Booking now available!

YYoga Wellness to close Aug 1st 2014


YYoga Flow Wellness, where I have had my private practice for the past few years, has decided to close for business. While the news came as a surprise to us wellness practitioners, I believe everything happens for a reason and that every ending creates an opening for something bigger and better to manifest. I’ve decided to move my yoga therapy practice to my home in Kits, at least for the interim, and this change will allow me to be available on more days of the weeks to my valued clients. Note that this schedule change will effect my teaching schedule slightly. As of August 1st I will no longer be teacher Tuesday/Thursday 7pm Flow at YYoga Kitsilano. None of my Monday, Wednesday, or Sundays classes will be effected by this change. Click HERE to view my new yoga therapy schedule and for important changes to my service fees and appointment booking procedures.  Here is YYoga’s message: YYoga Wellness

The Power of Embodied Presence and Mindfulness in Yoga Therapy

By Michael Lee, founder and dean of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school

Embodied Presence – Have you noticed how simply taking a deep breath can often change how you feel? Taking a deep breath is an easy way to re-inhabit your body after your mind and feelings have been racing around and not coming home to you.  Among other things, that deep breath, brings focused awareness back to your physical experience in the moment.   It brings you home to yourself for a few moments, and when you land, things sometimes don’t seem as bad as they did.  This describes a very simple form of what we call embodied presence.Embodied Presence

At the recent Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) held in Austin, TX the notion of “embodied presence” was either directly or indirectly referenced in many of the presentations and research findings discussed. In fact, recent scientific medical research confirms that this particular aspect of the yoga therapy experience is of measurable value in quality of life improvement and recovery rate for people in dealing with trauma, healing from disease, or recovering from an unfortunate event.  Studies show patients’ progress is noticeably improved by engaging in yoga practices that result in deeper presence and awareness.   So what is this “embodied presence” exactly?

Simply defined, embodied presence is “being here now” and “being present to the moment through the body”.  This brings a grounded sense of reality to the individual that is often very different to what one might “imagine” from one’s worst case scenario in thoughts and feelings.  To achieve this state, requires focus and awareness.  There are many levels to which this state of being can be experienced – from the effects of a simple deep breath all the way to “dropping in” to a profound sense of deep self-presence and opening to new awareness.  Just as you focus the lens of a camera, you are invited by your yoga therapist to do something similar with yourself.  To “drop in”, you need to focus on your physical state of being in the moment – like asking the question “What’s happening now?” which is the beginning step of dialogue in the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy process.  This invites an element of “being” rather than “doing” that can progressively deepen.

Of course there are various ways to tap into the wisdom of our bodies.  Yet, research indicates that physical exercise or stretching alone, while helpful, is not nearly as effective as yoga.  A clinical trial earlier this year conducted by Dr. Lorenzo Cohen and others at the Cancer Treatment Center in Houston, TX looked at the effectiveness of yoga based practices in post breast-cancer surgery treatment….CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ON THE PRYT BLOG