Yoga Therapy

What is Yoga Therapy?


Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a one-on-one, client-centered practice that combines elements of yoga and contemporary psychology to explore the relationship between your body, your mind and your life.

Using guided meditation, gentle stretches, and simple dialogue, Phoenix Rising reveals the root causes of stress, tension and anxiety in a confidential and non-judgmental environment.

This guided experience allows you to explore the connection between what’s happening in your body and what’s happening in your life.

Clients often receive greater mental and emotional clarity around significant life issues, release stored tension and gain a sense of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. No prior yoga experience is necessary.


How Does it Work?

Consider the idea that our body, mind, thoughts and emotions are not separate entities but rather woven aspects of the same integrated whole.  It is common sense that a life event can create physical body tension or a thought or memory can trigger an emotional response. Your memories, feelings, beliefs and sensations are all maintained on a physical cellular level, the story of your life is literally embodied. In this way, your body is a map, containing your unique history. Rather than looking outside for answers or remedies, consider the possibility that everything you need to know is already inside of you.  Awareness is the key to integration of the body, mind, and spirit. 

What is included in a Session?

Cathy offers one-on-one, client led,  Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practice Sessions.   While being guided through meditation, breath, movement and gentle yoga postures you are invited to become aware of what is happening in the moment.  Memories, emotion, thoughts and physical sensations are welcomed to safely emerge.  As thought, emotion and physical sensation are explored, tension is released and reflective awareness creates space for the possibility of transformation and personal growth.   





Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy safely supports a path to well being regardless of age, gender, body type, fitness level or physical condition. All that is required is your body and an open mind. Clients seek out the support of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy for a variety of reasons: to embrace self-care; to relieve stress, anxiety or depression,  to experience deep relaxation; to enhance their body-mind connection and overall well-being; to heal from traumas, abuse, or addiction; or for support during life transition.

Potential benefits Include:


Stress release, relieve from anxiety or depression

Increased body awareness


Ability to make connections between behavioral and physical patterns

Enhanced ability to solve problems and make decisions

Capacity to overcome self-limiting beliefs

Improved ability to manage life’s daily stresses

Integrate life changes


Wow! powerful, surprising, nourishing, releasing, revealing.  Your presence and clarity were deeply felt and offered an incredible safe, open, and inviting journey.”-MB

“Wonderful.  Not only very relaxing but it was effective in stretching me and open up tight areas.  It was a yoga oasis!  The assisted stretching and hands on individual attention was particularly nice.”- BB

“Cathy, you are fantastic at what you do.  You provided a comforting and calming atmosphere.  Your passion is revealed in your tone, touch and whole person.  I felt you were with me on every step of my journey, Thank you.”-AL

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Cathy Johnson,  C-IAYT

About Cathy-

Cathy Johnson  has been practicing and teaching yoga for 17 years. She was introduced to yoga at a pivotal moment in life, as a troubled, depressed and anxious teenager trying to cope with the stress of survival. Since then, yoga and meditation have been an integral part in learning to ride though the ups and downs of the adventure of life.  She has a passion to return this gift and share this practice with all who are in need of peace, ease and health.   She has as BA in Psychology specializing in Behavior Analysis from UCF and in 2014, she studied to become a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, a  800hr graduate level study of intersecting field of yoga and healthcare.