We had the good fortune of connecting with Sigrid Matthews and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sigrid, why did you pursue a creative career?
Working in creative fields never felt like a choice, but a calling. I would assume most people feel the same way. I have always been driven to be creative and stimulated by learning any modalities that allowed me a clearer expression of either what I was imparting through the words of a play or script and character or a deeper understanding of spiritual material coming from traditions of yoga, meditation, and philosophy. To me, the “art” of acting or writing, or directing, or dance is not different then the flow of creativity that comes from practicing yoga or Tai Chi or meditation, All of those processes are a way for me to live in my highest joy state. At some point in my earlier life I started to notice my love for the process of discovery and fine tuning delivery in acting was not much different then teaching. I felt a lot of the excitement and exhilaration of performing as I was searching how to best impart information to people. It seemed that students were resonating to my work and I felt called to move in that direction. My greatest passion is trying to figure out how to create classes that stimulate people to have this deeper connection to what’s going on to recognize the subtleties of their energy body, and have the holy grail experience of joy, happiness, bliss ,peace, and wellbeing .

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My teaching has been a process of developing and evolving over the past 35 years. As I’ve grown as a person and through the ups and downs of life the material I want to share has shifted more and more towards the underlying messages of yoga philosophy and figuring out the tools each of us needs individually to tailor the practice in a way that meets where you are right now. About 6 years ago, I stepped into owning a business with the hope that I could elevate the whole community, both the other teachers and students. That’s been a humbling experience. Like having children you really can’t talk anyone into anything. People have to come to their own conclusions and work in the direction that currently seems to make sense for them. I wouldn’t say that owning the business has killed my love of yoga because there is no greater joy for me than teaching, but I don’t know if I love running a business and managing people’s expectations. I am most excited by my newest project BYOB-Build Your Own Bliss! It’s a 21 day program to reconnect with yourself, your purpose, your desires and reclaim what brings you joy, peace, happiness in an authentic way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would find some time to drive up to Paradise Cove for mussels and looking at the ocean. I particularly like the Getty Museum or LACMA. I haven’t been to the Broad, but would make this part of the trip as I’d like to go myself. Mozza for the mushroom pizza, Sugarfish for the sushi, and Stout for their burgers. I’m not a big shopper, but I do like the Topanga Canyon Mall. Live music is fun so a stop at The Baked Potato or Vibrato’s in Beverly Glen Canyon. A short hike on Fryman is always a nice idea!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Carolyn Myss (Why people don’t heal) was instrumental in helping me focus my underlying message of taking charge of your wellbeing and letting go of the “victim” identity. I love her ability to weave the metaphysical with the real and the absolute resolve she has to trust in grace and follow the principles of the divine. I became obsessed with how I could teach material that might speak to these deeply ingrained ideas through movement, breath, and meditation. Many, many teachers and Pastor Robert Bock who is a living yogi. Just being in the presence of someone who is so aligned with the truth, loving, real and authentic has inspired me to try to be better.

Website: blackdogyoga.com
Instagram: sigrid.matthews
Facebook: Sigrid Matthews
Youtube: sigridmatthewsyoga
Other: Sigrid Matthews Yoga- Channel Wellbeing on demand library: https://interval.com/checkout-membership/ebcbbb2c-5b26-4f52-9694-bc83b65cae48

Image Credits
Heidi Cox

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