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Sharing my deeply personal Phoenix Rising painting to fund my Path of Service yoga teacher tuition for aiding underserved populations
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Project inspiration

It's been a dream of mine for years to see my Phoenix printed on a yoga mat and quite literally practice standing strong in the midst of the fire. It's also been a dream to get involved with Shri (Support - Honor - Respect - Inspire) Yoga ever since their opening. Until now, I'd stuffed both of these dreams into the "someday" box, and it took a life shattering event to bring them back into the light. Just like Phoenix rising from ashes, these dreams are ready to vibrantly spread their wings and surrender to the winds of transformation.

Your purchase of a Phoenix print or eco-friendly yoga mat will help bring these dreams to life (and you can even pledge for a private yoga class or wellness coaching, too!): offering meditative totems of hope in times of disparity, while simultaneously supporting my journey into Shri Yoga's "Path of Service" yoga teacher training, where I'll deepen my empathy and connection with very special and often under-recognized populations right in my local community. 

With the direct support of the Phoenix, over the next three months I will be studying with Shri Yoga Founder, Alison Bologna, to learn the principles and techniques of teaching Shri yoga outreach classes. This 60 hour immersion will dive into:

  • An Overview of Service through Karma Yoga Outreach
  • Serving Children in Schools and Shelters and Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Self Care; Serving Seniors, Men and Women in Recovery, Active Members of the Military, Veterans, and Educators

About the Phoenix

I created this painting around the Fall Equinox of 2013. I was 28. It came about during a time of tremendous loss and grief; at the time, my entire life felt as though it had been shattered to pieces. So many of the people, places, and activities that I had come to identify myself with suddenly vanished, and I had no idea who I was anymore. 

To cope, I'd travel to the mountains every weekend and cry until my mind became too tired to think any longer. With my mind finally stilled, I'd practice letting the sadness move through me like water, sometimes like a flooded rush from a mountain waterfall, other times like transient vapor slowly rolling in and blanketing the highest mountain peaks. I practiced sitting with this feeling, over and over and over again. 

Gradually, the pain started to transform. Though I couldn't see it at the time, it was becoming fuel for creating something new; something that would fill me with hope and breathe new life into me. This was my yoga. And I'm in the midst of feeling my way into this again today.

The idea for the Phoenix came about as I was sitting under an old oak tree. I only had a vague idea of what it would actually look like at the time - I just knew I needed to move through the process of bringing it to life, however that took form. I was compelled. I couldn't not do it. 

Over the next three days, I dove deeper into my grief, exploring it through color, texture, and visceral mark making. I became so completely immersed in feeling that I became unaware of time, hunger, or thirst. It was magic. 

The painting you see here is what came out of that beautiful gift of creative release.

I learned through this process how tremendously healing it could be to allow myself to sit in the heat of difficult feelings and let them wash over me, feeling into them - instead of trying to numb them out or muscle my way past them. 

To further support this process of Svādhyāya or self-study, I finally said yes to a 7 year dream of becoming a yoga teacher through Eyes of the World. Through this year-long program I was challenged and pushed in incredible ways to sit with discomfort, to dig deeper than ever before into questioning who I was (and I later realized that this was really a process of stripping down and questioning everything I was not) and how I wanted to show up in the world. 

I've been teaching yoga ever since, and continue to make art that offers solace and inspires my own deeper curiosities. 

Both art and yoga have saved me time and time again, and I'm eager to explore these pathways deeper - both in the vein of serving others, as well as in deepening my own path of (un)knowing and awakening. 

Photo: Mihaela Hinayon
Photo: Mihaela Hinayon

About the yoga mats

These yoga mats are SOOO awesome!! They are made of a high quality, eco friendly, BPA and phthalates free, cellular vinyl. They offer a soft cushion feel, and contain a mesh center membrane for dimensional stability. Each one measures just under an extra long 74" x 24" wide, weighs approximately 3lbs, and is a comfy 1/4" thick.

The more you use the mats, the more "grip" you'll get with your holds, which is fantastic. Caring for them is simple: you can wash them with lukewarm water and a towel, and once they've dried, just roll them up and put them somewhere safe.  

Non-toxic and latex free and 100% made in the USA.

Local pickup near Providence, RI will be available if you'd like to save on shipping!

>>Post a photo with your mat and tag me on Instagram for a special offer :)

Work with me

I'm STOKED to be offering private and small group yoga sessions for local Providence-area folks, as well as some opportunities for wellness coaching! Check out the pledge offerings near the bottom of this page ;) I bring a background in all-levels vinyasa yoga (beginners welcome!) and am also a professional wellness, leadership and spirituality coach recognized by the International Coach Federation. We can talk all about your goals and objectives and craft something custom just for you - this is all about how YOU want to transform!!

Thank you so, so, SO much for your support!! 

Risks and challenges

Great news is this is a very low risk venture in that I've already ordered a prototype of the mat and I LOVE it!! It's just a matter of whether or not this project gets traction.

I've purposely set the pledge goal so that, if funded, I'd almost exactly break even for the tuition fees after I've deducted all of the overhead costs associated with production and the Kickstarter fees - and even thill this will depend on the breakdown of reward pledges (i.e. - it's possible that I could meet my $777 goal and still be a few hundred short of meeting the $650 tuition fee - it all depends on the breakdown of pledge types). Since I just recently lost my full time job of over 5 years and am in a bit of a financial freeze, it felt like it made a lot of sense to give this Kickstarter a try as a way to keep moving forward with my dreams!

It's also important to note that should this project exceed $777, I'd like for any additional funds to feed directly back into my growth and development as a yoga and art teacher, and to be able to radiate these gifts back out to the community in amazing and extraordinary ways! Stay tuned on those dreams - I can't wait to share them with you!

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    Mini Phoenix Rising print - 5"x10"

    This is a miniature 5"x10" professional print of my Red Tailed Hawk Turning Into Phoenix, painted using conte and pastel.

    Printed on beautiful, high-quality, archival Kodak Professional Endura paper with professional inks that will last a lifetime. A white 1/4" border surrounds the image for easy framing.

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    Phoenix Rising Print - 12"x24"

    This is a 12"x24" professional print of my Red Tailed Hawk Turning Into Phoenix, painted using conte and pastel.

    Printed on beautiful, high-quality, archival Kodak Professional Endura paper with professional inks that will last a lifetime. A white 1/4" border surrounds the image for easy framing.

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    Phoenix Rising eco-friendly yoga mat

    This yoga mat features my Red Tailed Hawk Turning into a phoenix painting, made of a high quality, eco friendly, BPA and phthalates free, cellular vinyl. It offers a soft cushion feel, and contains a mesh center membrane for dimensional stability. It measures just under an extra long 74" x 24" wide, weighs approximately 3lbs, and is a comfy 1/4" thick.

    Non-toxic and latex free and 100% made in the USA.

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    LOCAL PICKUP: Phoenix Rising yoga mat

    Local pickup option for Providence, RI area.

    This yoga mat features my Red Tailed Hawk Turning into a phoenix painting, made of a high quality, eco friendly, BPA and phthalates free, cellular vinyl. It offers a soft cushion feel, and contains a mesh center membrane for dimensional stability. It measures just under an extra long 74" x 24" wide, weighs approximately 3lbs, and is a comfy 1/4" thick.

    Non-toxic and latex free and 100% made in the USA.

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    LIFE SIZE Phoenix Print - 24"x48"!

    This is a LIFE SIZE 24"x48" professional print of my Red Tailed Hawk Turning Into Phoenix, painted using conte and pastel.

    Printed on beautiful, high-quality, archival Kodak Professional Lustre Inket paper with professional inks that will last a lifetime. A white 1/4" border surrounds the image for easy framing.

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    Bundle: Yoga mat and 12"x24" print!

    Get an eco Phoenix yoga mat AND a professional-grade print. Keep 'em both, or give one to a friend :)

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    S T O K E. T H E. S O U L

    Your very own Phoenix yoga mat (pickup or local delivery) PLUS! A one-hour private one-on-one yoga class with Joanna.

    Providence area.

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    I G N I T E. T H E . H E A R T

    Your very own Phoenix yoga mat (pickup or local delivery) PLUS! TWO one-hour yoga classes with Joanna for you and up to two other friends.

    Providence area.

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    S O A R

    Your very own Phoenix yoga mat (pickup or local delivery) PLUS! TWO one-hour yoga classes with Joanna for you and up to two other friends... PLUS one one-hour wellness coaching session for you or a friend.

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    T R A N S F O R M

    Your very own Phoenix yoga mat (pickup or local delivery) PLUS! SIX one-hour yoga classes with Joanna for you and up to two other friends, plus one one-hour wellness coaching session for you or a friend.

    Providence area.

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