about matthew

Photo credit:    Beth Ferraro

Photo credit: Beth Ferraro

When I was a kid, I was always busy with some artistic activity. Drawing, painting, clay, you name it. I also enjoyed writing short stories. At some point, I thought, "Hey, I want to be an architect." I went off to college ready to design. Unfortunately, I got a little tripped up with calculus and physics -- along with, how shall I say this -- social activities. I turned my academic attention to literature, and eventually law. After graduating from undergrad and during and after law school, I worked nearly 26 years in the political and government relations arena, with a short stint working on non-branded marketing in New York. Perhaps you could say that I am a person who doesn't feel a career defines him. I suspect the reason for saying that is because for almost three decades I cannot say that the work I did was a source of joy or fulfillment. Little did I know that teaching yoga and meditation would become was has heart and meaning.

My Yoga Journey

About six years ago, a friend invited me to a Bikram Yoga class. I am not fond of heat and humidity, but I appreciated the challenge of the practice. I practiced Bikram four to five days a week for almost two and a half years. Though I enjoyed the challenge of hot yoga, I sought to broaden my practice. While I physically need the Yang side of the asana practice of yoga, I am attracted to the subtle side of yoga, namely Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, as well as meditation. The inspiration to teach struck me in 2016, and I completed my 200-hour RYT training and a 100-hour Yin Yoga teacher training in May and June of 2017, respectively. Subsequently, I have received training and certification to teach Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga. I began teaching in the summer of 2017. In May 2018, I left my congressional affairs job at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and have focused exclusively on teaching yoga and meditation, as well as continue my ongoing study and practice.

Channeling My Inner Baldwin

Another passion is is writing. On my blog, I post unfiltered posts about finding peace and clarity in life, the struggle with my ever-elusive fitness and weight goals, as well as my thoughts about relationships and masculinity. I also love music, so you'll see an occasional post about artists I enjoy. I haven't been in the habit of writing blog pieces with any regularity, but I'm working on creating a more consistent schedule for posting. I'd appreciate your feedback on the things I post in the blog's comment section.