Dave’s passion for fitness first really began at age 13 in a rusty old council gym, lifting weights with his dad, and was hooked for life. Around the same time Dave also began practicing karate, and discovered the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to fitness.
Dave began practicing ashtanga vinyasa yoga in 2005 with James Critchlow in Birmingham, beginning with one class a week, and then building up to a daily practice. He found this nicely complemented his regular gym strength training.
In 2012 Dave met his current yoga teacher, John Scott, and the following year completed John’s teacher training programme and began teaching himself. Since then Dave has continued to develop his skills and knowledge with John in various locations around the world.
Dave is grateful to have been able to practice with, and learn from other great teachers such as David Swenson, Kino MacGreggor, Lucy Crawford, Greg Nardi, David Kiel, and many others.
In 2015 Dave travelled to Mysore, India to practice at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, where Ashtanga Yoga was first practiced.
Dave strongly believes in an accessible non-judgemental approach to yoga, and that anyone can practice yoga and enjoy it’s many benefits. It doesn’t matter how young or old, how fit, how flexible, or how able, if you want to practice, you can.
In 2015 Dave decided it was about time to share his passion for weight training, and qualified as a level three personal trainer. He left his day job in IT to work full time as a yoga teacher and personal trainer, and has never looked back!
Dave has trained clients of a variety of ages and backgrounds, some experienced athletes, and some completely new to fitness training. He particularly enjoys training clients who have never tried this sort of thing before, building up their confidence and abilities until they are happy and confident to walk into any gym and train!
Today, Dave teaches classes and trains clients at home, online, and in gyms and studios, and also runs yoga holidays and retreats.
About ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga (or Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to use it’s full name) is a traditional style to yoga, known today for it’s dynamic and energetic postures and flowing practice.
The ashtanga practice focusses on controlled breathing (ujaii pranayama), synchronised with the sequence of postures (asana), and direction of the gaze to specific points (dristi). These three form the tristana, the tri-fold focus which enables the practice to become a flowing, moving, graceful meditation.
The practice can be modified for any level of ability or physical fitness, each student working at their own pace, on their own journey. Ultimately working towards developing their own daily self-practice.