About Soleil, C-IAYT
Depression / Anxiety
Grief / Loss
From High Tech to High Touch
For 20 years, in the 80s and 90s, I worked in the fast-paced world of "High Technology". Being one of the few woman in this hip new field brought High Stress.
Those years of stress manifested physically in on-going chronic back pain, multiple migraines and even a bout with cancer. My body could not have spoken any louder - and yet I did not listen.
Until I could no longer ignore the pain. My reaction to the trauma of the cancer and stress in my body, eventually led me to notice a correlation to my Life. I was burned-out, numb, frustrated - left with the endless question - "Is this it?"
And then 9/11 happened. After the planes crashed, I - like so many others - were jolted into an awareness of our One Precious Life. For me, 9/11 gave us the motivation to STOP and LISTEN.
As the saying goes, "The Pain of staying the same was greater than the Pain of Change."
So I left the relative safety of the same-old, same-old High-Tech world. It was time to figure out how to get healthy and build a life of purpose and meaning.
I stumbled upon Phoenix Rising Method and the School of Yoga Therapy (PRYT). I found this approach to change and healing unique in the world where everyone was looking for that "silver bullet". It didn't try to fix me nor did it tell me what to do. Instead, I was empowered to turn to my own best teacher - the one that had been trying to get my attention for years - my own BODY and MIND.
And when I did, well, Change Happened - FAST.
With focused training, I became a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist in 2002, setting up my practice in Seattle. Wanting to go further, I continued on and became advanced certified to run groups in 2004, and later working with couples in 2008.
I witnessed this self-empowered system of change work over and over in my clients and inspired me to join PRYT in a faculty position in 2005 supervising and training new therapists from around the world.
In 2015, I became the Program Director while continuing in private practice - now in San Diego where I moved in 2012. (Seattle is beautiful, but you can't beat the sunshine in San Diego!)
The Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy became Internationally accredited in 2013. One of only a handful of authorized programs through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
And in August 2016, I was honored to be in the very first "wave" to be an internationally certified Yoga Therapist through the association.. (C-IAYT)