Life is Transformation

I believe it was no accident that I named my work, “Phoenix Rising”. The phoenix is a universal symbol of transformation.

As the Egyptian legend goes, the beautiful Phoenix bird dives into the fire to be consumed by it but then re-emerges from one remaining ember to be born again, more majestic and beautiful than ever before.  In our life, if we are being fully present and engaging it all despite our fear, embracing change, and embracing our own reality, we are indeed like the Phoenix. We are dying to the past and being born anew. That is transformation. There are ways to facilitate that “rebirth” that while not taking away the discomfort, does make the passage easier.


Michael Lee is the creator of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Method, a holistic healing art using age old yogic and modern therapeutic approaches to deepen awareness and presence. Through this method, he is able to help others accept themselves more fully. Out of this acceptance they are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and enhanced well-being in body, mind, emotions and spirit.

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Michael Lee
MA, Dip.Soc.Sci, Dip.T., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Healer, Teacher, Author, Keynote Speaker, Founder of Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy, Michael Lee has been an industry leader for over 30 years.

Fear is always the anticipation of what has not yet come. Our fear and separation are great but the truth of our connection is greater still.  – Michael Lee

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.