everyone just sat there and the yoga instructor
started preaching some stuff that he didn't understand
at all, and then the class started chanting the
word "Om." He was confused and initially,
he didn't like it at all. He didn't know anything
about yoga, meditation, chanting, or spirituality.
At first, he was turned off by this chanting and
meditation stuff. He felt it was not his thing but
kept doing it anyway.
He tried to keep an open mind
and then he started to understand it little by little.
"If you allow yourself, you can learn anything
and everything from anyone and everyone." That
was the beginning of his Yogic Path. In 2004, Mike
met his guru (teacher), Sri Dharma Mittra, with
whom he studied in NYC at Dharma Yoga Center. Mike
eventually became a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hour
advanced certified teacher in Dharma Yoga Level
1-3 and also became initiated as one of Sri Dharma
Mittra's disciples right before he left NYC for
Colorado Springs to be with his wife. Sri
Dharma Mittra gave Mike the Sanskrit name "Sadhu
Om," which means the righteous and holy. Mike
is constantly continuing on his yogic journey ,
keeping his teachers and their teachings with him
along the way. Besides working on this yogic path,
Mike also practices being a vegetarian. Mike currently
teaches at Pranava
Yoga Center, Samadhi
Center for Yoga in Denver and presents workshops
More on a personal side,
while Mike grew up mostly in Northern New Jersey
and in New York City, he was born just outside of
Tokyo, Japan and lived there until he was 7 years
old. Mike’s first job was dish washing at a
restaurant at the age of 12 where his father once
managed. Through his teens and young adulthood,
Mike worked as a dishwasher, a bus-boy cleaning
tables, restaurant server, hotel bell staff, hotel
front desk clerk, and bartender. He later worked
as a property manager and personal assistant for
a well known celebrity for 16 yrs before moving
to Colorado. During this period, Mike also had a
career in theater as a stage actor in New York City
performing in Off-Off Broadway plays; he is a lifetime
member of the worldly renowned, The Actors Studio
and the Screen Actors’ Guild.
Before opening Pranava Yoga Center with his wife
Charlotte. Mike worked at the Broadmoor Hotel working
in the room service department for a short period.
Since residing in Colorado,
Mike has been very involved with the Colorado yoga
community. He was guest teacher for the events Spark
The Fire in Denver, Yoga Rocks the Park in '09 and
'10, Yoga Rocks Mountain Fest ’09 at Lyons
and '10 in Snowmass, Colorado, and Friday Night
Yoga Club in Denver. Mike will be one of the presenters
Yoga Festival in July 2012. Mike “Sadhu
Om” Matsumura is the Cofounder of Pranava
Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. Mike enjoys
helping everyone to find their own teacher inside
their heart. Mike is also the ambassador for Manduka Yoga Mat.
Mike featured in Om
Dharma (Mittra) Yoga – Hatha-Raja Yoga - Workshop
Saturday May 11th • 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Dharma Yoga practice builds on the fundamentals of Sri Dharma Mittra, and is designed for those wishing to advance in their practice. Students will practice Dharma Mittra Yoga Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa, igniting the entire body for practice. A series of deeper balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted variations will be worked on. This workshop will consist of Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures), and Dhyana (meditation). This class is also geared towards challenging and vigorous asana practice. Class is suited for intermediate through advanced practitioners, but can be modified for intermediate-advanced beginners.
What you can expect in this workshop:
• A strong warm-up using a Dharma Yoga. It will prepare you to open, stretch, and synchronize body areas required for inversions.
• Numerous inversions
• Variations and modifications of the practice
• Freedom to take your practice to your highest level while you listen to your body
• Pranayama and meditation will also be included.
Om Om Baby, Let's Kick It! Word To Your Mother('s Day)!
Sunday May 12th • 12:30 - 2:30 pm
What is Om Om Baby Yoga? One word: Fun! The focus of this workshop is having a good time while practicing yoga asana! This practice is all about Ananda (Joy) and Vairagya (Non-attachment). With putting a little extra fun and creative freedom into your spiritual practice, you will be surprised at what you are capable of achieving. This workshop will encourage some lightening-up on your path towards enlightenment! (Inspired by Sri Vanilla Ice. :))
What you can expect in this workshop:
• We will move through a fun, but challenging sequence.
• Pranayama (breathing exercises) will be included.
• We'll also explore some fun variations of poses, while still keeping it light-hearted.
• To add to the light-hearted theme, traditional yoga chants and not-so yogic, but really fun music will be incorporated.
• Ending in meditation is a must.
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