Michael Lee

Yoga Philosophy

Michael Lee is an engaging speaker whose knowledge is incredible. He makes the process seem accessible. — Victoria Almquist

Michael Lee led a wonderful retreat. My husband and I learned a lot and got some great tips for moving through life in the coming years. — Lucy Lowenthal

The program was very beneficial to me and oftentimes I thought that this program would also benefit several of my friends, neighbors, and my partner. Michael Lee is phenomenal and his presence itself gives a certain energy and peace to the room that you can feel. — R.G.

At 69 years old and with many years of experience practicing the ins and outs of Yoga and mindful meditation, I experienced during this workshop permission to let my body and heart lead the way. A big thank you to Michael! — Beryl Title



Michael Lee, MA, Dip.Soc.SciDip.T., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 

Founder and Dean of School

Michael grew up in Australia. He held college teaching posts there, and in Papua New Guinea, 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 and a presenter at the Japan Yoga Therapy Conference and the Asian Consortium on Yoga Therapy.  Michael and his wife Lori parent five adult children live in rural Massachusetts.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a holistic healing art. Using age old yogic and modern therapeutic approaches to deepen awareness and presence, we are 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.

A Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy one-on-one session (featured in the video below) consists of practitioner assisted yoga postures and a dialogue process that is client-centered, open-ended and non-directive. The client is facilitated through an experience of him or herself in the present moment. And what ever happens in the present moment — physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually finds richness in relationship to the bigger picture of how that client is being in the world in daily life — work, play, family and relationships.

While a series of sessions are often most helpful, profound change has been know to occur in a single session. A series of theme based Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga Classes or 8-Week Group Series achieves a similar result. Our mission is to support people with moving in the direction of a life worth living – a purpose driven and meaningful life experience with less stress and anxiety and with fulfilling work and relationships.