After graduating from Brown and spending years of intensely cerebral work as a New York journalist and Hollywood story analyst, I fled to a yoga class at my local gym for some mental relief. It was a revelation: for the first time, I noticed how my thoughts and actions embed themselves in my body, affecting the ease, or lack thereof, with which I move through the world. A daily asana practice ensued, eventually delivering me to the YogaWorks Teacher Training, led by my beloved mentors Annie Carpenter and Lisa Walford, both of whom I later assisted. Their guidance sharpened my understanding of yoga, not only as a physical practice but as a larger philosophical question: If we clear the mind’s distractions, what will be revealed?
I sought multiple points of view. Additional trainings with Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, and Jill Miller followed, and I studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage with Ashtanga founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during his 2005 American tour, and with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, for one month. All these teachers gave me invaluable tools to dig deeper into my own practice – honing a meditative awareness — without grasping for definitive answers or goals. This evolutionary process continues to shape my unique voice and teaching style, which incorporates creative sequencing, thoughtful instruction, and a playful attitude — often accompanied by innovative music. Based in Santa Monica, I teach Vinyasa Flow classes, lead workshops both here and abroad, and am planning an international retreat in 2011.
If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would now be teaching yoga and traveling the world to engage in this ancient practice, I would have laughed in disbelief. Fortunately, life has a funny way of pointing us down our yogic paths, and Pattabhi Jois’s deceptively simple quote — “Practice, and all is coming” — rings profoundly true for all of us who seek a deeper connection to our own lives and communities.
With gratitude, DavidDavid Kim,