David has studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga schools, and his practice and teaching is deeply influenced by the traditions of Satyananda Saraswati and the Thai Buddhist lineage of Ajahn Chah. David spent one year in India studying yoga and bansuri flute, and has received written authorization from K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He also holds Yoga Alliance 500-Hour certification, Certificate IV in Teacher Training and Assessment from the Australian Government, has completed yoga teacher training with Richard Freeman. In 2006, David founded the Fana Yoga teacher training school, a Yoga Alliance registered school internationally certifying yoga instructors.
Over the past 25 years, David has travelled extensively, living and working in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. David has taught workshops and teacher-trainings in Australia, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.
David holds a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna. He has worked as a researcher in bioelectromagnetics since 1991, when he began at the Bioelectrochemistry Laboratory at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, NY, with Dr. Arthur Pilla.
David’s research emphasis has been on electromagnetic field (EMF) therapeutics and mechanisms of interaction and he has been integral in the development of FDA-approved EMF therapy devices. He has published numerous articles on bioelectromagnetics and alternative medicine in peer-reviewed journals, and holds patents for therapeutic EMF signals and devices. David has also conducted research on Pranayama and Chinese Qigong practices. Recently, David was an invited lecturer at the International School of Bioelectromagnetics, Alessandro Chiabrera, in Erice, Sicily.
David is currently Director of Biophysics for VID Art | Science, National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems, Bologna, Italy (vidartscience.org), and works as a consultant for several companies including Rio Grand Neurosciences, Ivivi Health Sciences, iTech Medical and Bioflex Medical.
David is also the Director of Technology and Innovation for the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (chi.is), an international collaborative accelerator of scientists, health practitioners, innovators, educators and artists, who forward the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices. CHI fosters a social movement to place health and healing at the center of our personal and global consciousness, in order to build healthier societies and sustainable stewardship of our plane
As a child and young adult David was exposed to the musical influences of New York City and Western Massachusetts, and he began to perform professionally as a teenager.
Playing saxophone and flute, David has worked with his own groups, and performed with Emery Smith, Chris Daily, the Fred Clayton International Rhythm Connection, African Chic, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and others.
In India, David studied bansuri flute with Ravi Shankar Mishra and All India Radio Artist Sri Upadhyaya. David’s experiences living and working in a variety of cultures have given him a deep interest in World Music and the use of music for healing.
His primary musical mentor is Yusef Lateef, with whom he maintained a close relationship for 15 years while living in the New York city area. David often substituted for Dr. Lateef, teaching his classes at Hampshire College and the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts. David has also studied with Ray Copeland, Jimmy Giuffre, George Garzone, Barry Harris, John Castellano, and more recently, Garry Dial, Antonio Hart and Allaudin Mathieu.
Throughout his adult life, David has integrated work in yoga/meditation, science and music. He was drawn to this path as a means of realizing a sense of wholeness in the connections between arts, sciences and contemplative practices.