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"Just wanted to thank you for some teachings of yours that were really helpful to me on my current path. In class last week, you challenged us to watch our thoughts while we tottered in balancing poses, and to consider "falling into ourselves". This phrase really captured for me what attracted me to your teaching when I encountered you at East Bay Ecstatic Dance. That is, I feel that you create in your classes the safety to be great, to risk greatness! It's funny, because I feel that what initially drew me to yoga over ten years ago was the safety to fail, and the message that I am still okay even when I fall. Now, I am resonating with teachers who say to me, yes, you are okay if you fail, but why fail, when you can fly? You are one of those teachers.
"Thank you so much for a great class this morning. i was just reflecting on the last 4-5 weeks since i began taking your class, and i feel so much appreciation for the wisdom and inspiration you so generously share. i really feel like your yoga classes are a new force in my life for transformation, healing and heart-opening! what a gift." Caitlin Sislin
"Over the years, David's support and teachings have extended way beyond the borders of the classroom walls. His wisdom has brought a lightness and a curiosity to my mind, and a strength and assurance to my poses. Though he may not know it, his teachings have helped me through many of the bumps and hills of my life. David's knowledge of yoga, anusara, philosophy, and anatomy runs deep like the stones at stream's bottom, which are constantly being tumbled and worn and tested by the running waters, only to emerge smoother and older and wiser from the journey. His emphasis on anatomy and alignment lifts me from an instinctual fear of going further -- David's classes guide me to relax these preconceived notions, and have made my own understanding of bodily and mental cause and effect much clearer. I often feel as though my breath is transformed from his class, like it is traveling through more of my body, instead of being stuck in the upper register of my lungs. I am physically and emotionally enriched by David's teachings, and ever so grateful." Helene Poulshock - cultureconsumer.com
"I wanted to let you know that your classes have been a major healing force in my life during a difficult time of transformation and growth for me. Today in particular I was struggling with letting go of some things that I've needed to let go of for a while. Your approach to the practice of finding your edge while also finding bliss has been very, very helpful to me.
"I just wanted to say that i've really enjoyed your friday noon classes. ... i appreciate all the levels that you address in your teaching, with so much humor, gentleness, and room for everyone. those qualities are ones that i also strive to impart in my own classes, so it's good for me to feel how i'm affected as a student when the teacher (you) is including all of my experience. i love how the class goes very deep, even though it's a short practice. " - Rachel Shaw - yoga teacher
"You are an excellent yoga teacher for me -- your words and encouragement help me to let go of blockages and move deeper into postures where beautiful insights are revealed...
"I found David while on a road trip down to an Acro Yoga Teacher Training. I had been nursing an achy shoulder for a year, while gritting my teeth through inversions.
"Thank you for wonderful class Thursday evening at Namaste. You are clearly "in the dharma' of life, truly gifted you are!. ...what a surprise to have you lead the class to discover the possibility of bliss!! Yeah." Cynthea Denise - yoga teacher
"I've been going to David Schlussel's yoga classes for over a year now. I've taken yoga with dozens of different teachers, but David's are really something special. Not only does he make it easy, playful, fun and engaging to explore your body's potential, but he leads his classes from a truly grounded, heartfelt love for yoga's ability to stretch your body and being into unimaginable new forms and levels of spaciousness." Damien Jones
"The first time I took David's class I saw something that was absolutely unique in how he approaches yoga. I have practiced for many years and left yoga for dance because I felt like it challenged me in a different way. The challenge I was seeking was to express myself fully with the vehicle of my body. In David's classes he discusses not only the ancient traditions but shows you opportunities to find yourself in the practice- that was what I was looking for but realized it is not the practice, it is the teacher I was searching for. David's classes bring your life to the mat and you have an opportunity to explore your limits in life during your practice of yoga. After leaving class I feel like I have received a massage for my heart because David's classes do not just effect my body, but my soul as well."
"I really enjoyed your class last week. It motivated me, in fact, to come back again this week , . . . and that's not so easy to do! Only today there was a young lady there with a completely different Yoga style to offer. A perfectly fine one in fact, it just didn't leave me, for whatever reason, feeling the same way I did upon leaving yours. I'm not sure I can even describe to you what exactly the diffence was. I only know that when I arrived back at work soon after your class that my body had this wonderfully stretched out feeliing, as though the tension and stress of life that had been building up in my muscles and joints had just fallen away. Dave, I'm over 50 yrs. old and have been doing exercising vigorously my whole (well almost anyway) life. I've been training daily in a rather strenuous form of aikido for the last 10yrs. but I've never done anything that left me feeling as invigorated as your class did. Admittedly, it slowly faded along with the setting sun, but nonetheless, it left me with a deep desire to capture that feeling again!
"Its a really safe space and a powerful hour for me every week" Laura Woltag
"I finally felt my poses as offerings and it changed my relationship to yoga" Michelle Barton
"I go to your class because you push me to stretch my heart and mind and my body while still really taking care of myself and honoring my limits... you encourage us to question them and to honor them. I know that when I come I will find a new lens to look at my life through, you are an ever flowing stream of lessons, kind words, wisdom, you know that this practice is about the deepest essence of our lives and you speak in a way that really makes sense to me. I appreciate your efforts to make safe space for tears and noises and to help us connect with each other in a world that doesn't also support this. In addition to all the spiritual guidance I am so grateful for the many instructions I have incoporated into my physical self that have helped me reduce the chronic pain I have lived with for almost 20 years now. I am obviously still on this path but it is incredibly valueable... you refresh your ways of giving the same instructions, new analogies, examples, ways to get in and out of poses, you speak to differnt parts of me at different times and I find myself surprised to learn more and more about this body I have lived with for so many years!" - Suzanne Pegas
"I think your greatest gift as a teacher is perhaps the simplest . . . your presence. You are passionate without being dogmatic, encouraging without being invested, lighthearted without being shallow. You are also skilled at accommodating multiple levels, something that is an ongoing challenge for most teachers. Some manage the challenge better than others, and it seems quite natural for you. I don't just mean that you offer modifications but that students feel included, accepted, and acknowledged whatever their level of skill or effort. If these things didn't matter to our human psyche we wouldn't bother with class at all. You remind us of possibility - something we haven't considered or experienced before. During one of my first backbends in your class you said something like "consider that maybe you'll go deeper than you ever have before," and it was wonderful, empowering language. I also appreciate the emphasis on bandhas and broad philosophical perspective you interject throughout the practice. Your adjustments are informed and compassionate." - Angela Catton
"I am just returning from your yoga class and feel compelled to write a note of thanks to you. Your simple trick of helping me move my arm/shoulder where I was stuck for almost a year is such a gift! What a relief! What liberation! Thank you so much! I look forward to more classes with you." - Eva Ruland
"I'm enriched by your teaching abilities and presence as well as the ambience and stillness of the morning time. You are so genuine in your search for truth through yoga. It is very inspiring and i enjoy being your student." - Tomi
"I enjoyed your style immensely and had more moments of clarity during your yoga class than I have had with others teachers. It was an amazing experience, thank you...I hope to learn more from you. Thank you so very much, I didn't realize how amazing a yogic experience could be!" - Michelle J.
"I always feel like I learn something profound after your classes." - Angela Beeck
"i have been listening to [teachers] talk about mula bandha for over a year now - and sunday i finally figured out exactly what it is!!! after class i also noticed that i was very relaxed yet energized... ...and working with my breath this week has given me a much steadier stream of energy which is in high demand in my life these days! our exercises did very much remind me of hypnobirthing...and knowing now how everything works, that makes sense. thank you for your excellent class." - Charity Ellis
"wow! what a new sensation - my hips and legs are really feeling alive after yesterday. thanks for your help." - Charity Ellis
"I have found my yoga doesn't just stop when class ends, it's everywhere and along comes your insight/voice into my daily living. I can see and feel my body changing daily and opening to be explored & experienced in most cases for the first time, it's totally awesome. It's absolutely great that the universe has blessed me by allowing me to learn from such a gifted teacher." - Laura Weddle
"You are my favorite yoga teacher I've so far experienced. I love the level of care you demonstrate in class through your personalized attention and adjustments. I love how available you are to your students before, during, and after class. Thank you for that. Of the yoga teachers I have experienced thus far, you definitely provide the most detailed instruction and teaching. This has helped my practice immensely. I have grown so much through your tutelage." - Rosie Turner
"you encourage your students to own their yoga, to be open and ask, and you learn from your students. It is relaxed and easy that way. If the class naturally moves into a pose, you go with the class. If someone rather modify, you encourage it. You are open to what your students want and need...I think you are super knowledgeable.
"There's a fun aspect of your teaching style. I appreciate your expertise in body mechanics and alignment. This was something that really impressed me when i first started coming to your classes, and continues to. It's a typical anusara type thing, but you are just SO GOOD at articulating it in all the poses and raising students awareness of their body mechanics through ongoing verbal instruction and your gentle and Very liberating manual adjustments." - Amanda Nube
"I came to your class initially because it was offered as a community yoga class and it worked with my schedule. However, as time went on I came to rely on the way you were able to offer a challenging and simultaneously supportive and gentle class. I felt like you were genuinely accepting of all people, at all levels, in whatever way they came to your class.
"I have really enjoyed your classes, on so many levels---you are an amazing teacher!---I wish I had discovered your classes sooner, my practice has really grown through your influence, and I will surely be back on my mat in your classes when I return.
"I love your classes and teaching style.
"David's classes are lively and very inspiring. After a couple of weeks, I found myself waking up in the morning wanting to do yoga." - David Jenkins Ph.D.
"like your teaching because you seem to have minimal fear, you don't seem to be about ego, you're funny, fun, and provide a killer physical and spiritual workout and workin. Other stuff too." - Pay Rose
"when I am in your classes I am able to shut all the other students out and concentrate on my practice. It's like their energy is there, but it's in the background and your voice is the the foreground. I hope this makes sense; it's kind of hard to explain. I think this has to do with your presence and instruction. Second, you make the atmosphere comfortable to grow and improve, and ask for help or ask questions, but not so that these interventions become distracting. Third, it is always a challenging class, in different ways each time. I first started coming to your classes because I was having problems with depression. The pressures of grad school were getting to me, among other things, and your classes had a significant role in helping me lift out of depression. The key to that, I think, is that you give just enough guidance so that one can do the work one needs to." - Jessica
"From a very young age I used to be dancer, that was my love and passion. I performed in a dance company as a teenager and during that time I pulled my hamstring and injured something..... I didn't have time to properly heal or attend to it as I had to get back up and perform. I ignored this injury and in college became a dance major, dancing hours every day, until at some point my body gave in to the injury and forced me to stop. I had extreme back pain for a long time and had to give up my major.
"backpain=gone" - Julian Steinberg
"One night recently I was in a level 10 pain from sciatic nerve damage that
starts low in my back and runs down my right leg. I was unable to sleep
properly the night before which left me endlessly tossing and turning with
no comfort even with doctor prescriptions.