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 in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain... Read The Rest →

Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I take her out to dinner? Buy her a dozen roses? Or, go big and take her to Paris for the weekend? I ask myself, “How do I express the depth and extent of this significant... Read The Rest →

Moms Benefit from Yoga Therapy for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond

“The job of a birth partner or a laboring mother is to look deep within, past the intellect, into the realm of body wisdom, and trust the process. This is the heart of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and it works in the delivery room like you can’t believe!” ~Lela Beem, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Professional, Evanston, IL. Recently, as part of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy’s Professional Spotlight Series, I had the honor of interviewing Lela Beem, PRYT professional in Evanston, IL. It was Lela who I received my very first... Read The Rest →

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 →

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 →

Make Shift Happen – A Mission of Empowerment

I’m in the business of educating professionals.   My success in that arena is very much governed by how well those professionals are able to serve their clients.  But what does that mean?  And how would I know if I was successful?  For starters, it helps if I can dig down a little and articulate what I’m looking for as the ultimate outcome of my work.  So here’s my mission.  To educate professionals who will help the people they serve to create more empowered, authentic, and meaningful lives by trusting the wisdom... Read The Rest →

Yoga Class Themes and Teaching

Theme based classes have caught on in the last few years and take many different forms.  The basic idea behind most yoga class themes is that it gives students something more to focus upon while engaging their practice.  This is a great idea and I’d like to offer you one that can also be very therapeutic from life effectiveness perspective. In Phoenix Rising our therapeutic theme based yoga experiences are fueled by these four fundamental ideas and principles: Yoga is great for the body but more importantly can also be... Read The Rest →

Embodying the Dharma – Yoga Practice for Buddhist Teachings

Yoga and Buddhism have much in common and although they are two distinct paths there are lots of places of convergence.    In the past 50 years many yoga practitioners in the West are also followers of Buddhist practices and teachings.   Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, although rooted in the traditions and practice of yoga, is also a very pragmatic approach to life.  We do what works.  Practices and principles that we know from our experience are helpful to people in their quest to  live a more meaningful and authentic life are... Read The Rest →

Resilience

Resilience can be defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. These days, a normal everyday life is full of “change” and not without its share of the unexpected which is sometimes seen as “misfortune”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could become more resilient in life and bounce back with greater ease and less anxiety?  I believe we can and that yoga therapy and a mind-body approach can be a great help in training us. Watch this short video where I share some of... Read The Rest →

Follow Your Dharma

My colleague Stephen Cope in his recent book, “The Great Work of Your Life” talks about dharma as “your life’s true purpose”.   To follow it, the question then becomes, what do we do at any given time in life to firstly know what your dharma is, and then, more significantly, take the action needed to manifest it – to live it out day to day.  It’s become easier for me, as the years have unfolded, to embrace this concept, to pay attention to it, and hopefully to put action to... Read The Rest →