Experienced instructor and long-time resident in Bali, Dave West has been teaching Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Health Qi Gong for over 10 years, and Sivananda Yoga for over 20 years. Before that he taught physical education, surfing and swimming at international schools, yoga centres and hotels in Bali and SE Asia. Since 2010 Dave has been teaching private courses and mountain retreats at Tai Chi Bali Healing Arts Centre, specializing in sitting, standing and moving meditation, focusing the mind and breath to lead the Qi, relaxing and balancing the body and spirit. Dave developed these courses and retreats for people at different levels of health and fitness to experience the healing power of nature, with easy to learn classes that bring rapid results.
After traveling extensively across the Himalayas and SE Asia exploring Yoga, Reiki, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen, Dave finally found his true path in the Tao – the way of health and harmony with nature. Dave dedicated his training and teaching to the Tao Te Ching with simplicity, patience and compassion. Religious Tao is not his way as nature doesn’t worship itself with statues and rituals. Dave practices Philosophical Tao which cuts straight to science and laws of the universe that flow with the current of nature. His temple is the beach, the forest and the mountain. Unrestricted by dogma and rules, Dave practices a physical and spiritual path nourished by nature for balancing body and mind.
Dave believes the Tao can only be experienced though personal practice, not through words or intellect, and that training the mind and body to deeply connect with the natural way is an art that requires self-motivation and self-exploration. It is a journey of personal transformation that celebrates each moment as an opportunity to honour all life, appreciating the beauty and power of the universe, accepting all that comes us with an open and loving heart. Dave encourages his students to stop gathering information from the outside and start gathering from the inside. Be patient, practice every day, and let your inner wisdom awaken and guide you gently along your healing journey and beyond.
Dave lives, teaches and surfs in Bali.