Meet Raylen Williams
Certified Yoga Instructor
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
Individual Yoga Sessions
Certified Group Facilitator
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Curiosity is the key. I believe that my first experience of “Yoga” happened before stepping on a mat. The word yoga itself means “Union” or “Connection”; and the felt sense of it may be described as a feeling of wholeness and oneness with what is. You may have experienced this while feeling the warmth of the sun, being embraced in a loved one’s arms, savoring a nourishing meal, listening to birds sing, playing an instrument, exchanging a gentle smile... and so much more. With curiosity, the possibilities are endless.
My role is to meet you where you are, support the unfolding and blossoming of your own unique process towards health but stay out of the way. I believe much of today’s suffering and dis-ease are related to feelings of disconnection. Together, we co-create a welcoming environment guided by your own embodied intention to allow all parts to be there, hold space to get to know them, and discover how each serves as a guide towards remembering connection and who you truly are. Each session ends with integration where you have an opportunity to reflect back on your experience of yoga, how it informs you in how you want to show up in life, and what action steps to take so that you re-member.
My main framework in working with individuals is Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Shamanic Energy Medicine (Four Winds Society); and my educational and professional background includes a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Delaware, 200 hour yoga teacher, Balanced Athlete, and Meditation teacher certifications through Empowered Yoga. In addition, I have completed Levels 1-4 Shambhala Meditation, Reiki I, Groovy Kids yoga teacher training, Foundations of Svaroopa Yoga, am a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, and currently pursuing the certification track for Visionary Craniosacral Work. However, much of what I have learned comes from my own daily personal Sadhana practice and being in relationship with others.
My heartfelt work both as a practitioner and human being is holding space for awareness, presence, and connection to a deeper knowing, truth, and authenticity; and my heartfelt wish is for all to live from this place and share the gifts that we have support the health and well-being of our sacred world. I am fascinated in how we relate and connect to ourselves, others, life experiences, and the complexity of how we are all integrated and interdependent. I feel honored and grateful for the opportunity to explore endless possibilities with you.
When I’m not at “work”, I find it important to make time to play! I have learned to see life’s challenges as an opportunity to be creative, specifically with movement. I love all forms of movement... running, dancing, climbing, martial arts, boxing, surfing... but my passion is Yoga and how the practice integrates in life. I also enjoy spending time with my loving boyfriend and sweet pup, Halo.
"We're all just walking each other home." - Ram Dass
What clients are saying:
“Raylen is a gifted practitioner. She has a great capacity for openness and for creating a space of acceptance without judgment. I have only known and worked with her for a short while, but it has been utterly transformational. I find myself grateful and humbled and finding a new life for myself. Increasingly, I can just be and can see myself with the same acceptance she shows me. I so look forward to my future interactions with this delightful and wonderful person.”
“Through Raylen’s practice, I’ve opened an unexpected door into intra-personal exploration that brings clarity, purpose, and intention into my daily life. Her perspective and methodology create a comfortable experience that nurtures self-growth, happiness, and compassion.”
“Where do I begin? I reached out to Raylen when I was dealing with a lot of stress in my life, and she introduced me to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. I have been working with her now for 6 months and I have seen a huge shift in myself from incorporating Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. During the session you begin by checking in with the body and mind and set an intention. Then she guides you through guided meditation and at the end you reflect on the practice. The guided meditation allows you to get deep in your body to get more information.
This work is not easy, but over time it prepares you to change and notice your feelings and your body’s response. The reflection is super helpful because it allows you to revisit what was meaningful, and it allows you to notice those items during the week. Incorporating the body for me was an amazing experience because it allowed me to feel rather than think. This Therapy helped me to get to know myself more, helped me with my daily practice, and helped me take the practice to real life situations.
There is something about Raylen that is super comforting. She always greets you with a smile and hug. She listens, holds space for you daily, and is always available if needed. Raylen has a calming voice, easy to listen to, and goes above and beyond to help others. She is passionate and always learning new things to help you get to the root causes. Raylen has a special gift and I am thankful for her love and support in our community.”
"Raylen has a lovely, warm, open manner that is non-threatening. She's a true healer." - LW
"Wonderful! I loved it. Am stunned by how much information was gathered by such (seemingly) simple work" - Julie F.
"I enjoyed this session and the opportunity to share my ongoing "health story" with Raylen. She was warm and supportive and I felt cared for by her. - HF
"This session relaxed me! What worked for me was Raylen's hands and feet... the energy I felt moving. Freeing." - SR
"It was amazing to feel relaxed immediately with Raylen's guidance. Her calm presence made the new experience pleasant and successful." "The session was not at all what I expected however it was most appropriate for me at the time. For me, not knowing works best. I am truly grateful for the experience." - SJ
“I have been working with Raylen in my areas of need (e.g., balance and general postures). She started by asking in what areas I needed help. As we progressed, she adapted the program as she saw other areas that needed addressing (e.g., the proper way to stand from a sitting position). To be successful at what she does, one needs to be proficient at the following (not a complete list): listening, observation, adaptability and communication. She excels in all of these areas and more. My training has been progressive with Raylen adding exercises to assist my development. Raylen does an excellent job of ensuring that all parts of the body are in the correct position for the exercises. This is very important to get the most out of each one. I would highly recommend her in any of the areas of her expertise.” - RR
“ it helped me have the experience of coming more into my adult self in my body.”
"Thank you Raylen for the healing session yesterday. I learned so much in one hour, impressive!! Kept repeating throughout my day, "create softness." Fascinating that it was a physical therapy session, yoga, and counseling all in one."