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Matthew has evolved his teaching style to predominately speak to the body, where students will learn more about their own anatomy and how to achieve depth in their yoga shapes using leverage and muscle activation. Constant learning is what makes yoga a lifelong practice, one way to create this longevity is to cross-pollinate with other movement practices. This has led Matthew to instruct an unconventional style of yoga that often includes added mobility routines along with the added practice of functional human movements. Matthew whole-hardheartedly believes yoga needs to translate outside of the studio because it is how we move ourselves during the 16 or so hours in which we are awake that greatly impact how we practice movement for only one of those hours.

Private Mobility Offering: Budokon Mobility - Created by Cameron Shayne, the father of mixed movement arts, BDK Mobility focuses on transitions through five primary positions. These positions include: upright, side body, supine, prone, and inverted. In this movement practice we will also focus on animal locomotion, which will further magnify the subtle areas of the body that may be overlooked. We address the athletic, martial arts application of BDK Mobility, in short, this type of training originated as shadow boxing for jiu-Jitsu. If you're a jiu-jitsu practitioner, this will enhance your transitional movements when grappling.

Private Yoga Offerings: Vinyasa Yoga - Simply put, vinyasa is 'linking breath to movement in series of poses' - this is quite open ended as you may imagine. This has spurred me to teach an unorthodox style of vinyasa yoga in which I will draw upon different perspectives from other movement practices (i.e. weight lifting, jiu-jitsu, mobility) to incorporate into my classes, with the goal of evolving and progressing my students quicker. Budokon Yoga - This is a style of yoga created by martial arts and yoga master Cameron Shayne beginning in 2001. The foundation of this style is the Budokon Yoga Primary Series. This series consists of 7 intelligently assembled sections of slow and controlled movements designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. The techniques are learned through repetition and precision, the emphasis being on the transitions from posture to posture, rather than the holding of postures.

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10 Reviews


  • Al M.

    Matthew’s knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology helps guide you safely and efficiently to achieve your goals through movement and breath. You will not be disappointed! Try out a class

  • Jean-Guy F.

    Matthew is the ultimate professional. Coached our leadership team into a fantastic session to focus the mind, clear the sole, and open up our minds. My entire leadership team enjoyed the session, and found it to be a very useful exercise to launch an intense two day Yearly Kickoff. I will use MraMovesme again in the near future.

  • Monika B.

    Matthew is a true talent, his classes are well developed, focused, and accessible to those looking to begin a practice or continue & deepen. Matthew leads with a professional, calm manner and is sure to make you feel welcome and safe.

  • Jon F.

    I’ve been trying in and off over the last few years to get into yoga but I found the class setting difficult for me to get into it and improve. Since I started working with Matt four weeks ago I’m amazed by the progress I’ve made in such a short time. Matt knows his stuff and he shares his knowledge in a way that connects - he’s clear, he’s encouraging and he knows exactly the right amount of push you need to get to the next level. Highly recommended.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I will begin by evaluating my client based on the range of mobility of joints and muscular strength. This will set the foundation what needs to be addressed and how I will structure the class.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification via CorePower Yoga

500 Hour Budokon Teacher Training Certification via Budokon Mixed Movement Arts

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

# of students (in-person):

1 - $100

*Discounts available for muli-class purchases

# of students (online):

1 - $70

*Discounts available for multi-class purchases

How did you get started teaching?
The physical practice of yoga began intertwining itself into Matthew's life in 2012. A friend recommended a Power Vinyasa Yoga class which shifted the trajectory of his path, it was a feeling of rejuvenation mixed with a stronger sense of empathy and compassion towards himself and others. Since that first class Matthew had practiced for five years and in June of 2017 he earned his 200 hour teacher training certification through CorePower Yoga. Continuing his education, during the summer of 2021, Matthew completed a 500 hour Budokon Mixed Movement Arts Training in Montana. That following fall of 2021/spring of 2022, he received his 50 hour Budokon Yoga as well as his 50 hour Budokon Mobility certification.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many types of customers of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice to students that are looking for a yoga instructor is to ask questions. Don't be shy to truly find out the knowledge base of the person you are choosing to call teacher.

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