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Matthew Tift, Ph.D., RYT

Hi, I'm Matthew (he/him)! I believe that practicing yoga and meditation leads to health and happiness. I enjoy making the practice of yoga approachable to everyone by creating welcoming and safe spaces to help people grow and evolve. In my teaching, I draw from the timeless wisdom of yoga, evidence-based research, and lessons gleaned through self-inquiry.

I live near Minneapolis, where I enjoy yoga, meditation, cycling, creating free software, and playing my violin, especially string quartets with my wife (viola) and two children (cello and violin). You can find many more details about me in my CV.

Matthew with geese




Weekly Yoga Classes

Gentle Yoga (Spirit of the Lake)
Mon & Weds, 8:00am (online)

Hatha (Spirit of the Lake)
Tuesdays at 6:30am (in-person)

Yoga for Strength (Spirit of the Lake)
Thursdays at 6:30am (in-person)




Meditation can be challenging, whether you are a total beginner or an experienced meditator. These free meditation recordings guide you towards peacefulness and clarity. Slow down, settle in, and experience the wholesome effects of guided meditation that is pretty good.


Latest Episode: Anatta (Not Self)

Audio file

From my blog

Grand Reopening on Sunday

September 10, 2021

Emptier House

September 8, 2021

Equanimity on the Deck

June 12, 2021

Geese in the Gardens

May 22, 2021

Matthew with geese


Matthew with geese