As an internationally registered and certified yoga therapist, teacher, mentor, and teacher trainer, Rhoda believes that relief from stress emerges from a calm mind and a relaxed body. Taking time to pay attention to how we breathe and move offers us opportunities to slow down. Moving at a slower pace enables us to better sustain our own well being while effectively supporting those around us.
Rhoda has been encouraging students and clients to slow down since 1993. Her specialties include facilitating techniques to help manage daily stress, boost the immune system and cope with issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain.
The practices on her CD, "Relax with Rhoda" have helped listeners reduce stress as well as promote more peaceful sleep. Her gentle teaching methods support self-discovery and self-empowerment in a safe and enjoyable manner.
Rhoda holds the Yoga Alliance 500-hour experienced teacher designation (ERYT500). She has earned Advanced Certifications as a professional-level Yoga teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as an iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher from Richard Miller at the Integrative Restoration Institute, as a Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater, and as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and mentor. Additionally she has been certified by the Arthritis Foundation and trained by the National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society.
As a former faculty member at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, Rhoda co-developed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum. She also created courses in Mindfulness and Meditation.
Along with offering group classes, workshops and trainings, Rhoda is available for private sessions in therapeutic yoga, guided meditation, and relaxation therapy in person and by phone or Skype.
Her unique series, "The Art of Mindful Slow Living," offers guidance and mentoring to help individuals learn more about how to experience healthy, harmonious and happy lives.
For more information on how you might benefit from working with Rhoda, contact her directly.
WHAT is Yoga for Slow Living?
Rhoda created Yoga for Slow Living℠ as a mindful approach to body mind wellness. The act of consciously paying attention to your breath, to the sensations in your body, to feelings and thoughts as they arise, offers opportunities to slow down and bring greater awareness to what's happening in the moment. It is here that life is most fully experienced and appreciated.
A Yoga for Slow Living℠ practice focuses on the benefits of slowing down--on your yoga mat and in your life. Gentle Yoga group classes include techniques such as slow stretching and easeful movement, breathing exercises, meditation and guided relaxation.
In private sessions, the Yoga for Slow Living℠ approach includes modalities such as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and iRest Yoga Nidra® along with Restorative Yoga and Meditation, as well as Lifestyle Wellness coaching. This variety of techniques gives clients and students a wider pathway to self-exploration and personal growth.
Whether in a group setting or individual sessions, these tools can help to release physical tension, reduce emotional and mental stress, increase concentration, strength and flexibility, and often create clarity and a feeling of peaceful well being both on and off the yoga mat.
For information on current Yoga For Slow Living℠ classes, workshops and trainings see the schedule.
More about Rhoda, in her own words:
“Since becoming a yoga practitioner in 1991, I've studied how conditions that cause physical tension, as well as emotional and mental stress, can be managed with a variety of yoga and meditation techniques.
In my own life, yoga has helped me with issues ranging from reducing symptoms of arthritis to using breath awareness as the doorway to living a more present- centered life. I've discovered that a very gentle, slow and mindful yoga practice—one that includes breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques—can help address the issues often experienced by people with chronic or recurring pain (whether physical, mental or emotional).
When I practice and when I guide others, I bring attention to the more mindful aspects of yoga—those which help us experience a more relaxed and aware state, and help us discover that all-important connection to our own inner wisdom.
For me, yoga is about ongoing self-awareness, so that what is discovered during a yoga or meditation practice can be applied to my daily life. My intention for myself, and in supporting others, focuses on living a life that embraces balance and harmony.
By using the tools of yoga and meditation, my aim is to encourage a conscious state of relaxed awareness, a place from which to experience and appreciate life as mindfully and as compassionately as possible, in each moment.”