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 →

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 →

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 →