7/6 Concurrent Session 4-D 15:00-16:30 Yoga Therapy for Lasting Change – Applying the Phoenix Rising Method for improving adherence and empowerment in yoga therapy interventions to support lifestyle change (with Toshiro Miura) Michael Lee Phoenix Rising
[4-D] Yoga Therapy for Lasting Change – Applying the Phoenix Rising Method for improving adherence and empowerment in yoga therapy interventions to support lifestyle change. (with Toshiro Miura) In our modern world many of the leading causes of death are preventable. In many cases, the could be prevented with relatively simple lifestyle change or adjustment. And as simple as that may appear, is it is very difficult to implement because we don’t yet seem to fully understand how to apply the science and psychology of behavioral change in ways that produce lasting results. Adherence rates are very low even in studies done on highly effective interventions. Thirty-one years ago, Michael Lee developed the Phoenix Rising Method, an approach to yoga therapy that shines some light on this dilemma. As a behavioral scientist and a yoga therapist, he has synthesized an approach that draws from elements of the ancient wisdom of yoga, mindfulness, and modern psychology. Many of the elements he will discuss are now supported by neuroscience research. In this presentation he will discuss the change process in general and how these elements apply and will lead workshop participants in a brief embodied experience to demonstrate the approach.
Michael Lee, MA, Dip.Soc.Sci, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 Michael worked in the fields of applied behavioral science and education before embracing yoga therapy as a tool for lasting personal change. In 1986 he developed Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and its key processes for supporting change somatically and with a focus on mental and emotional health. His work references yoga philosophy, Buddhism, and modern psychology and many elements of it are now supported by recent neuroscience. Over 2000 yoga therapists have been trained in the Phoenix Rising Method worldwide including in Japan. Michael was a keynote presenter at IAYT’s SYTAR in 2016 and a keynote presenter at Yoga Australia Conference in 2018.