After healing herself of arthritis through yoga as a teenager, Phoebe wanted to pass on the amazing gift of yoga through teaching. It was during her travels in Asia, when she stumbled across the Santosh Puri Ashram in India, that the gap was bridged between her two passions: yoga and art. Yantra creation is an art form that uses sacred geometry to evoke a meditative state. Phoebe is fortunate to be one of the few westerners to receive training in this tradition from the lineage of Harish Johari in Haridwar, India.
“Both art and yoga allow for creative expression and that spontaneous feeling that there is something to be excited about, perhaps to be alive and conscious, but my discovery of the Yantra bridged the gap of separateness. Both a yoga practice and creating a Yantra are as much about the process as the end result. You could compare a beautiful, completed Yantra to a perfected Vrschikasana [scorpion pose] say, but we learn from and benefit from the journey ultimately.” – Phoebe Andrews
Yoga has been a constant in Phoebe’s life since she was little. Her mother started practicing yoga at age 19 and is still practicing over 40 years later. On days when Phoebe stayed home “sick” from school as a child, she went to yoga class with her mom. She doesn’t remember when yoga wasn’t apart of her life.
Phoebe received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Colorado in 2009. She spent those four years in Boulder practicing with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at the Yoga Workshop. Upon Mary’s recommendation, Phoebe traveled to Thailand and completed her first yoga teacher training with Paul Dallaghan in the Ashtanga style.
After spending time in Mysore and other yoga centers in Asia including Goa with Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Bali Ashtanga with Prem and Radha, the Santosh Puri Ashram, and visiting the 2010 Kumb Mela in Haridwar, India, Phoebe spent a year in the Costa Rican jungle meditating and practicing in seclusion. When she returned to the USA, she bonded immediately with yoga teacher Mary Kate Murray. Mary Kate shared with Phoebe the philosophy of Anusara, which is a less rigid structure that takes into account the lifestyle of a modern day, western practitioner. In 2013, Phoebe completed her Anusara teacher training with Robyn Smith and Patrick Harestad in Humboldt County, California.
Phoebe has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching yoga and yantra design for 5 years. She is based in California where she continues to practice and teach yoga, pranayama, meditation, and yantra design daily. In addition to Ashtanga, Anusara, and other styles of yoga, Phoebe practices Kundalini, Acro, Aerial Silks, Martial Arts, and Ayurvedic cooking to explore other ways to deepen her mind body connection. Phoebe teaches yoga and yantra retreats around the world.