Michael grew up in Australia. He held college teaching posts there, and in Papua New Guinea, and worked as a teacher and behavioral scientist in the field personal and organizational change, before leaving for the USA in 1984 to pursue his yoga quest. He wanted to learn about the effectiveness of yoga and Eastern practices for changing lives and so immersed himself at the Kripalu Center (then an ashram) in Massachusetts for two years. This began a career in yoga and yoga therapy with a focus on mental and emotional health now spanning 33 years. Michael founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1986 based on his learning and integration of yoga and elements of contemporary psychology which is now supported by neuroscience.
Michael is the author of two books Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss. He is also a contributing author to the American Psychological Association published book Beyond Talk therapy: Using movement and expressive techniques in clinical practice. In June 2016, Michael was a keynote speaker at SYTAR for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and in 2018 the opening keynote speaker at Yoga Australia Conference, a presenter at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2018, the Toronto Yoga Conference 2018, the Japan Yoga Therapy Conference 2018, and the first Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy in Sendai, Japan in July 2018. Michael and his wife Lori parent five adult children live in rural Massachusetts. His current workshop and teaching consultation schedule can be found here: Workshops and Sessions with Michael Lee.
Michael is also taking bookings for conferences and workshops worldwide in 2019 and 2020. If you would like to discuss bringing him to an event you are hosting, please contact Michael’s booking agent for details.
Sarah Kaczor Greco
Yoga Teacher Training Director, Yoga Teacher Training Faculty, Yoga Therapy Program Faculty
As a holistic healer, health coach and educator, Sarah K Greco, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, has facilitated Yoga Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Training Programs since 2002. Sarah received her BA in Philosophy at Bucknell University with a concentration in Philosophy. In 1999, she became a certified Reiki Master and committed to self-employment in the Wellness field. She was certified to teach Yoga by the Yoga Institute of Houston in 2002. Today, Sarah is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator, Life Mentor, and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She also serves on faculty at Phoenix Rising, directing and teaching the Yoga Teacher Training courses, teaching Transformational Philosophies, and assisting The Subtle Body, Basics of Ayurveda, and Working with Couples online courses. Sarah is both a practitioner and a teacher of mind/body medicine techniques. She offers a variety of experiences, from private sessions to weekly yoga classes to international retreats through her independent company, Your Kompass LLC. Sarah is passionate about empowering individuals with the skills and confidence to choose a life they love—in good health, relationships, career, and service. www.yourkompass.com
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty, Level 3 Course Director
Soleil Hepner, C-IAYT, worked in the fast-paced world of High-Tech for 20 years. Being one of the few women in management brought high stress manifesting in chronic back pain, depression and a bout with cancer. Burned-out, Soleil left High-Tech for High-Touch in 2001 finding life-changing results for herself and her clients using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Soleil is best known on the West Coast as a speaker to therapists advocating for the need to bring the body into treatment. She has been training therapists since 2005, currently teaches all three Levels of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training and Bring the Body to Therapy workshops, and is the Level 3 Course Director. Soleil has a private practice in San Diego where she specializes in recovery, trauma, and eating disorders. www.SoleilHepner.com
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty
Bev Johnson, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is a Yoga Alliance registered Advanced Yoga Instructor and is certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She was personally and uniquely mentored by Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga, to facilitate his Phoenix Rising Workshop™ and has assisted him in facilitating these workshops in such renowned venues as Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. Bev teaches all three Levels of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training and serves on staff at the International Association of Yoga Therapists promoting standards and credentialing for the yoga therapy field. Bev is Owner, Director and Therapist at Bev Johnson Yoga Therapy where she helps her clients find relief from suffering of stress and stress related conditions through private and small group yoga therapy. www.bjohnsonyt.yoga
Assistant Faculty Life Mentoring, Mentor
Peg McPhedran, BSc(Kin), MEd, RYT500, C-IAYT, RHN has been teaching, coaching, mentoring, counselling and facilitating growth and change in others since she taught her first Learn-to-Swim class at the age of 17. When she “retired” in 2010 after 32 years as a high school teacher and counsellor, she knew that while the venue would change along with her students and clients, her life’s purpose would continue to be working with others to facilitate that growth and change.
For the past 15 years Peg has been a student of yoga and has experienced over this time the realization that yoga is so more than just a physical practice. Understanding this mind-body-spirit connection led her to yoga therapy and since 2011, she has completed multiple trainings with PRYT. Today, Peg is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Group Facilitator, Life Mentor, and Yoga Teacher. She also serves on the faculty of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training Program, as Assistant Program Director and Mentor of the Life Mentoring Program and as teacher of Essentials and Level 2. Peg is also a holistic nutritionist and in her private practice, she offers her clients integrated Lifestyle and Wellness programs, classes, workshops and session work in meditation, yoga, nutrition and lifestyle. As an experienced educator and “agent of change,” she offers experiences designed to facilitate transformation, as clients learn to create lives that are happy, healthy and lived with purpose. www.pegmcphedran.com
Yoga Teacher Training Faculty, Charleston SC
Jennifer Mitchell, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is a believer in alternative therapeutic treatments and a deep-seated connection of mind/body, Jennifer approaches yoga from a holistic perspective—from the inside out. Dedicated to healing of all kinds, she brings her background in mental health to her teaching. As a member of the International Yoga Therapists Association and a Certified Yoga Therapist through Phoenix Rising, Jennifer continues to expand her knowledge and experience through the mindset of a student. Jennifer is the founder of Soul Yoga Studio in Salisbury, MD and Soul Yoga + Wellness in Charleston, SC.
Yoga Therapy Program Faculty, Japan
Toshiro Miura, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, has been teaching yoga in Japan for over 30 years and practicing Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy since 1999. He is founder of a Kripalu affiliated studio in Tokyo called Yoga of Life, and is directing many programs there including teacher training. He is interested in creating communities where people feel safe, supported, and empowered to explore their own potential through yoga. Toshiro is a PRYT practitioner and group facilitator, a Kripalu Yoga teacher, an Acupuncturist, and a Yoga Alliance registered (E-RYT500) yoga teacher. www.kripalu.jp
Mental Health Professional Mentor and Consultant
Kelly Pearson, MS, LCPC, C-IAYT has been practicing yoga since 2000 and was working as a clinical counselor and psychotherapist when she found PRYT in September 2010. She knew something was missing from the therapy that she was offering but wasn’t quite sure what it was. After Level 1, she knew she had found what was missing. In her work as a counselor and psychotherapist, she used skills from yoga and PRYT to introduce clients to mindfulness, breath-work and connecting with the body. She closed her counseling/psychotherapy practice in May 2013, after moving from Maine to Texas. She now puts her energy into her yoga therapy and therapeutic life mentoring practices and mentoring with PRYT – excited to be spending her professional life doing the things she loves the most. www.freespirittherapeutics.com
Abby (Abhaya) Geyer
Ayurveda Course Director
Abby Geyer, a long-time student of both Yoga and Ayurveda, is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Certified Ayurveda Health Educator, and a Certified Yoga of Recovery Educator. In addition, Abby is the Advertising Manager for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and the Yoga Therapy Today, both published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), plus the Ayurveda Journal of Health, published by the Institute of Advanced Sciences. Abby resides and teaches in Las Vegas, NV in addition to teaching nationally.
Hansa Knox Johnson
Anatomy and Physiology Teacher, Denver CO
Trained as a yoga teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1988, Hansa has continued studying through numerous teachers. Incorporating her B.S. degree in Behavioral Science, Hansa has been able to develop a keen insight into the collaboration of the Body, Mind, and Spirit. She is a C-IAYT, LMT, KCYT, and the owner and Director of Training of PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver, CO, offering both yoga teacher and yoga therapy training programs. Hansa’s yoga therapy practice is based in the classical integration of all yoga tools including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, drsti and suggested lifestyle changes based on ayurvedic concepts.
The Subtle Body Course Director, Anatomy & Physiology Teacher, Great Barrington MA
Grace Jull, MA, LMT, E-RYT500, has been an experiential educator in the field of human potential since 1984. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Adult Education and is also co-founder of Shakti Initiation, a women’s yoga leadership advanced training in Bali, Indonesia and New England. She is deeply informed by growing up in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and now teaches and travels internationally. She has been adjunct professor at Saybrook University’s Mind Body Medicine Phd Program, and has taught in many mind-body medicine programs such as Harvard’s Rehabilitation Medicine Residency, Cirque de Soleil’s Inuit Intervention, the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Scholar in Residence at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. www.gracesanatomy.com
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