We've had some pretty rad people coming through our doors since opening, and we thought it was time you all got to know each other a little better!
Today, meet Matt Doheny... Matt is a badass artist, unceasing jokester, and has been lovingly granted "Studio Husband" status, as he's come to our rescue with more than a couple projects. We'll let him tell you more...
Tell us the story of how you first came to or started practicing yoga and/or meditation. Where were you in your life?
As a young child I was introduce to meditation from some of my favorite cartoons and movies. I thought it was really cool to see the discipline and control these characters had. It was something that always stuck with me in the back of my mind. Years later when I was in college, the subject was brought to my attention again and thats when I decided to give it a go. I started to develop a little practice but sadly it didn’t stick. I would go back and forth with my practice over the years but it wasn’t until I joined The Mystic Rebel that my practiced solidified. I was in a place in my life where I knew I could be better but wasn’t quite living up to my potential. A friend of mine brought me to a yoga class at The Mystic Rebel since it was around the corner from my house and I joined for a month after the class. Im ecstatic that I did because the practice has helped me through some rough patches and has helped me become a better, more grounded person. I only wish I had started this practice years ago and stuck with it. I still have much to learn but the knowledge I have gained so far has been life changing.
Outside of the studio, who are you in the world?
I consider myself an “integrated artist,” meaning I practice many forms of art. I hold my BA in professional photography, I’m a musician trained in contemporary guitar, as well as a practice creating other forms of contemporary art. One of my favorite forms of expression is microscopy on objects and chemicals. Once the images are captured, I create unique works of art by photo manipulation and mounting them on different mediums like resin and wood panels or plexiglass.
How does your yoga and/or meditation practice inform what you do in the world? How has it shifted things for you?
My creativity has gone off the charts. My drive and my passion for what I do are running at a brand new level I didn’t know I had. I really do see a difference when I don’t keep up with my practice for a few days and that right there keeps the practice alive for me.
What is your favorite thing to experience when you are practicing?
My self haha. I know that may sound weird but it's really great being able to observe what my body and mind are telling me. Being able to observe that and give myself what I need is truly a blessing.
What is one current mantra or intention you are working with?
"You can't change other people, only yourself”. That little bad boy has helped me really let go of a lot of things that used to bug me. Don’t get me wrong, things still bug me, but a little less each time.
"Be better than yesterday” is also an intention that have set for myself.
What does “Rebel” mean to you?
Well as the late, great Johnny Cash once said “I found out that there weren’t too many limitations if I did it my way”. Rebel to me really means doing you, not what other people tell you to be.
Stop by a class to meet Matt... he's sure to greet you with a hug and a funny quip! You can check out more of his work at www.dohenyphoto.com!