David Kam is a London-based teacher of movement. His classes are non-traditional and are probably best described as a fusion of yoga, dance and animal flow. He likes to surprise his students and offers them space to play and explore new pathways. The sunny side of the current lockdown is definitely that I get to practice with teachers from around the globe through Zoom. David is one of the teachers that I was lucky enough to practice with during this Covid crisis and I am very grateful that we got the chance to record a podcast episode too. In our conversation, we talk about embodiment and the use of language as a teacher, the importance of play and changing things up, how growing up in Malaysia taught David the art of fusing different element, David’s handstand journey and so much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Enjoy listening!
Shownotes: stuff & people we talked about
- Quote by Jason Crandell: “Yoga is to share the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body and mind.”
- Drishti is the Sanskrit word we use in our yoga practice to describe a focused gaze.
- Quote by Nathan Myhrvold (former CTO of Microsoft): “Sometimes I find people studying more and more about less and less until they know nothing.”
- Rosemary Brandt – David’s dance teacher who inspires him and always encourages her students to find their own answers.
- Quote from Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s TED Talk: “So what, now what?”
- Book recommendation:
Dancing with the Gods: reflections on life and art by Kent Nerburn
- Dav Jones – yoga teacher
- Quote – by unknown – that David always comes back to and in my view shows exactly what his practice is about: “The creative poverty of not yet knowing is an invitation to play.”
Connect with David Kam
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