Brianna Smyk

I only had to go to David Schlussel’s yoga classes at 7th Heaven Yoga & Wellness Center in Berkeley to know he was an excellent teacher. He is one of those rare yoga instructors who seems to be able to feel the stretch of his student’s bodies and cater what he says in his classes […]

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Joan Ellis

I had been on a search for a yoga teacher for several years when I stumbled into David’s class. After studying with the same teacher for 12 years in San Francisco, I was ready to end my commute and deep inside I knew I wanted a different style of teacher. In one class, I knew […]

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I had a hip surgery a few years ago, and hadn’t been able to bend my leg past 90 degrees since… until one day, at David’s class, he held my hands in a squat with my legs at that 90 degree limit.  Something about the way he supported me there helped me find the strength […]

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Things I especially appreciate: 1.  Precision.  For me, precise alignment is very important (maybe I get this from all of those ballet classes?) and I feel that you pay the right kind of attention to where the body is in space without making a yoga class or session feel like a geometry lesson. 2.  Professionalism.  […]

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Julie S.

David has been an intricate part of my yoga experience here in the bay area. I stumbled upon his class at 7th heaven studio in Berkeley by happenstance and couldn’t be happier. David has an amazing way of tying in all the aspects of yoga that I love so gracefully. He is specific about aligning the […]

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Carm R.

Im so grateful to have found David several years ago. I started attending his classes after a bike accident and suffering with a torn rotator cuff injury. He gave me the confidence to practice yoga again safely and to realize I was stronger than I believed despite my limitations. His knowledge of anatomy was impressive. […]

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Alison F.

I think something really opened up inside of me since David guided me through a really powerful somatic experience a couple of weeks ago. He helped me move through the trauma in a way that felt cleansing, healing, and clarifying.  In the last week, my sense of my intuition is so much clearer and louder […]

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John W

David is a wonderful yoga instructor. He is very attentive to form,  giving each student adjustments in the asanas. He is a true yogi, imparting wisdom throughout the class.

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Jeannette B.

I’ve been attending David’s noon yoga sessions at 7th Heaven Yoga for several months, and have found him to be a wise, compassionate, and deeply intuitive instructor. I feel physically wonderful after these sessions, and beyond that, he always seems to know exactly the right thing to say to help me feel mentally great as […]

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Elissa B.

The tips you gave me on how to position my feet in order to help my fallen arches has really stuck with me and I no longer have any pain in my achilles tendon on my right side…or maybe it was my left…I actually can’t remember because the pain has been gone for over a […]

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