My name is Phoebe Leona.
I chose my last name (lioness) because my dad met my mom while he was out walking his pet, lion. Yep, that is right.
Since the day that lion energy called me into this world, I have been a dancer, speaker, teacher, author, and someone who finds joy in guiding people to have deeper experiences of themselves so they can have a greater sense of belonging and purpose.
MY STORY (The very short version)
I grew up in the DC area and was primarily raised by my father, a Vietnam vet who suffered from severe PTSD, but we didn't really have that diagnosis back in the 80's quite yet. I lived through it with him though, so whatever we called it then (a drug/alcohol abuse problem), it was real.
Dancing and writing were always my two gifts that helped me get through my rough times as a child and I was always curious about why and how we do the things we do as humans. I was fascinated with psychology but I decided to walk the path as a dancer in New York City which was actually a very similar path of exploring the human experience but on a more energetic level.
Being able to embody people's feeling and ideas through movement taught me a lot.
Teaching yoga and movement for over 20 years did too.
Seeing how my body mirrored the experiences of my life was undeniable the closer I looked and then I saw how everyone's habits and stories of their lives were being played out in their postures, injuries, illnesses, and overall relationship to their bodies. I have been exploring these ideas formally and not so formally when I started to witness these patterns since I was 25 years old...and since then it has been my mission for others to connect these dots for themselves too on the micro-level with somatic (of the body) practices and macro-level with expanded awareness practices.
Anyone who has worked with me, can probably tell you a mantra of mine is, "What is your WHY?"
So let me share with you my WHY....
I have lived most of my life fitting in many places but never really feel like I belong anywhere because I saw the world through a different lens than most.
I now understand that because I am a Projector and Outsider.
I also know that I most happy when I live in alignment with my purpose.
What I often observe is that there are many others who walked this earth not feeling like they belong or not knowing what their purpose is.
I witness in these people the feelings of helplessness, overwhelm, lack of zest for life, confusion, frustration, and exhaustion, out of sorts...to name a few symptoms of wandering without a clear "WHY"
Which gave me my WHY- to help others discover their WHY and really EMBODY who they are and what they want to create in and for the world.
I believe if we have everyone walk this earth feeling empowered in knowing they belong and have a purpose, then the problems of our world would go away on a personal and collective scale.
If we have more people empowered in knowing WHY they are here and make better choices to live in alignment then the conditioning of living in fear or apathy would die away.
If we have more people waking up each day knowing they belong, there would no longer be hate, violence, or power over people because there would be no more "other" to reflect back our shadows.
What would be PURE MAGIC and I believe it can happen...
So I show up every day and make that my WHY to be in service to our world.
WHAT I HAVE DONE SO FAR
Let me share a few things I am most proud of so far on my professional path.
- A TEDx Speaker,
- The author of Dear Radiant One...An Emotional Recovery Story and Transformational Guide to Embody the Dance of Life, which was recently nominated Best Spiritual Memoir by OMTimes.
- the Founder of The nOMad Collective, we offer new experiences within and around the world,
- the Co-founder of TRIBE, we bring the tools of yoga to the military, which began training the cadets at West Point our renowned 200- hour yoga teacher training program.
- the Creator of the embodiment practice, Mvt109™, we play between movement and stillness to change the vibration of our world,
- and that all has just been the last 8 years!
I will share more with you as we travel along together...
“I received an amazing session with Phoebe! We did some deep dive work on old limiting beliefs around money and I had huge breakthroughs. She was kind and gracious in her work and how she listened, supported me, and took me through the embodiment exercises. The exercise was both gentle yet powerful in how it helped me release old blocks. I myself have done this work for many years, and working with her was some of the best healing work I have experienced. Grateful for her love, generosity, patience, and guidance.”
- Codie Lea
Holistic Transformational Practitioner
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