|At the young age of 7, Matt began studying Martial Arts. The disciplined practice of holding postures while maintaining absolute focus on the breath was strikingly familiar when he began his Yoga journey at age 24. Matt began by exploring many different styles of yoga, and practicing up to 4 times a day. He found that he gravitated towards more disciplined practices that focused on precise alignment, but he also really enjoyed styles that linked breathing and movement. Naturally, Matt's teaching style is a unique blend of alignment, breath, and movement. Matt's classes focus on cultivating mindfulness, and an attitude of loving kindness.|
*More about Matt
Where are you originally from?
Sea Cliff, Long Island
What classes do you teach at Pure?
Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Chakra Slow Flow, Yoga Tune Up, Slow Flow Meditation
How long have you been practicing yoga?
What brought you to yoga?
A friend of mine gave me a book that mentioned yoga as an easier way to still the mind and use the body to cultivate conscious action. The very next day I took a hatha class, and immediately loved it.
What brought you to teaching?
I started talking to my friends about the practice. They would ask me questions about Yoga and I would show them different poses. They became intrigued and wanted to learn. I started arranging classes in my Mother's basement where eventually I had over 20 people per class coming from all over Long Island. I eventually got officially certified and became an Instructor at Pure.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did she inspire you?
My first yoga teacher, Patty Mataska introduced me to asana. She taught me to have a more positive outlook on life.
What motivates you to practice today?
My students, and teachers inspire me to keep learning.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was on tour with my alternative rock band Stealing Jane.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
I love anything involving the outdoors including snowboarding. I also enjoy acrobatics, guitar, and cooking.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
I would want to be either a chef or musician.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
Pure feels like home every time I walk in.