Bio Dublin Ashtanga Yoga Teacher David Collins
David Collins has been practicing yoga since the 1980’s and runs Ashtanga Yoga Dublin with his wife Paula Herbert.
He practiced various forms of yoga initially and also practiced Tai Chi and Zen Meditation.
“Although it took many years for Yoga to gain a firm foothold in my life, even at the beginning with only intermittent practice, I could feel that Yoga was benefiting me”
In 1990 David undertook his first Teacher training, and began teaching yoga part-time in 1992.
” It was only when I came to the Ashtanga Practice in 1998, that I knew I had found my practice. It married all the elements together for me, The breath, the body and the mind. Within a few years I began to travel to India to study Ashtanga and to teach full time, opening the Ashtanga Yoga Dubln Shala in 2002″
David has been teaching Yoga for 20 years and has been blessed to have been able to study with Sri K.Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and for the last 6 years with Guruji’s son, Manju Pattabhi Jois, who has authorised both David and Paula, to teach the traditional Ashtanga system.
He also studies Yoga Philosophy and Chanting with Dr. Jayashree and Prof. Narasimhan of Mysore, and Pranayama with Paul Dallaghan.
David teaches traditional ashtanga yoga as a complete system of practices, including postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), chanting (mantra) and meditation, the purpose of which is to allow each individual to develop health, awareness, compassion and joy, thereby experiencing a balanced and happy life, in which their fullest potential as a human being is realized and enjoyed.
The practices are progressive and accessible to everyone, and David’s retreats are open to everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced practitioner.
However if you are a beginner, you should be prepared to work strongly with the physical body.
Ashtanga yoga retreat
David’s retreats are primarily aimed at ashtanga yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their practice and to spend consecutive days with a very experienced teacher within a small class setting, and to immerse themselves within a yogic environment to strengthen the whole experience.
David is profoundly grateful to Guruji, to Manju and to all his other teachers thro’ the years, especially Lino Miele and more recently Peter Sanson. Equally so, he gives thanks to all the students with whom he has been privileged to work over the years.
And most of all to Paula and Grace, who allow him to know the deepest meaning of Yoga on a daily basis.
“For me the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga are both discrete and contiguous. We cannot speak of Yoga and Meditation as if separate – Yoga is all of the practices and it is the peace we seek.”
For a student just starting Yoga it is very hard to sit down and be still. The body complains, the breath is unsteady, the mind is restless.
Through Asana we bring ease to the body, through pranayama, we balance the breath, through the Drishti, the gazing points, we improve the focus and as a result the mind becomes gradually stiller.
Meditation evolves naturally. The principles of Yama and Niyama, the first two limbs, give us the correct context, attitudes and approach, both to practice on the mat and off.
I have great faith in the simplicity of this Yoga of Eight Limbs, and in my Guruji’s expression ‘Practice and all is coming‘ , meaning ‘All’ that we need and desire to bring us to this simple understanding of how to live with peace, health and prosperity, and to let go of the patterns and habits that bring suffering and discontent.
This is faith based on personal experience over many years of practice and teaching.
Over the weekend retreat I would like to offer the opportunity to everyone to begin to explore the Eight Limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga in its true traditional form, through the postures, pranayama and chants, and all that is required is an open heart and mind and a willingness to try.