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The short version would sound like the beginning of an old joke, “An Aussie, a Viking and an Army Captain walk into an ashram….

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The longer version of who we are is below.


Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, GCFP, C-IAYT, RYT500

staffan elgelid

Associate Professor, Nazareth College
Staffan Elgelid has been a Physical Therapist for over 20 years. A native of Sweden and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Staffan has worked in a wide variety of settings, including owning his own clinics, and has presented at conferences on a wide variety of topics such as Guided Imagery, Healthy Aging, Mentoring, Awareness, Core Strengthening, Feldenkrais, both in the US and in Europe and has produced DVD’s on core strengthening. Dr Elgelid wrote chapters in and co-edited reference book Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice.

Dr. Elgelid is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Comprehensive Yoga Therapist. He is a former editor of the International Feldenkrais Federation research journal and a past board member of the North American Feldenkrais Guild. Dr. Elgelid is still actively seeing clients that are interested in The Feldenkrais Method or Yoga Therapy. Dr. Elgelid is an Advisory Board member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Dr Elgelid teaches in areas such as Soft Tissue Techniques, Health Promotion and Wellness, and a wide array of clinical courses. In addition, Dr Elgelid is also on the faculty at YogaLife institute in Devon, PA. His website is .


Michael Lee, MA,  Dip.Soc.Sci,  Dip.T., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500michael lee

Michael  is the Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy,  a leading edge yoga based modality in body-mind therapy with an IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program. His conference keynote presentations include the International Yoga Teachers Conference in Singapore.  Yoga Journal Conferences, and Family Therapy Networker. Michael is the author of two books, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Turn Stress Into Bliss and a contributing author in the APA published text Movement and Expressive Techniques in Clinical Practice and the recently published Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine.  Michael also offers programs for Psychotherapists and professionals wanting to apply an embodied mindfulness approach to  therapy.


Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYTmatthew j taylor

Matt has been creating since his early days as a US Army physical therapist when he was assigned the additional duty of Post Fitness Facilitator in 1982 [It was a new position and no one had been one before!]. His career has included teaching some of the first Back Schools in US government facilities, building an integrated physical therapy/health club medical gym in a town of 3500 with a staff of seventeen, and since 2004 directing a mindfulness/yoga-based rehabilitation clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. The practice closed in May 2016 as Dr Taylor will devote his full time to his Institute. The practice was a cash-based and the place where the future of rehabilitation was being created, based on his textbook, Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation.  His unique blend of emerging neuroscience, transformative learning theory and yoga therapeutics offered his patients with chronic, complex health challenges hope and practical tools for easing their suffering. Matt has helped therapists around the world change their personal and professional practices to align with their passion in life as an author, teacher and consultant. For more on his background, read here.

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