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 trust, allowed me to simply stay there and explore, with invitational dialogue. There was a vivid visual image as if I’m seeing a pond or lake. First thing I noticed was the coolness and darkness... Read The Rest →

Michael Lee’s Interview with J. Brown on Yoga Talks

Michael Lee’s interview as a guest on J. Brown’s Yoga Talks podcast was released September 12th. In the course of over 30 years, as the Founder of Phoenix Rising and the author of several books and articles, Michael has been interviewed many times.  Most have been good interviews, some not so good, and a few have been great. But this one with J. Brown recently is clearly one of our favorites.   J’s interview style and his instant rapport with Michael make for a great conversation.  At times it’s easy going... 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 →

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 →

Putting Down the Load

The other night I couldn’t sleep. My mind was turning so much I decided to get up and write out all the thoughts running through my head. There was so much to sort out, my list of “to do’s” required sub categories. By the time I was done writing the list I noticed I felt much more settled and calm. I found that interesting because It’s not like I really got anything accomplished, but by purging and sorting my thoughts out on paper, it felt like I no longer need... Read The Rest →

A More Meaningful Life

Are you looking for a career that gives deeper meaning to your life? SEEKING MEANING IN LIFE  is something we all do, and it often includes questioning our career. Many seekers of a fulfilling career are naturally drawn towards a career as a yoga professional – either as a teacher or a therapist. It’s a meaningful and potentially fulfilling choice, and one that serves others. In 1984,  I was in search of a more meaningful life and career.  So I left my Australian homeland and tenured college teaching job, to study and live at... Read The Rest →

Phoenix Rising Faculty Profile – Soleil Hepner

This week we feature Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and faculty member Soleil Hepner from San Diego, CA. Soleil, what was your first experience of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy? May of 2002 – I was at Mt Madonna in Santa Cruz, CA when I sat to eat lunch with someone taking Level 2 at the time. As she talked about the training, I knew right away that this was ‘it’ And when did you graduate?  I graduated as a Practitioner in Dec. 2002 and as a Phoenix Rising Group Facilitator... Read The Rest →

So you want to become a Yoga Therapist?

Of all the things you could do with your life, this is a great choice.   Yoga, as a profession, offers fulfillment,  a wonderful lifestyle, and can also provide a reasonable income once you have established yourself. To get started though, you will need to find a training program that will give you all that you need. There are many different approaches to yoga .  Most of us know that.   What many of us may not know is that there is also a huge difference in the quality of the education that... Read The Rest →