In a therapeutic yoga session, you will learn specific yogic techniques such as postures, breathing and meditation to address areas of imbalance, both physical and mental. You will be given practices to do at home, and they will be adjusted over time.
However wise an external yoga teacher may be, the tradition holds that our best teacher lives inside each of us. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a potent method for learning to access your own inner guide, which becomes a source of therapeutic insight that is available at all times.
The power of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy lies in the moment-to-moment experience of the session. You won't be given instruction or assigned home practices. Instead, you are supported in your own self-guided process of discovery and release.
Phoenix Rising encourages you to witness yourself and provide answers to your own questions. The practitioner's role, much like a psychotherapist, is to listen to you in a loving and non-judgmental way. Unlike most psychotherapy, PRYT addresses the body directly through touch. Psychotherapy may involve analysis of feelings and behaviors. A Phoenix Rising practitioner trusts that insight and change will arise spontaneously when a client opens to the transformational process of listening to and talking with the body. It is not within our scope of practice to diagnose our clients or recommend medication; we are happy to provide referrals to other holistically-minded healthcare professionals.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is for anyone who is curious to learn more about themselves and find new tools to create the life they want. You are a good candidate for the work if...
The main difference is the intention of the work, rather than the content. In a private consultation, the focus is learning and refining the skills of yoga in pursuit of self-knowledge, empowerment and appreciation of life's mysteries (to mention just a few possible intentions). In the therapeutic application of yoga, the techniques are chosen to address a particular imbalance or suffering that the client wishes to address. But these are not crisp distinctions, and individual work may well includes aspects of both.