David began a disciplined daily practice of yoga in the mid-90s when living in San Francisco. As an athlete he was attracted to the dynamic practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa and was inspired by the discipline it takes to practice this method effectively.
David’s main influences then were the Founders of Yogaworks in LA, Senior Ashtanga teachers Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty under whom he studied with daily for two years and later in workshops across Europe as well. They taught him how to practice dynamically yet with humility and with an emphasis on safety.
He has studied extensively in India, Australia and the U.S under various Senior teachers in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar Methods.
David is currently under the direct guidance of the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana Zhander Natanaga (Shandor Remete) and his wife Emma Balnaves to whom he is profoundly grateful for their depth of knowledge and the sincerity of their path. Although he has recently been given permission to teach the three preludes of Shadow Yoga he continues to learn daily from this sophisticated system of Hatha Yoga.
David is also a certified Somatic Movement Educator (SME) through the International Institute of Somatic Movement Education based in Tamil Nadu, South India. SME is a neuromuscular re-education system that facilitates sensory- motor learning to gain greater voluntary control of the physiological process resulting in freedom of ease and agility of movement.
David prostrates in gratitude to all his teachers, past and present. Any true knowledge he is able to pass on comes directly from their guidance, any mistakes he makes are purely his own. Om Namah Shiva