Matt Gluck started Yoga when he was five, learning the techniques of pranayama, relaxation and meditation from his mother, in order to deal with asthma and allergies. He became dedicated many years later, when life provided the insight of the role that Yoga plays in helping us be ourselves, rather than the mask that society has conditioned us to mistake ourselves for.
Matt is a British Wheel of Yoga and Life Centre qualified teacher. He has been teaching Raja (Hatha) Yoga full time since 1996 and Chinese Martial Arts, (Shaolin, Tai Ji, Qi Gong and Nei Gong), since 1988. He offers mentoring and counselling, wrote 'Yoga and Wellness' monthly for Yoga Magazine, published ‘How to Breathe - a comprehensive course in pranayama practice’ in 2010 and in 2012 commenced writing and compiling Pranasana Yoga’s Teacher Training Course with his partner Dorna Djenab.
Matt now shares a gentle, yet intense practice with a focus on present moment awareness, the innate Joy of the Self, breath and relaxation. These synergists facilitate deep insight in to the nature of being, life and our role within it. Matt works with people from all walks and stages of life, who come to Yoga for 'all different sorts of the same reasons'.
He plays with the classical asanas (postures), mudras (gestures) and bandhas (locks) of Hatha Yoga, using Krama (Sequencing), to support a simple and clear mirror through which we cultivate awareness. His philosophy is largely based upon Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism and Taoism, which although seemingly different, all boil down to the same essence. He understands that despite all the apparent differences we see around us, everything derives its beingness from one source.
He allows people the space they need in order to see themselves from within. He teaches pranayama, kriyas, meditation and yoga nidra. He also works with Tai Ji and Qi Gong/Nei Gong, chanting, dancing, laughter, massage and other means of Self Enquiry. All of these wonderful methods remind us to find our way by looking inward; to see that Space that has always existed before and beyond any story or construct of the mind. Yoga is a way rather than a practice; it is a view of and alignment with Soul.
Matt incorporates 'methods' from Taoist and Buddhist practices as well as Kundalini, Bhakti and Jnana Yoga. Truly, these are all just names and forms ~ there is only one Yoga; the YOGA OF LOVE'. This is the sole/soul reason that we continue to dance this dance.