Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

“Unlike your mental conditioning, your body always tells the truth—the plain truth. So why not learn how to listen to it?”
— Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

When our experience of life is different from the way we wish it to be, stress exists. The bigger this difference, the higher its stress. And long term chronic stress leads to disease – heart disease, compromised immunity, sleep/eating/mood disorders, …the list goes on. How do we get off this self-destructive treadmill, stop choking down the stress and longing for life to somehow change itself?

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy helps bypass the distractions of the mind by exploring direct experience through yoga-like embodied awareness. Non-directive dialog focuses this awareness on what is most relevant to our life, and guided integration distills it into a key “ah-ha!” with a do-able action step.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a holistic healing art that has been around for more than 30 years. Using age-old yogic and modern therapeutic approaches to deepen awareness and presence, it can help others accept themselves more fully. Out of this acceptance they are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and enhanced well-being in body, mind, emotions and spirit.

As it is such an experiential modality, words struggle to capture the essence of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. We will start with talking about what’s happening in your life right now. Using examples from your life, I will continue to describe Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy to you so that you feel comfortable and understood. We will then move into centering movement and mediation that can support you as you check into what’s present on every level: breath, body, emotions, thoughts, spirit. As you bring curiosity to these parts of yourself, I serve as the flashlight, directing focus and attention to the sensations, emotions, and/or images you are discovering.

Meet Our Practitioner

Bev Johnson

Bev Johnson is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher specializing in serving those suffering from the effects of life stress and stress-related conditions. She is a Training Program Director at the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy and serves on the Certification Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Visit her website at, book a session with Bev at, or contact her directly at or 540.428.6329.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: I’ve never really practiced yoga before, and I’m unfamiliar with yoga therapy. What is this?
A: The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Experience can sound strange, unfamiliar, and daunting. Touch, movement, and dialogue are integrated in a way that supports you to feel safe and to make choices that best serve your experience. You are in full control of each and every moment of the session so that you can cultivate your voice and wisdom. Within sessions, we will refer to these moments of choice and discomfort as edges. Edges can show up as physical sensations, feelings, thoughts, and images. As the client, you are able to move towards edges that can provide awareness and insight and away from edges that feel too rough or big for the moment.
Q: What if I do it wrong?
A: There is no right or wrong within Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. As the creator of your experience, wherever you are and whatever you encounter is exactly as it’s meant to be. There is no agenda, expectation, or objective for sessions. Your facilitator is to be present to what awareness, edges, insights, and connections you wish to pursue as you stay present to your body, mind, and spirit. Sessions can be eyes closed or eyes open, touch or no touch, depending on what serves you in each moment.
Q: What if touch is uncomfortable?
A: For many of us touch is an edge that can be anywhere from uncomfortable to downright terrifying. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a work that meets you where you are and allows space for exploring the uncomfortable without pushing you past your limits. We call this an “edge” within the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy work and if touch is an edge for you, we start without it. It may never be a part of our sessions, or we could work towards touch if that is appropriate. You will be respected in every session and feel safe and empowered.