Phoenix Rising was created in the early 1980s by Michael Lee, an Australian then living at Kripalu yoga ashram in Massachusetts, USA. Through working on himself and assisting others to move more deeply into their own yoga practice, Michael came to realise that profound emotional and physical shifts could be facilitated by the supportive presence of a partner. From this experience, he began to evolve Phoenix Rising yoga therapy. The first training programme for practitioners took place in 1987, and today the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Center, now based in Vermont, trains new practitioners every year, from the US and from countries around the world.