The work of Phoenix Rising yoga therapy involves cultivating attention to the life of your inner body, with the support of a skilled and experienced practitioner. The body is an ancient storehouse of emotional experiences. These are stitched into our tissues – cells, organs, fascia, bones. Whatever we have been too scared, angry, young, overwhelmed, or frozen to feel, the body holds, until we are ready to let it into consciousness and express and integrate it. Yoga therapy offers a safe space to gently unpick some of the seams.
A Phoenix Rising session is time-out-of-time to feel, notice and be. During the session, we will use simple dialogue techniques to help you to connect with and explore aspects of your somatic experience (what you are feeling in your body). At times, I may invite you to follow your own impulses into movement, into particular physical positions, or into intuitive touch on your own body. At other times, I may suggest a position or movement for you to explore. If it’s appropriate and wanted by you, I may occasionally also offer therapeutic touch to help you to engage more fully with what’s happening, or to help you to integrate what you have experienced. You are always encouraged to make an active choice about whether or not to accept any of my suggestions, and any touch is carefully negotiated in words and through noticing how your body responds.
In Phoenix Rising the practitioner doesn’t direct, interpret or advise. I’m there to listen without judgement, witness with compassion, and help you to navigate those pathways towards healing and integration that your body already knows.
Who is it for?
Phoenix Rising can be helpful in negotiating a wide range of psychological and emotional experiences. Some of the things clients have brought to the mat include eating disorders, depression, questions of gender and sexual identity, grief, life crises and making transitions. Many of my clients are working with complex trauma – experiences of childhood sexual, physical and / or emotional abuse. Other people don’t have any particular 'problem’ but use yoga therapy as a tool of general self-growth and awareness.
Phoenix Rising isn’t like doing a yoga class. There aren’t any postures, and you don’t need to be fit or flexible to receive a session. No yoga experience is required; however, if you do already have a yoga practice, a Phoenix Rising session is a great way to offer more attention to the somatic dimensions of your physical experience, making space for sensations, emotions, thoughts and images to arise and be received into intuited meanings and words.
While Phoenix Rising may sometimes contribute to the healing of injuries and illnesses, the main intention of this work is to enable you to enter deeply into your own embodied feelings and experiences, so if your aim is simply to find functional solutions to injury or illness, this is not an appropriate form of therapy for you.
As an Autistic person, I love working with other neurodivergent people and have found that my approach to yoga therapy often works very well with Autistic and ADHD / multi-attentive processing styles.
Background and training
I have been in practice as a yoga therapist since graduating from the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy programme in 2003. Phoenix Rising has roots in Person-centred Therapy, and over the years, I have also integrated elements from Clean Language, Somatic Experiencing®, and Somatic Internal Family Systems into my work. I am registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and am in regular supervision.
What clients say
“Yoga therapy with Jess reached me in a way that no other therapy ever has because it works on both mind and body. The sessions had such a profoundly positive effect on me. I have never felt so calm or in my body. I was very much in the present, in the now. I noticed I could breathe and there wasn't the same tension in my shoulders and thoracic area. Being able to trust someone does not come easily to me, but I felt able simply to surrender without ever feeling judged.”—Clara
“I had my yoga therapy sessions at a very painful time in my life and found them (and Jess as the conduit) exceptionally insightful, grounding and powerfully engaging. The safe space Jess created allowed me to open doors within myself that I would have struggled to confront alone.”—Sukhera
“Jess built up a very calm, supportive environment which gave me strength and bravery to face emotions and give them space, which I normally would not do. The whole-body focus felt important to me as we experience everything we deal with with the whole body, and other therapies I have received have mainly focused only on the mental part. Jess included the whole body, and that gave me faith to open up, not only to her but also towards myself.”—Anna
“Having only had a few yoga therapy sessions, I have been astonished how much they have moved things around for me. At a time when I was scared that there was no way out of the darkness, yoga therapy helped me gently lift myself to a happier place. I think I am still digesting some of my discoveries and am amazed at how gentle a process the practice is and yet incredibly powerful. I can leave a session feeling as though I can literally take more air into my lungs.”—Dean
Sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes. I work both in person, from my own space in London SE18, and online. The cost for an initial session is £85. There are some reductions for blocks of sessions if you decide to continue longer term. (Please note that for international payments, there is an additional 10 per cent charge. This is to cover transfer fees.) It is sometimes possible to subsidise sessions for clients in financial hardship. If you need subsidy, please enquire.
Booking and enquiries
Please contact me.