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Matt has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an internationally recognized teacher with 500+ hours of training (ERYT500). Based in San Francisco, he directs The SF Ashtanga Yoga School, based out of The Mindful Body (a yoga and massage studio) and teaches Vinyasa with Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. He is a lifelong student of yoga philosophy (Hindu and Buddhist) and the shamanic traditions of Amazonia. These traditions inform and color his teachings on vinyasa and Ashtanga (as taught by his root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor), which are offered in a safe, dynamic, and inspiring way. He often uses props to ensure the practice meets a student where they are at (physically and mentally) and to ensure their sustainable growth into the best practitioners possible.
In addition to studies with Richard and Mary and in Mysore, with Sharath and Pattabhi Jois, Matt has spent years studying with Iyengar teachers and other therapeutic yoga methods. Of the numerous teachers and mentors he's had over the years, Matt has been deeply inspired by Prem & Radha Carlisi (AYRI Bali), Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Dan Michael, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, Anna Forest, and Dr. Robert Thurman.
His training also includes in-depth study of anatomy and long-term apprenticeship. He draws large classes and supports studentship at the highest level.
Matt is also a lifelong student of environmental science, ornithology, and religion, and he has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.