Yogacharya David Strassner is from Rochester, New York. He began training as a watchmaker's apprentice at age sixteen and has worked as a watchmaker since 1978. He is married and has two sons.
David Strassner met Paramahamsa Hariharananda in 1988 in San Francisco, California. He immediately felt that Baba was a very special divine person and was blessed to receive initiation from him. Subsequently he attended many programs conducted by Baba in many cities in America and Europe and was fortunate to have spent much time with him.
In 1996, he formed the Kriya Yoga group in Rochester, New York and served as center leader for many years. In 1997, he was authorized by Paramahamsa Hariharananda to guide Rochester group meditations. Then in May 2007 he was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda.