David’s first memory of yoga is of his father doing a headstand while David clambered next to him trying to copy him. For many years, David practiced with his father who has not attended a single studio class and has a steady daily self-practice to this day.
After years of competitive running for school and college, David developed a lot of injuries from not stretching properly. His physiotherapist suggested that he try hot yoga. He did, and practised it 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. This is a devotional practice emphasising good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.
The practise really resonated with David and he went on to complete his first teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, South India. he then travelled to New York where he completed his 500-hour advanced teacher training in Dharma yoga with the legendary Sri Dharma Mittra. In 2015 David left his job in the city to focus on teaching yoga and helping others find the amazing benefits of having a regular yoga practice.
He has since completed several trainings in yoga, pranayama and meditation to further develop his practice and improve his knowledge of how the body works.
David 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. David 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.