David Pittenger, is a senior student of master teacher and yogini of the Maha Bhairavi Yoga tradition - Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati (Kirin Mishra).
David is a registered Yoga teacher and full-time instructor experienced in teaching students of all levels from beginner through advanced.
David draws from a combination of 10-years intensive study in Yoga and his
20-years of experience as a professional ballet dancer to develop a unique Yoga class that allows for students to experience a holistic approach to asana.
Through careful attention to alignment and long slow warm-ups, a pathway is opened to help heal old injuries and prevent new ones.
David's teaching is in the Saraswati River Yoga style and features personalized assists that skillfully and gently guide a student deeper into their yoga practice.
describes the affects of this style of yoga as follows ... "Authentic movement begins when habitual patterns of body and mind are revealed to us.
Through these ancient flowing physical movements our own consciousness is experienced as a beautiful vibratory dance.
Dance being metaphor here for the play of hide-n-seek between the small "I" of our fears and doubts and our sense of self that is beyond conceptions, beliefs or ideas.
As we dance with the self and embrace the wisdom of direct sensory experience we slowly re-learn how to be naturally buoyant in our intrinsic spaciousness and be balanced and in harmony with life's many rhythms'.
David's interest in Yoga began when he
came across the book The Sivananda Companion to Yoga; the asanas he
learned helped him to extend his
dance career despite years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries.
found himself turning to the healing benefits of yoga once more.
Only this time he found a teacher in Parvathi who could take him deep into the realm of self exploration; enabling him to establish a personal practice to support his overall health and deepen his teaching. balanced and in harmony with life's many rhythms
David grew up in Bowie, Maryland and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts.
David's dance accolades include his
10-years as principal dancer with the American Repertory Ballet
and several other companies such as Lines Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Austin
and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
As a Choreographer, David has created a half dozen works including dance adaptations of the children's books Sadako & Bridge Terabithia for Bridge to Ballet Theater, an outreach dance ensemble dedicated to bringing dance to school children.