Matthew first experienced yoga in 2006 when a friend invited him to a heated yoga class. After a few classes, he realized that yoga was good for him physically, mentally, and spiritually. Matthew became a work study student and dedicated himself to consistently practicing at least 4 times per week.
Having been influenced by his yoga instructors, Matthew became a certified personal trainer in 2010. He has taught cardio-kickboxing and total body bootcamp style classes throughout the Chicagoland area. He also works as a youth sports coach and life skills instructor.
In 2015, searching for new opportunities and possibilities of growing his knowledge and practice of yoga, Matthew tried Eb & flow yoga studio. Attracted to the different types of heated and unheated classes offered, he quickly became a regular at the studio practicing 4-5 times a week. He then decided to grow his yoga practice further, and signed up for Eb & flow's Yin Yoga teacher training. He immediately appreciated how Yin Yoga complemented his more natural "Yang" style. Matthew has since gone on to complete a Yin Yoga teacher apprenticeship at Eb & flow, Yin Yoga training with Dar Vander Hoop and completed Eb & flow's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Baptiste-style Power Vinyasa Yoga.