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 →

How to Change your Life with Sadhana

The Hindu concept of Sadhana is not something that can be described with absolute precision, because it is often different for each person who experiences it. One definition of Sadhana is given as “spiritual practices or disciplines which lead to perfection, these being contemplation, asceticism, worship of a god, and correct living.” Not aspiring to perfection or being a big worshipper, I tend to prefer the straightforward Wikipedia take on Sadhana, which is defined simply as “a means of accomplishing something.” This “means” can include practices from a variety of disciplines... Read The Rest →

Playing the Edge – in Yoga and in Life

When I first became interested in yoga I first noticed how incredibly inflexible my body was and how much it hurt. I began to doubt if yoga was really for me. I had difficulty coordinating my body and breath, and I seemed to be experiencing pain, not ecstasy as promised. Nevertheless, I stuggled along each day without it getting any easier. One day, I found myself experiencing intolerable levels of discomfort, even in postures we held for only a short time. I would engage the stretch and it was as if... Read The Rest →

I Know It In My Bones

I have been to doctors, therapists, church, spiritual fellowships, lots of school and all have offered me information, some insight, inspiration, and a dash of wisdom here and there.  However none of them have come close to the potency of the the soul food I get through embodied mindfulness, the primary tool of Phoenix Rising yoga therapy. Okay, I will admit, I am biased. I AM a Phoenix Rising yoga therapist.  However, I assure you this is just a happy, responding-to-a-calling-I-couldn’t-explain, accident.  I went from a part time music and... Read The Rest →

Yoga Alliance Registry’s new policy: how does it affect you? by Michael Lee

No single announcement in the last ten years has gotten more yoga professionals talking to each other than Yoga Alliance Registry (YAR)’s announcement in late January about their new policy on the use of yoga therapy terms. It rocked the yoga world, and social media groups came alive in active—and sometimes heated—discussion. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to reflect and integrate. What does this mean for yoga therapists who are also yoga teachers, and for yoga teachers who call their work therapeutic yoga? THE WHAT Yoga Alliance... Read The Rest →

Equanimity – An Awareness Break with Michael Lee

Yogi’s talk about Equanimity.  But what does it really mean and how do you get it into your life?   Although I’ve understood the concept for a long time and had moments when I’ve felt what I think it’s about, I’ve only recently began to understand how to practice awareness as a path to creating a state of equanimity.  Listen and watch as I share some of my thoughts around it.   Equanimity – Yogis talk about it. What is it and how do we get it? from Phoenix Rising Yoga... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 30th Anniversary Celebration #1

We begin our year long celebration of our 30th Anniversary with gratitude and this gift from us to you! 2016 Marks the 30th Anniversary of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. We are starting off the year by offering you the first gift of the year – which was created just for you by our Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Lead Faculty member, Sarah Kaczor. In this new year, find a quiet place, alone, or with others, and take in this 20 minute Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga Experience. CLICK PLAY BUTTON BELOW. Happy New... Read The Rest →

Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving

Want to create a Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving.  Here’s a practice that may help.   If there is one time in the year when both meaning and happiness can come together, this is the day. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude without any need for material giving – it’s just about giving thanks.  As philosopher Cicero wisely said some twenty-one centuries ago Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,  but the parent of all the others.  Did you know that it is almost impossible to be grateful and miserable at the same... Read The Rest →

More Clarity

Who are we? What do we do? What distinguishes us? What are our intentions? Let’s start with what we do. In terms of our GLOBAL and PERSONAL vision, we help people and professionals live significant and meaningful lives. We do this by accessing wisdom primarily from their bodies. As a result, they take effective and empowered action that makes a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. Let’s dig a little deeper into this. As far as our programs go, the above definition not only helps us... Read The Rest →

Yoga Therapy and Healing

As yoga therapy becomes even more mainstream, and the benefits more widely accepted, more people are jumping on the bandwagon and the growth accelerates. As practicing yoga therapists for many years, we have known how yoga therapy can help anything from sciatica to a failed marriage.   So it’s great to finally be recognized and become part of the mainstream. But one of the problems associated with the popularization of yoga, is the tendency to apply it as a panacea and imply that all you need to do is “know” how... Read The Rest →

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