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Phoenix Rising Yoga: Meditation in Motion

A Four Part Series IUPS Certificate Program

with Alessandra Colfi, PhD, RYT-200, ZIN®


The phoenix is a mythological figure which symbolizes heroic rebirth, renewed strength, vitality, and power - present in each person and supported by the community - to rise through and above extremely challenging circumstances. Yoga supports individuals’ wholeness and resilience, specifically to bounce back from a life-altering journey like grief, or a cancer diagnosis, treatments, surgeries, physical and mental side effects, and offers practical tools and gentle guidance to meet the unique needs of people affected by cancer.

Yoga is known to reduce fatigue and stress (cortisol levels), calm the mind, ease pain, alleviate depression, and improve overall Quality of Life.

"Because suffering is impermanent, that is why we can transform it.  Because happiness is impermanent, that is why we have to nourish it." Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will safely and mindfully practice yoga and meditation to relax, restore, awaken their own body/mind awareness, and bring mindful focus to the day’s activities.

  • Students will practice guided breathing techniques, safe asanas synchronized with the breath, postural alignment, and integrate them safely in their personal practice to support their well-being and healing. Students will immediately start noticing benefits and changes.

  • Students will recognize evidence-based research using Yoga in many domains of human experience.

Over two hours of video content!


Dr. Colfi holds a B.A. in Linguistics, a Master’s in Fine Art, a Doctorate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Certified Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery and Yoga for Back Care, and a licensed Zumba Instructor (ZIN®). Dr. Colfi is a faculty member and Director of Expressive Arts Therapy Department at International University of Professional Studies. She facilitates Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health; she collaborates with The HeartWay providing a focused program to assist individuals process their grief.  Her whole person-centered approach is

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compassionate, uplifting, and draws from many different traditions and modalities like meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), guided visualization and relaxation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Pranayama (breathwork), and includes community resources.  Member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Yoga Alliance, Advisory Board at MiraCosta College Kinesiology Department, Consciousness and Healing Initiative, Arts Health Network Canada.  Dr. Colfi has been using the creative arts and their therapeutic qualities for over 20 years in private and clinical settings assisting oncology patients and their families, Veterans, teens, and individuals experiencing grief.  In 2014 she received the San Diego Cancer Research Institute Award of Excellence for contributing to improving the quality of life of cancer patients in San Diego County.

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$30 full access!

until April 1, 2023 (regularly $50)

sample certificate

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