Kundalini is most commonly referred to as the Yoga of Awareness. I like to refer to it as raising our vibration and consciousness to help us reach the highest version of ourselves. Kundalini is a sacred knowledge and power, and is often referred to as the Mother of all Yoga. Kundalini has been around over 5000 years and has never been manipulated or changed in all these years. The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, brings an awareness to the impacts of your habits, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. This practice will be accessible for all levels and I will be teaching kriyas (sets or sequences) that include (chanting) mantras (repetition of words or sounds), meditation, mudras (hand positions), pranayama (breath work), and asanas (poses) that all have a desired effect and outcome. The class ends with a restorative gong bath shavasana to help integrate the benefits of the practice into the body and to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our rest and digest system. I invite you to come experience an ancient lineage of yoga that has been scientifically researched and proven to heal and uplift the energy we posses deep in our bodies.
About Jill Phoenix
I am a self proclaimed “yoga nerd” and love that there is so much to learn and share with others. One of my favorite aspects of teaching yoga is that it is truly accessible for everyone and every body, and I strive to help provide this for all. Yoga has personally helped me recover from abuse, trauma, an eating disorder and body image issues, and divorce. To say that I have fallen in love with yoga, is an understatement! Teaching and practicing the physical asanas are only a small part of the path, and I truly believe in living a yogic lifestyle.
I was first introduced to yoga with a Rodney Yee VHS tape in 1998 on a mat in my living room. After several years and a somewhat daily practice, I stepped into a studio for the first time in 2007, West Asheville Yoga! and my eyes were opened wide to a whole new world. Being able to teach here is truly a coming home-full circle feeling for me.
Although my practice was sporadic for many years while traveling the country and a lifestyle that didn’t support self care, yoga was always there in some way, either through mindful breathing or just doing a few asanas every day.
Thanks to some major life shifts along the way in recent years, not only did my practice transform to a dedicated daily one, but my whole life shifted. I decided to not only continue being a student, but I was called to share the teachings with others. I completed a 200 hour teacher training program in 2016, and a 220 hour Kundalini Teacher training program through Kundalini Research Institute, as well as working towards my 500 hour teaching certification.
I have also traveled and studied Yoga and Meditation in Nepal, India, and Bali.