Name: Matt Van Schie
Matt was told to try yoga in 1997 after an ankle injury ended his basketball career. He fell in love with it straight away and in 2004, he was on the road to becoming an Ashtanga Yoga teacher after training with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India, when an opportunity arose with his other passion, music.
“Yoga was my saviour on many occasions whilst touring around the world as a performing artist. It helped ground me through some tough times.”
In 2016 Matt completed his 200hr Teacher Training at Power Living. Matt teaches how he likes to practice, with discipline and focus, whilst maintaining a light spirit.
“I believe in not taking yourself too seriously. It’s OK to laugh and fall in my class!”
Getting to know the crew:
I’m grateful for…
Connection. Whether that’s connecting with breath, a higher power, or connecting with another person. Nothing is better than the connection I get when I’m open and vulnerable with someone, or when I reach out to someone in need. I believe that the love you put out there is like a circle of energy, and will come back to you.
When you are not extending, bending and sweating what do you like to do?
I love being in nature, walking, art, watching films, making music, eating good food, and most of all spending time with friends and family. I am one of 6 kids and have 8 nieces and nephews, so being Uncle Matt is my favourite job of all!
What is your favourite Asana posture? Why?
Savasana. No explanation required.