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 Energy Medicine informed by the 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 while attending massage therapy school. 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:
"Healing One Breath at a Time
My recent session with Raylen brought me back from the edge of despair. Swirling downward in the spiral of the pandemic, with both personal and universal relationships out of control, I needed a calm, integrative time-out. I needed a sense of Hope, what I named the mother mourning dove that nested and gave birth to the small beings of light I named “Faith” and “Grace.” But in the natural order of life, they had flown away and so had my anchors to them. I was lost in the black cloud of despair.
As I lay on my purple yoga mat in my home office and Raylen transmitted her image, words and energy through Zoom from her home, there was a sense of redemption. The first thing she said to me after we did some breathing was, “I sense your father to the left of you.” My dear father, who died when I was seven. Just to know he was with me, wrapped me in a soft field of safety. Then she told me, “He is proud of you.” I cried with this acknowledgement, this sacred blessing, of which she was the conduit.
Throughout the session, my body, mind and spirit were quenched by her energy work. I thank the spirits who I believe have not abandoned our universe, for this reprieve from the fear, anger and sadness, I and so many others, are experiencing each day now.
Raylen’s work is a rose opening in a parched desert. I look forward to nourishing myself again with her message of healing, which parts the heavy pain into silken strands that lead us to the truth, that bind us all – love."
“Life can be full of chaos and confusion, so finding a place of peace and calm is invaluable. Raylen has provided me with that peace and continues to nurture my soul with exactly what it needs to heal. Her work has truly altered my core self and has led me on a new path of life and understanding. She is one of the most extraordinary people I know and her impact resonates with me daily. Thank you, Raylen, for filling my heart with love and gratitude. Please continue to share your gifts with all of humanity so that we may reflect the nature of our true selves, as beings filled with both light and love.”
“Healing is a sacred journey. If you want someone who respects that and can hold space for big change to occur then you will LOVE working with Raylen. In a recent session I was able to experience first hand how powerful her medicine is. I am in gratitude for her love, connection to spirit, and to my highest calling. She is a very powerful healer for our times.”
“Before the pandemic began I had been working with Raylen in her very special space at Union of Body and Soul. Each session was different and beneficial to me on different levels.
During the guided meditation and deep breathing we began with each time, I was able to slow down, get centered, and return to myself. It was from that space I received the gifts Raylen offered through her bodywork, which were so helpful on my healing journey.
I was disappointed when a scheduled appointment with Raylen was cancelled because of the social distancing being implemented. When she offered to work through FaceTime or Zoom with me, I was happy to try it out.
I found I was able to relax and return to myself like I would when we were in the same room. As we began the session, Raylen’s presence and healing energy traveled over the miles and continued throughout the session, resulting in sensations in my body similar to when I had been lying on her table. I would recommend working with Raylen remotely, especially during this time of unique opportunity we have been given to take a pause and “reboot” ourselves and our world. I am looking forward to my next session - I feel like this is a time of rebirth for me and others, and I appreciate the support and guidance Raylen has to share."
"I've now done a meditation group and shamanic session with Raylen Williams and I feel so grateful to have experienced her gift! I feel more at ease, in tune and centered than I have felt for a while. I'm so appreciative for the service during such unsettling times because I believe it is helping to keep me grounded. Thank you for your peaceful energy and compassion and for providing such a safe space for people to come to to receive your resources!"
“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."