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 →

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 →

Labor Day – Chop Wood and Carry Water

Labor Day weekend approaches.  To most of us here in the USA, it has become “just another holiday” and marks the end of the summer, more or less.  Originally, though, Labor Day was intended as a celebration of workers who had taken steps to place value on their work during an industrial age that had somewhat neglected the importance of work and workers.  I believe that most of our holidays were created with noble intent, so I like to dive a little deeper, and find a contemporary meaning for them... 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 →

Your Yoga Not Mine – From The Diary of a Yoga Teacher

This yoga teacher is done with going through the motions of asana practice. Asana practice alone is not enough. As a yoga teacher, I want to offer more than a flowing choreography and a good stretch.  Why are we doing what we do in a yoga posture?  How does it relate to our life away from the mat? Yoga can change life for the better right? Yoga is not just a band-aid for stress, and aches and pains, although it can be applied that way and that’s not so bad... Read The Rest →

Learning Discernment from Martin Luther King

My wife, Lori, and I recently went to see Selma, the new movie about Dr. Martin Luther King that centers on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.   As well as being significant as an important chapter in our history, this movie provokes thought around the issues King was facing and how he chose to respond. After seeing this movie, I was left contemplating the subtleties it revealed on many levels. For me, the most powerful moment was during the scene about the second attempt to march across the bridge.  The first attempt had resulted in a... Read The Rest →

Give the Gift of Presence

Holiday time often means giving great presents or gifts to those we love.  It’s a way of saying “I care about you!” or “I value what you bring to my life!”  These are wonderful sentiments and a great way to express them.  There is one gift however, that is even more powerful than any tangible present, and that is the gift of your “Presence” – being really present to those you love.   Here are three simple suggestions on how to do this well if it’s a gift you’d like to... Read The Rest →