david-atkinson-yoga-teacher-newcastleMy introduction to Yoga came in 1999 when I learnt Transcendental Meditation with local TM teacher Chris Greathead in Newcastle, the following year I started posture work in Iyengar and within a few months was introduced to Ashtanga vinyasa by Buddhist Yogi Sudaka who was a great influence.  My first teaching diploma in 2004 was with Dr Brian Cooper who I have also done additional workshops with and I am currently certified as senior Yoga teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance professionals.

I’ve studied with many international teachers over the past 18+ years including Srivatsa Ramaswami, Matthew Sweeney, Danny Paradise, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Donna Farhi, Paul Grilley, Christopher Gladwell & Godfrey Devereux to help gain insight into the various approaches to Yoga so that this can then be related to students in a supportive way that suits the needs of the individual.

My main practice for over 10 years was Ashtanga Vinyasa with Brian Cooper and Sri V Sheshadri in Mysore being my two main teachers and influences.  I now teach my own approach to sequencing of postures based on my experience of Yoga, Thai massage and how western bodies function in relation to movement whilst incorporating the broader and more traditional ‘tools’ of Hatha Yoga of which all modern approaches are based around.

I also have an additional 200 hour teaching diploma gained from the Patanjali International Yoga Foundation in Rishikesh studying traditional practices under the guidance of Dr Jitendara Das and have completed the Heart of Yoga programme at the Krishnamacharya Healing Foundation in Chennai, India.  To broaden my knowledge of philosophy I have also studied with Georg Feuersteins Traditional Yoga Studies school and hold a 250 hour diploma in classical Yoga.

After 7 years of teaching in 2011 I took a year off to travel around India and Asia in which I did additional training in Yoga and Thai massage studying with some great teachers which enabled me to deepen my own practice and massage skills.  I also visited many famous spiritual landmarks and temples in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and completed Vipassana Meditation retreats, all of which contributed to a transformative journey.  My Thai Massage training was gained through various visits to Chiang Mai, Thailand over the past few years which is associated with Northern style which is based on more stretching movements with less pressure. I am also a member of Thai Healing Alliance International a professional organization which endorses standards of traditional Thai therapy throughout the world.

Please check the classes page for all levels from beginners to experienced in Newcastle city centre and Jesmond.