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Mountain Water Chant

Meditative movement music featuring sounds from temples and waterfalls from the mountains in the Himalayas. – Matthew Carter

Mountain Water Chant – Matthew Carter
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Blade Splicer

I just love creating Drum & Bass these days! Take a peek with your ear holes. – Matthew

Blade Splicer – Matthew Carter
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Drum and Bass, Let’s Go

A goal of mine is to create an hour long drum and bass track to perform live somewhere! Here is the first 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Drum & Bass, Let’s Go – Matthew Carter

Yoga Pose Focus: Warrior 2

yoga focus on warrior 2
Warrior 2. Each person will look a little bit different in each yoga pose we practice. Notice how each of these individuals have different alignment. This alignment reflects each persons unique biomechanical structure. Interestingly you can see that each person from right to left have different amounts of opening in their hip sockets. The individual on the right has the ability to comfortable approach nearly side facing hips. The individual on the left has hips that want to be more forward facing. Matthew’s (middle) hips are somewhere in between.

Yoga Focus on Warrior 2

Welcome to a Yoga Focus on Warrior 2. In this blog post you will find some tips for this posture. Warrior 2 can be a bit tricky for some folks, particularly in the hip area. One thing that can really help is getting to know your own personal biomechanical structure. It’s beneficial to look at the way our hips have developed over our lifetime because it allows you to start to see YOUR Warrior 2. Let’s make this pose work for your unique body, rather than have your unique body try to move into a shape that you have some pre-conceived idea of.

Where will I often encounter Warrior 2?

You are likely to encounter this Pokémon while wandering in tall grass, it is weak to…. wait… wrong blog post…😏 You are likely to encounter this POSE alongside lots of Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, Hatha Yoga classes, and even Chair Yoga classes. Warrior 2 (see image above) is often prefaced by Warrior 1 and followed by Bent Leg Triangle (see the image below) since these poses transition quite easily into one another.

yoga focus on warrior 2
Bent Leg Triangle. This is a pose that can be sequenced directly after Warrior 2, allowing for a longer challenge for your from leg during the lunge, as well as some additional engagement required in the core area of the body. The leg and hip positioning stays nearly identical to that of our Warrior 2 posture.
Use That Front Legs Hammy!

In Warrior 2 or Bent Leg Triangle we can find great benefit in pressing down and pulling slightly back using our front leg. This is going to activate the hamstring muscle, helping to strengthen your mental connection to that area but also the muscle itself.

Now Get your Back Leg involved!

Because we want to evenly distribute our efforts in this posture, we also are going to want to engage our back leg in a more dynamic way. One way of doing this is to try pressing down with your back legs heel while simultaneously pulling slightly forwards with the front pad/toes of that same foot. It almost feels like corkscrewing the back foot/leg into the ground.

Try It Right Now!
  1. Stand at the top of your yoga mat. Mountain Pose.
  2. Step back with your right foot, then allow that foot to wiggle back a bit further to elongate your stance.
  3. Lunge into the left leg until your knee is roughly overtop of your left heel. If this isn’t possible, allow some variance in your lunging depth!
  4. Reach your arms apart, the right one reaches back and the left one reaches forward.
  5. Now try some variation in the positioning of your back foot. Try turning the toes slightly forward instead of pointing them sideways. Try allowing your right hip to move a bit more forward as well. (this will end up looking similar to the individual pictured on the top most image on the left) Does this allow for more controlled opening in your hips? does it create less tension in your front knee? These might be amazing changes for your Warrior 2!
  6. When you’ve arrived at your most natural expression of this posture, stay in it for 10 breaths.
  7. We will move on to Bent Leg Triangle next.
  8. While staying in the same leg and hip position, move your left arm down so that your forearm connects to your left inner thigh. (2nd image in the article). As you do this lean your torso slightly forward to match the angle of your back leg.
  9. Press your inner thigh into the back of your forearm to create some core/groin activation.
  10. Breathe here for 10 cycles of breath.
  11. Move back into Warrior 2 with your upper body.
  12. Lower your hands onto your hips.
  13. Heel/toe your right foot closer to the front of your yoga mat.
  14. Step forwards into a standing position. Mountain Pose.

Thanks for tuning in for this Yoga Focus on Warrior 2, hopefully you find it helpful during your future classes. If you would like to know more about Matthew Carter’s yoga offerings visit the links below:

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Yoga Pose Focus: Upward Facing Dog

Yoga Focus on Upward Facing Dog
Upward Dog. This view helps to see the lifting action required in the upper body. Note how the shoulders are not compressed together but rather you can see the lift happening up and out of the shoulder area.

Yoga Focus on Upward Facing Dog

Welcome to a Yoga Focus on Upward Facing Dog. This is a fairly challenging pose that is often contained in our Vinyasa Flow or “power yoga” classes. Ohhhhh yoga class names, they crack me up sometimes! The main focus of this article is to help people discover a more stable Upward Facing Dog. This is because we all deserve to understand more about our bodies!

Where will I often find Upward dog?

Upward Facing Dog often comes after we move from a High Plank position to a Low Plank position, which is similar to the lowering down portion of a push-up. After arriving in this low push up position we need to flip our feet over so that we are now on the tops of our feet, then press down into the ground and lift our upper body all the way up, similar to the position you see in the photograph above.

Yoga Focus
Downward Dog. Matthew could probably bend his knees a little in this pose to help the slight rounding of his lower back. By bending his knees he would be able to lengthen a bit more out of his lower back area, which might put less compression on those parts of his spine. *Note that the heels do NOT need to reach the ground in Downdog*
Use those shoulder muscles (gooooo seratus anterior!)

When we lift up like this we want to really press those hands down and lift up out of the shoulder area. A lot of the time, individuals do not really lift up and out of their shoulders, which can create a lot of compression in that area of the body. Because of this compression some people may find this pose uncomfortable on their shoulders.

Next time you try Upward Facing Dog try deeply connecting to the ground with each finger and thumb, corkscrewing the hands down into the ground almost as if you were opening and closing jars with your hands.

Try it right now!
  1. Move your body into Downward Facing Dog. Do this by starting in a high plank (high pushup) position, then lift your hips up into the air.
  2. Press down with your palms. Lengthen through the mid upper spine into the shoulders. Allow your knees to bend if you feel like your lower back is rounding a lot.
  3. Now as you Inhale move forwards into high plank again. Have your heels roughly above your toes, and your shoulders roughly above your palms. This is usually a great starting position for moving down into low plank.
  4. As you Exhale lower your body down into low plank position by bending your elbows. As you do this press back slightly with your heels, as if pressing into a small button. This will help keep strength in your lower body, and help to engage the leg/core connection. This really helps folks who feel that this movement is too challenging on their upper body.
  5. After arriving in low plank flip each foot one at a time so that you’re now on the shoelace side edge of your feet, the tops. You will be here on the tops of your feet in low plank for only a second.
  6. Now PRESS UP with your arms and upper body so that you lift all the way out of your shoulders. Try not to allow the shoulder blades (scapula) compress upward to the ears/neck. Instead press down so that you can feel your shoulder blades slide down the back of your body and slightly together. Your chest will be lifted, and your gaze can go forwards or up to the ceiling. Corkscrew your hands down into the ground.
  7. Now begin to lift your hips back up towards the ceiling, flipping your feet back over one at a time, so that you’re now on the front pads of your feet. Your should now be back in Downward Facing Dog, where we started.
More from Matthew Carter

Thanks for tuning in for this Yoga Focus on Upward Facing Dog, hopefully you find it helpful during your future sessions. If you would like to know more about Matthew Carter’s yoga offerings visit the links below:

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Binaural Chant in E

Enjoy this binaural beat chant in the key of E performed by musician and yoga instructor Matthew Carter. In this track the binaural beats are accompanied by tablas and chanting making it good for dancing as well. Hopefully you find this track as relaxing as you do invigorating to move or meditate to.

Binaural Chant in E by Matthew Carter

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Atmospheric Om

Om is the sound of a sacred spiritual symbol. The meanings of Om vary from tradition to tradition and it is often chanted before or during meditation practice. In this track Matthew Carter chants Om alongside his guitar and various other instruments to create an atmospheric sound.

Atmospheric Om by Matthew Carter

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Finding Safety – Four New Songs by Matthew Carter

Listen to four new tracks from singer-songwriter Matthew Carter. Aided by his guitar, some keys and the power of his lyrics Matthew paints a story for you in each song. Please share!

Springtime Raining by Matthew Carter
Detached Love by Matthew Carter
Finding Safety by Matthew Carter
Wandering in Wonder by Matthew Carter



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Matthew Carter Yoga & Fitness

Founded in 2020 by Matthew Carter.

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