Matthew Sanford’s inspirational story began at 13, when he survived a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since, Matthew has become a public speaker; the award-winning author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence; a nationally-recognized yoga teacher; the producer of Beyond Disability, a one-of-a-kind practice DVD geared to individuals who are living with disabilities or mobility issues; and the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions, whose mission is to help the millions of people living with trauma, loss and disability become measurably healthier, happier and “whole” by awakening the mind-body connection. Today, Mind Body Solutions has trained over 500 teachers in their pioneering adaptive yoga method.
In 2010, Matthew won the Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. He has appeared on the Today Show and in People magazine.