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 […]

Bloody Valentine’s

No I’m not using the word “bloody” like an Australian adjective because I have mixed feelings about the day.   The original Valentine’s holiday, long before it was named after the Saint, was indeed a bloody pagan ritual in ancient Rome. Originally known as Lupercalia, and celebrated on the ides of February (Feb 15th not the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Practicing Authenticity – Embracing Who We Are

Researcher and Author, Brené Brown says,  Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Two words in this definition stand out for me – “practice” and “embracing”. First up, authenticity is a “practice” it’s not just an attitude or belief – it […]

Neuroscience goes Phoenix Rising

Lately I have been thinking about neuroscience and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT). As a practitioner I have had many iterations of how I explain to potential clients and interested folks, exactly what is PRYT? Sometimes when I try I get what I call the blank stare.  How do use words to  make the connection […]

Depression, Brain Waves, and Synergetic Healing Using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is an illness that results from a complex interaction of social, psychological and biological factors that modern science is still grappling to fully understand. While situational factors, both individual, like the death of a loved one or unemployment, or environmental/social, such as war and income inequality, […]

Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy

Mindfulness is hot right now.  So hot that it made the cover of Time Magazine.  This is great news for those of us who have believed for decades in the importance of focused mind-body awareness in doing life with balance and equanimity. A peaceful mind is a beautiful thing but it doesn’t create itself.  Particularly […]