Matt is a registered E-RYT 500 and a certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider who has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, and Eastern Philosophy for more than a decade. Initially practicing in the Iyengar tradition under such certified teachers as Carlyn Sikes, Marivic Wroebel, and senior Iyengar authorized teacher Carolyn Belko, he has also studied with several notable Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers including Dave and Cheryl Oliver, Tim Miller, and the head of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage Sri R. Sharath Jois. Blending the alignment oriented practice of Iyengar with the fluid dynamism of Ashtanga, Matt offers a truly balanced and unique approach to the practice of asana and the Krishnamacharya yoga tradition. As well as teaching regular weekly asana and hand balancing classes, Matt also serves as a training instructor for many yoga teacher training programs both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to courses on philosophy and reading and writing Devanagari Sanskrit, Matt also takes a devoted interest in the study and teaching of yoga mythology, and is in the process of co-authoring a book on the subject with famous Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Matt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2003 and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 where he spent the better part of nine months driving in convoys that were tasked with sweeping vehicle supply routes for roadside bombs. Upon returning to the United States and after his active service contract with the Marines ended, he returned to Phoenix in 2007 where he started attending college for graphic design and web development, but ultimately transitioned into and completed the 2-year yoga teacher training course offered at the same college.
Above all else, Matt is a devoted father to his 9 year old son, Bradley, and together they enjoy camping, hiking, watching movies, playing video games, and taking frequent road trips off to explore the fascinating world we live in. Recent trips include Yellowstone National park in Montana and Idaho to observe the Total Solar Eclipse, the Trinity Atomic Test Site and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Grand Canyon National Park, and Woods Canyon Lake atop the Mogollon Rim in the Tonto National Forest (and that’s just in 2017!). Feel free to check out the News page to see pictures and stories from some of our adventures.
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”