Valentines in a Bubble.

Valentines is nearly upon us. Here we are, celebrating yet another holiday after a challenging year like no other.   For some of us, these past 11 months may have been the biggest test of love we’ve ever had to endure. Put another way: how do you not lose your shit occasionally when your significant other […]

Lessons from 2020

As I reflect on the past 12 months and listen to many sources’ opinions, I notice a wide range of responses.  It seems 2020 was the suckiest year ever for a lot of folks, and they can’t wait for it to be over.  Others seem to think it was a great year, full of opportunity […]

Thanksgiving with the Buddha, Part 1

Rarely do I watch or listen to the news in the mornings.  It is too soon after my daily practices and way too much of a shock to my mind.   And yet today, I chose to ignore that awareness and listen in out of concern for family members, wondering and somewhat anxious about Thanksgiving. The […]

Equanimity

As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by praise or blame. – The Buddha Wouldn’t that be nice? Sometimes quotes give me a clear understanding that I have some work to do. Although through years of practice I have developed greater trust in being able to handle an […]

Resilience

This topic has been front and center for me the past few weeks.  This week, I was a guest teacher for a group of students taking a Positive Psychology program. I had an hour sharing with them around the Phoenix Rising concept of the “The Edge” and how “playing the edge” in asana has a […]

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When the Client is a Couple: Yoga Therapy for Couples

By Michael Lee, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy When I first started giving Phoenix Rising sessions in 1987, I never thought that it might be anything other than a one on one approach to yoga therapy.  Then, sometime in the early nineties, two people who came to my yoga classes decided to take individual […]

Thanksgiving Beyond Myself

This post was written earlier this year when the author was a high school senior.  It is republished here to give readers an opportunity for inner reflection as part of this year’s holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Where there is gratitude, there is joy, and desire is silent for a moment. It is in our human nature […]

Images and Transformation

During a Phoenix Rising session that I received in Japan, I had a profound and life-transforming experience. I can’t remember what pose I was in since the significant experience happened as I released from the pose. As I embraced the sensation of the release the practitioner, who is also a yoga teacher that I fully […]

Deconstruction

“I’ve heard you are an atheist these days.” I’ve learned to smile. Statements like that abound. I laugh to myself because, in these moments, I actually find myself deeply in love with the Divine nature. I find myself releasing and relishing in it in ways I haven’t in a long time. I was recently asked […]

How to Change your Life with Sadhana

The Hindu concept of Sadhana is not something that can be described with absolute precision, because it is often different for each person who experiences it. One definition of Sadhana is given as spiritual practices or disciplines which lead to perfection, these being contemplation, asceticism, worship of a god, and correct living. Not aspiring to perfection […]