Matt is a San Francisco based Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow teacher. His classes are engaging, enlightening experiences known for their integration of eastern wisdom, metaphor, and precise alignment instruction. He encourages his students to explore their edges and guides them through the internal sensation cues that enable this vibrant work to be done safely and therapeutically. Matt has been teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga since 2005 (in both led and Mysore-style settings). While he took his first class with Richard at the age of 14, he has been a devoted student of Ashtanga since 2000, practicing daily, under the close watch of his primary teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at his home “shala” (studio), The Yoga Workshop. He is grateful for the unique opportunity to have had such a long-term, in-depth exposure to Freeman’s methods and inquiry process. With 500+ hours of teacher and philosophy training, he is known as a teacher of teachers. Besides being inspired by Richard, Matt regularly studies with Mary Taylor (Freeman’s wife) and has been deeply influenced by Wendy Bramlett, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Cindy Lusk, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, John Friend, and Francisco Kaiut. His training also includes in-depth study of anatomy, philosophy, 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 has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University. When he’s not at the yoga studio, he likes to climb, travel, and birdwatch. He is also operates Of the Field Photography, a company devoted to yoga portraiture, nature photography, and documenting the vital connections between humans and the environment.