When the Client is a Couple

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 yoga therapy sessions with me.  They came every week over several months for their individual sessions.  One day after her session Janet mused “I wonder how it would be for Brett and me to do... Read The Rest →

Moms Benefit from Yoga Therapy for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond

“The job of a birth partner or a laboring mother is to look deep within, past the intellect, into the realm of body wisdom, and trust the process. This is the heart of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and it works in the delivery room like you can’t believe!” ~Lela Beem, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Professional, Evanston, IL. Recently, as part of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy’s Professional Spotlight Series, I had the honor of interviewing Lela Beem, PRYT professional in Evanston, IL. It was Lela who I received my very first... Read The Rest →

Are you up for a life changing adventure in Maine this summer?

My thoughts journey towards the shore of a quiet pond Where the mystical voice of a distant loon Calms my inner soul and softens me spiritually. ~Barbara Jean Veilleaux~ I know of a place like this, and I want you to join me there for a life-changing adventure in Maine. Are you in? This place I’m referring to is in Northern Maine, a very special part of my world. (In other parts of the world, one might refer to it as a summer cottage on a lake, but for those... Read The Rest →

Playing the Edge – in Yoga and in Life

When I first became interested in yoga I first noticed how incredibly inflexible my body was and how much it hurt. I began to doubt if yoga was really for me. I had difficulty coordinating my body and breath, and I seemed to be experiencing pain, not ecstasy as promised. Nevertheless, I stuggled along each day without it getting any easier. One day, I found myself experiencing intolerable levels of discomfort, even in postures we held for only a short time. I would engage the stretch and it was as if... Read The Rest →

Yogic Journey Within

“The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center of our being, the soul.  The aim is to integrate the various layers, so the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass.” – BKS Iyengar Daily I am witness to clients, friends, patients who live mostly in their head. The connection to their body varies from a sketch of a path, to a total disconnect.  Having been in this place myself, I am empathetic. What can be gained by the connection? Often my clients will initially see... Read The Rest →

The Power of Presence: Can Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Help Reduce Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are ubiquitous across the globe. A recent study found the current global prevalence for anxiety disorders to be 7.3% of the world’s population – that means 1 in 14 at any given time, and 1 in 9 during any given year will experience an anxiety disorder (Baxter 2013). Anxiety, which is distinct from fear, was clinically defined in a 2009 study as a “future-oriented mood state associated with preparation for possible, upcoming negative events” and presents as symptoms of worry, avoidance, and muscle tension.  (Craske et al 2009;... Read The Rest →

A Phoenix Rising Perspective

  Recently I painted a mural on the wall leading up the stairway, in my house. I am not a painter by any means. So I did what any modern woman would do, and I goggled “perspective”. While not a trained painter, I have enough artistic training to know, in order to have depth in your piece, perspective must be employed.   I began to review what I had found concerning perspective and vanishing points. For those of you who are unfamiliar with vanishing points, it is the point in... Read The Rest →

Connecting to your Inner Guidance

As another year comes to a close and a new year is upon us, it bring with it so many opportunities. The opportunity for some of us to start fresh, to break away from bad habits, to maybe even try something new. It’s like somebody hits a reset button and we get put back at the starting block. Despite whatever happened to us in the past year, we have a clean slate as of January 01st, but do we?   I personally don’t believe much in New Year’s resolutions, and... Read The Rest →

The Sacred Space of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT)

  The other day I was listening to an interview with writer, Wally Lamb. He is a bestselling novelist and writes stories about the human condition. He has a knack for really living in the heads of his characters. I have always wondered about this, how does he do it? As well as writing bestselling books, he works with the women of York Correctional Institution, in Connecticut. He teaches a writing workshop with the incarcerated women there. He encourages them to write about what they know, and share. Many of... Read The Rest →

Mindfulness and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – Part 2

References to mindfulness are popping up everywhere—from glossy magazine ads and television commercials to articles in popular press and newspapers. The act of “being mindful” has entered everyday vocabulary and a growing body of research is scientifically quantifying the numerous benefits of mindfulness practice including lowering high-blood pressure, reducing stress, improving sleep quality, strengthening concentration and boosting the immune system.   While benefits associated with mindfulness are often touted, precisely what is meant by “mindfulness” is not always clear. The term is used interchangeably to refer to a variety of... Read The Rest →

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