Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a highly effective modality in the areas of stress management, life change and transition, and personal growth. It is a body-mind therapy that engages the individual in body, mind, feelings, and spirit.

Michael Lee, who developed the modality in the mid-eighties, drew from his own personal experiences with his yoga sadhana and his knowledge of humanistic psychology.


In the yoga sutras it is said that in order to transform (heal) we must first overcome the chatter of our mind and find inner stillness from which we create expanded awareness. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is an approach to yoga that can expedite this process.

Theoretically, the modality is also congruent with the approach to therapy practiced by Carl Rogers. In a Phoenix Rising session one of the roles of the "therapist" or facilitator is to be a "loving presence" or in Rogers terms to practice "unconditional positive regard". In yogic terms this is similar to modeling "witness consciousness" which is learned by the client as receiver.

Lee studied social science and political theory and saw in the process of human transformation similarities with the working of the dialectic as described by Hegel. Each thesis (or way of being) has within it the seeds of it's antithesis (or opposite way of being) and over time and in the right circumstances, this will result in synthesis (new way of being). Although normally applied at a societal level, Lee believed the process to also hold true at an individual level. In yogic terms this is similar to the idea that we all wish to transform and that the so called "fire of transformation" is often fueled by our reaction to the status quo in our quest for something different and "higher" in consciousness.


Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy was originally developed to be delivered in a one on one yoga therapy session, usually of around one hour duration.

In more recent years, the same process is also facilitated in yoga therapy groups and basically underlies the approach outlined in Lee's book, Turn Stress Into Bliss. Yoga teachers trained in the Phoenix Rising approach, lead yoga classes as process based experiences as well as physical experiences.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a highly experiential modality. The best way to learn about it is to experience it. If you have experienced it, we invite you to tell us about it.

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