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.

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.