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 →

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 →

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