Join David Corder for an adventure of a lifetime! David will be leading the retreat at Blue Osa that takes place during the first week in June – A journey to the outside for a deeper journey inside. Click here for more information.
What or who made you step on your yoga mat the first time, and where were you?)
My first time on a yoga mat was in 1983 in Pittsburgh, PA. I was studying Musical Theater Performance at Carnegie-Mellon University and during dance classes I was having huge problems with my flexibility and range of motion. It was suggested that I could improve these issues by practicing yoga. I don’t remember much about my early practice except for a teacher sitting on my back during a forward fold and causing me great pain. This was a great testament to finding a good teacher to begin with. I continued with a practice, off and on, for the next few years, finding more understanding teachers and also finding the first connections to my spiritual studies.
How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga has had a profound influence on my life. I believe that I can directly link my acceptance of myself and empathy for others to my practice. Early in my practice I was aware of my insatiable desire to be liked, or loved, by everyone I came in contact with. I learned that these desires stemmed from trying to fill the hole within myself of lack of self-love and awareness of my own self-worth. As I was directed to work on myself, both physically and mentally, I was able to understand that everything we perceive comes from within and that the more we develop our inner awareness the more our understanding of the world and those around us deepens.
When did you realize you wanted to teach yoga?
I am not sure I ever made a conscious choice to teach yoga and begin this journey. I had become physically out of shape, due to changes in work and family obligations, and decided to go back to school to learn about nutrition and exercise. While I was doing my internship at Denver University I started taking a yoga class, I’d been away from that too, it was the first time that the physical and mental aspects of yoga aligned for me. I started my regular practice back up. I started personal training and also opened the Wellness Center. As I started working with clients, I found that adding a little bit of yoga into every session gave them greater overall results. I delved deeper into my yoga studies, added more yoga principles into my training sessions, saw more and more benefits being realized by my clients and soon found that they wanted yoga classes rather than training sessions. So, over time, teaching yoga chose me. It’s almost funny how life aligns when you just let it flow.
What is your favorite yoga pose currently?
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) – Although it’s a beginner pose I find that there is a full body joy and awareness that comes from exploring my body in this position. It never ceases to amaze me how much I can learn, and re-learn, from the basics.
What is one specific asana are you currently working towards?
Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) – While getting into a free-standing Handstand has gotten easier, finding the balance of mind and body to remain there for longer than a few seconds still eludes me.
Do you have a favorite snack or smoothie for extra yoga energy?
My favorite go-to smoothie is my version of a V-8 juice. It really is more of a V-10 and spicy. It includes: beet, spinach, celery, carrot, cucumber, tomato, ginger, garlic, horseradish, lemon, red pepper and pink sea salt.
Why did you decide on Blue Osa for your retreat?
I discovered Yogi Aaron many years ago, during my search for new and open-minded yet grounded yoga information. I was able to take class from him in Denver during one of his tours and fell in love with his joyous, infectious personality and understood his direct language during his classes. I followed the building of Blue Osa from the start and then was blessed to be able to attend a retreat there. I knew from the first moment I entered the gates of the property that Blue Osa was a destination to be experienced by the body, mind and spirit, not just a vacation get-away. (Oh, did I mention the food?) Blue Osa is the perfect place to introduce my students to a deeper understanding of yoga and themselves.
April is Earth Month. What are some ways you help save the planet and practice being eco-friendly?
I really have become more mindful of the amount of waste that goes on in the world. I try to focus on minimizing that as much as possible. I have even moved from my large house to a small studio inside of my Wellness Center to cut down on my own use of fuels and space. I really love simple living.
Tell us a little about what we can expect from your upcoming retreat.
My goal for this retreat is to create more awareness to the beauty that surrounds us and to find out how to assimilate that beauty into our inner lives.
Who is this yoga retreat for?
I believe that anyone who cares to find a deeper connection to their inner-being will benefit from the time spent on this retreat.
How do you hope your students feel at the end of the retreat (takeaways)?
Connected – Peaceful – Joyful
“Let us attain vitality together. Let our study be inspiring. Let there be harmony between us. OM, peace, peace, peace.” – Kaivalya Upanishad