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 →

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 →

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 →