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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Suicide and self-acceptance

I have been struck recently by the deaths of two celebrities. First, Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain. Suicide, which many call selfish, I find to be a large mirror, an outward act of the immense suffering one is experiencing. When you feel that your only option for relief is to no longer live, your […]

Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I […]

Transform Your Black Friday Blues

Embrace the spirit behind it: 5 steps to transform Black Friday Blues. Black Friday is a great example of our culture on a detour that doesn’t take us where we want to go.  Originally, the day after Thanksgiving was the  annual celebration of the beginning of Christmas shopping season, offering the first “official” opportunity for retailers to […]

Equanimity – An Awareness Break with Michael Lee

Yogi’s talk about Equanimity.  But what does it really mean and how do you get it into your life?   Although I’ve understood the concept for a long time and had moments when I’ve felt what I think it’s about, I’ve only recently began to understand how to practice awareness as a path to creating […]

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 […]