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 →

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

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 →

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 →

Mindfulness Made Easy

In it’s basic form, meditation simply involves focusing the attention of your mind in a way to become the observer (rather than the actor) of your thoughts. Try this: 1. Sit comfortably in a chair or anywhere of your choosing. 2. Close your eyes 3. Breathe in slowly, breathe out slowly. Long slow breaths without any effort. 4. As you breathe in say to yourself, “I breathe in”, and as you breathe out say “I breathe out”. 5. Repeat for 3 or more breaths. 6. Notice if your mind goes... Read The Rest →

Practicing Authenticity – Embracing Who We Are

Researcher and Author, Brené Brown says,  Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Two words in this definition stand out for me – “practice” and “embracing”. First up, authenticity is a “practice” it’s not just an attitude or belief – it has to be something we actually do, and to make it stick, we probably need to do it daily for at least 30 days to begin with.  This will create a habit. Also we need... Read The Rest →

THE ESSENCE OF THE FOURTH OF JULY

This morning I noticed myself feeling celebratory as I brought the Fourth of July to my awareness. I wondered why.  What is it about the Fourth that stirs my energy almost every year since I came to this country from Australia some thirty years ago? I decided it’s the “essence of the fourth”.  In other words, it’s the deep values that are embedded in the culture of the United States around that holiday that I appreciate, honor, and celebrate.  Values like freedom, liberty, justice, and equality come to mind.  Although... Read The Rest →

Michael’s 15 Minute Yoga Practice

I love to take an hour or longer every morning right after I get out of bed for my daily yoga practice and meditation.  I’m a regular and have been doing this almost daily since 1981.  But there are times when for some reason I don’t have the luxury of an hour or more.  So rather than skip, I do this little 15 minute routine instead.  It helps me get grounded for the day, get into by body, and get clear in mind and intention.  Try it. Jump around vigorously. ... Read The Rest →