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Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

 

Matt Champoux

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Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux

Matt Champoux has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an internationally recognized teacher with 500+ hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco, he directs a Mysore-style Ashtanga program at The Mindful Body and teaches Vinyasa at Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. He is a lifelong student of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga philosophy and the shamanic traditions of Amazonia. These traditions inform and color his teachings on Vinyasa and Ashtanga, which are offered in a safe, dynamic, and inspiring way. He often uses props to ensure the practice meets a student where they are at (physically and mentally) in order to ensure their sustainable growth into the best practitioners possible.

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Years Teaching

11+ years

Style

Ashtanga and alignment-based Vinyasa 

Inspiration

Nature, dharma & my students

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

My love for the practice and a wish to share in the process of discovery with my community

Who are your most influential teachers?

Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Dr. Robert Thurman, Maty Ezraty, Sharath Jois, Dan Michael, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, Buddha, and Shankaracharya
 

How would you describe your style?

Ashtanga and intelligently-sequenced, alignment-based Vinyasa. I encourage the use of props and modifications to support all levels of practitioners, but also promote non-dependency on props. I support students to experience the internal forms of the postures as a way of directing them toward the correct and organic external form of the pose. My spacious approach to the practice respects lineage and yet employs the cutting-edge dimensions of postural inquiry (props and application of physiological knowledge) to support a student's evolution as a practitioner. My students range in age from early twenties to mid-sixties. The work I offer is strong, deep, and transformational.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

In breaking free from the daily grind and our endless stream of to-dos, a yoga retreat gives us an opportunity to finally step away from it all to gather ourselves and refresh. Together with a beautiful locale and the highest quality yoga instruction, a retreat enables yogis to advance their practice, to recharge, and be ready for all that life will bring to them when they return to their daily life (family, work, the highs and lows). The opportunity for advancement and refreshment offered by a retreat enables us to engage with life more skillfully, head on, moment by moment. In the end, retreats offer an opportunity for us to reframe our lives from a broader, more spacious vantage, which enables us to fully embrace a richer, more beautiful life. Keeping this broad view when we return home, a fresh perspective remains with us and, ultimately, we obtain the practices needed to become the happiest, most empowered versions of ourselves possible. We retreat to better understand our truth and to dive deeply into nature of happiness. Retreats are also a super fun time.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Virabhadrasana 1, Warrior 1

What is your favorite pose to practice?

King Pigeon, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

What are your favorite places to travel?

The tropics are always top of my list: blue water, snorkeling, jungle, birds, and palm trees all mingle to create versions of my happy place. I also love any place of substantial history and culture: Latin America, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Europe, and South Africa could keep me occupied for lifetimes.