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USABP Presents - Symptom Management vs Whole-being Transformation: A Yogic Approach

  • 26 Aug 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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USABP Spotlight Series with Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy present an experiential Journey into Yoga Therapy using the Phoenix Rising Method.

Presented by Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy

This event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event. This course will not include CEs.


"The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Method combines breath work, gentle poses, mediation and guided self-inquiry, designed to help people safely embrace their physical limits in order to gain mental and emotional insights into themselves. It does not replace psychotherapy (talk therapy), but rather provides a somatic pathway to a deeper understanding of the self." Yoga Journal - Sept 2020

In this workshop we will reference two approaches to healing based on their underlying paradigm—symptom management: in which the primary focus is on the treatment of symptoms and related conditions, and transformation: where the primary focus is upon whole-being transformation.

Most health professionals are aware that yoga provides a doorway to transformational healing. Yet, how do you deliver that experience to clients and students? Michael Lee, founder of PRYT, has taught exactly that for over 35 years. This experiential yoga therapy workshop with Michael is your chance to experience first-hand the unique benefits of yoga delivered with a transformational approach. 

We’ll start with a led experience in which Michael will skillfully facilitate you in the 6 Phase Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy process. You will witness first-hand the power of tapping into the wisdom of the body in order to build a transformational bridge to new ways of ‘being’ in life.

Following the experience Michael will discuss:

1.     The distinction between Symptom Management and Transformation: the underlying values and relevance of each.

2.    Significance of present centered embodied awareness vs. narrative referencing in the transformational approach to healing.

3.    The art of facilitating the container which sets conditions for transformation to occur.

4.    The importance of taking into account the unique set of conditions that present with the individual before you.

5.    Yogic and Buddhist philosophy and psychology underlying the Phoenix Rising Method.


You learn:

1.    Language that facilitates present centered embodied awareness.

2.    An easy to apply technique for engaging clients in embodied focused awareness.

3.    How to determine when the client is open to engaging a transformational approach: comfort zone vs learning edge.

Excerpt from Michael's chapter Transforming Psycho-emotional Pain – from the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care:

Symptom management

Symptom-management methods often include practices, protocols, tools, and courses of treatment that can be employed to alleviate or lessen the impact of the symptoms and the associated pain. The goal of the practitioner is to minimize suffering in either the short or long term. If the approach is effective, the suffering experienced from the pain will be less intrusive in the individual’s life, and so life may become more manageable or tolerable on a day-to-day basis. The symptom- management approach may be highly interventional, or it may be more integrative but still aimed at creating a specific outcome for the patient, for example giving a client a simple mindfulness technique to help them overcome bouts of anxiety. It is the most widely used approach in healthcare.2 Success is measured in terms of positive change in the initial prevailing symptom or “condition” being treated. Such outcomes are generally easy to evaluate, and this could explain why these kinds of approaches are more likely to be chosen for research.

Transformational approach

Whole-being transformation engages a process from which new insight or wisdom emerges. This produces a change in beliefs or values and new behavior results, and a different experience of life is engaged. The old way of seeing and experiencing life no longer makes sense and new beliefs and ways of engaging life are born. The moment the life-changing insight is integrated, a shift is activated. The full manifestation and life impact of this shift may or may not be immediate, but either way there is a new way of engaging life in place and a strong desire to move in this new direction is set in motion.3 The new level of awareness accompanying this change acts as a compass for future choices and, although the process may take time to become fully established, a new way of being in life is in play. Things that previously mattered no longer matter, and other things previously ignored take on new importance. This new direction often changes some or most of the conditions that gave rise to the pain and suffering in the first place. In some cases, symptoms may completely disappear. The result of what is produced as a result of the shift is what is valued in transformational work. This outcome is often accompanied by less tangible and not so easily measurable outcomes that are relative to the individual. These may include such things as a sense of greater meaningfulness in life, increasing joy and happiness, or greater fulfillment in life.


Wear loose comfortable clothing and if possible, you may wish to have on hand a journal and a cushion or chair for meditation. No yoga experience is necessary for this workshop.

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About the Presenter 
Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy

Work Experience:
Founder and Director – Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 1987-present

International Yoga Therapy Training Program – USA, UK, Japan, Taiwan

Board Member, Advisory Board International Association of Yoga Therapy

Founding Member and Member of Steering Committee 2021, Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy

Chairperson – Mental Health Community Interest Colloquium, Symposium on Yoga Therapy Conferences 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021

Chairperson – Mental Health Community Interest Colloquium

Yoga Australia Conference, 2018

Associate and Consultant – Dynamic Living Program 2009-2017

Sophia Associates, Baltimore, MD

Program Development Consultant – Freelance 2007-present
Organizations and Individuals Developing New Programs in Holistic Health and Education

Program Developer, Program Director,  Science 2009-present
The Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA

Writer – Freelance - 1997-present
Author of two published books (see publications) and numerous non-fiction articles.

Conference Presenter – Holistic Health Education, Yoga and Psychology 1987-present
Total of 56 Presentations USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia

Keynote Presenter, International Yoga Conference, Singapore, September 2001

Keynote Presenter, International Symposium on Yoga Therapy, 2016

Keynote Presenter, Yoga Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia, March 2018

Keynote Presenter, Japan Yoga Therapy Conference, Omiya, Japan, July 2018

Keynote Presenter, Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy, Sendai, Japan, July 2018

Keynote Presenter, Toronto Yoga Conference, Toronto, CA 2009, 2017,2018, 2019

Keynote Presenter, Montreal International Symposium on Yoga Therapy, Montreal, CA 2015, 2017

Presenter, Trauma Research Foundation, Redefining Normal: Navigating Life in a Turbulent World, April 2021

Presenter, Brazil Yoga Therapy Conference, September 2021

Program Director – Health and Wellness 1986-1988

The Desisto School, Lenox, MA

Program Director – Holistic Health Education 1984-1986
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA

Senior Lecturer – Adult Education 1981-1984
Adelaide Hills College of Further Education, Adelaide, South Australia

Education Consultant (Organization Development) 1974-1981
Public Service of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

Lecturer – Management (Administrative Behavior in Multi Cultural Setting) 1971-1974
Administrative College of Papua New Guinea , Port Moresby, Papua

Instructor - Neo-Melanesian Language and Culture 1969-1971
Royal Australian Army Education Corps (National Service)
Port Moresby, Papua

Teacher 1966-1969
Queensland Department of Education



Master of Arts: Health and Wellness– Mind-Body Psychology and Education,   May 1985

Norwich University, Vermont College, Montpellier, VT

Diploma in Social Science – Politics and Sociology,  December  1977

The Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Bachelor of Arts – Government and Economics, May 1974

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Diploma in Teaching  December  1965

Kelvin Grove Teachers College, (Queensland University of Technology), Brisbane, Australia



Publications - Books

Payne, L (Eds.), Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, Basic Health Publications, Inc. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy by Michael Lee, pages 402-416.

Lee, M. (2004), Turn Stress Into Bliss, Fairwinds Press, Gloucester, MA

Wiener, D.J., (Ed.), (1999). Beyond talk therapy: Using movement and expressive techniques in clinical practice, APA Books, Washington, D.C. – Chapter 14 - “Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy” by Michael Lee

Lee, M. (1997), Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – Bridge from Body to Soul, Health Communications, Deerfield Beach, FL

Pearson, N. (Eds), (2019), Yoga and Science in Pain Care – Treating the Person in Pain, Singing Dragon,– Chapter 11 “Transforming Psycho-Emotional Pain” by Michael Lee



Lee, M., Playing the Edge, Yoga Journal, Mar-Apr 1995

Lee, M., Yoga Therapy Trailblazer Michael Lee Shares His Phoenix Rising System, Yoga Journal, August 2020.

Lee, M., Seeing the Wood for the Trees – Yoga Therapy as Transformation, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 2019


International Experience

Resided in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Greece, and the USA.

Fluent in English and Neo-Melanesian.

Can also communicate in French and Greek.

Experienced in working in multi-cultural environments.

Dual Citizen – USA and Australia


Special Skills

  • Educational Program Design
  • Embodied Mindfulness Facilitation
  • Experiential Learning
  • Public Speaking (concept articulation and motivation)
  • Writing (concept articulation and inspiration)
  • Educational Methodology and Teacher Training
  • Mind-Body Integration – East-West Psychology

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