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Origin Magazine: Spotlights

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May 15th, 2013|

Om Yoga Magazine: My Secret Place Feature


Publication: OM Yoga Magazine










July 6th, 2012|

Sixth Telluride Yoga Festival Overview

Telluride Inside… and Out
Susan Viebrock

poster-1 Need proof Yoga has infiltrated every corner of American culture? Just follow the threads dropped by the headlines – and the stats. According to a study released by Yoga Journal in December 2012, the number of Americans practicing yoga jumped 29 percent, to 20.4 million — or 8.7 percent of American adults — since the previous study in 2008, when 15.8 million practiced.

In response primarily to the business traveler’s desire to lead healthier lifestyles, a number of hotels are supplying mats, straps, blocks, and videos in guests rooms (sometimes with a minor surcharge, which meets with little resistance) and some offer yoga classes. An app – Mindbody –  that also targets the business traveler, is available on Apple and Android to find (and book) local yoga classes. allows travelers to subscribe to yoga videos on demand.

Among the many benefits ancient art and science of yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice, is the ability to relax while remaining attentive– perfect for prisoners. Yep, at least 20 prisons through the U.S. now offer yoga through the Yoga Prison Project.

Some like it hot. Some, like […]

June 28th, 2013|

Telluride Yoga Festival Brings World-class Instructors to the Box Canyon

Telluride Daily Planet
By Katie Klingsporn, Editor

dfgThe Telluride Yoga Festival started in 2008 after local yoga instructor Aubrey Hackman decided that the box canyon was the ideal venue for a weekend filled with yoga workshops, classes and fantastic guest instructors.

Her hunch paid off; six years later, the Yoga Festival has established sturdy roots thanks to a growing following of yogis who love what it’s all about: the practice.

“I think that it’s all about the yoga, and that’s why people like it,” Hackman said. “Getting to be in a really incredible town and having that experience just creates a really magical product.”

The Yoga Festival is back this weekend with four days filled to the brim with everything from hip-opening classes to acro-yoga, yoga slackers, meditations, kundalini and an ayurvedic program. Instructors include yoga luminaries like Tias Little, Beryl Bender Birch and Duncan Wong, and the festival features a schedule of free community classes and a special pass for yogis on a budget.

Hackman said organizers expect the festival to sell out this year for the first time. She attributed that to the stellar roster of instructors and the growing momentum behind the festival.

“This is one of our strongest […]

July 10th, 2013|

Ask the Trainers: Is Yoga for Men, Too?

The Denver Post

dfgMore men are getting involved in practicing yoga. (Jupiter Images)

Question: I’m a male in my late 50s and I have developed arthritis. My doc says that yoga might help alleviate some of the pain and help with my movement. I’ve never done yoga before and I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure it’s for me. My wife loves it, but she says her class is almost always all women. Are there men-only yoga classes? And what would your advice be for someone who isn’t real keen on this?
Robert M., Denver

Yoga instructor Mike Matsumura answers:
Robert, you aren’t alone in your thinking! But yoga is for men and for women, and in fact, more and more men are getting involved in the practice, because they, too, are experiencing the many rewards from it. Most classes do have men in class, too.

In a yoga class, you will find that people (men and women) are there for a variety of reasons, including for the same reasons that you are thinking about getting started.

Some people practice yoga as a way to gain physical recovery and to release physical and […]

May 3rd, 2013|

Stretch out with a Yoga Sampler

Kyle Wagner
Denver Post

What’s the first rule of Friday Night Yoga Club?

Um … that we do not talk about Friday Night Yoga Club?

gfdgWrong. “You break it, you buy it!” says Mike Matsumura, and it’s hard not to laugh, but laughing means not being able to keep up as the long-haired, ever-moving yogi throws out questions and jokes as rapid-fire as he announces poses — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana and now Adho Mukha Svanasana to Utkatasana and then again but this time Virabhadrasana, more commonly known as upward and downward dog pose and chair pose and then Warrior Two — to warm up.

“Thank god for Warrior Two, huh?” he says. “Let’s just stay here for a minute and catch our breath. Remember, you break it…”

The second rule of Friday Night Yoga Club is “breathe.” And it’s not hard to hear the 40 people very much present at this wintertime weekly yoga gathering breathing. By now, some of us are panting, and most have broken into a sweat.

“If you aren’t breathing, well, I think we know that’s a problem,” Matsumura says.

What isn’t a problem is enjoying Matsumura’s easygoing style, which comes with a soundtrack courtesy […]

June 6th, 2013|

31 days and ways to get and stay fit and healthy in 2013

Kyle Wagner
Denver Post

rterThrow yoga into your exercise mix. This ancient discipline has been known to lower blood pressure, improve flexibility, balance, range of motion, sleep and boost your immune system, increase endurance, ease pain, calm the mind and normalize body functions. “Yoga is a practice, it is never about perfection,” says yoga instructor Mike Matsumura. “People who practice yoga will never judge you. We’re all in the same place.” Pranava Yoga Center, Colorado Springs,

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January 1st, 2013|

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March 15th, 2012|

Colorado Springs Independent: Best of 2010

Colorado Springs Independent
Matthew Schniper

dgdfFor four years, the first four since the Indy created the Best Yoga Studio category, CorePower reigned supreme. But in the most loving, kind and gentle manner, Pranava Yoga Center has unseated it this year, settling into a comfortable lotus position atop our scene.

What makes Pranava different from our other local studios, in founders Mike and Charlotte Matsumura’s words, is a more spiritual component with a focus on all eight limbs of yoga: “The asana [physical] practice is just one part of yoga,” says Mike. “We also practice pranayama [breathing], meditation and the other limbs.”

Both Mike, 39, and Charlotte, 40, teach almost daily, along with 13 other regular instructors and occasional guest educators. All combined, the studio offers nearly 40 classes a week inside of five primary styles: Ashtanga, Dharma, Jivamukti, Vinyasa and gentle yoga.

Since it opened in January 2009, Pranava has enjoyed steady growth in student numbers that just last month spawned establishment of a necessary third practice area in their building’s basement. It’s a newly renovated, freshly trimmed space that holds 45 mats; their other rooms only hold 28 and […]

October 20th, 2010|

Yoga Rocks! Mountain Fest Returns to Lyons

Denver Yoga Examiner
Carolyn Barndt

Yoga Rocks! Mountain Fest will be kicking off its second annual weekend-long live music and yoga celebration on the beautiful 17-acre festival grounds of Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, Colorado.

With the clear attractions of riverside camping under the stars, 15 live musical acts including kirtan maestro Dave Stringer, yoga practice favorite Donna De Lory, and Wade Imre Morissette (Sanskrit-chanting twin of Alanis), as well as local artists Ariana Saraha, Onda, Rhythm Sanctuary, and gong bath virtuoso Gary Fishman, not to mention 20 inspiring yoga and wellness instructors, Yoga Rocks! 2009 expects to lure upwards of 500 yoga lovers.

Yoga Rocks! Mountain Fest benefits Colorado non-profit Yoga World Reach, which provides yoga and empowerment programs to people in need.

In addition to live music from the yoga community’s top musical acts, this year’s festival will feature more than a dozen sustainable lifestyle vendors and artists, a drum circle, meditation, chanting, African dance, delicious vegetarian food, and, of course, plenty of yoga. The 2009 yoga line-up includes instructors Tina Porter, Bear Tobin, r.r. Shakti,