David’s first memory of yoga was when his father did a headstand and he clambered next to him in his diaper trying to imitate him. For many years, he practiced with his father who has never attended any studio classes and has had a steady daily self-practice to this day. After many years of competitive running for school and college, David developed many injuries from not stretching properly. His physiotherapist at the time suggested that he try hot yoga, which he did for a few years until he yearned for a more spiritual side to the practice. In 2012, he was introduced to dharma yoga which is based on a system of classical Hatha-Raja Yoga which is a devotional practice emphasising good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.
David went on to complete his first teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, South India and then travelled to New York where he completed his 500-hour advanced teacher training in dharma yoga with the legendary Sri Dharma Mittra. The year 2015 was a defining one for David, when he left he left his job in the city to focus on teaching yoga and helping others find the amazing benefits of having a regular yoga practice.
David has since completed several trainings in yoga, pranayama and meditation to further develop his practice and improve his knowledge of how the body works. He is also a bodyworker and a certified advanced Thai massage therapist. He incorporates some elements of Thai massage in his teaching style, especially when adjusting and helping students achieve some of the more challenging asanas. At the beginning of 2019 David continued to progress on his personal yoga journey to finesse and develop his skills, he has recently completed his 800 hour dharma yoga training which encompasses very advanced yoga asana, psychic development and yoga nidra. Recently he also completed his yin yoga and the elements training. David has racked up nearly 1000 hours of yoga and well-being training.
He personally believes that yoga is beneficial for all, no matter how old you are and that the only limitations are the ones we set for ourselves.
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