Mike Matsumura, YA 500hr. E-RYT - Mike met his guru teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, with whom he studied in NYC at Dharma Yoga Center. Mike became certified Dharma Yoga Teacher and initiated as one of Sri Dharma Mittra's disciples right before he left NYC for Colorado Springs to be with his wife. Sri Dharma Mittra gave Mike the Sanskrit name "Sadhu Om," which means righteous and holy. Mike is constantly continuing on his yogic journey, keeping his teachers and their teachings with him along the way. Since residing in Colorado, Mike has been involved with the Colorado yoga community. Mike also presented for the events Telluride Yoga Festival, Austin Yoga Festival, Austin Yoga Conference, Spark The Fire in Denver, Yoga Rocks the Park in Denver, Friday Night Yoga in Denver, and Yoga Rocks Mountain Fest at Lyons and Snowmass. Mike continues to present workshops all around. Mike is the Co-Founder of Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. Mike enjoys helping everyone to find their own teacher inside their heart.
Level 3 with Mike Matsumura
Level 3 Advanced Vinyasa THIS Sunday, Feb. 3rd
What is Raja Yoga?
Raja Yoga is generally termed the Ashtanga Yoga or the Yoga of Eight Limbs, through the practice of which freedom is achieved. These eight limbs are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. We will slowly introduce all aspects of Raja Yoga in this workshop. Raja Yoga (mental practice) picks up where Hatha Yoga (physical practice) leaves off. Raja Yoga is so- called because it is primarily concerned with the mind. Because of the relationship between the mind and the body, the body must first be "tamed" through self-discipline and purified by various means (Hatha Yoga).
What are Variations and Modifications?
After working on a particular posture for a certain amount of time, the natural progression is to move toward achieving advanced variations of that same posture. This offers challenge to the physical body and to the mental body. An example would be taking Pigeon Pose into King Pigeon.
In order to achieve different stages of variations, modification techniques can be used to move in that direction. We will explore these kinds of modifications. An example would be working on Lotus Headstand, but first, one must work on Half-Lotus Headstand in order to achieve Full-Lotus Headstand.
What you can expect in this workshop: