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David's passion is making yoga philosophy real: translating the teachings of the traditional yoga texts to the language of our times. He's a yoga teacher, business coach and the author of Radically Simple Yoga.
The art of the teacher
What makes a great yoga teacher? What do they do and how do they do it? David shares his perspective.
Yoga at work
An exploration of two ways in which our yoga on our mats can support us at work: through the inner posture we adopt and the abilities we grow through practice, such as awareness, curiosity and discrimination.
A short look at a widely used metaphor in yoga: the chariot, the charioteer and five horses.
Beyond the elephant's choice
Starting with a short explanation of his unique title to this class, David takes an in-depth look at how our practice on our mats supports us in bringing agitation into our awareness and just being with it.
A world of contradictions
In a world that likes easy answers, yoga confronts us with nuance, complexity and contradictions, and grows our ability to be with all of this. An exploration and examples!
The sweetest freedom
Holocaust survivor Victor Frank asserted that "the last of the human freedoms is the ability to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances". An exploration of how yoga plays into this.
Full power resilience!
An exploration of the what, how and why of yoga as a powerful tool for building resilience at all levels.
Beyond the pill
All motivations for practicing yoga are good! What is key is that we learn to drop our motivations when we roll out our mat and allow the space for yoga to work its magic.
Yoga opens our mind
Sounds good! But what does this mean? Exploring this through a personal story of injury and drawing out some general learnings and pointers.
Dharma and Karma
Dharma and Karma are important and big themes in Eastern spirituality and in yoga. A humble attempt to shine a little light on what can often come across as complex things.
Philosophy in motion IV
A short practice with a focus on qualities to support us when we roll up our mats and go about our day. We ground in our bodies and move on from there, finding balance between doing and easing off, and focus on opening our hearts.
Yoga and money
A lovely juicy and complicated topic. Exploring a few aspects of how yoga may shift our relationship to money: practice, morals and maya.
Philosophy In Motion III
The central aspect of the yoga worldview is that we are all one; we are all connected and this connection begins inside. A short and sweet practice with a focus on growing this experience on our mats.
One way of framing yoga is that it is a way of growing our ability to be and act in the world that is authentic. In this class, we will explore what this means for our practice.
Mindfulness has grown very popular, and it is popular because it works! An exploration of the power of practicing mindfulness out in nature.
Science and yoga
An exploration of how science and yoga - although they use different language - are telling us the same story when it comes to the big picture of life.
Ahimsa as practice
Exploring Ahimsa as a much deeper practice than can be captured by any moral code or guidelines.
Philosophy In Motion II
Bringing the ideas of the Yoga Sutras to life on our mats with a short class and a little talk at each end. Short and sweet!
Philosophy in motion I
Bringing the ideas of the Yoga Sutras to life on our mats with a short flow class and a little talk at each end. Deep and fun!
Radically Simple Yoga
David celebrates the publication of his book "Radically Simple Yoga: For Now" and explores where this fits in yoga today and his approach to the philosophy of yoga.
Skill in Action
Skill in Action is one of the most broadly used definitions of yoga. In this video we explore what this means for our everyday doing at work and home and how our yoga on our mats supports growing our Skill in Action. Read the blogpost here
The ultimate detox
An exploration of yoga as the ultimate purification - or detox - practice. We'll look at what gives yoga its power to purify and how this works. Read the blogpost about this here
The observation and study of our own anatomy does more than just help us practice in a way that is safe and functional: it is a very tangible and practical way of opening up our minds.
Yoga both grows our knowing and our not knowing. A short talk exploring not knowing and more importantly how yoga takes away the insecurities of not knowing. Read David's accompanying blog.
Yoga opens our hearts
Yoga opens us up and enables us to live more fully: a personal look at one way in which I experience how yoga has opened my heart.
Patterns: Relationship with time
Time is a funny thing! Beautiful yet slippery. We often become stuck in our relationship with time; we run from one moment to the next and there is never enough of it. This talk explores how our yoga practice can bring subtle changes and more space to this relationship.
Yoga sutras: ethics
Ethics is a thorny subject in yoga! In this video we step back and look at the larger picture.
The pattern of achievement is a big and complex one. Starting with a story we'll explore the light that yoga sheds on this pattern. Part of David's "Loosening from Pattern" program
Yoga sutras: Asana
A short look at the structure of the Yoga Sutras and an in-depth exploration of the two verses (out of 196!) that relate to asana practice. Read Mastering asana 101: Breathe
Practice is play
A talk exploring the play side of our work and play of yoga. Simply because - when all is said and done - play trumps work every time! Read David's accompanying article: Being playful in your yoga practice
Yoga as a warrior art
Exploring the idea of yoga as a warrior art: a short walk-though the Bhagavad Gita; a look at the warrior archetype and taking all this on to our mats. Part of the Yoga Warrior program
The prop of awareness
Growing awareness is key to moving into depth - so what is awareness and how can we grow our awareness on our mats and in our worlds. We explore these ideas in this talk. Read the blogpost here
Patterns: Program introduction
Introduction to Program "Loosening From Pattern": a mix of yoga philosophy made relevant and an exploration of some of the more common patterns we get entangled in.
Patterns: Loosening from stress
Stress is endemic in our modern world. This talk explores how we can empower ourselves by taking our yoga off our mats to loosen from stress patterns. Read the blogpost here
Yoga and our big shift
In this talk we are exploring change we see in the world in terms of a shift from an old story of Separation to a new story of Connection. And how yoga can feed the deep roots of new this story. Read the blogpost here
Patterns: pure enjoyment
David first takes a quick look at what we have covered so far in this program. He then briefly looks at the pattern 'laziness' (member request). David then takes a deeper look at being in the moment and the nature of true self. And bringing it back to the essence of practice - pure enjoyment!
Patterns: getting there
Discussing one of the big patterns we all get caught up in, how this may manifest in our yoga, and bringing it back to our practices for belly, head and heart.
Patterns: going deeper
Exploring the role of thought in our patterns and the power of 'just observing'. And introducing this thorny topic with a short yet powerful story about an elephant. Serious and fun!
Patterns: the yoga sutras
Exploring simple ways of structuring the Yoga Sutras. David explains the concepts of these sutras in an easy and understandable way. We then learn what type of obstacles (Klesha's) we come up against in life that gives rise to all patterns we get engangled in.
Yoga in a nutshell
A talk - taking a deeper look at what yoga is about - from both the perspective of our own experience & the philosophy of yoga. Then bringing these together.
Playing into yin & yang
Taking a look at the world view behind the terms Yin & Yang and exploring how can we play into the energies of Yin and Yang whatever form our yoga practice takes!
This lecture explores bringing balance into our doing, feeling and thinking - on and off our mats. Yoga philosophy made simple, accessible and personally actionable! Part of the Home Yoga Retreat