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Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Mind-Body Healing Practice

Do you find yourself seeking a fulfilling life, and a greater sense of connection to your body, mind, and spirit? Often looking outside of ourselves for happiness can bring us in circles because what we seek is already within. It wasn’t until I discovered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT)  that I began to understand the truth and inner wisdom within me.

PRYT combines eastern and western yoga and psychology, creating a deep experience from the inside out. It is a mind-body healing practice combining yoga with contemporary client-centered psychological theory. At this point you may be asking yourself what exactly does that mean? Basically, it’s a yoga therapy session that combines meditation, breath work, yoga postures, and client directed dialogue to get to the root of your inner wisdom and to open up to the truth that is already within you.

Unlike a vinyasa class, a yoga therapy session is one-on-one so you’re not coming to learn postures or philosophy. A PRYT session deepens your understanding of the self and sheds light on the dark. PRYT taught me how to find my inner truth and follow the guidance from within. I no longer need to look outside of myself, because what I seek is already within me. The PRYT sessions give an opportunity to stop and truly listen to ourselves, and our intuition. It teaches us to be mindful, fully present, and awake to the life we currently live.

Life is about taking chances, doing new things and not just staying comfortable and safe. Through observation of our edges we are able to explore our self-imposed limitations. We learn to witness our habitual thought patterns (samskaras) and then choose to make changes or stay as we are without progression. In yoga as well as yoga therapy we ultimately will get out of it what we put into it. If we stay comfortable and away from our edge we will never develop and grow, and if we push aggressively past our edge we injure ourselves. It is being in a place with the discomfort and not struggling against it, but being with the experience in each and every moment.

Receiving a PRYT session is a time to abandon all expectations and open up to new experiences. There is no yoga experience required and you will find many benefits such as enhanced mental clarity, self-empowerment, self-esteem, and deeper connection with one’s inner self. Each session is unique and the best way to understand it to try it out your self!




Golden Loop Scarf

Around this time last year I went to a knitting meet-up at the La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe. While there I found two balls of yarn on sale in this beautiful golden color. I wasn’t positive at the time what I would make with it, but I decided that I wanted to buy it anyway and keep it in my yarn stash for later.

Finally this summer I started the project – a loop scarf that I could wrap around my neck without worrying about it shifting or falling off. There was also some leftover yarn from a past project that I had wanted to use with the golden yarn as well. After a few months of knitting I decided today that I didn’t like at all where the project was going and since I was making the pattern up as I went along I felt no remorse to rip out the entire thing and start over.

Now I sit next to empty needles and two balls of yarn waiting to be crafted into a scarf – and I am so excited! There are endless possibilities! I still plan on making a Golden Loop Scarf of my own pattern, but now I also hope to use the second ball to make fingerless gloves. What I love about this project is not being attached to what it must look like in the end. Patterns are extremely helpful at times, but for now I am enjoying the freedom of my creativity.

Yoga teachings that come in handy when knitting are practice, non-attachment, and letting go of results. In the Bhagavad Gita we are taught that through practice (action) and not attaching to the fruits of our actions, we can attain steady peace. So rather than attaching to the perfection of a finished knitting project, continue to knit and enjoy the process. The journey of a knitting project can be even more enjoyable than the results of it.




Curious about Yoga + Yarn? Watch this video to find out about it!

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Yoga + Yarn Retreat at Good Commons

Join Liza November 3-6, 2011for the 2nd annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat at Good Commons!

Unwind during a relaxing weekend in Vermont. Explore yoga, knitting, massage, delicious foods, and more. Play, de-stress, and cultivate the meditative nature of yoga and knitting.

Good Commons is a magical and relaxing place, which makes it a wonderful retreat location to learn to knit or refresh your skills with expert knitter Nancy Laird and yoga instructor Liza Laird.

Liza & Nancy are a dynamic duo that will take you through how to practice yoga + knit!

No previous experience required! All levels welcome.

Email retreats@lizalaird.com today to register!


Morning intention

Take 5 minutes this morning for meditation. Sit in the quiet stillness of the morning light and start your waking hours silently setting your intention that will take you through your day.