Charles Matkin is a third-generation yogi originally from Vancouver, Canada and began formal yoga and meditation instruction when he was five years old. He received his bachelor's degree in biology and theater from Maharishi International University, which included training in Ayurveda. His multi-faceted yoga training includes teacher certification from YogaZone, Jivamukti, and extensive training in the Iyengar tradition.
With his wife Lisa, Charles has spent the past decade working with physicians, medical experts, and complementary health-care practitioners to create their therapeutic teacher training. Charles and Lisa were founders and directors of the mind-body therapies department at Haelth, a complementary health care center in New York City developed by Dr. William Fair of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. There, they designed a groundbreaking curriculum teaching yoga therapists to apply the principles of yoga to specific medical conditions. Lisa and Charles have appeared on panels of complementary health experts for the American Cancer Society and Us Too Cancer Support Group in New York, and have presented at Gilda's Club Celebrating Survivors Ovarian Cancer Symposium.
Currently, Charles and Lisa continue to teach private therapeutic clients and have developed yoga programs at leading medical centers, including Beth Israel Hospital and New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. They have also released the first two in a line of Healing Yoga™ videos (distributed by Anchor Bay), which offer therapeutic approaches to specific health conditions, such as lower back, neck and joint pain, high cholesterol, diabetes, poor circulation, as well as weight management.
Charles and Lisa designed and co-directed the teacher-training program at YogaZone and since 1999 they have shared their approach to yoga daily on the highly rated YogaZone television show on ComCast Network. They are previous directors of teacher training at Yoga Zone and Satsang Yoga, and corporations, including Citibank, Elie Tahari Ltd., Coca-Cola, and Estée Lauder, have hired them to develop in-house yoga and stress management programs for their staff members.
Currently senior teachers at Yoga Works, Charles and Lisa teach 16 classes a week and offer workshops and trainings at all Yoga Works' Manhattan locations. Offering private instruction and well-rounded, challenging group classes as well as specialty courses in therapeutic yoga, couples' yoga, and recovery work, their philosophy of yoga as a path to self-knowledge and physical and emotional healing radiates throughout their teaching.
Charles brings to his teaching the lightness of a dancer's grace and the wit of a comic. He is sought after as a teacher not only for his humor and precision but his skill in working with injuries, from cancer patients to athletes. His writing on therapeutic yoga is featured in Yoga Journal and many wellness magazines.