You know all those things you want to know about your yoga instructor but don’t dare to ask? I had the privilege to ask those questions to Dave Larot, one of my favorite instructors at YogaWorks.
Dave’s teaching style could be described as smooth, calm, profound and very meditative.
His presence sets the tone for the practice – he’s, grounded, positive, and creates a safe place for the practice to evolve.
I usually have a hard time relating to male yoga instructors- their ego can become so inflated. I never once felt that with Dave.
Overall a super cool dude, and a skater boy at heart, Dave is also a very hard worker. A former ATT employee, Dave pulled a 180 and changed his life around to being a successful yoga instructor who commutes all over the Bay Area.
Also don’t miss Dave’s yoga retreat in Yemaya, a dreamy resort in Little Corn Island in the Nicaraguan Caribbean. More here.
“Oneness” by Rasha
“Good Will Hunting”
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
An Orca, I love the ocean. Talk about exploring a whole other world, the ocean is so massive it would be awesome to be in. Or a Dolphin, any reason to surf all day.
What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
Trikonasana, because you’re opening in all directions.
If your house were on fire and you could only take one thing, what would it be?
My ipod, gotta have my music!
Along with yoga, what would you say are your two other passions in life?
Art and shredding( skateboarding, surfing & snowboarding)
What is your biggest relationship regret?
Being selfish with my time.
What in life has given you the most strength to get through difficult times?
I used to write a lot in my journal, it gave me a sense of freedom and release. All you really need is a pen and paper and you can say anything you want, vent out any frustrations that you may have been feeling or experiencing.
Sometimes I would write just to write, nothing in particular but just jotting down my thoughts. I would go back and read all of this and just trip out, it was also a way to look at myself in a deeper sense.
This was all way before I started practicing yoga. One night while high on cocaine, I stayed up all night just writing, a few days later I went back and read it and was blown away from all the crazy shit I wrote, couldn’t tell you what it was, mostly intense gibberish.
What has yoga taught you about life?
Aww man where do I start? My practice has taught me so much, how to be in my body, take the backseat during those intense moments and just observe, being kinder to to myself not just in a physical sense but also spiritually.
It taught me how to be my own best friend, where as before I could be so hard on myself physically and mentally. Sometimes I think I’ve chilled out way too much though.
What is the most challenging experience you’ve had in your yoga journey?
In the fall of 2009 I enrolled in the 300hr Teacher Training with Yogaworks, at the time I was working for AT&T as a field technician. It was a very physically demanding job, especially during the winter where we were forced to work 12hr shifts throughout the week. Doing the training and working a full time job was probably the most challenging and intense times in my life.
Tell me about your personal practice. How often do you practice, for how long, where?
I have a morning and evening meditation practice where I’ll sit quietly anywhere from 10-30min, and sometimes during the day between classes. My physical practice I love taking my time and moving slow, holding shapes to go deeper.
Lately my schedule has been scattered throughout the week, so my asana practice will run anywhere from 15min to an hour at home in the living room. I wish I had hardwood floors, the carpet sucks.
Thanks Dave for sharing! See you around!