Matt Ryan

#109 – Keen on Yoga Podcast with Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan @mattryanyoga | | DJ to Yogi | Panic Attacks | Depersonalisation | Kissing the Guru’s Feet | Advaita Experiences | Tradition or Trend? | Hard Core Zen | The Love of Helping People | New Beginnings in Manchester | Always Maintaining a Practice

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Matt Ryan traded in the life of a DJ, including a stint at Manchester’s famous nightclub The Hacienda, for the life of yoga. He was introduced to Ashtanga yoga to deal with anxiety and depersonalisation disorder, and it helped him immensely.

Soon afterwards made the trip to Mysore at the Laxmipurum shala with Pattabhi Jois. He was granted Level 2 authorisation from the AYRI, as it was known at the time.

That was over 23 years ago, and he’s remained immersed in yoga.

Matt complements his Ashtanga practice with Zen Buddhism and the daily sitting practice of Zazen. He finds in this combination an immediate effect resulting in a steadier, more focused mind whilst moving through the asana sequences. The result is a sense of in-the-moment presence coupled with a solid flexible mind & body.

In 2015 Matt created the ‘Nee-Ji’, safe knee support for yoga & meditation. ( He is also the father of 4 children.

Matt has taught internationally and has established yoga studios in Manchester, London and Los Angeles. In 2023 he is looking forward to new beginnings for Yoga Manchester, and we look forward to seeing him thrive.