Bio & History of David Scott Lynn (DSL) & DSL Method

Here’s a short Biography of David Scott Lynn (DSL) and the DSL Method:

Anatomy for Yoga Therapy & Yoga Injury Prevention

DSL, w/Model Spine,
Teaching Yoga Teachers
little known aspects of the
deep Psoas Muscle & Spinal Disc Compression

Beginning in 1967 at age 13 with Zen-style Meditation in Martial Arts, David (DSL), developed a life-long commitment to studying & practicing Alternative Philosophies & Systems of BodyMind Health, Healing & Personal Development, and what it means to be a fully functioning Human Being. … At 19, he was introduced to physical/mental yoga at a talk given by Joel Kramer in Chicago. (Joel has been called The Father of American Yoga and the First American Yoga Master by  various people in America.) In 1976, after a one-month, residential intensive with Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad in Physical, Mental & Relational Yoga, DSL began teaching yoga later that year.  (Much of DSL’s early personal & professional life & work was based substantially on Joel & Diana’s yoga-related teachings.) … While teaching yoga, he studied various forms of massage therapy informally with a number of leaders in that field. In 1981, with no formal training, yet a lot of excellent experience with and feedback from people (including several massage therapy school owners), DSL began Private Practice as a hands-on bodyworker in Chicago. He quickly gained a reputation for being able to make changes and solve problems in the human body other therapists were not. … In 1982, he studied Structural Bodywork with Daniel Blake, who had been trained & certified by Ida Rolf, founder of Structural Integration or Rolfing®. … DSL also worked directly with several alternative/wholistic medical and osteopathic physicians, learning and applying that experience and insight into his system of therapeutics.

Since then, DSL has Cross-Trained in a number of areas:

  • Physical/Mental & Relational yoga
  • Yoga Therapeutics
  • Hands-on, Yoga-based Bodywork
  • Neuromuscular, Myofascial & Structural Therapeutics
  • BIO-Structural Balancing & Postural Analysis
  • Metabolic Medicine (diet, nutrition, detox)
  • Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Physiology, Neurology & Pathology
  • Philosophy & Principles of:
  • Osteopathy & Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic & Homeopathic medicine

(David does NOT provide chiropractic or osteopathic-style spinal adjustments, and does NOT provide specific metabolic evaluation or treatment for specific conditions. In such areas, he teaches General Principles & Practices common to us all, but does NOT provide person- or symptom-specific evaluations or treatments.)

DSL was even in acupuncture school for a time, but found he was more drawn to Western approaches to Alternative Medicine. Along the way, he’s extensively studied & applied the orthodox medical sciences of Structural Anatomy, Functional & Postural Kinesiology, Physiology & Neurology, as well as certain aspects of medical pathology. To round it all out, studies of various forms of philosophy, psychology & personal growth — from a meld of primarily Western but some Essential Eastern Elements — add to the deeper meanings of what it means to be a Human Being, as well as what supports their intellectual, meditative & physical development. …

Developing the CORE of the DSL Method
of Yoga Therapy

In 1982, due to significant pain & dysfunction resulting from racing motocross and ironworking (heavy construction) in his teens, DSL could not find any health care practitioner (orthodox or alternative) who could help him recover. Yet along the way in his private practice, he had also been noticing much of what he’d read or been taught about the body and therapy just was NOT true. His thinking about yoga, bodywork and therapeutics began some significant changes at this time.

Though barely able to stand up or walk at times, he began combining the teachings of Joel Kramer’s Yoga and Daniel Blake’s Structural Bodywork. Over the next three to four years, he created the foundations of The DSL Method of Yoga/Bodywork Therapeutics. Working along side a number of “alternative” physicians & practitioners over the next three plus decades, DSL brings a wide, deep & well-grounded perspective, knowledge & skills to the alternative healing arts, especially neuromuscular, myofascial & musculoskeletal problems. Yet he’s along the way helped many people with significant metabolic issues, as well. …

And, given that David experienced so many positive results from Yoga, upon discovering how many people were suffering from yoga related injury, he has set out to emphasize Yoga Injury Prevention in his teachings and writings.

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DSL Demonstrating His Little Known Concepts of
No More Sit Ups &
H2O-based Posture

Teaching Yoga-based Bodywork

In 1989, when the then owners of Heartwood Institute in Northern California needed a Deep Tissue teacher, they called the Late, Great Robert K. King, then president of the American Massage Therapy Association, and co-founder of one of the leading massage schools in Chicago & America, the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Mr. King’s top recommendation for teaching Deep Tissue was DSL. David began teaching his system of therapy at Heartwood, including the various supporting sciences, to Students from all over the world.

“The students in Heartwood’s approved Massage program felt that The DSL Method [now known as DSL EdgeWork] was the most valuable work in Heartwood’s massage curriculum. Many students felt that David’s work instilled a sense of competence in their ability to do massage & bodywork. It is an open ended system allowing and encouraging students to continually improve their work through active practitioner/client exchange. I have personally found that, based on feedback from clients, The DSL Method is on par with, if not superior to, the other major bodywork systems available today.”

Rex Dippre, Massage Therapist, Director of Admissions,
Heartwood Institute, 1989-1992, currently
in Practice in Arcata, California
Rex Dippre’s Website

DSL then spent most of the 90s traveling the country, training small groups of bodywork therapists. He spent much of the early 2000s working with yoga teachers, then traveling to Boston to work with students & professors at the New England Conservatory of Music. He helped them recover from career threatening problems no therapists or physicians had been able to resolve. … A natural born teacher, DSL has coached and taught seminars to a number of Students & Clients, including many members of the General Public, surprising them as to how such complex topics can be made easy to understand & apply.


Textbook on Bodywork
Co-Authored by DSL
Published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2010

Along with Kyle C. Wright, David co-authored the 380-page textbook Structural Balancing, published by McGraw-Hill in early 2010, available from … Kyle Wright is the former owner of the five Southeastern Schools of Neuromuscular Therapy in Florida, North & South Carolina. Kyle acknowledges David as a primary source for the redesign of his curriculum at his schools, and more than 6,000 students have been introduced to the basic principles David has been learning, integrating, developing and teaching his entire life.

David now devotes his time to writing books and web pages on various aspects of physical/mental & relational yoga, yoga therapy, yoga-based bodywork, healing & medicine, and a number of related topics,  including Social Yoga. He’s developing On-line e-Courses to teach his work, and will return to teaching advanced, in-person trainings when enough people have learned the basics from the e-Courses, or when people ask him to show up. … He works privately with individuals when they can find him.

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Beginning at 13 years of age, DSL's been involved with alternative philosophies & practices most of his life. Becoming a yoga teacher in 1976, then a hands-on bodyworker in 1981, he developed a unique & highly effective form of Yoga / Bodywork / Whole Health Fitness & Therapeutics. … David wrote the chapters on a wholistic philosophy & physiology of bodywork & stretching for the textbook Structural Balancing, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2010. … He is the author of Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, available at: … Several other e-books and e-courses are soon forthcoming at … David consults with Kyle C. Wright on massage school development at the Schools of Advanced Bodywork at .
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