David is the son of a scientist mother and an international artiste/performer father, Frankie Vaughan. He began his practice of yoga as a direct result of suffering from ulcerative colitis and a spastic colon. He worked with Tibetan healers and their practices made his tumours undetectable. This completely changed his life’s course and yoga became his focus.
In 1990 he moved to Yugoslavia to work (Radio journalist on a non-political radio station), and teach Yoga in Belgrade, and found himself caught up in the middle of the Bosnian war. From the real possibility of death and stress he created a unique yoga practice—YOGABEATS—where he used music to drown out the sound of the conflict.
The British Yoga community did not initially appreciate his radical approach, and accused David (“bad boy of yoga”) for destroying 5000 years of yoga tradition. The same groups invite him to teach across Europe.
David’s past projects include at-risk youth in Glasgow, and he is internationally known for his Yoga Beats Conflict work, supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and active within the West Bank since 2004. David brought together, for a monumental first time, Palestinians and Israelis for a yoga class in 2006. It was pure humanity inspired by the ancient practice of yoga. David’s Yogabeats Foundation Teacher Training Project operates in Palestine thanks to international donations of support.
David’s life is now dedicated to peace and transformation worldwide through his global teaching schedule, future projects being planned in Italy and Canada and beyond, and passion and excitement to help people realise their life’s full potentiality and take the techniques back to their communities.