HIPS: ROCK & UNLOCK EM

HIPS: ROCK & UNLOCK EM

Hips: Rock and Unlock 'Em

Technique, Strength and Length
Finding the freedom in your hips that you deserve starts now

The 3 Pillars of Hip Opening

T.S.L.

 

There are 3 pillars of all Hip Openers that are important to understand. Technique, refers to the way in which we go about any given task, in this case hip opening. There are many methods to gaining flexibility in the body, but the one that I find is most effective and long lasting is called facilitated stretching, which simply means activating the muscles you are stretching. Employing this technique, this workshop focuses on helping you develop a deep understanding of what the muscles of your hips feel like when activated. I give precise cues to help you engage target muscles in simple postures so that you develop a strong sense of body awareness. The last part of this workshop will help you develop length in the muscles that you learned to engage and strengthen in the first part of the workshop.

Technique

Facilitated Stretching: Active engagement (muscle contraction) of the muscles being stretched results in a deep relaxation of the target muscle upon releasing that engagement. This results in greater range of motion. My suggestion is to work on activating these muscles when you are in less of a stretch, learning what it feels like to engage them, and then when it comes time for deeper stretches be more subtle with the engagement of the muscles. In this workshop I take you through strong engagements in standing postures to develop your body awareness, but as the workshop goes along and your awareness grows, simply soften your effort to about 15% engagement of the targeted muscle group.

Strength

Strength requires effort, and for those of us that come to the yoga practice to relax, it can often be challenging to drum up the energy inside to engage our muscles. It is important to realize that our deepest relaxation happens when we have spent all of our energy, and are left with the nothingness that feels like pure bliss after a hard practice. While this workshop focuses on very simple postures, it does require focus of the mind and strength of the body. Stay with the practice, keep your focus, feel your body, and you will receive the powerful results in the end.

Length

By using the technique of facilitated stretching you will notice that there are significant benefits when it comes to increased flexibility. Not only does facilitated stretching support greater flexibility, but the awareness of how to engage the muscles of the hips helps adjust the alignment of your bones in order to target each muscle in your hips individually. This is highly beneficial in that through your increased body awareness and strength which allows you to shift your bones you will be able to intentionally shift a posture to stretch what is specifically tighter in your body, and stop over stretching what is already flexible. This approach provides a great ability to find harmony in the body.

The Body is a Gift

One of the highest levels of asana practice is body awareness – being aware of the physical body is a practice of gratitude for this incredible gift we have been given to experience life with.

Enjoy your practice…

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Pigeon Without Knee Pain

Pigeon Pose often creates pain in the front knee joint for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that it stretches the gluteus Maximus with attaches to the I.T band which attaches to the tibia or shin bone. This means that when you stretch your buttocks it pulls on the shin bone which may cause pain or strain near the knee for some people. Another reason for knee pain in pigeon pose is the pressure  and possible compression on the inner knee when folding forward. In this video I go through a step by step approach to minimize the potential for knee pain in pigeon posture.

The Yoga Butt

Avoid over stretching the hamstring attachments near the sit bones by actively pressing them down toward the earth in forward folds. This action is confusing in that we want to keep the pelvis folded forward (anterior tilt) but activate the hamstrings as if we are trying to posterior tilt.

A Different Approach

 

 

This approach is completely different than the approach I offer in pigeon without knee pain, and the hips rock and unlock ’em video. At the risk of creating some confusion I want to present to you another version of pigeon pose that focuses on internal rotation of the upper femur bone rather that external rotation close to the knee. For some people this creates a deeper hip stretch and supports less compression in the knee. I  enjoy both variations depending on what I am trying to target in my body.

 

The Feet and Ankles

 

 

In the Hips workshop I go over everting the ankle joint. Many people find this action reveals that the outer shin muscles (fibularis muscles) are weak. This video offers exercises to strengthen these muscles along with several other muscles of the lower leg and ankle.

I want to acknowledge how amazing it is that you have taken the time to support the growth of your body awareness. It is one thing to want health and freedom, but another thing to take the actions to move toward it. My suggestion is to repeat this workshop weekly as you will continue to extract more and more information and will be better able to integrate it into your body over time. Also bring the activations into your daily yoga practice so that you are developing technique, strength, and length every time you step on to the mat.

-Matt

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LIVE MEDITATION: SAMADHI

March 30th 2020

Samadhi

Samadhi

Samadhi is the experience we have when the mind realizes the totality of itself one part of an infinite whole. You are using the mind to read this right now, and from this level of consciousness there is no way for the mind to comprehend unless you have previously experienced this state of oneness with all things. I am using my lower levels of consciousness as well to explain and for that I am likely to fall short. That being said I will do my best. Using an analogy from one of my teachers, Alan Finger – Consiousness is like the ocean. When the ocean swells and crashes upon the shore, drops of water fly up in the air. These drops are still the ocean separated by time and space. We are those drops in relationship to the bigger more expansive ocean of consciousness. For brief moments in time we arise and take shape in the form of this body, collecting unique experiences in our mind and forming beliefs and identity. In meditation, the mind has the opportunity to realize this and come back to the awareness of all that is. In those moments when the mind returns to the understanding that it is simply a drop that is apart of the ocean, there is a feeling of indescribable goodness that overwhelms our being, yogis call this Samadhi. 

How Do We Reach Samadhi?

Samadhi is the result of your Sadhana (yogic practices). For the past month, I have been offering you teachings out of the yoga sutras, weaving them through the live classes, and sharing them here on this blog. We’ve discussed  “Abhyasa and Vairagya” and “Burning Samskara” amongst many others. Why are these practices necessary to experiencing Samadhi? Samadhi is the state of being when the intellect or budhi lets go of duality and releases into the realization that it is one with all things. The intellect is incredible, it allows us to understand life on the physical plane, dividing, defining, and systematically looking for like and unlike in everything. The Intellect’s ability to separate is incredible. We have spent our entire lives training the intellect, and therefor have become really good at separation. Unity or Oneness requires that the intellect surrenders to the reality that it is one of many tools. This requires that our identity or ego also surrenders to the fullness of reality that we are yes unique individuals that are a part of the magnificent power of nature, not separate but yet a thread woven into the fabric of something much grander. The Ego gets scared of the idea that it is not most important, so you have to remind it that this means it is not less than, it is actually far more than it thinks, it is a manifestation of the vast ocean of Awareness.

Maybe you want to experience the state of oneness with the universe and are ready to jump in but where to start? The Yoga Sutras are a guide map to this, but if you are going to practice one thing only its Self Reflection, Swadyaya. You can practice Self Reflection in your asana (physical practice) by observing the sensations of your body before, during and after each posture. You can do this through Pranayama, observation of the vital energy that pulses through your system. There are endless practices of Self Awareness. If you haven’t already, start with the live classes from the Month of March and join me for the asana and meditation practices throughout the month of April. I am committed to sharing dharma talks to inspire self awareness in order to support the dissolution of the intellect, and mergence into the state of oneness. We will be doing this together, with he support of the global community to give us power and strength. 

Samdhi Dharma Talk on Instagram Live

OneNess 

In a time when everyone is feeling separateness, moving inward to the state of oneness is more important than ever. Underneath the layers of intellect and ego that disconnects us from the whole, exists One undivided consciousness that permeates all things. It is always there, omnipresent, and it pervades all aspects of our being. The only thing standing in our way of experiencing it is the need to hold up the illusion that we have created of truth – the need to know in order to feel safe. Instead find comfort in the unknown, vast potential that is at the core of your being. Thanks for tapping in with me Enjoy your practice!

 

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Mentorship Mastery Program

This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

 

 

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Elements of Voice

Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

 

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LIVE 4-18-2020

LIVE 4-18-2020

Lifetime Access 4-18-2020!

Filmed Live on 4-18-2020 12pm

 neck and shoulder release

Neck & Shoulder Release

The key to healing any physical issue is quite often very simple: Do the opposite of what caused the pain. For most of us that means change the arm positions, strengthen the opposite muscles that are getting worked on a daily basis at the computer or on our cell phone. DO the opposite. This class is designed to support you in building strength in muscles that are typically underused, and stretching muscles that are typically over used. That said your body and movement patterns are unique and you must begin the process of becoming more aware of them if you want to have long term relief.

 

POST PRACTICE ZOOM CALL SATURDAY APRIL 18th

Join us on saturday for a live zoom call right after class. We will discuss the shoulders and the neck and get your questions answered!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83881565887

UPGRADE TO APRlL CLASS PASS

Enjoyed Todays class and want to join the April Class Pass Immersion and get all 12 live classes + 4 Live meditations

 USE THE CODE APRILUPGRADE and get $10 off!

Thank You For Joining!

Thank you for practicing with me. If you are interested in other online practices please see below. 

JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

  • 12 YOGA CLASSES
  • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 12 PEAK POSTURES
  • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$98

Low Back Release and Restore

Live Stream 4-25-2020
Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
Physical Focus: Transverse
Theme: Soucha
Length: 75 Minutes
Inluded in April Class Pack
SALE Price: $18

HALF LOTUS POSE

Live stream 3-28-20
Peak Pose: Half Lotus
Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
Physical Focus: Abductors
Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
Length: 75minutes
SALE Price:$18
Included in March Pass

CROW & 1/2 FireFly

Live stream 3-22-20
Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
Target Stretch: Hamstrings
Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
Length: 75minutes
Included in March Pass
SALE Price:$18

APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

  • 12 YOGA CLASSES
  • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 12 PEAK POSTURES
  • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$128

Neck and Shoulders Release

Live Stream 4-18-2020
Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
Physical Focus: back body
Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
Length: 75 Minutes
Inluded in April Class Pack
SALE Price: $18

Bow & Wild Thing Pose

Live Stream 3-19-2020
Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
Length: 75 Minutes
SALE Price: $18
Included in March Pass

*BEST SELLER

Compass Pose

Live Stream 3-14-2020
Peak Pose: Compass
Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
Theme: Spanda + Tapas
Length: 75 Minutes
Included in March Pass
* BEST SELLER*
SALE Price: $18

MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

  • 6 YOGA CLASSES
  • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 6 PEAK POSTURES
  • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$78

Hips & Low Back For Meditation

Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
Physical Focus: PNF
Theme: Samadhi
Length: 75minutes
Inluded in March Class Pack
SALE Price:$18

FLYING PIGEON

Live stream 3-25-20
Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
Target Stretch: Hips
Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
Length: 75minutes
Included in March Pass
SALE Price:$18

Online Workshops

Dance With The Flames

Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

HANDSTAND TRAINING

Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

Hips Workshop

Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

blissflow with Live Music

Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

product bundle

Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

product bundle

Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

Online Courses

Elements of Mastery

For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

 

View Details

Mentorship Mastery Program

This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

 

 

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Elements of Voice

Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

 

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LIVE 4-7-2020

LIVE 4-7-2020

Lifetime Access 4-7-2020!

Filmed Live on 4-7-2020 12pm

 Fire Line

The Fire Line

The Fire Line, created by Matt Giordano for the Elements of Mastery is a kinesthetic chain of musclular engagements that help to activate the core in a way that directly enhances strength for twists and arm balances. It starts from the Muscle called the serratus anterior which connects the shoulder blades to the rib cage and directly feeds into the obliques on a diagonal to the opposite hip and continues down that inner thigh. 

UPGRADE TO APRlL CLASS PASS

Enjoyed Todays class and want to join the April Class Pass Immersion and get all 12 live classes + 4 Live meditations for $6 each? USE THE CODE APRILUPGRADE and get $10 off!

Thank You For Joining!

Thank you for practicing with me. If you are interested in other online practices please see below. 

JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

  • 12 YOGA CLASSES
  • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 12 PEAK POSTURES
  • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$98

Low Back Release and Restore

Live Stream 4-25-2020
Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
Physical Focus: Transverse
Theme: Soucha
Length: 75 Minutes
Inluded in April Class Pack
SALE Price: $18

HALF LOTUS POSE

Live stream 3-28-20
Peak Pose: Half Lotus
Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
Physical Focus: Abductors
Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
Length: 75minutes
SALE Price:$18
Included in March Pass

CROW & 1/2 FireFly

Live stream 3-22-20
Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
Target Stretch: Hamstrings
Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
Length: 75minutes
Included in March Pass
SALE Price:$18

APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

  • 12 YOGA CLASSES
  • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 12 PEAK POSTURES
  • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$128

Neck and Shoulders Release

Live Stream 4-18-2020
Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
Physical Focus: back body
Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
Length: 75 Minutes
Inluded in April Class Pack
SALE Price: $18

Bow & Wild Thing Pose

Live Stream 3-19-2020
Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
Length: 75 Minutes
SALE Price: $18
Included in March Pass

*BEST SELLER

Compass Pose

Live Stream 3-14-2020
Peak Pose: Compass
Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
Theme: Spanda + Tapas
Length: 75 Minutes
Included in March Pass
* BEST SELLER*
SALE Price: $18

MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

  • 6 YOGA CLASSES
  • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
  • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
  • 6 PEAK POSTURES
  • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
  • SALE Price:$78

Hips & Low Back For Meditation

Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
Physical Focus: PNF
Theme: Samadhi
Length: 75minutes
Inluded in March Class Pack
SALE Price:$18

FLYING PIGEON

Live stream 3-25-20
Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
Target Stretch: Hips
Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
Length: 75minutes
Included in March Pass
SALE Price:$18

Online Workshops

Dance With The Flames

Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

HANDSTAND TRAINING

Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

Hips Workshop

Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

blissflow with Live Music

Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

product bundle

Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

product bundle

Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

Online Courses

Elements of Mastery

For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

 

View Details

Mentorship Mastery Program

This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

 

 

View Details

Elements of Voice

Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

 

View Details

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Live 3-25-2020

Live 3-25-2020

Lifetime Access 3-25-2020!

Filmed Live on 3-25-2020 12pm

 ABHYASA & VAIRAGYA

Theme: Abhyasa and Vairagya

Abhyasa and Vairagya are some of the most influential and important teachings in the yoga/life practice. Together they make up the balance of effort and surrender. It is imperative to understand where to place effort and when to surrender. Most of us waste our energy trying to control outcomes, and letting go of our ability to take action. In other words we do everything backwards. Abhyasa is about placing or leveraging the right effort at the right time. How do you know? When our ego and samskaras are what tell us to pull back and say things like “its not worth it”, “I’m not good enough”, “no one will care”, “no one will show up”, “They just don’t get me” or any other number of self defense, self defeating statement – THIS is when effort is needed the most. The effort is in battling your own internal dialogue, and doing it anyway despite what others think, or your fears around the out comes. When rubbing up against these insecurities, most then say “I am just going to let that go”. This is NOT the time to let go, this is the time to push forward through your limiting beliefs. Vairagya on the other hand is the knowing that when you have put in your best effort there is nothing more you can do but allow nature to take it’s course.

Most of us put all our effort in to what we can’t control because it is outside of ourself. Controlling what is inside challenges our identity and belief structure, and so we tend to stay away from it for fear of shaking up our false sense of emotional security. To do this work, you must be willing to shake up your inner world. Only then will you find contentment in your creations.

    Thank You For Joining!

    Thank you for practicing with me. If you are interested in other online practices please see below. 

    JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

    • 12 YOGA CLASSES
    • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
    • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
    • 12 PEAK POSTURES
    • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
    • SALE Price:$98

    Low Back Release and Restore

    Live Stream 4-25-2020
    Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
    Physical Focus: Transverse
    Theme: Soucha
    Length: 75 Minutes
    Inluded in April Class Pack
    SALE Price: $18

    HALF LOTUS POSE

    Live stream 3-28-20
    Peak Pose: Half Lotus
    Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
    Physical Focus: Abductors
    Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
    Length: 75minutes
    SALE Price:$18
    Included in March Pass

    CROW & 1/2 FireFly

    Live stream 3-22-20
    Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
    Target Stretch: Hamstrings
    Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
    Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
    Length: 75minutes
    Included in March Pass
    SALE Price:$18

    APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

    • 12 YOGA CLASSES
    • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
    • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
    • 12 PEAK POSTURES
    • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
    • SALE Price:$128

    Neck and Shoulders Release

    Live Stream 4-18-2020
    Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
    Physical Focus: back body
    Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
    Length: 75 Minutes
    Inluded in April Class Pack
    SALE Price: $18

    Bow & Wild Thing Pose

    Live Stream 3-19-2020
    Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
    Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
    Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
    Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
    Length: 75 Minutes
    SALE Price: $18
    Included in March Pass

    *BEST SELLER

    Compass Pose

    Live Stream 3-14-2020
    Peak Pose: Compass
    Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
    Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
    Theme: Spanda + Tapas
    Length: 75 Minutes
    Included in March Pass
    * BEST SELLER*
    SALE Price: $18

    MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

    • 6 YOGA CLASSES
    • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
    • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
    • 6 PEAK POSTURES
    • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
    • SALE Price:$78

    Hips & Low Back For Meditation

    Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
    Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
    Physical Focus: PNF
    Theme: Samadhi
    Length: 75minutes
    Inluded in March Class Pack
    SALE Price:$18

    FLYING PIGEON

    Live stream 3-25-20
    Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
    Target Stretch: Hips
    Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
    Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
    Length: 75minutes
    Included in March Pass
    SALE Price:$18

    Retreats

    "Journey Through The Elements"

    Yoga Retreats with Matt are not only a rejuvinating get away, but they are also a way to get deeply in tune with your yoga practice. Matt takes you on a Jouney through the elements both in your body and mind for a truly inspiring and empowering experience. You will tune into your body like you never have before, and clear any anything that might be standing in your way of living in peace and harmony. Take an adventure, and treat yourself and your body the way you truly deserve. 

    Portugal Retreat 2020

    Starts: May 8-13thh 2020 

     Journey to Bliss is a a retreat that will rejuvenate your soul. You will be thoughtfully guided through a step by step adventure using the yoga, meditation and pranayama practices to get back to your inner state of Bliss. All Levels.

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    Costa Rica 2020 

    Starts: Dec. 5-10 2020

    Immerse yourself into nature and your practice in one of the most nourishing places on the planet. Experience what its like to enjoy the beach, jungle, world class food, all while awakening your body to new levels of awareness.

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    Online Workshops

    Dance With The Flames

    Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

    HANDSTAND TRAINING

    Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

    Hips Workshop

    Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

    blissflow with Live Music

    Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

    product bundle

    Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

    product bundle

    Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

    Online Courses

    Elements of Mastery

    For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

     

    View Details

    Mentorship Mastery Program

    This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

     

     

    View Details

    Elements of Voice

    Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

     

    View Details

    Get in touch!

    LIVE 3-31-2020

    LIVE 3-31-2020

    Lifetime Access 3-31-2020!

    Filmed Live on 3-31-2020 12pm

     Samadhi

    Theme: Dharana & Dhyana

    Samadhi is the experience we have when the mind realizes the totality of itself one part of an infinite whole. You are using the mind to read this right now, and from this level of consciousness there is no way for the mind to comprehend unless you have previously experienced this state of oneness with all things. I am using my lower levels of consciousness as well to explain and for that I am likely to fall short. That being said I will do my best. Using an analogy from one of my teachers, Alan Finger – Consiousness is like the ocean. When the ocean swells and crashes upon the shore, drops of water fly up in the air. These drops are still the ocean separated by time and space. We are those drops in relationship to the bigger more expansive ocean of consciousness. For brief moments in time we arise and take shape in the form of this body, collecting unique experiences in our mind and forming beliefs and identity. In meditation, the mind has the opportunity to realize this and come back to the awareness of all that is. In those moments when the mind returns to the understanding that it is simply a drop that is apart of the ocean, there is a feeling of indescribable goodness that overwhelms our being, yogis call this Samdhi. 

      Thank You For Joining!

      Thank you for practicing with me. If you are interested in other online practices please see below. 

      JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

      • 12 YOGA CLASSES
      • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
      • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
      • 12 PEAK POSTURES
      • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
      • SALE Price:$98

      Low Back Release and Restore

      Live Stream 4-25-2020
      Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
      Physical Focus: Transverse
      Theme: Soucha
      Length: 75 Minutes
      Inluded in April Class Pack
      SALE Price: $18

      HALF LOTUS POSE

      Live stream 3-28-20
      Peak Pose: Half Lotus
      Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
      Physical Focus: Abductors
      Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
      Length: 75minutes
      SALE Price:$18
      Included in March Pass

      CROW & 1/2 FireFly

      Live stream 3-22-20
      Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
      Target Stretch: Hamstrings
      Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
      Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
      Length: 75minutes
      Included in March Pass
      SALE Price:$18

      APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

      • 12 YOGA CLASSES
      • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
      • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
      • 12 PEAK POSTURES
      • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
      • SALE Price:$128

      Neck and Shoulders Release

      Live Stream 4-18-2020
      Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
      Physical Focus: back body
      Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
      Length: 75 Minutes
      Inluded in April Class Pack
      SALE Price: $18

      Bow & Wild Thing Pose

      Live Stream 3-19-2020
      Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
      Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
      Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
      Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
      Length: 75 Minutes
      SALE Price: $18
      Included in March Pass

      *BEST SELLER

      Compass Pose

      Live Stream 3-14-2020
      Peak Pose: Compass
      Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
      Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
      Theme: Spanda + Tapas
      Length: 75 Minutes
      Included in March Pass
      * BEST SELLER*
      SALE Price: $18

      MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

      • 6 YOGA CLASSES
      • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
      • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
      • 6 PEAK POSTURES
      • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
      • SALE Price:$78

      Hips & Low Back For Meditation

      Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
      Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
      Physical Focus: PNF
      Theme: Samadhi
      Length: 75minutes
      Inluded in March Class Pack
      SALE Price:$18

      FLYING PIGEON

      Live stream 3-25-20
      Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
      Target Stretch: Hips
      Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
      Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
      Length: 75minutes
      Included in March Pass
      SALE Price:$18

      Online Workshops

      Dance With The Flames

      Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

      HANDSTAND TRAINING

      Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

      Hips Workshop

      Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

      blissflow with Live Music

      Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

      product bundle

      Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

      product bundle

      Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

      Online Courses

      Elements of Mastery

      For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

       

      View Details

      Mentorship Mastery Program

      This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

       

       

      View Details

      Elements of Voice

      Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

       

      View Details

      Get in touch!

      LIVE 3-28-2020

      LIVE 3-28-2020

      Lifetime Access 3-28-2020!

      Filmed Live on 3-28-2020 12pm

       Dharana & Dhyana

      Theme: Dharana & Dhyana

      The major difference between Dharana and Dhyana is that Dharana requires willful effort, harnessing the vritti’s (parts of the mind), where as Dhyana is more the result of that effortful concentration. Dhyana is effortless concentration. Think of it like you are trying to pull a ship out of the harbor, at first you would require tremendous effort and force, but once the momentum sets in, the ship is hard to stop. The mind is the same way. At first you must put in the effort to harness the scattered pieces of the mind, but then once you get in the zone you experience the effortless, easeful focus of Dhyana. 

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        Thank you for practicing with me. If you are interested in other online practices please see below. 

        JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

        • 12 YOGA CLASSES
        • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 12 PEAK POSTURES
        • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$98

        Low Back Release and Restore

        Live Stream 4-25-2020
        Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
        Physical Focus: Transverse
        Theme: Soucha
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Inluded in April Class Pack
        SALE Price: $18

        HALF LOTUS POSE

        Live stream 3-28-20
        Peak Pose: Half Lotus
        Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
        Physical Focus: Abductors
        Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
        Length: 75minutes
        SALE Price:$18
        Included in March Pass

        CROW & 1/2 FireFly

        Live stream 3-22-20
        Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
        Target Stretch: Hamstrings
        Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
        Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
        Length: 75minutes
        Included in March Pass
        SALE Price:$18

        APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

        • 12 YOGA CLASSES
        • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 12 PEAK POSTURES
        • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$128

        Neck and Shoulders Release

        Live Stream 4-18-2020
        Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
        Physical Focus: back body
        Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Inluded in April Class Pack
        SALE Price: $18

        Bow & Wild Thing Pose

        Live Stream 3-19-2020
        Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
        Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
        Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
        Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
        Length: 75 Minutes
        SALE Price: $18
        Included in March Pass

        *BEST SELLER

        Compass Pose

        Live Stream 3-14-2020
        Peak Pose: Compass
        Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
        Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
        Theme: Spanda + Tapas
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Included in March Pass
        * BEST SELLER*
        SALE Price: $18

        MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

        • 6 YOGA CLASSES
        • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 6 PEAK POSTURES
        • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$78

        Hips & Low Back For Meditation

        Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
        Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
        Physical Focus: PNF
        Theme: Samadhi
        Length: 75minutes
        Inluded in March Class Pack
        SALE Price:$18

        FLYING PIGEON

        Live stream 3-25-20
        Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
        Target Stretch: Hips
        Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
        Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
        Length: 75minutes
        Included in March Pass
        SALE Price:$18

        Retreats

        "Journey Through The Elements"

        Yoga Retreats with Matt are not only a rejuvinating get away, but they are also a way to get deeply in tune with your yoga practice. Matt takes you on a Jouney through the elements both in your body and mind for a truly inspiring and empowering experience. You will tune into your body like you never have before, and clear any anything that might be standing in your way of living in peace and harmony. Take an adventure, and treat yourself and your body the way you truly deserve. 

        Portugal Retreat 2020

        Starts: May 8-13thh 2020 

         Journey to Bliss is a a retreat that will rejuvenate your soul. You will be thoughtfully guided through a step by step adventure using the yoga, meditation and pranayama practices to get back to your inner state of Bliss. All Levels.

        View Details

        Costa Rica 2020 

        Starts: Dec. 5-10 2020

        Immerse yourself into nature and your practice in one of the most nourishing places on the planet. Experience what its like to enjoy the beach, jungle, world class food, all while awakening your body to new levels of awareness.

        View Details

        Online Workshops

        Dance With The Flames

        Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

        HANDSTAND TRAINING

        Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

        Hips Workshop

        Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

        blissflow with Live Music

        Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

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        This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

         

         

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         Samskaras

        Theme: Samskaras

        Samskaras are the grooves or patterns of the mind that cloud our perception, and hold us back from seeing live clearly as it is. They are formed through life’s experiences: the mind is designed to look for similar situations that it takes in through the senses. It is quite efficient because of this: when someone raises their hand in a classroom, there is a patterned response that instantly allows us to assume that this person has a question. Any school teacher knows that sometimes this isn’t always the case, as sometimes someone is just adjusting their shirt or stretching. This is how we can easily misperceive a situation and then be so sure that we have it right and they have it wrong. No? How about let’s reverse it: ever get in an argument with someone and they are so sure they are correct and you are wrong? who is seeing it clearly? We are always quick believe ourselves to be correct because our thought patterns are a collection of rights and wrongs based on what we have experienced. The problem? Our experience is limited to the past, our patterns are based on what happened, not what IS happening, or what might happen. Our thoughts, emotions, and actions are all wrapped up in something that no longer exists.  

        Do we need to abolish all patterns of our mind? absolutely not. Burning samskaras is about releasing the thought, emotional, and behavioral patterns that no longer serve our sense of well being. That means, yes it is your choice, and only you know what is serving you and what is not, but it requires radical honesty with your self, which requires the courage to be vulnerable. Most Samskaras are formed out of emotional self defense, which means they will be our blind spots. They will be uncomfortable to see, and even more uncomfortable to confront when deciding to make the change.

        How to burn samskaras? Though process is ironically very simple given how challenging it is to execute. Here it is:

         

        • AWARENESS: First you need to develop awareness, the willingness to self reflect. Start with asana to open up your receptivity to and balance your state of mind, and then move to meditation practice and more contemplative exercises: focus on observing thought and emotional patterns that arise throughout your day. at first this will be hard but like a muscle you will get stronger every time you practice.
        • ANCHOR: In Chromatic Yoga we have something called an Anchor – an intention that we tie our self to when the waters get rough. This is created by asking yourself these primary questions. How do I want to feel? How do I want to think? How do I want to act? While you can’t choose the thought or emotion or urge of action that arrises you can choose what you do when you observe them. These answers need to be contemplated, then engrained inside you so that when a Samskara is triggered your go to response is to ask your self those questions and then respond with the answers immediately
        • ACTION: The final step is to act on your intention – choose to focus your attention on what will serve you. Choose to focus on a different thought, emotion or take another action. What if the the samskara is too strong and the mind is spinning out of control – PRACTICE. You need to get in your body to disrupt the pattern. THIS already is a NEW pattern that burns the old one. “When I am triggered, I disrupt the pattern by getting into my body and harnessing the power of my mind to feel my body and remember that I am alive, and that this life is a gift”

        Thank You For Joining!

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        JOURNEY TO KING PIGEON

        • 12 YOGA CLASSES
        • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 12 PEAK POSTURES
        • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$98

        Low Back Release and Restore

        Live Stream 4-25-2020
        Target Stretch: Abdominals, Quads and Hip Flexors
        Physical Focus: Transverse
        Theme: Soucha
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Inluded in April Class Pack
        SALE Price: $18

        HALF LOTUS POSE

        Live stream 3-28-20
        Peak Pose: Half Lotus
        Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors
        Physical Focus: Abductors
        Theme: Dharana & Dhyana
        Length: 75minutes
        SALE Price:$18
        Included in March Pass

        CROW & 1/2 FireFly

        Live stream 3-22-20
        Peak Pose: Half Crow Half Firefly, Uttanasana
        Target Stretch: Hamstrings
        Physical Focus: Serratus Anterior, Adductors & Abductors
        Theme: The Guna's: Balance of Push and Pull
        Length: 75minutes
        Included in March Pass
        SALE Price:$18

        APRIL: 16 CLASS PACK

        • 12 YOGA CLASSES
        • 4 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 12 PEAK POSTURES
        • 12 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$128

        Neck and Shoulders Release

        Live Stream 4-18-2020
        Target Stretch: Pectorals, biceps and anterior deltoids
        Physical Focus: back body
        Theme: Resting the mind in stillness
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Inluded in April Class Pack
        SALE Price: $18

        Bow & Wild Thing Pose

        Live Stream 3-19-2020
        Peak Pose: Bow Pose & Wild Thing
        Target Stretch: Outer Abdominals
        Physical Focus: Transverse abdominals
        Theme: 3 A's Of Burning Samskaras
        Length: 75 Minutes
        SALE Price: $18
        Included in March Pass

        *BEST SELLER

        Compass Pose

        Live Stream 3-14-2020
        Peak Pose: Compass
        Target Stretch: Adductors + Hamstrings
        Physical Focus: Internal Rotation of Hip
        Theme: Spanda + Tapas
        Length: 75 Minutes
        Included in March Pass
        * BEST SELLER*
        SALE Price: $18

        MARCH: 8 CLASS PACK

        • 6 YOGA CLASSES
        • 2 GUIDED MEDITATIONS
        • LIVETIME ACCCESS TO ALL
        • 6 PEAK POSTURES
        • 6 YOGA SUTRA THEMES
        • SALE Price:$78

        Hips & Low Back For Meditation

        Peak Pose: Seated Meditation
        Target Stretch: Buttocks, I.T Band, Adductors, hamstrings.
        Physical Focus: PNF
        Theme: Samadhi
        Length: 75minutes
        Inluded in March Class Pack
        SALE Price:$18

        FLYING PIGEON

        Live stream 3-25-20
        Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon
        Target Stretch: Hips
        Physical Focus: Hip Flexors, Serratus Anterior, Glutes
        Theme: Abhyasa & Vairagya
        Length: 75minutes
        Included in March Pass
        SALE Price:$18

        Retreats

        "Journey Through The Elements"

        Yoga Retreats with Matt are not only a rejuvinating get away, but they are also a way to get deeply in tune with your yoga practice. Matt takes you on a Jouney through the elements both in your body and mind for a truly inspiring and empowering experience. You will tune into your body like you never have before, and clear any anything that might be standing in your way of living in peace and harmony. Take an adventure, and treat yourself and your body the way you truly deserve. 

        Portugal Retreat 2020

        Starts: May 8-13thh 2020 

         Journey to Bliss is a a retreat that will rejuvenate your soul. You will be thoughtfully guided through a step by step adventure using the yoga, meditation and pranayama practices to get back to your inner state of Bliss. All Levels.

        View Details

        Costa Rica 2020 

        Starts: Dec. 5-10 2020

        Immerse yourself into nature and your practice in one of the most nourishing places on the planet. Experience what its like to enjoy the beach, jungle, world class food, all while awakening your body to new levels of awareness.

        View Details

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        Dance With The Flames

        Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

        HANDSTAND TRAINING

        Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

        Hips Workshop

        Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

        blissflow with Live Music

        Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

        product bundle

        Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

        product bundle

        Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

        Online Courses

        Elements of Mastery

        For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

         

        View Details

        Mentorship Mastery Program

        This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

         

         

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        Elements of Voice

        Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

         

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        Theme: Spanda

        Spanda is the natural pulsation of the universe and it exists all around us. It is obvious when observing nature – All things that contract, eventually expand again, and the cycle continues. In the class I used the Example of the flower that grows to its maximum potential toward the end of it’s growing season – at that time it drops seeds onto the earth. The seed is the most contracted state AND it Is simultaneously the state of greatest potential. The flower is in its most expansive state just before it drops the seed, and it radiates with beauty. The teaching of Spanda is not about appreciating just the potential or the fullest expression, its about honoring the whole cycle.

        With this teaching I brought in a second topic and that is Tapas. Tapas is enduring the rigor of life practices. Tapas is the intensity, friction or heat that builds when we rub up against our old patterns of thought and behavior. When we come up again our patterns we tend to fall back into them, returning back to the state of contraction. Of the many seeds that drop on the earth from the flower, few are able to endure the intensity of the fall and winter conditions. Few hold out when the going gets tough, but those that do reach the manifested state of potential and expansion. 

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          "Journey Through The Elements"

          Yoga Retreats with Matt are not only a rejuvinating get away, but they are also a way to get deeply in tune with your yoga practice. Matt takes you on a Jouney through the elements both in your body and mind for a truly inspiring and empowering experience. You will tune into your body like you never have before, and clear any anything that might be standing in your way of living in peace and harmony. Take an adventure, and treat yourself and your body the way you truly deserve. 

          Portugal Retreat 2020

          Starts: May 8-13thh 2020 

           Journey to Bliss is a a retreat that will rejuvenate your soul. You will be thoughtfully guided through a step by step adventure using the yoga, meditation and pranayama practices to get back to your inner state of Bliss. All Levels.

          View Details

          Costa Rica 2020 

          Starts: Dec. 5-10 2020

          Immerse yourself into nature and your practice in one of the most nourishing places on the planet. Experience what its like to enjoy the beach, jungle, world class food, all while awakening your body to new levels of awareness.

          View Details

          Online Workshops

          Dance With The Flames

          Experience your potential by stepping into your fire. While the asana practice will build your strength, stability and range of motion, the theme will leave you feeling inspired to take big steps in your life.

          HANDSTAND TRAINING

          Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

          Hips Workshop

          Practice the specific techniques to open your hips, find greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated setting you up for success.

          blissflow with Live Music

          Enjoy a delightful one hour flow set to the sweet sounds of Kevin Paris playing along. This flow is designed to leave you feeling good for an everyday style practice. If you love live music and yoga this is for you!

          product bundle

          Get 3 videos and save big! Get the top sellers on theyogimatt.com – Handstand Training, Hips Workshop, and Dance with the Flames all for just one payment of $75. You will have hours of inspiration to deepen your yoga practice.

          product bundle

          Get 4 videos + the Elements of Mastery Online Training for a total of 9 full practices to launch your practice to a whole new level. This is the best way to go deeper into your body and advance your practice right from your own home!

          Online Courses

          Elements of Mastery

          For the serious practitioners and yoga instructors, this online resource provides you with tons of workshops, demonstrations, reading material and worksheets to take you to the next level. This is in many ways an online teachers manual, filled with podcast style workshops, short form video demonstrations, and written explanations to support your development.

           

          View Details

          Mentorship Mastery Program

          This is a private training with Matt where you will meet once a week on Skype to develop your personal yoga practice and career path. Develop the tools to build your teaching career, and receive personalized support along your path. This is geared toward teachers that are ready to make big shifts and are willing to do what it takes to get to the next level.  

           

           

          View Details

          Elements of Voice

          Have you noticed that some teachers seem to captivate students and pull them into the adventure while others can’t seem to hold the attention of the room? The Elements of Voice is a full online course with videos, blogs, review questions, delivered step by step so you can develop your own authentic voice that captivates and empowers your students.

           

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          Dance with Flames

          Dance with Flames

          Dance with the Flames

          Step into the Fire of Transformation

          1 hour 20 min workshop with Matt Giordano

          Step into the fire and Dance with the flames

           

          This title extracts the essence of this workshop. There are a few different themes and teachings that weave their way through the practice, but at the core of it, this workshop is about having the courage to step into the fire of transformation. Most of us fear the fire itself, but after walking through we know the joy it brings on the other side. You can likely think of a time when you didn’t want to face a challenge, all sorts of resistance came up for you yet you stepped into the fire of it and made it through. Afterwords there is a celebration, a joyfulness and gratitude that overwhelms us. Despite knowing this we still resist when its time to step back in. It’s time to develop a new pattern, one of courage.  

          How do we know when its appropriate to step into the fire? If you observe closely, life is handing you everything you need. More often than not a series of unfavorable circumstances show up in your life – if you pay attention you will be able to learn from them. They are typically showing you what you do not want, and that its time to make a change. This is called contrast. Contrast allows us to see more clearly. Contrast is here to show us that if we continue in our current direction more of the same circumstances will show up.  

          Resistance Vs. Contrast  

          These two feel very similar in that we are challenged by both. The difference between the two is actually massive. Deep down inside you know when you are taking conscious action toward your highest potential. It is scary, and it takes all of your courage to do so. Every part of your being feels challenged, but when you go to sleep at night you feel fulfilled in the knowing that you are living at your highest. The moments/days/years before you take that big step toward living at your highest you will resist out of some form of fear, and you will righteously defend your current way of being or acting. You might place blame on others, yourself, or outside circumstances – everyone/everything else is the reason I am not stepping forward. “there isn’t enough time”, “He/she demands too much of my attention”, “its a toxic situation”, “the traffic, the weather, etc.”. There are always reasons not to move forward, seeing your resistance toward your potential and stepping into the fire anyway is the path of the yogi. 

          Contrast on the other hand feels challenging as well, but its very different. Contrast is all around you, everything in nature exists in opposition of each other. Embracing the rainy days as well as the sunny days, will make the other half of your life more enjoyable. There is no one or anything that has it all. Everyone and everything has equal and opposite polarities, what you see is piece of the puzzle. Sometimes life will push your toward your potential by presenting everything you do not want in rapid succession, it will feel like the world is out to get you. The spiritually evolved yogi recognizes that life is trying to do you a favor, and show you that you have a much higher purpose and potential. If you are not responsible and are unwilling to face the challenges you will sit in the burning heat of the fire. On the other hand, if you listen to contrast, and find the courage to face your own resistance, you will walk through the fire and have the opportunity to dance amongst the flames.    

          Technique

          Facilitated Stretching: Active engagement (muscle contraction) of the muscles being stretched results in a deep relaxation of the target muscle upon releasing that engagement. This results in greater range of motion. My suggestion is to work on activating these muscles when you are in less of a stretch, learning what it feels like to engage them, and then when it comes time for deeper stretches be more subtle with the engagement of the muscles. In this workshop I take you through strong engagements in standing postures to develop your body awareness, but as the workshop goes along and your awareness grows, simply soften your effort to about 15% engagement of the targeted muscle group.

          Strength

          Strength requires effort, and for those of us that come to the yoga practice to relax, it can often be challenging to drum up the energy inside to engage our muscles. It is important to realize that our deepest relaxation happens when we have spent all of our energy, and are left with the nothingness that feels like pure bliss after a hard practice. While this workshop focuses on very simple postures, it does require focus of the mind and strength of the body. Stay with the practice, keep your focus, feel your body, and you will receive the powerful results in the end.

          Length

          By using the technique of facilitated stretching you will notice that there are significant benefits when it comes to increased flexibility. Not only does facilitated stretching support greater flexibility, but the awareness of how to engage the muscles of the hips helps adjust the alignment of your bones in order to target each muscle in your hips individually. This is highly beneficial in that through your increased body awareness and strength which allows you to shift your bones you will be able to intentionally shift a posture to stretch what is specifically tighter in your body, and stop over stretching what is already flexible. This approach provides a great ability to find harmony in the body.

          Step into Your Highest Potential

          Your highest potential is a path not a destination. Start walking the path one step at a time. Find the courage to step into the fire so you can dance with the flames. 

          Helpful Videos

          Pigeon Without Knee Pain

          Pigeon Pose often creates pain in the front knee joint for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that it stretches the gluteus Maximus with attaches to the I.T band which attaches to the tibia or shin bone. This means that when you stretch your buttocks it pulls on the shin bone which may cause pain or strain near the knee for some people. Another reason for knee pain in pigeon pose is the pressure  and possible compression on the inner knee when folding forward. In this video I go through a step by step approach to minimize the potential for knee pain in pigeon posture.

          The Yoga Butt

          Avoid over stretching the hamstring attachments near the sit bones by actively pressing them down toward the earth in forward folds. This action is confusing in that we want to keep the pelvis folded forward (anterior tilt) but activate the hamstrings as if we are trying to posterior tilt.

          A Different Approach

           

           

          This approach is completely different than the approach I offer in pigeon without knee pain, and the hips rock and unlock ’em video. At the risk of creating some confusion I want to present to you another version of pigeon pose that focuses on internal rotation of the upper femur bone rather that external rotation close to the knee. For some people this creates a deeper hip stretch and supports less compression in the knee. I  enjoy both variations depending on what I am trying to target in my body.

           

          The Feet and Ankles

           

           

          In the Hips workshop I go over everting the ankle joint. Many people find this action reveals that the outer shin muscles (fibularis muscles) are weak. This video offers exercises to strengthen these muscles along with several other muscles of the lower leg and ankle.

          I want to acknowledge how amazing it is that you have taken the time to support the growth of your body awareness. It is one thing to want health and freedom, but another thing to take the actions to move toward it. My suggestion is to repeat this workshop weekly as you will continue to extract more and more information and will be better able to integrate it into your body over time. Also bring the activations into your daily yoga practice so that you are developing technique, strength, and length every time you step on to the mat.

          -Matt

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          Are you looking to go deeper in your study of yoga and want an online resource to support you in your journey? This training packed with content to advance your practice and teaching! You can take your time or immerse yourself in the training.

           

          Handstand Training

          A long time best seller, this handstand training brings you the tools and training that are required for a masterful handstand. In this series  you will build strength in the areas of the body that actually matter, and learn the why and how with each step.

           

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          ELEMENTS OF MASTERY

          ELEMENTS OF MASTERY

          Elements of Mastery

          Through Knowledge, intentional practice, and time, mastery is inevitable.

          Welcome to the next layer of your practice.

          Welcome

          The practice of mastery requires clarity around where you are going, and the patience to take one step at a time. My suggestion is to follow along with these mp3’s and repeat the practice in two ways- in your body as if you were in the class, AND as an observer, simply listening to the mp3’s without practicing along. You will be surprised at how much you pick up when you simply listen without the distractions of trying to figure things out in your body. Of course, that is not an excuse to be lazy and not practice, but a tool to develop your understanding on multiple levels.

          In addition to the mp3’s from the training in Frankfurt, I have added a 1 hour version of The Elements of Voice Workshop, recorded live in Switzerland 2018. This workshop is the heart of Part 2 of the Elements of Voice, and is the foundation for the Chromatic Yoga Trainings.

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          Join the Elements of Mastery Private Facebook Group to access more videos, interact with other EOM practioners, and get your questions answered. 

          Knowlege

          Knowledge is the object of pursuit of most practices, spiritual or otherwise. We attain knowledge in so many ways, but traditionally speaking the sage’s teach us that one needs to study the texts and have a teacher to support and guide one toward their potential. While I can’t be with you physically on this journey, I am offering this training to you to openly share all that I have learned along my journey. Some of the knowledge that I provide you with comes directly from my teachers, while some of it is purely through my direct experience in my own practice and teachings over the years. Everything I offer here is coming from my truth, but I would not say that any of it is inherently “true” or “correct”. I encourage you to take in everything here with an open mind and heart, and integrate it into your practice. Over time you will come to develop a strong understanding of what is right for you and what you can release.

          Intentional Practice

          Through practice and repetition mastery is absolutely possible. Practice without intention can still create mastery, however the question will always remain, “why?”. Many of us looking to attain mastery have several reasons behind that desire. Without clarity as to why we are pursuing something, we run the risk of dedicating years of our life and upon achieving what we set out to do we are let down that it didn’t bring us the happiness we thought it would. My suggestion is to write down all the reasons you want to achieve mastery over your body or the asana practice. What do you think you will feel when you get there? That feeling is something I suggest finding within your practice now. If you are looking for freedom, start searching for all the ways you are already free in your yoga practice. If you are looking for joy, start looking for the feeling of joy in everything you do. Now take that feeling you crave and infuse every posture and every action with it. This will not only make the journey more exciting, it will enhance the purpose behind each step along the path.

          Time

          We can control both our actions and the intention we put behind them. We can control our dedication to our path, and how often we come to our mat. What we cannot control is the time it takes for our body and mind to absorb knowledge. Mastery is not a short path in any subject, but especially not the body or mind. The body and mind are constantly changing, growing, aging – and as soon as we become awakened to and aware of new parts of ourselves a shift happens that we cannot control. Those that are masterful at anything typically embody immense amounts of willpower to take the actions necessary to attain such a level, yet they also embody patience, and are often relaxed in their being. It is always a classic example when we see the frustrated student side by side with the calm and relaxed teacher. Frustration and impatience are a part of the journey of course, but remember to breathe and be kind to your self, knowing you cannot control the path itself, you can only walk it.

          An Approach To Mastery

          Imagine a staircase that leads somewhere desirable. You would like to get to the top of the staircase as quickly as possible but it would be ridiculous to think you could jump to the top and skip all of the steps in between. In fact, if you tried that you would likely hurt and embarrass yourself. Mastering anything is exactly like this analogy. You must be willing to see the top, but take one step at a time.

          Anatomy: Joint Actions

          Moving forward, you will be practicing along with workshops via mp3. It is quite natural to practice without a visual since most of the time when we take a yoga class we aren’t looking at the instructor. If you practice with me you know that most of the time I am walking around the room, not demonstrating. However, because I tend toward the highly technical side when I teach I wanted to offer you a visual for all of the joint actions and anatomical terms as a reference. You can watch these two videos prior to listening as a way to familiarize yourself with the terms. Conveniently, you will be able to pause the workshops at any point and refer back to these videos if an anatomy term comes up that you are unclear on, and then you can refer back to these videos so that you do not feel lost in any way.

          These videos are taken from the Chromatic Yoga Pre-Training online course that is the prerequisite for the Chromatic Yoga Level 1 and 2 trainings. The information is absolutely universal and beneficial regardless of the primary style you practice. Anatomy is a language, and it is one that is super beneficial since its entire purpose is to better understand the human body. Please enjoy this intro to Joint Actions.

          For The Ankles, Knees and Hips start the video around 1:38 in order to skip irrelevant information.

          Joint Action Reference Sheet

          Below is a list of all the possible joint actions within each joint listed. Refer to the videos to understand what each joint action is. Do the movements along with the video, and say the names of the actions out loud. Repeat the videos several times so that you become familiar with what the actions are called and how to do them in your body.

          The Shoulders

          1. Flexion/Extention
          2. Internal/External Rotation
          3. Abduction/Adduction

          The Scapula

          1. Protraction/Retraction
          2. Elevation/Depression
          3. Upward Rotation/Downward Rotation
          4. Upward Tilt/Downward Tilt

          The Knee

          1. Flexion/Extension
          2. Internal Rotation/External Rotation (small amounts)

          Hips

          1. Flexion/Extension
          2. Abduction/Adduction
          3. Latteral (external) Rotation/Medial (internal) Rotation

          Pelvis

          1. Anterior/Posterior Tilt
          2. Latteral Tilt (elevation/depression)

          Ankle

          1. Dorsiflexion (flexed)/Plantar Flexion(pointed)
          2. Inversion/Eversion

          Joint Action Videos

          Joint Actions Video

          Use this video as a reference for the joint actions. Take notes, do the actions along with me, and repeat several times. After you listen and participate with the first workshop from the EOM, be sure to come back to this video to remind yourself of the Joint Actions. Thoughtful repetition is what creates mastery – Intentional Practice.

          Joint Actions Part 2

          This video goes over the joint actions of the shoulders and shoulder blades. Sometimes this can be more confusing than other parts of the body simply because the shoulder blades move when the arms move, and the arms move when the shoulder blades move. Since they move together we often think of them both as one joint. That being said, they have the capability of moving independently from one another, and it becomes easier to understand when you know the available joint actions and their names.

          Workshop Videos

          Part 1 : Earth

          Physical Focus: Feet, Ankles, Buttocks, Hands, Wrists, Buttocks

          Teaching: Setting the foundation, rooting deeply into your connection with nature. 

          Length: 180 minutes 

          Part 2 : Water & Space

          Physical Focus: Hips – Meditation posture

          Teaching: Awakening to the flow of your life.

          Time: 75 Minutes

          Part 3 : Fire

          Physical Focus: Shoulders and Core

          Teaching: Twists and Arm Balances

          Time: 120 Minutes

          Part 4 : Air

          Physical Focus: Rhomboids, Diaphram, Spinal Errectors, Glute Maximus, Minimus and Medius

          Teaching: Align Your Actions with Your Intention – “How Do You Want To Feel?”

          Time: 115 Minutes

          Part 5 : Space

          Physical Focus: Seated Positions 

          Teaching: Meditation

          What is Space?

          Space is the element that contains all other elements. This relates to the “ocean of consciousness”. Consciousness permeates and contains all things. All things contain hold consciousness with in them. This includes our body, mind, and soul. Everything is Consciousness. This concept is nearly impossible for the intellect to grasp as it cannot be experience on the level of the mind. The mind can process the experience afterword but it cannot create it. To connect to the element of space, meditation is the key – guiding the mind inward to experience Samadhi – the state of oneness for which the intellect rests, and Awareness rises. In this place we dissolve into the ocean of consciousness – Space.

          Elemental Out Takes

          These videos were intended for Elements of Mastery however due to audio or video technical issues they were un released. However, the content is still useful. Enjoy the videos as a bonus to your practice. 

          Workshop Podcasts

          Podcast Direct Download, Save or Stream

          Feel free to directly download, save these to your own google drive, or stream by clicking the button below. Note that Google Drive loads the entire workshop prior to playing so you may be waiting 1-5 minutes (based on internet speeds) before you hear anything. For this reason you may prefer to download and save to your device. 

          Demonstrations: Filmed Live at EOM 2018

          Chaturanga Strength

          3 Actions in Down Dog

          Flying Pigeon Demo

          Bound Side Plank

          Handstand Spotting

          Handstand and The Wall

          Side Crow: Abduction

          Wrist Strength

          Crow Pose: Protraction

          Koundenyasana 2 With Block

          Mindset in Backbends

          #1 Core Drill

          Straddle Press Handstand

          King Pigeon: The Shoulders

          The Art of Adjustments

          The Philosophy of Adjusting: S.S.A

          Below are the Art of Adjustments videos taken from a separate workshop in West Virginia at Brown Dog Yoga. Before watching these videos, let’s go over some of the most important aspects of adjusting. I have come up with 3 principals to help create a positive, and transformative experience every time we touch another human being in our yoga class.

          S.S.A – Sensitivity, Stability, Adjustment

          WHY?

          Before we dive into each of those, lets first talk about why we touch. There are multiple positive reasons to share the experience of touch within a yoga class. The first, and perhaps most important when it comes to transmission of knowledge is simply that many people are kinesthetic learners, which simply means they learn best through the sense of touch, physical sensation, and actions in their body. You can describe and show for hours to a kinesthetic learner and get nothing across, meanwhile in a matter of moments they can completely understand with the help of a hands on adjustment. In addition, most of us learn better when we combine more than just one of our learning gateways. If you are a teacher and are verbally saying something while combining those words with physical movement, a student will more likely pick up the knowledge than just one or the other. If you are a student watching these videos, you will be learning in two ways: visual and auditory. By watching me adjust and listening to me talk about the adjustment you will be gaining a better understanding for your own practice.

          We might also give a hands on adjustment for the sake of support, letting a student know that they are not alone in their practice, that we are here for them. We might also give them an adjustment for the sake of helping them find greater ease – helping them shift their weight in such a way that unlocks their own sense of balance. My personal favorite is to help show a student what it feels like to be more stable, because out of stability we can find more freedom. There are many reasons to adjust, so it’s a good idea to be clear on the WHY for you. If you don’t personally enjoy hands on adjustments, maybe you don’t offer these in your classes, and simply work on them as a way to grow in your own practice of human connection, if that is something that you desire.

          Sensitivity

          Prior to touching someone I always recommend getting into their personal space but still keeping a bit of distance. Observe both your energy and theirs. You can observe in many ways – look at their body, are they balanced, struggling, at ease, inviting, closed off, rigid, open etc. Listen, are they breathing, what is the quality of their breath? Feel your own feet on the ground, are you stable. Are you breathing? Whats your intention in this moment?

          Stability

          Once you have looked, listened, and observed the energy of the entire situation and you have determined that you intend to serve this person in the highest way, then it is time to make physical contact. To start, simply visualize how you will support the student and first get your own feet and body set and stable. My suggestion is, to serve the student by providing a safe place and asking yourself, How can I provide stability for them in their body? Rather than changing their alignment and trying to create a shift in their practice, Stability is about helping them feel safe, steady, and balanced. This may be done by supporting them in various ways, which you will see in the videos below. Some postures are inherently more stable than others and may require less effort to support such as downward dog vs. tree pose.

          Adjustment

          Once you have stabilized a student there may be room for a shift in their bones that opens up their awareness to the fact that they have greater potential than they thought. On one hand, the adjustment could be one of the most eye opening, ‘aha moments’ for a person that bursts open their world. The very realization that they are far more capable than they ever imagined could be the one thing that changes the course of their entire life. On the other hand, too much of a shift too soon could lead to injury, breakdown, and a loss of trust. In other words, if the first S, Sensitivity, is to permeate the entire interaction with your student, you must be as tuned in as possible to the energetic dynamic. You also must be energetically prepared for anything to happen – breakthrough, breakdown, or nothing much at all. For this reason you may not ever decide to give an adjustment and simply stick to sensitivity and stability.  You also must realize that you may be missing an opportunity to offer something to those who could have a massive life changing experience should you choose to adjust them. The decision is hard, and only you can decide what your ultimate intention for sharing the practice of yoga is.

          Art of Adjustments Part 1

          Art of Adjustments Part 2

          Thank You for Practicing

          The Elements of Mastery Part 1

          What’s the next step? If you have the opportunity to take this immersion in person, that would be the most effective way to integrate the knowledge into your body and mind. Wisdom comes through repetition and practice. If you don’t have the opportunity to join an immersion I highly recommend checking out the Hips: Rock and Unlock Em video to continue your online training. If you would like to go deeper from the comforts of your home and schedule, you will want to consider the Mentorship Mastery Program which consists of 1 on 1 Skype sessions with me. If you are interested in the Mentorship and have already checked out the information on the mentorship page, please feel free to use the form below in order to contact me directly to see if the mentorship is right for you.

          Handstand Training

          Learn the techniques that make Handstand fun, easy and accessible! This collection of the top 12 most effective exercises will make you rethink how you approach handstand and what is possible.

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          In this workshop you will practice specific techniques to open your hips, finding greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated to provide you with success.

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          Handstand Part 2: Balance

          Handstand Part 2: Balance

          Handstand Training

          Part 2: BALANCE

          The 3 Actions

          Lean, REsist, Push.

           

          There are 3 primary actions to balance a Handstand: Lean, Resist, Push. These 3 are all you need to balance a handstand, then all thats left is refining your alignment. There is a 4th (Squeeze) that you will hear me talk about later in this training that will make the process of getting into the handstand easier. L.R.P. are the heart of this training, and every exercise works on one, two or all three of them. Lets get you familiar with each.

          LEAN

          The main action to balance a handstand is learning how to lean your body weight whilst upside down and on your hands. You are a professional at doing this on your feet which is why you can stand. In this training you will focus on learning how to lean toward the place of balance – your fingers “the breaks”.

          RESIST

          In Handstand Training Part 1: Strength and Technique you practiced multiple exercises to strengthen “The Breaks”, also known as the flexors of your wrist and fingers. These gripping muslces are what stop you from leaning too far, and hold you in the place of balance when on your hands.

          PUSH

          Aligning the body upside down requires your push strength. The push muslces are the Serratus Anterior and the Upper Trapezius, which tend to be weak, causing a heavy, arched handstand. This training strengthens these, getting you out of a banana back and into a straight and efficient handstand.

          Welcome

          Welcome to your Handstand Training for Balance!

          The Following video will help you to understand the why behind Lean, Resist Push. Watch it several times, and periodically throughout your training. After practicing and integrating the techniques, watching this again will give you a greater understanding of the concepts and the concepts will further inspire your practice.

          Part 1: WARM UP

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          WARM-UP

          This warm up video is designed to be practiced prior to working on any of the videos in this training. It will warm up your joints and muscles to better prepare your body for Handstand. Over time this video will also support you in building strength. I also suggest picking 1- 2 of the videos from Handstand Part 1 to practice each time in addition to this warm up. This will ensure that you are continuing to build the necessary strength and technique as you embark about your journey to balance. 

          HAND PUSH-UPS

          This video is the heart of this training. Practicing this often is highly recommended as it will imprint the necessary actions for balancing a handstand into your body and nervous system. Do not underestimate this exercise. You will be eager to skip it because it requires effort, and you may not be able to see the results right away. In my private handstand sessions I do not move on with a student until they have a mastery over this position, because once this is mastered, the rest is relatively easy. Video yourself to be your own best coach.

          Part 2: Foundations of Balance

          Enjoy your practice, tuning into your body to find greater sense of balance when on your hands.

          LEAN & RESIST

          Develop the reactionary neuromuscular pattern that whenever your body leans forward your forearm muscles ignite and STOP the lean from happening. This above all else is what will lead you to balancing handstand. Reminder, practicing the video once will not develop a neromuscular pattern – patterns are developed by repetition. Today you begin laying the foundation for the pattern to develop!

          1  KICK SWITCHES PART 

          TKick Switches Part 1 is all about developing masterful stability and control in the upper body while the lower body moves through space. Do be sure to have a wall behind you when it comes time to do the kick switches. However please make it a point not to touch the wall with your feet – BETTER to undershoot rather than overshoot. Good luck, stay patient, stay determined, and stay safe. lots of love

          HOURS MORE OF PRACTICE COMING SOON…

          Thank you for Pre-Ordering, more videos from this Handstand Training will be rolled out over the course of the next few weeks. Please be aware that many email notifications end up in spam folders, keep an eye out for Matt@theyogimatt.com

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          Handstand Part 1: Strength Training

          Handstand Part 1: Strength Training

          Handstand Training

          Welcome to Your Journey

          The 3 Pillars of Handstand

          S.A.P

           

          There are 3 pillars of all postures in the physical body. Alignment of our bones, strength of our muscles, and the mind/body connection that makes alignment and muscles activation possible. For simplicity, we can call this mind/body connection proprioception, which is knowing where your body is in space and being able to communicate with it. This is more commonly referred to as body awareness. Alignment and Strength can be acquired through exercises and simple repetition, body awareness requires the willingness to understand ourselves on many levels. The important thing is that you are diligent with your practice, but patient with the results.

          Strength

          Ability to activate muscles for the sake of stability or movement.

          Alignment

          How we place our bones in relationship to gravity.

          Proprioception

          Proprioception is the “perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.”

          Welcome

          Welcome to your Handstand Training!

          This video is intended to support you in strength building and proprioception (body awareness). I suggest watching the videos once through prior to doing the exercises. Next do the exercises along with the video. Body awareness and strength require repetition, so practice frequently. Rest is also important for proper muscle recovery, so allow yourself days off.

          Part 1: Wrists and Fingers

          THE BREAKS

          Developing strength in the fingers and the associated muscles of the forearm is probably the most important aspect of balancing a handstand. First and foremost, putting all your weight in your hands can be challenging for the wrists, so it is incredibly important to develop the appropriate strength to support the integrity of the joint. Secondly, if you have strength and intelligence in the fingers and wrists, handstand is possible!

          HAND PUSH-UPS

          The muscles of the forearm not only support strength of the fingers, but also the wrist joint itself. This exercise can be incredibly eye opening. Take it slow and easy at first, as it is easy to strain the wrist. Doing a little bit more each time and practicing often is the key to building strong and healthy wrists.

          “CREDIT CARD”

          To further develop our proprioception we utilize the same action and muscle engagements as we do in Hand Push-ups while in downward dog. Downward dog is a beneficial position because the alignment from the wrists to the hips is just like handstand. This exercise tends to be harder for most people, but in actuality it requires less strength. This is the perfect way to start building proprioception of the wrists.

          Part 2: The Elbow Joint

          DOWN DOG PUSH-UPS

          Developing strength in the fingers and associated muscles of the forearm is probably the most important aspect of balancing a handstand. First and foremost, putting all your weight in your hands can be challenging for the wrists, so it is incredibly important to develop the appropriate strength to support the integrity of the joint. Secondly, if you have strength and intelligence in the fingers and wrists, handstand is possible!

          Part 3: The Shoulders

          HOLY COW

          One of the most challenging strengtheners for the external rotators of your shoulders. This exercise helps you with maintaining muscle integrity (stability) while going into the range of motion that handstand requires.

          RANGE OF MOTION

          One of the challenges many people face with Handstand is having the range of motion in the shoulders that allows for the arms to be vertical in line with the rib cage. Be sure to start with a wide grip – DO NOT push flexibility, it is the fastest way to injury. Take your time developing range of motion with this exercise, be kind to yourself!

          EXTERNAL ROTATORS

          To further develop stretching in the rotator cuff, we can use a strap in the same way physical therapists use a resistance band to help rehab a rotator cuff tear. Pay very close attention to the alignment in this exercise as its easy to use different muscle groups and not target the external rotators of the shoulders.

          SCAPULA ELEVATION

          Avoid shoulder impingement in handstand while simultaneously improving your shoulder/torso alignment with this incredibly important drill. In the world of acrobatics, training shoulder elevation is a lifetime journey. In the yoga world, it is shunned upon which is also the cause for shoulder impingement. When your arms raise up over head, naturally your shoulder blades lift – THIS IS IMPORTANT!