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

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 →

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 →

Harness Body Wisdom – Capture the “Ahaa…Moments”

Ever had one of those ahaa… moments during your yoga practice?  You know, the moment when you get sudden insight or awareness that has life changing potential? I think we all have them from time to time regardless of the nature of our practice.  My belief is that when we engage our body and become very present to our whole being through the medium of our body – something magical happens.  I think our bodies have amazing wisdom to share with us and are just waiting for that right moment... 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 →

Awareness – The First Step to Authentic Living

Tich Nhat Hahn says, “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” When we become more aware, we have more choice and can get in touch with what really resonates for us in life.  When we make choices and use them to dance to the beat of our own drum, we are living more authentically. So why not shine a little awareness on your life?  Yet, when most of us try to “be more aware” a few things usually go wrong.  First up, we are “trying” and... 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 →

Listening to the Body: Applying Principles of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy to Psychotherapy

Listening to the Body by Ruth Jacobson, Ph.D. The growing field of somatic psychotherapy recognizes what many Eastern spiritual traditions have taught for hundreds of years: our emotions and our bodies are very connected.  Given the deep and inextricable connection between emotions and the physical body, applying traditional systems of wisdom from the East which understand and work with this connection to the practice of psychotherapy makes good sense.  Many of the principles and practices of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT), a mind-body-spirit modality founded by Michael Lee, M.A. in... Read The Rest →