Our students come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, passions, life philosophies, and unique personalities, David Bell is the kind of student that every instructor looks forward to having in their class. David is energetic, adventurous and has a never say never spirit, this is apparent through conversation with him, his practice, and his beautiful photography, I could go on but David has graciously agreed to tell us a little about himself.
When not managing a small almond farm in Shafter, where I grew up; I have a commercial photography business and several years ago I was going sea kayaking in Icy Bay Alaska for a week for stock images. Six months before, I started to attend yoga classes at Innerbody Works at its previous location and under previous ownership. I wanted more flexibility to turn my body while sitting in my kayak. Two evenings a week, I did Ashtanga Yoga and I was able to increase twisting my body around to easily rotate 180 degrees. Unfortunately after my trip, I stopped going because of lack of time and basic laziness.
Around 3 years ago, I started to develop back issues and noticed a class at Innerbody Works starting for six weeks with Kira that focused on just aching backs. After that first class, I remembered how I enjoyed yoga and the many health benefits yoga produces in the body. Being a long term meditator for mental health; I needed balance of mind and body. I met Heather and now practice couple times or so a week. I also work out twice a week with a trainer for muscle strength and try to attend Heather's core class when I'm in town.
I hike and kayak around the world in many different environments from high altitudes of the Himalayas to the icy water of Antartica and most places in between. Yoga definitely is a major factor in my ability to work better mentally and physically at 16,000 feet when it's cold and I'm warm in my tent and sleeping bag. It takes much less effort to get up and create beautiful images that I enjoy and other people seem to enjoy.
As I get older and health issues crop up time to time, I have found that yoga combined with strength training and cardio workouts and meditation helps everyday with stress and creates a positive mental attitude; which I believe is a key to happiness. Not to be overlooked; is the warm and friendly atmosphere that Inner Bodyworks promotes. Egos are checked at the door and I see so many different levels of yoga and abilities in every class that works harmoniously. It's a tribute to the ownership, staff and highly trained instructors at Inner Bodyworks. It's a place of warmth and integrity and friendship that I look forward to every class. Yes, even Heather's core class. And it did take me a year and a half to get into a headstand without help.
*I asked David to send some of his photography to share with all of you, his response: "I included more images than you probably want. I don't expect you to use them all. I can't pick and choose." Honestly, I couldn't pick and choose either so I've included them all below.