DAVE GARDNER
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I am a human. Inspired by the natural world, I have followed my intuition and explored the inner and outer reaches of this thing we call life. Seeking out teachers and friends that have helped me help myself and been by my side, my immersion into the practices of Yoga have been guided by legends.

I met Jim Harrington in 2011 and began studying with him in 2012 (this has lead to this very moment now), with many workshops, trainings and epic adventures along the way. While in India with Jim, I met Aditi Gaur of The Himalayan Yoga Tradition in 2013 in Rishikesh and have nurtured the powerful subtlety of her teachings. Immersing deeper into the practice of Synergy, Jim invited Simon Borg-Olivier to South Africa for the first time in 2014, which led me to following Simon to India to study with him and Bianca Machliss in 2015.

Rediscovering the power of natural and spinal movement, and longing to reconnect with my Muay Thai practice, I discovered Cameron Shayne and Budokon Yoga, a synthesis of Martial Arts, Yoga, Calisthenics and Animal Locomotion. I have recently returned from studying with Cameron and am focussed on sharing my experience. All these teachers have been leaders, with a sense of powerful humility they have inspired me through their lives, and created a willingness within myself, to empower myself, and through this empower others. This is what I share…while moving, jumping, floating, flying, crawling, swinging, rolling, laughing and loving around like the monkey I am!

BUDOKON YOGA:
Budokon Yoga is best described as a transition based Hatha Yoga flow with continuous circular rotation. Our Yoga style honours its traditional roots of Hatha Yoga while bringing a completely unique Martial Arts circular influence and powerful playful animal locomotion, creating a seamless transition of movement, mind and breath.

“Budokon Univeristy <http://www.budokonuniversity.com/>  teaches that light experiences itself through shadow, as peace experiences itself through struggle. Change within the mind, in and of itself, is struggle. This struggle triggers our higher nature, which seeks to understand why we believe that we are “this” or we are “that”, rather than we are a simple manifestation of the mind. Once we see beyond the mind, we realize that we are infinite space, limitless emptiness, immeasurable nothingness that we call the “I am”. However, the temporary mind cannot understand beyond temporary concepts. This results in the awakening of struggle, or the warrior within each of us, which in turn, awakens the yogi within each of us. Budokon is one of many paths or ways to drop the illusion of, I am this, or I am that, in order to break free from duality. Understanding I am all that is, ever was, and ever will be, eliminates the feeling of separation, which creates space for natural communion with our true identity.  This is Budokon’s only aim.”  – Cameron Shayne