Faculty

Michael Lee,  MA,  Dip.Soc.Sci, Dip.T., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Founder and Dean of School
Michael is a master educator with 49 years of teaching experience. He founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after many years of deep yoga practice and work in the areas of personal growth and transformation. Michael is the author of two books Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss. He is also a contributing author to the American Psychological Association published book Beyond Talk therapy: Using movement and expressive techniques in clinical practice. In June 2016, Michael was a keynote speaker at SYTAR for the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He has led workshops and training programs and presented at conferences worldwide for the past thirty years. His current workshop and teaching schedule can be found here: Workshops with Michael Lee

Soleil Hepner
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty and Level 3 Course DirectorSoleil Hepner
For 20 years, Soleil, C-IAYT, worked in the fast-paced world of High-Tech. Being one of the few women in management brought high stress manifesting in chronic back pain, depression and a bout with cancer. Burned-out, in 2001, Soleil left High-Tech for High-Touch finding life-changing results for her and her clients using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Soleil is best known on the West Coast as a speaker to therapists advocating for the need to bring the body into treatment. She has been training therapists since 2005 and is the current Course Director for Level 1, 2 and 3. Soleil has a private practice in San Diego where she specializes in recovery, trauma, and eating disorders. www.SoleilHepner.com

Sarah Kaczor Greco
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty and Yoga Teacher Training Director
SarahKheadshotAs a holistic healer, health coach and educator, Sarah Kaczor, E-RYT500, has facilitated Yoga Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Training Programs since 2002. Sarah received her BA in Philosophy at Bucknell University with a concentration in Philosophy. In 1999, she became a certified Reiki Master and committed to self-employment in the Wellness field. She was certified to teach Yoga by the Yoga Institute of Houston in 2002. Today, Sarah is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She also serves on faculty at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training Center. Sarah is both a practitioner and a teacher of mind/body medicine techniques. She offers a variety of experiences, from private sessions to weekly yoga classes to international retreats through her independent company, Your Kompass LLC. Sarah is passionate about empowering individuals with the skills and confidence to choose a life they love—in good health, relationships, career, and service.

Bev Johnson
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Bev Johnson is a Yoga Alliance registered Advanced Yoga Instructor (E-RYT500/RYT500/C-IAYT) and is certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She was personally and uniquely mentored by Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga, to facilitate his Phoenix Rising Workshop™ and has assisted him in facilitating these workshops in such renowned venues as Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. Bev is a course director for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Level 1 and 2 trainings, mentor for Level 3 trainings, and is Director of Cultivate Harmony Yoga in Lakewood, Colorado.

Lyn Tally
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty
HS_L_TallyLyn Tally is the founder of Go Interactive Wellness, the co-founder of Charleston Wellness Group, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) Practitioner and a PRYT faculty member, training future practitioners in the Southeast. She works with a wide range of private and public businesses to bring wellness to the workplace and trains the Citadel football team in both yoga and mindfulness techniques. In her former career as a professional ballerina, she received the Princess Grace award and the Professional Prize in the Prix de Lausanne dance competition. Lyn embraces her work with passion, lightheartedness, and ease. Everyday she is inspired by life’s lessons and believe if we are willing to listen, we learn all we need to know.

Shivani Wells
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In the practice of holistic healing and wellbeing, Shivani is a passionate advocate for the integration of yoga, embodied mindfulness, neuroscience, trauma-sensitive approaches, and humanistic psychology. She is an E-RYT 500, and is certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Mentor. She teaches public yoga classes focused on helping individuals become more consciously embodied beings, has presented at international conferences, and is currently conducting research on yoga for brain injury at the University of British Columbia. In addition to being on guest faculty with numerous yoga teacher training programs, Shivani is a course director for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Level 1 and 2 trainings, and has a private practice specializing in trauma recovery, empowerment, and self-discovery in Vancouver, BC. www.shivaniwells.com

Alex Bauermeister
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty
Alex Bauermeister - Level 1 in OctoberAlex Bauermeister is an ever-learning awareness junkie passionate about helping people find more authenticity, connection, courage and peace in their lives. Alex has over 1000 hours of training as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, yoga teacher, social change activist and group facilitator, in addition to life-long apprenticeships in body-based healing and psychology. Through her Boston-based yoga therapy practice, Intra Yoga Therapy, Alex helps clients find relief from stress, anxiety, depression and the many other manifestations of trauma to create their own healing and happiness. Alex also teaches public yoga classes, personal growth workshops, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training programs around New England. www.intrayogatherapy.com

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Yoga Therapy Program Faculty
Toshiro Miura has been teaching yoga in Japan for over 30 years and practicing Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy since 1999. He is founder of a Kripalu affiliated studio in Tokyo called Yoga of Life, and is directing many programs there including teacher training. He is interested in creating communities where people feel safe, supported, and empowered to explore their own potential through yoga. Toshiro is a PRYT practitioner and group facilitator, a Kripalu Yoga teacher, an Acupuncturist, and a Yoga Alliance registered (E-RYT500) yoga teacher.

Kelly Pearson
Mental Health Professional Mentor and Consultant
Kelly Pearson, MS, LCPC, has been practicing yoga since 2000 and was working as a clinical counselor and psychotherapist when she found PRYT in September 2010. She knew something was missing from the therapy that she was offering but wasn’t quite sure what it was. After Level 1, she knew she had found what was missing. In her work as a counselor and psychotherapist, she used skills from yoga and PRYT to introduce clients to mindfulness, breath-work and connecting with the body. She closed her counseling/psychotherapy practice in May 2013, after moving from Maine to Texas. She now puts her energy into her yoga therapy and therapeutic life mentoring practices and mentoring with PRYT – excited to be spending her professional life doing the things she loves the most. www.freespirittherapeutics.com

Renee Groenemann
Mental Health Professional Mentor and Consultant
Renee GroenemannRenee Groenemann, MA, LPC, NCC is a mental health counselor and life coach in the state of Ohio.  She earned her Masters in Community Counseling in a Mental Health Setting from the University of Cincinnati in 2002, where she incorporated the Phoenix Rising Levels 1 & 2 trainings into her degree program. She interweaves the use of embodied mindfulness (PRYT practitioner since 2002), yoga (Kripalu, eRYT500), neuroscience, positive psychology, EMDR and hypnotherapy (CHt) to help world changers and caregivers work through trauma, expand resiliency, release limiting beliefs, and lead more vibrant lives. Special populations she works with include childbirth and sexual trauma, athletes, people- and thought-leaders and those dealing with chronic pain.  She also teaches gifted and anxious children the tools of mindfulness. A former stressed out Fortune 50 engineer, Renee found personal healing through body awareness.  She co-founded a yoga and wellness center in Cincinnati and has since sold the group to turn her attention to her private practice: www.spiritedgrowth.com

Abby (Abhaya) Geyer
Ayurveda Course Director
Abby Geyer, a long-time student of both Yoga and Ayurveda, is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Certified Ayurveda Health Educator, and a Certified Yoga of Recovery Educator. In addition, Abby is the Advertising Manager for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and the Yoga Therapy Today, both published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), plus the Ayurveda Journal of Health, published by the Institute of Advanced Sciences. Abby resides and teaches in Las Vegas, NV in addition to teaching nationally.

Elissa Cobb
Anatomy and Physiology Course Director
elissanew resizedElissa Cobb, MA, has studied, taught, and mentored movement and meditation modalities for over 35 years, including personal fitness training, dance exercise, yoga and yoga therapy.  Formerly the Director of Training Programs at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, she developed advanced curriculum for yoga therapy students and practitioners and trained hundreds of yoga teachers and therapists. Elissa served on the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Standards Committee from 2009-2012, helping to pioneer educational standards for yoga therapists.  Her first book, The Forgotten Body; A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self was published in 2008.  Her poetry book, Let’s Take the Long Way: Poems, Prayers, & Promises, was released in 2015.  She continues to teach Anatomy & Physiology to yoga therapy students and is co-owner of Yarn & Yoga, a fiber arts shop and yoga studio in Bristol, Vermont.

Hansa Knox Johnson
Anatomy and Physiology in Denver
Trained as a yoga teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1988, Hansa has continued studying through numerous teachers. She is an E-RYT500, LMT, and a faculty member at Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, International Yoga College and Metropolitan State College. Her studio, the PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, offers yoga classes and teacher training programs. Hansa’s yoga therapy practice is based in the classical integration of all yoga tools including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, drsti and suggested lifestyle changes based on ayurvedic concepts.

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The Subtle Body Course Director 
Grace Jull, MA, LMT, E-RYT500, has been an experiential educator in the field of human potential since 1984. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Adult Education and is also co-founder of Shakti Initiation, a women’s yoga leadership advanced training in Bali, Indonesia and New England. She is deeply informed by growing up in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and now teaches and travels internationally. She has been adjunct professor at Saybrook University’s Mind Body Medicine Phd Program, and has taught in many mind-body medicine programs such as Harvard’s Rehabilitation Medicine Residency, Cirque de Soleil’s Inuit Intervention, the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Scholar in Residence at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. www.gracesanatomy.com