Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Matej is of western Slavic origin. At the age of 20 he became deeply inspired by the book “Light on Yoga” by B.K.S.Iyengar. He began practicing Yoga, incorporating Yogic and Tantric techniques into his own daily sadhana practice, as well as adopting the eight-limb concept of Ashtanga Yoga as explained by the sage Patanjali.
For over 3 years Matej lived and traveled in India spending extensive time in Mysore studying with Shree Jayakumar Swamishree and Shree Bharath Shetty. He is inspired by Hindu mythology, tantra, and the power of bhakti. He also dedicates his time to the studies of shamanic healing related to different countries including ritual practices from the indigenous cultures in Central and South America. He recently spends extensive time every year in the rainforests of Peru partaking in devotional practices to deepen his knowledge of shamanic healing.
Matej is known world wide for his very accomplished asana practice along with his ability to ever refine the more subtle practices that comprise yoga. He has shared his experience through workshops, retreats and classes since 2001 in Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Africa, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, and Thailand.
He teaches all levels of yoga with equal dedication and passion, promoting spiritual and mental inquiry to cultivate personal manifestation. He is devoted to Mother Earth, environmental and ecological solutions, social justice and peace.
Matej is the founder of Shrivatsa Yoga – a unique method of realizing the full human potential through Yoga as the vehicle.