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Hello, I’m David! My goal is to give you the tools in class to stay in the moment when off the cushion.

David Underwood

Renowned teacher and author Beryl Bender Birch (Power Yoga) held a teachers workshop that forever changed David's personal practice and teaching style. Bringing Ujjayi pranayama (victorious breath) not only into standing postures; but also daily activities (walking, driving, waiting in line) fosters a focused, peaceful, and meditative mind, perfect for preparation of Mindfulness and Insight Meditation! David's teaching style combines developing concentration and one point focus using the Ujjayi breath immediately prior to Vipassana (Insight) Meditation to enhance the quality of paying attention moment to moment when the breath is allowed to flow freely and with no control. Being mindful throughout the day will be encouraged using breath awareness whenever windows of opportunity arises (walking).
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Discover how to relax the nervous system, reduce stress, and reframe the brain’s bias to hold onto negativity. In this session, we connect mind, body and brain, through deep breathing, mindfulness and guided visual meditation, activating the relaxation response and bringing ourselves back to equilibrium.

Unwind and unpack the day with de-stress meditation that aims to attune your awareness to your senses. Focus on body functions such as breath and pulse can be cultivated to bring us back to homeostasis through the power of the mind. Drop your cortisol levels; regulate pulse and adrenals; increase your sense of calm and ease so you can enjoy the pleasures of life.

Attuned awareness is the first stage to cultivating a life experience of ease and contentment. The ability to fully notice our surroundings and our relationship to them is a skill that can be refined through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Reawaken to the internal and external experiences of the present moment through practices that cultivate awareness, self-regulation, and the capacity for presence.

The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented impacts, including a reduction in toxic stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and executive functioning.

mindful movement
When our minds become too active and crowded, bringing attention to our bodies can revive and synchronize our being, bringing about a welcomed sense of calm and relaxation. This practice brings mindfulness to the body through somatic movement and includes practices such as Qi Gong, mindful walking or yoga postures.