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David Donnelly

David Donnelly

David’s classes are dynamic, creative, and playful. His goal is to inspire students to challenge themselves in a positive way. The internal journey that yoga facilitates is what he loves so much about the practice, believing it is a tool to connect more deeply to your true self. With a dedicated practice and an open heart he hopes you can take these self discoveries from the mat and into your daily life.

David is a professional ballet dancer who has been doing yoga his entire adult life. His journey started while rehabilitating from a serious ankle injury and the practice he developed continued healing his soul once his ankle recovered.  He approaches yoga as a contrasting complement to the busy, external world of the performing arts; he fell in love with its internal, healing side.  Having always been a performer at heart—dancing for a captivated audience is what brings him most joy—he didn’t truly know and value himself until he found himself through his practice.

Moving from a small town in the United States to London at a young age was a difficult change of pace for him initially, until his yoga practice helped him find stability.  His newfound self-confidence and self-worth led him to complete his 200hr teacher training with Uplifted Yoga based in San Francisco and he has since completed advanced teacher training with Ambra Vallo.

He began his yoga career teaching his colleagues in the Royal Ballet, focusing on finding strength and meditation through movement.  He seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of creativity and playfulness in his classes.  The connection to the mind through body and breath is what he appreciates most about yoga; mindful movement and breath work has completely changed his approach to life and his work.  David believes that yogic principles can be applied to any physical activity and truly to all areas of life.  He wants to help others in their journey of finding themselves and their true path.

Expect a dynamic and engaging class, with an atmosphere relaxed enough for some fun.  David takes the first few minutes to connect naturally to the breath, tuning into the body and mind and out of the busyness of life.  He loves to kick off the physical practice with core work to make sure the body is warm before playing with elements of strength and flexibility.  You’ll leave feeling whole and revitalised!