Live-stream Seminar Class
with David Ellard Sensei:

Body Knowledge through Yoga for Aikidoka

This Saturday, May 30th from 12 to 1pm (CDT)

We are very happy to announce that David Ellard Sensei will be teaching a special live-streamed Zoom seminar this Saturday!

Click here to join the class at 12 pm CDT

(The meeting will be open by 11:55 am.)

Meeting ID:

845 0226 2923

Password: Lillsved (with a capital L)

About David Sensei

David Ellard Sensei is a qualified Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, and a 4th Dan in Aikido.  He has 20 years’ experience in Asian wisdom practices such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Meditation and Shiatsu. David runs an organisation called Mind and Body Movement which offers Wellness Services to individuals, businesses and public-sector organisations through a combination of these disciplines.

David Sensei trains and teachers Aikido at Kamo Aikido in Buckinghamshire, England, under Antony Pinchbeck sensei.  This dojo is heavily influenced by the teachers Jan Nevelius shihan and Jorma Lyly sensei of Stockholm Sweden, and their teachers Endo Shihan of Aikikai Hombu Dojo and Christian Tissier Shihan of France, who all emphasise contact and communication in their training and practice. David was awarded his 4th Dan this February 2018 in Stockholm by Endo Shihan.

David teaches many hours of yoga each week and has received instruction from teachers in a number of lines of yoga such as Ashtanga Vinyassa Flow, Anusara, Iyengar, Sivananda and Yin Yoga.  David specialises in teaching accessible yoga in a gentle flow that focuses on bringing the physical, mental and emotional benefits of this practice to people who are less likely to attend traditional yoga classes.

About the Class

Body Knowledge through Yoga for Aikidoka

In this class we will see how introspective solo practice of Yoga cultivates an environment of self-discovery about one’s own anatomy and how we move and function as human animals.

While current circumstances prevent us from taking these ideas directly into partner practice at this point, we will explore how a deeper understanding of our own bodies can transfer into our Aikido.  Leading to a safer and stronger practice, and an enhanced mind-body connection.

David Sensei says:

“The wonder of Aikido is the immediacy of the contact with another human, but too often in our practice that means that we neglect our own self – so enthralled are we by the imposition of the contact by our training partner. In this time when contact is prohibited let’s embrace this unique opportunity to study ourselves without distraction using these ancient tools of yoga, to use our imagination to fill in our training partners, and to build a greater understanding of the self for when we can at last step back onto the tatami and take hold of another’s wrist.”

What to Bring to Class:
Wear comfortable clothing you can easily move in.

There will be floor-based exercises, so something to aid your comfort (e.g. a rug, exercise mat, or blanket) is recommended.

Beginners are warmly welcome.


The proceeds from the seminar will go to support NOLA Aikido as we continue to bring this practice into the world.

Suggested donation $20. If that’s too much, pay whatever feels comfortable. If you’re feeling a financial squeeze just come to class.

To donate please send to:

Venmo: @xernaut

We look forward to practicing with you on Saturday!

Please share this email with any and all you think might like to attend.

Thank you!
Brian Levy
Chief Instructor
New Orleans, LA, USA