What Should I Do About My F’d-Up Life?”

The question that Colin Beavan just had to ask his Zen teacher is one that’s on the tip of everybody’s tongues.  We live in uncertain times.  And from time to time we have glimpses of how things “should be”.  And then they disappear.  A recent article in Lion’s Roar tackles the question that Colin and many of us are asking head on.  And I like the answers.  In the past years I am noticing that more and more people coming to Yoga Therapy are trying harder than ever with the... Read The Rest →

Bloody Valentine’s

No I’m not using the word “bloody” like an Australian adjective because I have mixed feelings about the day.   The original Valentine’s holiday, long before it was named after the Saint, was indeed a bloody pagan ritual in ancient Rome. Originally known as Lupercalia, and celebrated on the ides of February (Feb 15th not the 14th), the day was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, along with the honoring Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. You may recall learning that Romulus and Remus as babies... Read The Rest →

Meaningful New Year

Mindful steps on this one minute video will help you set your New Year on track! To download a printable PDF of the steps, click this link: meaningful-new-year-printout

PILGRIMAGE

Recently, Michael had the opportunity to realize a long-held dream, following his dharma to participate in a retreat with a teacher that he has admired for several years.  Here, he chronicles his journey, along with the thoughts, reflections, and lessons that he experienced along the way. DAY 1 As I settle in to my airplane seat to embark on the first leg of my journey, I don’t exactly feel like a pilgrim.  Nevertheless, I am on a pilgrimage.  The flight will take me across the country, to Redwood City, California, to... Read The Rest →

Transform Your Black Friday Blues

Embrace the spirit behind it: 5 steps to transform Black Friday Blues. Black Friday is a great example of our culture on a detour that doesn’t take us where we want to go.  Originally, the day after Thanksgiving was the  annual celebration of the beginning of Christmas shopping season, offering the first “official” opportunity for retailers to display their holiday merchandise.   Honoring the non-commercial nature of Thanksgiving, merchants waited until it was over before promoting their Christmas wares.  The day represented the transition from a Day of Thanks following the end of... Read The Rest →

Yoga Therapy for Trauma – Aileen’s Story

There’s a lot of buzz these days about how effective yoga therapy is for trauma. For over 30 years we’ve seen some amazing results.  In the early years we didn’t know much about how or why our particular approach (Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy) worked so well for so many.  Now we not only know our work is “trauma informed” (and pretty much has been from the outset 30 years ago).  It also is clear now from both research and recent developments in neuroscience, that the body is involved when a traumatic... Read The Rest →

Michael Lee’s Interview with J. Brown on Yoga Talks

Michael Lee’s interview as a guest on J. Brown’s Yoga Talks podcast was released September 12th. In the course of over 30 years, as the Founder of Phoenix Rising and the author of several books and articles, Michael has been interviewed many times.  Most have been good interviews, some not so good, and a few have been great. But this one with J. Brown recently is clearly one of our favorites.   J’s interview style and his instant rapport with Michael make for a great conversation.  At times it’s easy going... Read The Rest →

Labor Day – Chop Wood and Carry Water

Labor Day weekend approaches.  To most of us here in the USA, it has become “just another holiday” and marks the end of the summer, more or less.  Originally, though, Labor Day was intended as a celebration of workers who had taken steps to place value on their work during an industrial age that had somewhat neglected the importance of work and workers.  I believe that most of our holidays were created with noble intent, so I like to dive a little deeper, and find a contemporary meaning for them... Read The Rest →

Unconditional Positive Regard

One of the key elements in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is the Rogerian practice of Unconditional Positive Regard.  Basically, it’s a way for the therapist to be present to the client that physically and emotionally communicates the message “I am here and present to you.  It’s perfectly OK for you to be yourself without the need to be any different, or to change or to fix anything right now.” Since Rogers’ hey day back when the Gloria Tapes were published in 1963 his person centered therapy has been both widely... Read The Rest →

SYTAR 2016 – Post-Conference Reflection

I registered right before the early bird discount expired, had 2 other roommates share hotel room costs, nibbled on one scone for three breakfasts, drove the seven hours ($60 in RT gas vs a $250 RT plane ticket), and silently resented the hotel’s $10/night parking fee. Yet I knew it was an investment worth making. In the past I’ve had sticker shock at the price of admission to professional conferences and the cost of getting there and the accommodations on top of that. I would quickly abandon the idea of... Read The Rest →

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