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Touching toes on yoga mat. Yoga Therapy, Gillian Motyer.

YOGA THERAPY

Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

– The International Association of Yoga Therapists

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As we move through our life, our body internalizes, processes and filters our experiences – mostly without conscious awareness. Thoughts and feelings held within the body can be the source of stress, emotional and physical pain and discomfort. Yoga Therapy is a self empowering process exploring the relationship between the body, the mind and one’s life experience.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a holistic and integrative approach to yoga therapy that serves to bridge yoga and mind-body psychology. Using present centered embodied awareness, hands on assists and therapeutic dialogue this mind body approach is a self-empowering process, and facilitates growth and healing. PRYT is the ground from which I offer Yoga Therapy to my clients.

Yoga Therapy Sessions may include breathing techniques, postures, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Offered through private or small group sessions.

 

The only path that is right for you is the one that is already designed for you.
To find this path you have to hear your own heart.  There simply is no other way.

– Emmanuel

yoga boulder, block and strap. Rostorative yoga with Gillian Motyer.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga deeply nourishes and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. 

In a Restorative Yoga class we have permission to stop, to let go of doing and to simply be. By aligning the mind with the breath and the body we can experience a relaxed alertness, thereby allowing self healing and integration to occur spontaneously. 

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Gentle movement and simple, supported yoga postures, mindfulness awareness of body, encourage and support a deeper connection to self. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the opportunity to stop for a moment and to listen to our own inner voice. Restorative Yoga offers a gateway to connection to one self, clarity around the busyness of our lives and a more balanced and healthy relationship with our bodies.

In a Restorative Yoga class we have permission to stop, to let go of doing and to simply be. By aligning the mind with the breath and the body we can experience a relaxed alertness. , thereby allowing self healing and integration to occur spontaneously.

Restorative Yoga is suitable for all bodies, regardless of fitness level or previous yoga experience, flexibility or age. The practice is typically spent close to the floor and involves the use of props, such as a bolster, blankets, block and strap.

Offered through private or group classes.

I must form a balance between the world
about me and the world inside me.

– Tao Te Ching

Cross legs with hands on knees. embodied mindfulness with Gillian Motyer.

EMBODIED MINDFULNESS

Embodied Mindfulness facilitates awareness of the connection between our physical experience and our mental/emotional experience in a non-judgemental and accepting way, while in the present moment.

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The worry and stress associated with life changing transitions and life threatening illnesses can be profound. As a result we may find ourselves struggling to be present and aware of our current situation in the moment. Making even simple everyday decisions can be overwhelming.

So much of life’s journey is uncontrollable and unpredictable. If we can prepare ourselves to handle the more challenging stages in our life by bringing stress and anxiety under control we can improve our quality of life and once again, become an active participant in our own healing.

Embodied Mindfulness facilitates awareness of the connection between our physical experience and our mental/emotional experience in a non-judgemental and accepting way, while in the present moment. 

As a practice the embodied mindfulness sessions offer skills to work with anxiety, sleeplessness and pain, while for some it may be about cultivating a healthier and more compassionate relationship with oneself and others.  Sessions are guided by the needs and physical abilities of those in the group on the day.  The practice may include gentle stretching, yoga, meditation and breathing practice along with therapeutic dialogue and group support. No experience with meditation or yoga is necessary.

Offered through group or private sessions.

 

Mindfulness is being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, and not being trapped in the past or worrying about the future.

–  Danny Penman

TESTIMONIALS

Yoga Therapy

Not only do the sessions provide this awareness of such a mind body and soul connection, I also feel a strong sense of comfort in now knowing what path to take in order to continue along my journey of healing. 

– LS, Yoga Therapy Client

Embodied Mindfulness Services

Gillian has the ability to connect effectively with all types of people while providing empathy and compassion. The patients thoroughly enjoy their sessions and report feeling more relaxed, less stressed and have an overall feeling of awareness and acceptance. We are truly grateful for Gillian for providing Embodied Mindfulness and Meditation practice to our patients. We highly recommend Gillian for her services and therapeutic support.

– RS, Day Hospice Program, Embodied Mindfulness Group

Yoga Therapy

I am comfortable and feel safe with Gillian. I came closer to a better understanding of my fears, my challenges, my path and I am very grateful I was allowed and given space and support. I recommend this form of yoga therapy to others wishing to take all the benefits of yoga to a deeper level.

– LS, Yoga Therapy Client

Yoga Therapy

What really worked for me was the stretching – noticing what was happening at that time. I was able to make the connection between the tension held in my body and a protective attitude in my life.

SO, Yoga Therapy Client

Embodied Mindfulness Services

Gillian is timely and always respectful and professional. The people that attend her classes really enjoy her dedication to the practice. I find Gillian to be a very calming person who is able to manage all facets of teaching to various student levels in understanding and mobility. I would recommend her as a professional in all areas of her field.

– C EG, Cancer Care Embodied Mindfulness Group

Yoga Therapy

Having become dedicated to practicing yoga and seeing many physical and emotional benefits, I was interested to further explore just how strong the concept of the mind body connection was. The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy session enabled me to do exactly this. And my mind, body and soul were enriched for it.

– LS, Yoga Therapy Client

Yoga Therapy

Gillian is very intuitive and I can work well with her.

BW, Private Yoga Client

Yoga Therapy

Gillian has extensive amounts of experience providing Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and this approach has worked very well for a number of our clients diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Gillian has great skill in engaging with our clients and with our team. We all appreciate her calm energy and mindful disposition – she will be sorely missed.

– EF, Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Therapy

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