8/13/2014

Tessa G: You two are such powerful souls and have built a yoga studio in this city that is truly a gem. Pranava has helped me in so many ways. I’m so happy I was able to take one of your classes before you left. I’m really happy to see the “we will be back” in there hehe. … That makes me smile! Thank you for everything! Safe moving! See you soon 🙂

Kerry M: You definitely made a positive imprint in many, many lives. You will be missed. With much gratitude I wish the best for you and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura! XO

Sue L: Wishing you two the best! I learned EVERYTHING I know from you….. making every pose exciting, fun, playful and taking it to the edge….that is where the growth is…. also pretty humbling.

8/12/2014

John K: Mike I have gone through a lot of yoga instructors over the years and you are hands down my favorite. I only wish I got to take more of your classes enjoy Austin

D’Anne R: Thank you both for everything! As is said, “You had me at hello” (mind you I think I was in Downward Dog at the time haha!). Mike Matsumura, you are the reason I am on Facebook and thank goodness cause I can be sure to keep up with you and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura and all your amazing new adventures. Love you both SO much and look forward to seeing you both somewhere down the path xoxo

Annie F: Blessed friends! How grateful I am to have walked a part of this journey with you. Mike and Shakti, you are two of the most amazing souls I know and I treasure you. I am so grateful for the beauty you have blessed us with and so happy you get to spend this precious time with family. I have no doubt that you will create something new and wonderful for the community in your new home. Wishing you both much laughter, love and vibrant health. With great love…

Charles A: Good luck Shakti Charlotte Matsumura and Mike Matsumura. Both of you have been great inspirations to all that entered the doors of PYC. You may be in Austin but your spirit, heart and love will always reside here.

Annie M: Thank you, Shakti Charlotte Matsumura and Mike Matsumura for giving Pranava life!!! Wishing you the best on your transition to Austin.

Macy M: Wow! What news! So many new journeys for everyone. Thanks Mike and Charlotte for this Pranava Yoga Center place. It is really one of kind in its profound community and incredible support to all who practice there. Can’t wait to hear about your new endeavors in Texas! And you have left PYC in good hands… All of my love to all of you! Namaste namaste namaste namaste.

Lindsay S: So much love and gratitude to you both. Good luck and looking forward to hearing about the first chapters of your next journey!

Trey D: Much love to you all! Texans, better not be the last time I practice with you…

Edward R: There are not words to express my gratitude for the knowledge and experiences that the two of you have shared with me and the Pranava community, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Kelly C: Austin is SO lucky! I can’t wait to visit you there. <3

Suzanne S: Mike and Charlotte , thank you for welcoming me into your studio. It was exactly what I needed as I searched for a studio 2 years ago. Your warm smiles and laughter made me feel so welcome. With love to all of you!

Brenda G:  A similar situation brought me back to MI. Bittersweet to leave CO, but definitely a trade I’d make again. I know you two will be missed at Pranava; SO wonderful though, to be able to spend this time with your loved ones during a time of need, and to have such capable hands to leave in care of the studio is quite a testament to your collective awesomeness! Besides, you never know what new adventures await you there in Austin 🙂

Jackson F: Shanti Shanti Shanti! Much love to the entire community for gathering together, honoring our teachers dharma, and showing excitement for this new chapter to come. There is no loss here, only new beginnings to look forward to. Thanks Mike Matsumura and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura for being the greatest gurus in my yogic journey thus far in this lifetime. Love and light all.

Sarah F: I’m sorry to hear about Charlotte’s mother’s illness. Austin will be very lucky to have you. I look forward to taking your classes and being able to practice DMY outside of my home regularly.

Cynthia C: You guys will always be my teachers no matter where you both go; it was truly an honor to be a student under your guidance… I am more than blessed to have found such comfort in Pranava and after this weekends YTT there are no words to express how blown away I was by experiencing Hethyr Helton Pletsch share her wisdom, practice and honesty with us, it was truly beautiful to see… Powerful prayers for Shakti Charlotte Matsumura mom… can you send me her name for my prayers? Namaste

Kristen F: I will be forever grateful, for you; Mike and Charlotte, for guiding me from the very beginning of my yoga journey! I’ve learned so much from both of you, been inspired by you, and am so grateful for that, and for your friendship. I admire you for following the path that is now calling you. We’ll be in touch :).

Lisa D: You guys were the ones to make me fall in love with yoga. Godspeed

Laurie L: Sending well wishes to your family <3 although i never got to practice at pranava, i still think of you as one of my fave yoga teachers evah!!! Hopefully we’ll cross paths again. Until, much love and light!! <3

Tonya H: Mike Matsumura & Shakti Charlotte Matsumura There aren’t sufficient words for this kind of gratitude. Thank you will have to suffice, but you both know it goes WAY deeper than that. 🙂

Karen B: Mike and Charlotte, you will be missed. I hope you come back to teach us once in a while! So happy that things are unfolding for you.

Kelli G: You are both so loved and will be missed by so many here in Colorado! I am privileged to have taken my first yoga Teacher Training with two of the loveliest and most genuine people I know. I still think a road trip to Austin for the Pranava 7 might be in our future..

D’Anne R: Thank you both for everything! As is said, “You had me at hello” (mind you I think I was in Downward Dog at the time haha!). Mike Matsumura, you are the reason I am on Facebook and thank goodness cause I can be sure to keep up with you and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura and all your amazing new adventures. Love you both SO much and look forward to seeing you both somewhere down the path xoxo

Colette S: I’m not in Colorado, but I think of you both often and loved my time at the studio while we were on our honeymoon. We might see you in Texas sometime! Much love – colette & coy

Deb H: Thank you, Mike and Shakti Charlotte!! I had the privilege of meeting you both only one year ago. Little did I know how much I was about to learn and expand. I’m aligned with my dharma in part to our meeting. I’ll be forever grateful! Wish you both the very best always! Namaste

Samantha H. Soooo much love for you and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura ! Im at a loss of words for the emotions I have. Gratitude! You’ll be missed but always appreciated!

Kerry M: You definitely made a positive imprint in many, many lives. You will be missed. With much gratitude I wish the best for you and Shakti Charlotte Matsumura! XO

Jaimie E: huge pranams to you & mike for what you have created, for the gift you are leaving behind, & for your ability to really live your yoga by being truly present & available for your loved ones — i mean, what else is yoga for? Sending love & blessings & gratitude! xj

Nicole Becht Mike and Charlotte, I can’t thank you enough for the gift you both have given me! yoga!!!! I WISH YOU THE BEST! Much love….forever indebted to you two!

Joanne K: Awww sad to see you guys leave Colorado (seems so long since I’ve seen you both as mostly in Seattle) but glad to know who to come and visit in Austin 🙂 I’ll be sure to still visit PYC too when I’m back!

Justine C: Well I know you visited Texas a lot and Austin is apparently amazing but one I just feel so lucky to have been around when you two were because as many have said you have really impacted my life and two when really significant people move its crazy because I strongly associate them with a location… If that makes sense haha

Kara A S: I’m missing all of the things I could’ve learned from you……. Thank you two for the things you did leave me…crazy humor and skill. And, crazy calm and warm gentleness. Love you both and wish you well

Annie F: Blessed friends! How grateful I am to have walked a part of this journey with you. Mike and Shakti, you are two of the most amazing souls I know and I treasure you. I am so grateful for the beauty you have blessed us with and so happy you get to spend this precious time with family. I have no doubt that you will create something new and wonderful for the community in your new home. Wishing you both much laughter, love and vibrant health. With great love…

I wish I could give more stars.

I’d tried yoga before I went to Pranava, but this is the place that got me hooked, and I will NEVER be the same.

Pranava is amazing for beginners because the owners are really jovial, encouraging, and have memorized your name by your second class. They always ask you how your body is and remember what’s going on in your life. Also, you can find a picture of yourself doing postures on the community wall and suddenly you realize you’re part of something.

But what’s interesting is that for the highly-trained yogi, PYC is a way to take it up to a finer, more spiritual notch. It’s clear by their health, kindess, and the graceful way they hold themselves that Charlotte and Mike REALLY live by what they teach. They don’t just teach physically challenging classes that will give you exercise. They are leaders of living gracefully and role models to emulate.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Beautiful Pranava Yoga Center for making me a better person!

Lauren R.
Sonoma, CA
10/7/2012

From the moment you walk through the door you feel at home.

My wife has been practicing yoga for a number of years and finally convinced me join her for a class at Pranava. After hearing her speak so highly about everyone there, I had very high expectations. I wasn’t let down. Mike is quite possibly the kindest and most welcoming person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. First timers are given a week of classes for free so you have the option of taking classes from a variety of instructors.

For my first class I took Dharma yoga with the owner Mike. I’ve done a limited amount of yoga in the past (mostly p90X). My initial interest in yoga was linked to the physical practice. I lift weights, run, and mountain bike multiple times per week, and looked to this as another outlet for keeping fit. I quickly found that Pranava focuses not only on the physical, but also on the mental and spiritual side of the practice. The classes are lighthearted, fun, and challenging for someone at any skill level. I was even able to pull off some less than spectacular inversions during my first class thanks to the personalized instruction that Mike offers to all of his students.

I have since returned for several more classes and plan to make yoga a regular part of my weekly routine. I highly suggest stopping by for a class.
Brian L.
Colorado Springs, CO
7/29/2012

Most fun I’ve ever had in a yoga class. I felt comfortable right when i walked in. Mike laughs , plays , and doesn’t take anything too seriously. I learned a lot in one class with him. I’ve taken that experience with me and apply it to my practice every time I do yoga. Did my 1st head stand there too. Can’t wait to go back to Colorado Springs!
wil-dog a.
Los Angeles, CA
2/7/2011

These guys are ausome, friendly and acomadatimg. Localy owned not a corporate chain! They make yoga available to all level of practitioner. I am totally addicted to yoga now. Thank you Mike and Charlotte.

Justin E.
Cañon City, CO
7/16/2012

I took my first ever yoga class today at Pranava and I can’t stop raving about it. I’m overweight and out of shape, but Mike made me feel right at home. I felt more at peace and tranquil than I have in such a long time. I’m pretty sure I will be sore in a few days, but I can’t wait until my next visit!

Maggie H.
Peyton, CO
6/20/2011

Not only did I looooooove every minute of your class on Saturday, but I wanted to let you know that I was very inspired by your personal story about becoming a teacher, the 8 limbs, and the journey and courage it takes to live what you are teaching. I loved your story about quitting smoking, and it hits home with changes I have and continue to take for myself and my students. I have always lived sort of a “double existance” with health, yoga, and beauty on one plane, while on the other plane there have been a lot of dark places with substance abuse and unhealthy behavior. Over the past few years I have been able to let go of the old patterns and really embrace this great life for all that it can be. I still have a few things that I have been working on and your words saturday really gave me what I needed to take the final steps I need to. Thank you Mike for your amazing energy and friendship. I look forward to seeing you soon!

H

Thanks for your email. I so enjoyed meeting you (mike) and Charlotte and practicing at Pranava. What a wonderful place you have. I will definitely be back as much as I can when in the Springs.

Having Natasha decide to come to your class Friday was pretty much icing on the cake for my New Year. Yoga asana and breathing, plus the people we meet during practice, are truly wonderful things to share with your children. Having her get to take a class from you was really cool because you are especially engaging and fun; I know I learned a lot from you.

I’ll hope to see you soon and in the meantime I’ll remember to breathe while I breathe!

Tracy

Mike and Charlotte, the owners, are an inspiration to all yogis. I would highly recommend their studio to anyone from novices to experts.

sascott
6/5/2009

I’m home at Pranava Yoga Center whereas other yoga establishments felt more like going to the gym. Mike and Charlotte are an asset to the Colorado Springs area.

davidsacko
5/14/2009

Charlotte and Mike are wonderful!

athaya
5/14/2009

Mike and Charlotte have created more than a business at Pranava, they have assembled a community, as widely varied, spritually inspired and gob smackingly flexible as anyone could wish for….if you haven’t tried class at Pranava…GO!!!

calliope13
5/12/2009

From the second that I walked through the door I felt welcome and part of the community. Mike and Charlotte work hard to make everyone feel welcome from knowing every single person’s name who walks through the door to their wall of yogis. Not only is is a great environment the yoga itself is great too. I have never worked so hard in a yoga class. They offer a wide range of classes from the basics, which is perfectly paced for first time yoga goers, to the challenging Dharma Mittra classes where you learn how to do inversions. There really is something for everyone. My favorite class is Charlotte’s 6:30 am Vinyasa class. Charlotte is a wonderful teacher who teaches to everyone’s level in every class she teaches. Mike brings humor and comfort to every class he teaches. I’m so glad that I found this yoga center and I plan on going there as long as I live in Colorado Springs.

whoisjohngalt18
5/12/2009

Awesome yoga studio with wonderful teachers. Very welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Love this place!

waterbaby110
5/11/2009

The positive and open atmosphere created by Mike, Charlotte, and all the other instructors is something rarely found in American yoga studios. If you live in town, moving to town, or just traveling through (like me), Pranava Yoga Center should be on the top of anyone’s list to try.

Che007
5/11/2009

A good friend got me to try yoga and now I am totally hooked! Charlotte is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Her teaching methods make it easy for someone like me who never thought they would do yoga. She helps you see that yoga is about self discovery and internal peace and happiness. Its not about who can do it better or even how good you are, its about learning and getting to know yourself better then you could have ever imagined you could! The people at PYC are amazing and I am very thankful we came into each others lives!

growlinbearman
5/11/2009