David Vendetti | South Boston Yoga
What does “A Delicious Lifestyle” mean to you?
A Delicious Lifestyle isn’t perfect; it has grace and grit and the comfortable feel of a broken in pair of jeans. It’s warm, comfortable and makes you feel damn good. There is a certain understanding that things don’t always go the way you planned and isn’t it sweet that after so many years we are still human and life has some unexpected adventures still in store for us? Something truly delicious would be fresh watermelon juice with a hint of lime;)
What led you to open South Boston Yoga?
I am a big kid at heart and I wanted a huge inspiring space to let people teach what they loved and share the gifts of learning that have brought insight and joy to their lives. I think many people forget or have never learned how to take good care of themselves or to really love and understand their bodies. I like my teachers to be well informed, super kind and passionate about what they are doing. South Boston Yoga is a place where everyone regardless of age, background or ability can come together and feel at home learning and loving yoga, meditation, and other creative movement classes.
Why do you practice yoga?
That’s a HUGE question …I mean honestly I wouldn’t be the same person without it. I have had several physical obstacles in my life and yoga has helped me sustain and even thrive where I would not have been able to otherwise. Also I find that if there is ever a day I am feeling down or stressed and I teach or take a class it just turns everything around for me. Lastly I love it. Seeing the smiles and sparks of insight in peoples eyes or noticing them breathing deeper or standing taller is absolutely amazing.
What are the benefits of a regular practice?
Regular practice doesn’t mean a “workout” everyday. Physical practice biologically requires about 48 hours between sessions to be of maximum benefit to the body. Also changing your routine changes the neurological pathway in the brain and allows you to stay open and to keep evolving. Practice may mean taking a hot bath with Epsom Salts and candle light, meditating on the beach, going to the gym, calling your best friend, walking the dog, cooking a great meal or having an exceptional yoga class.
Practicing yoga is sustaining a perspective of “What would be wonderful in this moment?” or “What will empower or invigorate my life?” or “What is really important right now?”. To skip practice would be a day with out taking care of yourself…and really there’s just one person that will be with you your whole life…the sooner you start taking care of them the happier you will be;)
Do you have any advice in the busy world for a healthy lifestyle?
David jokes, “the world is busy? LOL.”
1.There are always some pockets and spaces of emptiness in everyday…rest in them.
2. Begin to collect the good things that are happening so when someone asks you how your day was you have the option to tell them a few great things.
3. Superfood green smoothies! Make them at home so they don’t have as much sugar. Something like spinach, coconut water, blueberries, avocado, and a banana!
When you need to shift your mood, what techniques do you use?
I use the technique of singing out loud. It can be karaoke, singing in the car, serenading a friend or playing the harmonium. Any form of breath work practice can also rapidly shift the mood. Bhastrika is definitely my favorite.
Note: How to Perform Bellows Breath, from The Chopra Center
Begin by relaxing your shoulders and take a few deep, full breaths from your abdomen. Now start exhaling forcefully through your nose, followed by forceful, deep inhalations at the rate of one second per cycle. Your breathing is entirely from your diaphragm, keeping your head, neck, shoulders, and chest relatively still while your belly moves in and out.
Start by doing a round of ten bhastrika breaths, then breathe naturally and notice the sensations in your body. After 15 to 30 seconds, begin the next round with 20 breaths. Finally, after pausing for another 30 seconds, complete a third round of 30 breaths.
Although bellows breathing is a safe practice, stay tuned in to your body during the process. If you feel light-headed or very uncomfortable, stop for a few moments before resuming in a less intense manner.
Practicing bhastrika brings your attention into your body, reminding you how to move energy consciously. The ability to manage your life force or prana is essential for all success and fulfillment.
Contraindications: Do not practice bhastrika if you are pregnant, have uncontrolled hypertension, epilepsy/seizures, or panic disorder. It is also recommended that you don’t practice bellows breath on a full stomach – wait at least two hours after eating.
Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.
On a busy day, what choices would you make for your health if you only had:
10 minutes: Singing “Heaven” by Bryan Adams on the harmonium.
30 minutes: Ball Rolling back massage!
60 minutes: A sweet, well balanced yoga session.
Do you have any “Go To” Health Tips (or tricks to keep yourself motivated???)?
Let go of how you look and focus on how you feel. In the end it’s never going to be about what you look like but rather …
Do you feel good?
Do you have loving relationships in your life?
Are you doing things that rock your world?
When you look at the things around you do they bring you joy?
All that and of course eat something green, go outside and leave your phone behind;)
What are some of your favorite Healthy Eating choices?
Can I say chocolate and peanut butter? I love papaya, Jerusalem Artichokes, trail mix, salads with blueberries or mandarin oranges, popcorn, avocado anything and I am a breakfast shake fanatic.
Who would you like to study with and why?
This is a tough question. Since my interest is very heavy in anatomy, safety and smart sequencing I would have to say Gil Hedly for anatomy. I would LOVE to met the author of the book Daring Greatly Brenè Brown; her writings have endlessly inspired me. For yoga one of my friends said she recently really enjoyed a workshop with Roger Cole and his articles for Yoga Journal have been phenomenal … so maybe him. Jill Miller just to soak up some of her incredible genius in the field of injury rehabilitation and Ball Rolling. And lastly my two nieces Seyla (age 8) and Nika (age 6) because when I am with them I remember how fun it is to make popsicle stick art, collect beetles and caterpillars and stargaze.
Yoga allows me to be who I am without struggle. To notice, breathe, remember and enjoy this body, this moment. I love returning to my yoga mat to play in the body awakening, breathe into a heart wide open and find gratitude for the infinite that I forgot was me. Classes integrate a clear foundation in anatomy with intelligent alignment, hands on adjustments and ever evolving flows to heal the body. Students are encouraged to cultivate a deep passion for self examination and light hearted exploration. (2005 and 2011 Best of Boston by Boston Magazine)
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