AREAS OF SPECIALTY.
- Mobility and postural assessment for injury prevention and recovery
- Weight loss and lean muscle mass gain
- Building strength and flexibility for a sustainable and graceful Yoga practice
- Functional movement and sport training
- Holistic lifestyle change and individualized program design
David is a San Francisco-based yoga instructor, personal trainer, and musician who believes that yoga and strength training is for every body: for the big and the small, the flexible and the inflexible, the professional athlete and the weekend warrior. With over a decade of dedicated yoga practice with many amazing teachers and extensive study with celebrated Physical Therapist and Yogi Harvey Deutch, he brings both confident knowledge and exultant curiosity to the mat, and hopes to stir the same in everyone who joins him. With over two decades of strength and mobility training, he provides a unique experience in the gym, where form and function are both equally developed. Coming from a martial arts background and a personal history of injury, he honors the body as the greatest teacher through exploration of its many asymmetries, strengths, and deficiencies. He focuses on working smarter, not harder, and brings that same mentality to working with his clients. Needless to say, he also likes to enjoy this life and the many wonders the Bay has to offer.
David’s personalized private sessions will hone in on the particular needs of your body, designing a hybrid of strength and mobility training, yoga, and physical therapy, specifically for you. David considers himself a student’s student and inspires an exuberant, light-hearted study of the self—through breath, sensation, and sometimes sweat—and its dynamic relationship with the world: internally, externally, and everything in between. Constantly amazed by the complexity, elegance, and resilience of the human body, he incorporates his in-depth understanding of body mechanics and therapeutics to assist his clients’ journey through injury or resistance.
Having spent equal time in the gym and on the mat, he believes that strength and mobility training are not mutually exclusive with flexibility and grace. He specializes in hybridizing yoga and resistance training (using either external weights or your own body weight) and is proficient in TRX, battle ropes, kettle bells, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
David also incorporates physical therapy techniques into his training. After spending hundreds of hours observing and assisting in Harvey Deutch's Physical Therapy clinic and workshops, he has a keen eye for both injury prevention and the safest way to heal injuries while still attaining goals such as weight loss or mass building. He has worked with amputees, spinal injuries, osteoarthritis, and clients with a host of other limitations. After seeing amazing results despite the odds, he truly believes that positive change is always possible.
- Reed College, B.A. Linguistics 2006
- Ludwig Maximillian Universität, Munich, Germany, Linguistik 2005
- California Institute of Integral Studies, M.A. Somatic Psychology, 2018 (in progress)
- RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
- Advanced Yoga Therapeutics
- Certified Personal Trainer (ACE, NESTA, NCSF) with 3000+ sessions