Matt has undergone a 21-week intensive residential teacher training program at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore India, a space specifically designed for transmission of classical Hatha Yoga in its purest form.
Matt is certified at 1,750+ hours, industry accepted standard is 200 - 500 hours.
"You should try yoga," or "Try meditation," I used to hear years ago. At that point I couldn't understand why on earth people would want to do a bunch of pretzel-twisting postures or sit-and-do-nothing for extended periods of time in effort to feel good and peaceful. All I remember is I wanted something more in my life. It wasn't like my life was in shambles, but still, I wanted to feel fulfilled, I wanted to be a more balanced person rather than be dragged around by emotional ups and downs, I wanted to grow faster and not feel stagnant or uncertain, and wanted to get rid of the feeling like something, I don't know what, is lacking in my life. I wanted to be able to handle any situation with a level head, without the anxiety and stress. I wanted to feel ALIVE with consistent energy, eager to wake up each morning and enjoy the life I'm living rather than a mixed-up pattern of “occasionally I feel great, sometimes decent, most of the time mundane and uneventful, and bad more often than I’d prefer.”
Too tall of an order?
Simply, I wanted to feel great all or most of the time, ‘cause why the hell not?! Sure, tough situations and challenges will always be a part of the life process, but still, “life is short,” right? Isn’t there a way to go through it consistently feeling good, enthused, or much-better-than-decent, far, far more often than “meh,” dull, routine, or bad? I could not settle as I continued to hear so many people casually rattle off the phrase, “that’s just the way life is.” What?! No! There had to be more, or at least a smarter way to go about all this. But jumping into some stretching-work-out yoga studio class or someone telling me to be “mindful” were easily replaced by a game of golf or a cup of coffee. Short, temporary enjoyable experiences. But what about when the golf game ended and the caffeine wore off? You know, most of the time in one’s day.
Many, many books, podcasts, courses, and YouTube videos later, I met Sadhguru (online via YouTube videos). For me, his crystal clear perspective, wisdom, and explanations of so many of my life’s deepest yet surprisingly common questions resonated in a way I had never come across before. I later discovered his programs, including the Hatha Yoga practices he offered, and (skipping ahead) after incorporating these practices into my daily life, I soon began to get a taste of and discover that all of my tall-ordered 'wants' to grow in so many areas and aspects of my life were becoming a living reality.
It took some work, it was a very subtle and gradual process, but as I kept up with Sadhguru’s specific methods of the practices, my life slowly began to change in a way I could have never seen coming. I started feeling ALIVE. I started developing and evolving a far deeper perspective of who I am, which opened up so many new doors. Clarity started to shine through. Things I'd stress over before became things I laughed at, I could actually sit still and focus for longer periods of time without my mind deviating all over the place. All enjoyable moments got amplified! I became more efficient in my work, I could listen and pay attention better which led to developing deeper, richer relationships with people around me. Emotionally I was feeling so much more leveled out and balanced which manifested into clearer decision making. Again, simply, I felt GOOD, physically, mentally, and energetically. I found that being much more consistent with that good-feeling was completely possible, not just limited to coffee and golf games. “That’s just the way life is,” began to take on a whole new meaning for me.
I can happily share that I still feel like this today. These methods are working. Not temporarily but really manifesting into my daily life. No, I'm not saying that I'm completely blissed out all the time (ha), but I do want to share that I have experienced massive transformation relative to how I used to be and perceive life, and it's quite difficult to describe how much joy, freedom, and lightness that has brought into my life. So, as this process continued to touch me deeply, one aspect that I felt was missing was how to show my gratitude and say thank you for this amazing gift. “Pay it forward” was the natural answer. To be honest, I didn’t really have any desire to be a yoga teacher, but I did have a huge desire to have the ability to properly and authentically offer these practices and methods to people who may be interested. At the very least, I could selfishly have more people around to share the excitement of this process instead of others thinking I’ve gone mad.
With as many yoga studios popping up everywhere, I noticed that so very few of them offered the science of yoga in its truest purity and sanctity. I noticed that a very large majority of peoples' idea of “yoga” was very distorted and misunderstood. So, I decided to go to India for half a year, train intensively and learn how to teach these classical Hatha Yoga methods properly to others who may be interested in experimenting with the practices themselves. Through learning this ancient method, my desire is not to create my own clever yoga-curriculum, my desire is to pass on these complete, authentic Hatha Yoga practices as they are and have been for thousands of years with zero distortion, because if they still work after that long, as I and so many others have experienced, then it's absolutely not for me to alter. I've personally never found too much interest in passing on yoga as a way to stretch, relax, or be challenged physically, I'm interested in passing on Hatha Yoga as a complete science and technology that can truly transform and elevate one's life in a way you could have never seen coming.
If any part of my story hits home, then, "You should try yoga!" "Try meditation!"
I hope to share this experience with you,
A yogi and a spiritual teacher, Sadhguru J. Vasudev founded Isha Hatha Yoga as a way of raising human consciousness. He designed multiple tools for inner well-being based on a deep and holistic understanding of the human system.
His fundamental vision is to offer the science of inner wellbeing to every human being – a science vitally helping to realize the ultimate potential within. From this vision stems a multitude of projects, programs, and methods, all towards the same aim: to raise every human being to the peak of their potential, be exuberant, all-inclusive, in harmony within themselves and the world.
Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 2017, the highest civilian award of the year, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service. Probing and passionate, insightful, logical and unfailingly witty, Sadhguru's talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and leader of renown. With his astute and incisive grasp of current issues and world affairs, as well as his unerringly scientific approach to the question of human well-being, he has been a primary speaker at the United Nations World Headquarters, a regular at the World Economic Forum, and a special invitee at the Hindustan Leadership Summit, Australian Leadership Retreat, Indian Economic Summit and TED. He has been invited to speak at leading educational institutions, including Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton and MIT among others. With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru's areas of active involvement encompass fields as diverse as architecture and visual design, poetry and painting, ecology and horticulture, sports, music and aviation. Three decades ago, he founded Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization with human well-being at its core commitment, supported by over seven million volunteers in over 250 centers worldwide.
“This life for me is an endeavor to help people experience and express their divinity. May you know the bliss of the Divine.”