Thank You, Deepak

I recently had the opportunity to attend a fascinating lecture by Deepak Chopra, author and pioneer in alternative medicine. He was at Yoga Journal Live New York speaking about his latest book, You Are The Universe, co-authored by physicist Menas Kafatos. The experience reminded me of some beliefs I held in my early years in yoga, which I had not thought about in a while. As the discussion began to touch upon these familiar concepts, I recognized an opportunity to finally revisit these beliefs that, up until now, I’d had... Read The Rest →

What Should I Do About My F’d-Up Life?”

The question that Colin Beavan just had to ask his Zen teacher is one that’s on the tip of everybody’s tongues.  We live in uncertain times.  And from time to time we have glimpses of how things “should be”.  And then they disappear.  A recent article in Lion’s Roar tackles the question that Colin and many of us are asking head on.  And I like the answers.  In the past years I am noticing that more and more people coming to Yoga Therapy are trying harder than ever with the... Read The Rest →

Bloody Valentine’s

No I’m not using the word “bloody” like an Australian adjective because I have mixed feelings about the day.   The original Valentine’s holiday, long before it was named after the Saint, was indeed a bloody pagan ritual in ancient Rome. Originally known as Lupercalia, and celebrated on the ides of February (Feb 15th not the 14th), the day was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, along with the honoring Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. You may recall learning that Romulus and Remus as babies... 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 →

SYTAR 2016 – Post-Conference Reflection

I registered right before the early bird discount expired, had 2 other roommates share hotel room costs, nibbled on one scone for three breakfasts, drove the seven hours ($60 in RT gas vs a $250 RT plane ticket), and silently resented the hotel’s $10/night parking fee. Yet I knew it was an investment worth making. In the past I’ve had sticker shock at the price of admission to professional conferences and the cost of getting there and the accommodations on top of that. I would quickly abandon the idea of... Read The Rest →

I Know It In My Bones

I have been to doctors, therapists, church, spiritual fellowships, lots of school and all have offered me information, some insight, inspiration, and a dash of wisdom here and there.  However none of them have come close to the potency of the the soul food I get through embodied mindfulness, the primary tool of Phoenix Rising yoga therapy. Okay, I will admit, I am biased. I AM a Phoenix Rising yoga therapist.  However, I assure you this is just a happy, responding-to-a-calling-I-couldn’t-explain, accident.  I went from a part time music and... Read The Rest →

Yoga Alliance Registry’s new policy: how does it affect you? by Michael Lee

No single announcement in the last ten years has gotten more yoga professionals talking to each other than Yoga Alliance Registry (YAR)’s announcement in late January about their new policy on the use of yoga therapy terms. It rocked the yoga world, and social media groups came alive in active—and sometimes heated—discussion. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to reflect and integrate. What does this mean for yoga therapists who are also yoga teachers, and for yoga teachers who call their work therapeutic yoga? THE WHAT Yoga Alliance... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 30th Anniversary Celebration #1

We begin our year long celebration of our 30th Anniversary with gratitude and this gift from us to you! 2016 Marks the 30th Anniversary of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. We are starting off the year by offering you the first gift of the year – which was created just for you by our Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Lead Faculty member, Sarah Kaczor. In this new year, find a quiet place, alone, or with others, and take in this 20 minute Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga Experience. CLICK PLAY BUTTON BELOW. Happy New... Read The Rest →

Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving

Want to create a Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving.  Here’s a practice that may help.   If there is one time in the year when both meaning and happiness can come together, this is the day. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude without any need for material giving – it’s just about giving thanks.  As philosopher Cicero wisely said some twenty-one centuries ago Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,  but the parent of all the others.  Did you know that it is almost impossible to be grateful and miserable at the same... Read The Rest →

Yoga Therapy and Healing

As yoga therapy becomes even more mainstream, and the benefits more widely accepted, more people are jumping on the bandwagon and the growth accelerates. As practicing yoga therapists for many years, we have known how yoga therapy can help anything from sciatica to a failed marriage.   So it’s great to finally be recognized and become part of the mainstream. But one of the problems associated with the popularization of yoga, is the tendency to apply it as a panacea and imply that all you need to do is “know” how... Read The Rest →

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