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 →

Are you up for a life changing adventure in Maine this summer?

My thoughts journey towards the shore of a quiet pond Where the mystical voice of a distant loon Calms my inner soul and softens me spiritually. ~Barbara Jean Veilleaux~ I know of a place like this, and I want you to join me there for a life-changing adventure in Maine. Are you in? This place I’m referring to is in Northern Maine, a very special part of my world. (In other parts of the world, one might refer to it as a summer cottage on a lake, but for those... 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 →

Inspiration – Listen to a Podcast

On my morning walk today I listened to two very different podcasts, yet at the same time a very similar approach to life was inherent in both. I love to listen to Insight Meditation teacher Gil Fronsdal.  Gil, through many years of practice, offers an approach that I believe is very relevant to living authentically in our world today.  He has the capacity to discern in the moment by being fully present to the moment,  and offers some great wisdom, often interlaced with his lovable sense of humor.  He was right on cue  in the... 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 →

What is a Yoga Therapy Group

Ever been to a traditional therapy group?  How about a yoga therapy group?  Some elements are similar.  One of the advantages of a group is that it provides the opportunity for a participant to “see and be seen”.  This can be therapeutically beneficial and lead to great acceptance of self and others being on a healing journey. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy groups are one of our most popular offerings and serve many different populations. These range from general stress reduction groups, groups for cancer survivors, groups for those experiencing symptoms... 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 →