After going through some serious personal struggles in 2014, Matt Cardone knew he needed to make some drastic changes in his life. A simple phrase at a Santa Monica AA meeting changed his life – “If you’re not meditating, you’re not working the 12-steps.” We caught up with Cardone for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @mattcardonemeditation.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I am a Vedic meditation teacher and corporate wellness coach, who has invested years and thousands of hours in the study and practice of Vedic knowledge and meditation, which I began in 2014.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

In February of 2014, I was ranked number one in the nation for a Fortune 500 company’s sales division. Two weeks before our national meeting I totaled the company car crashing into a telephone pole at 50mph. Three days later, I was arrested for DUI in a rental car the company had provided for me. I was bare-chested, in gym shorts and house slippers.

 Soon after, I received a call from the Vice President and HR agent relinquishing me from my position within the company. That wasn’t enough for me to stop. I kept using, and in May of 2014, woke up in a treatment center after an overdose. Learning about myself was an inside job and would start with a psychic overhaul via a 12-step program.

Fast forward, I have now accumulated thousands of hours of meditative reprieve. I now teach regularly throughout the United States, implementing Vedic Meditation in corporate environments, recovery communities, and meditation workshops.

What is your favorite part of being a meditation expert?

Showing people a way in which they can self sufficiently inspire themselves.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

It’s all about my morning program. If I can crush the morning, I can crush the day. The first thing I do when I wake up is meditate, before the rat race can start.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

Quite a few actually. The one I’d like to address now is the idea of Work Hard/Play Hard. This keeps oneself primarily in fight or flight mode for the majority of their existence. What if we were to introduce Work Hard. Play Hard. Rest Hard?

Besides health and wellness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Inspiring people to be better today than they were yesterday.

What are you excited about right now?

I have a few really big projects and programs that are rolling out this year so stay tuned.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

I would like to get one percent of Miami’s population meditating on a regular basis within 10 years.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

Part of my morning program is about fasting, and they other is a sequence of asanas and physical repitions. Crush the morning crush the day!

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

My meditation practice has been the complete game changer in my life in literally all aspects.

For more information on Matt Cardone, visit www.themethodmeditation.com