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October 18, 2022
Matthew sitting under trees surrounded by people in a yoga class

On Thursday (October 20, 2022) at 6pm I will be teaching another free yoga class at the Minnesota Arboretum. Whether it's indoors or outdoors, an evening class or a day-long retreat, I always seem to enjoy teaching in the Arboretum. It feels beneficial.

As the years tick by and I continue to go deeper and deeper into yoga, I feel more focused than ever. I prioritize activities like volunteering to teach at the Arboretum and let go of other pursuits. Happiness increases.

September 14, 2022
Bike leaning against a bench in a park

I'm not sure what to call it. Biking meditation. Bike yoga. Meditation in motion. Meditative biking. Maybe just mindfulness meditation while biking.

But I know something happens on my bike. Riding by myself, unplugged, no earbuds, outside in nature feels good. It relaxes me. It helps me let go of concerns about the future or past. If I have a problem I've been trying to solve, I often arrive home from a ride with a solution. Especially if I was not trying to solve the problem.

September 6, 2022
Blue M with the words City of Minnetonka
This week I start teaching at the Williston Fitness Center, which is owned and operated by the City of Minnetonka. That makes me a City of Minnetonka employee. I'm adding two new yoga classes to my weekly schedule, both at Williston: Hatha Yoga on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Vinyasa Flow on Sundays at 9:00 am. If you are part of SilverSneakers you can take my classes for free.
August 26, 2022
Matthew meditating on a rock near a river

Last weekend I attended a 4-day retreat put on by a nonprofit organization called onelove.yoga. The title of the retreat was: "Moments of Silence Yoga and Meditation Retreat to Grand Marais." As is often the case for me with meditation retreats, I left feeling nourished. Even better, I had a breakthrough. I realized why this weekend led to feelings of relaxation, renewal, and joy.

July 31, 2022
Circle containing the worlds plasticfreejuly.org choose to refuse single-use plastic
I've arrived at the end of Plastic Free July. It was a month that affected my life in meaningful ways. I've made it the whole month using very little plastic and I feel like I see the world differently. Recently, Ajahn Jayasaro used a metaphor that resonated with me: if you've lived in a dirty room your whole life, it's hard to forget a clean room if you see one. Seeing the abundance of plastic in the world has made the world feel a little bit like a dirty room and it has felt good to clean up the spaces I inhabit.
June 21, 2022
Blue Roll-Up Yoga Mat on a White Background, for fitness and meditation, with the title "international day of yoga"

In 2014 the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 the "International Day of Yoga" and it has been celebrated annually on June 21 ever since. Because so many people around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and fight social isolation during the pandemic, the theme for 2022 is "yoga for humanity." How can you not like a day that is literally for humanity (the most abundant and widespread species of primate on the planet)?

Episode Number
40
Yoga nidra is an ancient technique, as old as any yoga, in which the body relaxes completely. It's used by healthcare workers, yoga therapists, the military, and others to help people with a variety of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder. In this practice, we scan and relax the entire body.

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The theme music is "Maxixe" performed by Edson Lopes and the background music is "Organic Meditations One" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), both under CC BY 3.0.
February 16, 2022
Man seated in meditation with details about Bhakti Vinyasa classes

I have been teaching some "pop-up" Bhakti Vinyasa yoga classes and those will continue through February, and potentially longer depending on my schedule.

Bhakti Vinyasa is a strengthening, purifying, dynamic, devotional, and rejuvenating physical yoga practice fusing hatha vinyasa yoga (the union of body, breath, and movement) and bhakti (gratitude, compassion, devotion, open-heartedness, and humility).

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