060. Trusting the Yoga with Matthew Sanford

Season #2

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process of transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship. He’s the author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, and the founder of the nonprofit organization, Mind Body Solutions. 

  • Book, Waking:A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence
  • Organization: Mind Body Solutions
  • Online Classes: The Hub
  • Jivana explains how connecting with Matthew launched the first Accessible Yoga Conference
  • The role of the student and the role of the teacher - sit shoulder to shoulder
  • Finding agency
  • “Yoga is infinite. You can’t put your arms around the whole ocean.”
  • “Let the emptiness be full.”
  • “Poses don’t end at the terminus of your body”
  • Set conditions for the mind to receive from places it can't control
  • Breath being the link
  • Wheelchair users grounding with their base, reconnecting to the earth
  • Boundaries and reference in asana
  • Humanity & humility