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David Duerkop


David was drawn to yoga as an antidote to his hectic days at the Chicago Board of Trade. He quickly became fascinated by the depth of yoga and humbled by the valuable lessons his practice often provided. Teaching to others became a natural extension of his own yoga practice. David is a Baptiste Associate instructor and has also completed the yogaview teacher-training in Chicago as well as a 100 hour teacher-training with Rusty Wells in San Francisco. He leads weekly meditation services at The Midwest Buddhist Temple and draws on his many years of Buddhist and meditation studies to enhance his yoga teaching. David's classes are vigorous, yet playful and offer options for students of all levels. He encourages students to do what makes sense for their own bodies and to not take themselves, or their yoga too seriously. His love of yoga shines through in his teaching and his personality. David lives in Chicago with his favorite yogini Rachel, and their dog Libby.