“Before yoga I only existed, with yoga I started to live”.




The first time I have met David, it was in Thailand when I was in charge of managing a Detox Center in Phuket. David applied to offer weekly yoga classes to my guests.



I was immediately touched by his kind, caring, open and friendly personality. David is a sunny man with a shining smile.



Since his first class, I knew that I picked up the right yoga teacher for the Center… and for my practice too. His teaching can be summarized in 4 words: Empathy, kindness, patience and respect.



David is an genuine and compassionate person, not in the ego at all, as unfortunately many yoga teachers are today.



David was also important for me in my yoga path, when after a serious back surgery, I was told that I will never be able to practice yoga again and I lost completely my yoga confidence. 


Thanks to his kindness, his empathic appoach and his so huge professional knowledge of the human body and different types of yoga, he gentle accompanied me, without any pressure, in Flying Yoga practice. It was like a yoga rebirth!



Following a class with David, it is the guarantee to discover what the "real" yoga is, in the respect of your body and your abilities. David gives you the wings to practice yoga and his passion for the yoga is contagious.



One of my dream (that I have posted on my vision board) that I am sure I will achieve in a close future, would be to follow a second yoga teacher training, but of course with David this time. With David as a teacher, I am sure that my practice and my teaching will never be the same…. as well as my life!



Thank you David for all that you brought to me, to answer all my questions and it is an honour for me to share the yoga word through your mouth and to let more people discover the beautiful person that you are.



Discover the Youtube video presentation of David on my Youtube Channel : https://youtu.be/JM2XO4H2Xxk




1.  David, can you please tell us more about yourself in a few words?


I am a 39 year-old Spaniard with an endless curiosity for understanding human nature.


I have been  practising yoga for more than 20 years and have been teaching yoga for 14 years.


 I worked as a professional contemporary dance and have a Degree in Translation and Interpretation, along with some diplomas in physiology and anatomy of the human body.


However, the more I study, the more I acknowledge there is so much more to learn. As I result, I want to continue dedicating my life to learning*.



*Note from Sophie : David is very humble. He now travels all over the world to teach yoga. From Dubaï to Phuket or Bali, David is part of the All Yoga Training Organization : https://www.allyogatraining.com/ which trains Yoga Teachers.




2.   How did your Journey with yoga begin?


I started practicing the physical component of yoga (asanas or postures) as a way to complement my career as a contemporary dancer in 2000 in Portugal.



Then, I started teaching yoga in 2005 at the Fitness Complex at the university where I was studying my degree in Translation and Interpretation. I haven’t stopped teaching nor practicing ever since.



After a few years of practice, I observed that I was opening to the other aspects of the yoga practice, not only the physical part,  that were already presented to me in most classes, although I seemed not to be ready to grasp them at the time.




3.  What style of yoga do you practise and why this style of yoga ?

I embarked in the Ashtanga Yoga* tradition in 2013.


The psychology and philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga tradition are the main reasons I stick to Ashtanga nowadays. 



*Note from Sophie : The Ashtanga yoga is a set sequence of postures linked together with vinyasa or flow of movement, in order to build heat in the body.


The set sequence is a consistent flow of dynamic movement designed to stretch and strengthen your body and to allow breath and energy to flow through your body easily.


But Ashtanga Yoga is above all a philosophy : Ashanga can be translated  as « 8 » (asht) and « limbs » (anga), referring to the 8 limbs of yoga.


The 8 limbs of Yoga are guidelines for yoga practitioners to follow in order to live a more disciplined life.


Thes 8 limbs are : Yama (morality), Niyama (discipline), Asana (physical exercise), pranayama (breath control), prathyahara (detachment), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (contemplation).




4.  How did yoga affect/change your life?


This is a tough question to answer, I always feel that words can’t really define it.


The way yoga helps me perceive my reality has totally changed my life.


I can only say that without the tools gained by practicing mindful yoga, my life would have been totally different.


I am sure I am quoting someone here: “Before yoga I only existed, with yoga I started to live”.




5.  How did you train yourself? 

I took a yoga teacher training in 2014 in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with All Yoga Training : https://www.allyogatraining.com/. *


The training’s program equipped me with more than the necessary tools to deepen my practice by myself and teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa method.



*Note from Sophie : https://www.allyogatraining.com/ offers Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Instructor certifications. I followed in 2009 a 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga program with them and I highly recommend them. The training was a transforming life experience. 




6.  Who have been your mentors, your yoga heroes or greatest influences ? 

I hold a high respect for any teacher that has a regular practice, and teaches from the tradition, with compassion and awareness of every student’s needs.*



*Note from Sophie : Unfortunately, it becomes really hard to find this type of Yoga Teacher. Nowadays, with Instagram and other social medias, it is more important to get sponsored by a « yoga pants » company and post a picture with a foot behind the ear, to become a « yogi » and a yoga reference…. But Don't worry, at the end of this article, I will recommend you the best teachers in Paris and Phuket!



7.  What is the most significant change you have observed while practising yoga?




A mindful practice will always bring the focus towards the present moment. 




8.  What is the rewarding thing practising and teaching yoga?

Practicing yoga is a lifestyle to me, nowadays.


The rewards come in many forms and shapes throughout my daily life.



Every daily practice clears my mind and body and sets me towards the right path for the day ahead. 




9.  What do you recommend for someone who is starting with yoga ?

I always recommend exploring different yoga styles until you find the style that suits you best.


After that, spend some more time finding a teacher that you connect with, someone that provides space for individual learning and understands we all have different goals and learning rhythms.



*Note from Sophie : David is REALLY this type of Teacher !




10.                  Do you recommend to complement yoga with other physical and/or spiritual activities ?

Yoga provides a sufficient and balanced amount of physical exercise, philosophy and psychology content for one to start or continue walking his or her own spiritual path.


However, these are not only opposed to other forms or physical and spiritual activities, but they can complement or be complemented by other activities, regardless their nature (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual ones).




11.                   If you could do only one pose from now, what would it be and why?

Any comfortable sitted position that allows me practice breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation.


A crossed-legged position, sifted on a cushion (padmasana), is by far my favourite.




12.                  What is the biggest challenge you face with yoga?

Maintaining the focus on an even and flowing breath.


That is the only way to allow the mind to slow down and, eventually, find stillness. 




13.                  When I look at you practising, I feel so stiff ! What would you say to someone who is not flexible at all ? is there any chance that I become as flexible as you ?


    Flexibility is not a requirement for yoga, but rather a byproduct of the physical practice, along with strength and balance.


Anyone committed to a regular asana practice will develop physical and mental flexibility, strength and balance.





14.                   How do you challenge yourself to continue Learning as a teacher ?

I travel as much as I can, both for work or pleasure, and I always look for inspiring teachers to whom I can learn from.


At the same time, I try to continue learning by attending workshops, trainings, and of course studying.




15.                   Can you please describe an example of a typical day for you from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed ?

I usually wake up at 4am because I need 1 hour to get ready for my practice.


At 5am, I start my 2h practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, then I shower and have a coffee before I start working.


Around 10.30am, I stop for a 2h “brunch” break and resume work at 12:30.


 At 2:30 pm, I stop for a 30min break and then continue working until 06.00 pm.


Then I have dinner around 7 :00 pm and head to my room for some reading and by 9 pm, I am in bed and ready to sleep.



16.                  Are you vegan/vegetarian?


I have done formal studies in Nutrition and Health and experienced with different diets throughout my life, including veganism and vegetarianism. *


After years of exploring them all, I came to the conclusion that what works best for my body is to nourish it with food that is as close to its natural state without any or just minimum alteration.


 I have never felt so healthy ever since.



*Note from Sophie : The difference between a vegan and a vegetarian is that a vegan eliminates all animal products from his or her diet, including dairy.


Those following a vegan lifestyle generally do not wear leather and avoid products made from animals such as honey, wook, silk and down.


Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish or poultry, but might eat eggs, or dairy products such as cheese, yogurt or milk.



17.                  Can you describe an example of a typical day of food for you from breakfast to dinner ?


I have a coffee at 4am in the morning before my daily practice and first teaching class.


My breakfast/lunch happens during my work break, around 11am, where I have a smoothie or an omelette with some veggies.


I continue working until the next break at 02.30 pm where I have a smoothie bowl or a piece or two of fruits if I had an omelette for breakfast.


The last meal would be dinner, somewhere around 7 :00 pm, where I will have chicken or fish with veggies.


I drink a lot of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.


You can find the pictures of David's meals here: https://youtu.be/zHPifial1eg




18.                  Do you have any yoga apps to recommend ? or yoga books ?

There are many great books out there for most yoga styles.


For Ashtanga, I recommend Gregor Maehle’s “Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy” : https://www.amazon.com/Ashtanga-Yoga-Philosophy-Gregor-Maehle/dp/1577316061


“Yoga Sutras of Patanjali » : https://www.amazon.fr/Yoga-Sutra-Patañjali-GEORG-FEUERSTEIN-PH-D/dp/0892812621/ref=asc_df_0892812621/?tag=bingshoppin0f-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584070138617664&psc=1



 and “Yoga Mala” by Patthabi Jois : https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Mala-Original-Teachings-Ashtanga/dp/0865477515/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=yoga+mala&qid=1565079401&s=books&sr=1-1



 “Flow”, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of my favourites as well: https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Psychology-Experience-Perennial-Classics/dp/0061339202/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1JEIOP26Y0X27&keywords=flow+mihaly+csikszentmihalyi&qid=1565079452&s=books&sprefix=flow+mihal%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C292&sr=1-1




19.                  What are your plans in the future?


My future plan is to continue working towards acquiring the tools that will allow me to remain in the present moment.



20.                  How can we follow your teaching?

My Instagram and FB accounts, “David Yogasana”, for sure.


I try to maintain a fresh and informal approach about my life Journey.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/david_yogasana/

           Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/yogasanadavid/






The next Yoga Instructors certifications taught by David:

will take place in Bali in February, April, May, July, August and September 2020 and in Thailand in November 2020.



For more detailed information, you can contact David, through his Instagram and Facebook accounts or directly register on the All Yoga Training website : https://www.allyogatraining.com/



Where to practise Ashtanga Yoga in Paris ?

I highly recommend ASHTANGA YOGA PARIS, created by Gérald Disse and Linda Munro : https://www.ashtangayogaparis.fr/


They have amazing teachers with all the qualities described by David in the question number 9.


You will follow classes in French, English and sanskrit, for all levels.


As soon as I am in Paris, I go to Ashtanga Yoga Paris and follow the classes of Agata Wasko and Alick Tsay for example.



Where to practise Ashtanga Yoga in Phuket (Thailand)?

You will have the best Ashtanga Yoga classes with Julie Hirunchai.


As David, Julie is a « real » Yoga Teacher. Empathy, kindness, patience, positive and good Energy describe perfectly Julie.


Julie has been living in Phuket for many years and has founded : http://ganeshayogaphuket.com/



I hope that Julie will be my next interviewee in the future !







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