About Me + My Approach to Yoga

Matt has taught me that there’s no “right” way; each pose is individual to how we are built and how we feel on a given day. Matt teaches how to break poses into component parts, which over time helps to build strength, but has also helped me tune into and better understand my own body. I couldn’t have imagined how to do that, or why it could be useful, before Matt’s teaching.
— Sophia Phillips
Photo courtesy of   Breeze Yoga

Photo courtesy of Breeze Yoga

In my practice and teaching I aim to combine contemporary understanding of the body’s systems and the ways in which we move (I’m a designated FRC© Mobility Specialist) with the wisdom and insight of the yoga and mindfulness traditions (I’m also a Level II Mindfulness Trainer).

I do my best to present these practices in a way that is respectful to their heritage, culture and original intentions - and to do so in a considered, grounded way that is accessible and relatable to all (‘spiritual’ and secular minded alike).

In terms of my own practice, it was the physicality of yoga that initially drew me to the practice...in particular the transitions and the flow of movement.

I soon found though 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 (and caring) 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. You can read a bit more about what to expect in my ‘Manifesto for Yoga Practice’.

I look forward to meeting you in class soon...and if you have any questions about yoga, mobility or mindfulness practice please don’t hesitate to get in touch.