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 PTSD and developmental trauma, sexual and other abuse, eating disorders, addiction, questions of gender and sexual identity, depression, grief, life crises and making transitions. Other people don’t have any particular ‘problem’ but use Phoenix Rising as a tool of general self-growth and awareness. While Phoenix Rising may help in 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, you will probably find a biomechanically or medically oriented therapy more appropriate.
You don’t need to be fit or flexible to receive this work, or to have any experience of yoga. However, if you do already have a yoga practice, Phoenix Rising is a great way to offer more focus to the somatic dimensions of postures, making space for sensations, emotions, thoughts and energetic movements to arise and be received into intuited meanings and words.
As an autistic person, I love working with other neurodivergent people and have found Phoenix Rising often works very well with autistic and ADHD processing styles. I work with all sorts of people, exploring all sorts of experiences, but specialise in working with developmental / complex trauma and with eating disorders.
“Yoga therapy is not about ‘fixing’. It starts with an acceptance of ‘This is what I have been given to work with’.”—Doug Keller