About Me + My Approach to Yoga
It was the physicality of yoga that initially drew me to the practice...in particular the transitions and the flow of movement.
But I soon found that there were many benefits beyond just the physical...yoga brought greater balance and awareness into my life.
As I continue to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the practice, I feel incredibly lucky to help others discover the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for themselves. These practices have the potential to be truly transformative and my ambition is to make them as accessible as possible to everyone.
As my practice continues to evolve I've found a lot of benefit in slowing things down - moving slowly not only helps us to build physical strength, it also allows us to cultivate a deeper mental connection to our practice.
So by encouraging students to move through their practice with attention and awareness, I try to help them cultivate a deep relationship to their bodies and breath...which in turn develops the quality of presence or mindfulness.
So if you come along to my classes you'll enjoy a friendly, down-to-earth practice centred around mindful, slow-flowing sequences. There will be some challenging bits, some explorative bits and some introspective enquiry too.
I look forward to meeting you in class soon...
Matt’s breadth of knowledge and person centred classes mean that he’s able to adapt each session to suit everyone in the room, offering different variations on each pose and always reminding you that there’s no “better”, or “best” version of the pose; that the best version is the way that serves the body best in that moment. It’s something I am still working on - accepting that the poses I see on instagram don’t necessarily serve you best - but Matt’s classes are a great place to learn!
Matt teaches yoga with a sense of playfulness which has encouraged me to lean a little deeper into poses, even if it means a wobble or a fall.
Each class gives you a little something new - a variation on a pose; a new way to breathe/hold yourself/move your toes; a renewed reminder of the value and worth of each body as it is. I’ve grown in physical strength for sure, but it’s the growth in strength of mind that I really love most.
Matt's 'hands as feet workshop' was amazing - great fun and a very safe space to learn in. His inclusive and inspiring teaching makes these tricky poses accessible to all - those more advanced and those newer to the practice. Matt is an excellent teacher and I would definitely recommend his classes and workshops.
Matt's explanations of poses have helped me get much more from my practice - rather than focusing on what I can't do, which I've often done in the past, now I celebrate the body I have and what it can do. Every practise is different: Matt has taught me to embrace that rather than judge or criticise it.
I had lost all interest with gym classes and needed a new focus. I saw the enjoyment that my husband had achieved with Matt and his yoga and so I decided to give it a go. I started to learn with one to one sessions from Matt and became hooked very quickly. His encouragement has helped me develop my love of yoga and achieve amazing results. I have now been practising for over two years and look forward to my weekly sessions with Matt. I also enjoy taking all the knowledge that I have learnt into group yoga classes.
As a newcomer to yoga, Matt's classes have been educational, enjoyable, and very motivating. The style of teaching suits all levels of participants and I know I'm not alone in leaving the room after a class thinking "that felt like it was designed just for me". The class is a fixed date in my week and when I have to skip it, I really miss it. I highly recommend Matt’s classes for their physical and mindfulness benefits.
You will find the perfect practice guide in Matt, he encourages growth at a personal pace with a humble but expert approach. He welcomes all levels and seamlessly adapts his teachings to ensure everyone feels involved...he also never forgets a name!
I cannot recommend Matt's yoga classes highly enough. I am a regular student and thoroughly enjoy his classes. Matt is an amazing teacher. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, Matt makes it easy to follow the yoga flow and ensures that he supports each student where needed. Attending Matt's classes has become a part of my weekly routine and I certainly feel the benefits to my daily life. Thank you Matt.
I love the peace and calm that Matt’s yoga classes give me. Matt is a patient and encouraging teacher, especially to this rather unbendy 40-something year old! After just a few weeks of taking Matt’s yoga classes, my hips are less painful, and my flexibility has improved.
A big ‘thank you’ to Matt for helping me to become more supple, and for improving my balance and my breathing in his Yoga classes. His very clear, explicit instructions and gentle manner are very much appreciated. I really enjoy his lessons and come away more relaxed and at the same time invigorated.