David – Yoga Teacher

David Keens

My style and approach to teaching
I practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga, which is a system of yoga where movements and postures, following a counted sequence, are linked with each breath in a way that fosters a deep self-awareness. The system builds strength and flexibility in both body and mind. My approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga follows the traditional ‘Mysore style’ and includes assisted self-practice, counted vinyasa, hands-on adjustments, focused technical work, meditation and rest. I see the role of the teacher as creating a space where everyone is supported and guided in discovering their own unique practice of yoga.

My experience and training so far
I started practicing yoga in 2000. My training includes completing the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with John Scott, in the lineage of Sri K Pattabi Jois, and the ‘Relax and Renew®’ Restorative Yoga Level One teacher training with Judith Hanson Lasater. I am a registered RYT 200 teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and am also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

The special quality I bring to Whitespace
I bring to Whitespace a simple and accessible approach, showing how anyone can practice yoga for personal development beyond just the physical practice.

My favourite thing about working at Whitespace
Whitespace is a beautiful place to practice yoga, with well equipped studios and so many people to learn from every day, both teachers and students.

What’s your favourite pose and why?
Not necessarily a ‘favourite pose’, but the yoga āsana that has taught me a lot is Utthita Hasta Pādānguṣṭhāsana (a standing posture, where you balance on each foot in turn while holding the big toe on the other foot with the leg outstretched). I used to dread practicing this pose. When you’re 6’2” it’s pretty visible when you wobble and, when you have short hamstrings and try this position, you wobble a lot! And some people just look so comfortable standing there with their leg outstretched. Geez… Now, I still wobble sometimes, but I really don’t mind anymore. Everyone wobbles sometimes — that’s when more than ever you need to focus on breathing slowly, relax, concentrate, and it will pass.

The biggest thing Yoga has taught you?
Everything changes. Some things change in an instant, in a heartbeat, other things change more slowly, and may take years, or lifetimes. But nothing ever remains the same.

A fun fact about me
Put me on a boat or a waltzer and I’ll turn green faster than a chameleon!

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