podcast ep 40: phoenix rising yoga therapy with michael lee

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are played, including Spotify!

  • Michael had it all in Australia: teaching college, a family, but he decided to move to the US and stay at Kripalu for a time, so we discuss ashram life

  • The Phoenix Rising definition of yoga therapy, and how it’s evolved since Michael first started offering it, including the difference between a yoga therapist session and a private yoga class

  • Creating yoga therapy trainings that produce well-rounded and responsible practitioners

  • The International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance’s decision not to use the term “yoga therapy” anymore

  • Balancing the benefits of repetition in practice, as well as responding to the moment’s needs


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Michael Lee, M.A. Dip.Soc.Sci., E-RYT 500

Michael has a long career in yoga and yoga therapy with a focus on psycho-emotional health now spanning 33 years. Prior to coming to the USA in 1984 to pursue yoga therapy Michael was an academic and consultant in the behavioral sciences. He founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1986 based on his learning and integration of yoga and elements of contemporary psychology, 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.