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Jan 9, 2017

In this episode, I am excited to have Matthew Foli and Elissa Meyer on to talk about their experience as lawyers pioneering the yoga and wellness environment in Minneapolis.

Elissa Meyer is a Program Attorney at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education in the Twin Cities, and a yoga teacher at a small community studio in Northeast Minneapolis called YOGA Garden. She loves the idea that both law and yoga are “practices,” with endless opportunities for learning and growing.


Matthew Foli is a real estate attorney / yoga teacher in Minneapolis. He regularly sends out emails about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, geared towards attorneys and beneficial for everyone.



Topics Covered

  • Matthew & Elissa talk on their past that led them to where they are now. Elissa talks on being a lawyer, her upbringing in yoga, and how everything came together for her to become a teacher of yoga and wellness. Matt touches on how his view of yoga as a practice has shifted from his initial misguided outlook of “practicing to perfection”, as opposed to practicing for self-betterment.
  • Their efforts on bringing yoga and wellness to the local legal community and how it has/is being received. They also reflect on how humbling the experience of starting up a practice and teaching yoga can be.
  • We discuss and dispel the myths of practicing yoga, as well as all of our different definitions for yoga and how it benefits us. Matthew goes into detail on how just meditation as a practice can create a pivotal change in how we approach the day-to-day.

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