Matt Eshleman (BA, ERYT500, YACEP) Matt has a strong foundation in science and medicine from graduate studies in Neuropsychology. Parallel study of Eastern wisdom traditions led Matt to pursue teaching yoga as a full-time profession in 2002, first studying Ashtanga Vinyasa with Larry Schultz, founder of It’s Yoga, and then Yin Yoga and Functional Anatomy with Paul and Suzee Grilley. Drawing further from Grilley’s teachers Paulie Zink and Dr. Motoyama, Matt integrates these studies into what can best be called Taoist Yoga. Matt is also a practitioner of martial arts, holding the rank of Shodan at Jissenkan Dojo in Cincinnati OH. Balancing martial training with the study of the therapeutic healing arts of Thai Yoga massage, QiGong, and Reiki, Matt brings to his teachings a very practical knowledge of the physical and energetic systems of the body. In 2016, Matt joined the elite ranks of YogaSlackers Teachers, and also enjoys teaching Slackline and AcroYoga. Matt is an avid fan of the outdoors, and enjoys rock-climbing, highlining, anything on water and all kinds of flow arts. Continuing studies have also given Matt opportunities to participate in anatomy, kinesiology, and cadaver dissection courses at Marquette University. Matt is the director of teacher training at You Do Yoga, a Registered Yoga School offering 200 and 300 Hour certifications and Continuing Education courses, and currently travels the US leading unique educational experiences.
Letting Go of Perfectionism and Form in Yoga Functional Anatomy with Matt Eshleman, YACEP, ERYT500 (This workshop qualifies participants for YA CEUs) (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) What if I told you your body is perfect? What happens when what we feel in poses is more important than how we look? Have your mind blown and never see poses the same way again in 2 hours or less. Using both anatomical models and living breathing examples drawn from our group, feel empowered to move beyond aesthetic concerns and toward a Functional Approach. Far from complicating our practice and teaching, the Functional Approach is elegantly simple, and will forever change your view of Yoga. Learn to discriminate between what we can change and what just is, and embrace the realities of skeletal variation to free you from goal-oriented yoga.
AcroYoga (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) AcroYoga is a practice which blends elements of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. This playful art cultivates trust and connection between partners, and is as therapeutic as it is fun. Guaranteed to be a good time, and leave you feeling open and inspired - All ages, heights, weights and levels of experience are welcome! You absolutely DO NOT need to bring a partner, but this is truly a practice to share with friends.
Slackline (Beginner) Slackline yoga (or slackasana) is balancing on a 1" piece of webbing lightly tensioned between two anchors. This is not easy, and doing yoga poses on it is even more challenging. Yet despite the seemingly impossible nature of the act, it is achievable by almost anyone with a little bit of perseverance, patience, and guidance under experienced teachers.Being a Slacker isn’t easy! Discover techniques and tricks to make this challenging practice more accessible. Fundamental slack line skills will include kneeling, sitting, standing, and perhaps even walking on the line.
Slackro Yoga (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) This new form of partner acrobatics has been dubbed 'slackro' or dual balance. Slackro empowers both the base AND the flyer with an active role in their acro practice. This is unique and differs from traditional partner acrobatics where the flyer stays very still, doesn’t move, and the base is in control of the balancing. The combination of acro and slacklining creates another level of body awareness that teaches greater balance and connection. It adds diversity, while giving you and your partner more confidence. And it's really fun!