Matt discovered yoga at age 14 while dealing with severe depression and anxiety. He began training extensively in Iyengar Yoga under Judi Rice and Rodney Yee along with assisting at Rodneyʼs workshops. Matt has also trained with senior Iyengar teachers Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Mary Dunn, Janet MacLeod, and B.K.S. Iyengar himself. After several years immersed in the Iyengar Yoga method, Matt stumbled upon Anusara Yoga and began his study and teacher training of the method with Sianna Sherman, Mitchel Bleier, Shalini Latour, and founder John Friend himself. After many years of studying and training in both Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, Matt followed his intuition and evolved his practice and teaching into his own style. Encapsulating all his training and experience, Matt now teaches his own interpretation of yoga. His teaching is rooted in the biomechanics of the body, universal movement and alignment principles, as well as implementing spiritual teachings from various traditions. Matt’s classes are woven together with humor, concise explanations, spiritual teachings, and options for each student’s present level of ability while creating a safe, welcoming atmosphere where everyone is deeply honored and respected. In addition to creating practice manuals, CDs, DVDs, and podcasts, Matt was featured in Yoga Journal’s 2002 February issue as a “Teen Yoga Influencer,” and in Christy Brock’s DVD “Yoga 4 Teens.” Matt continues to deepen his experience of yoga by studying with his teacher of many years, Judith Hansen Lasater, as well as teachers he finds inspiring such as Barbara Benagh, Erich Schiffmann, Donna Farhi, and Shiva Rea. Matt teaches weekly public classes and conducts local and regional workshops. Matt is also a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couple, family, and LGBT therapy, and maintains a private practice in Louisville, KY. He holds degrees in psychology and sociology, as well as a master of science in social work with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from the University of Louisville. In addition, he is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work/Couple and Family Therapy Program.
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