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Colorado Springs Independent: Best of 2010

October 20th, 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 […]

Yoga Rocks! Mountain Fest Returns to Lyons

August 21st, 2009|
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,