Ashtanga Workshop

HOPES, DREAMS, ANTICIPATIONS AND REALITY OF PRACTICING ASHTANGA YOGA WITH DAVID SWENSON

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

$295 (full weekend or individual session pricing)

$395 (full weekend + 5-Session Mysore Week)

“Ashtanga Yoga is an incredible tool that seeks to balance our strength with flexibility and to bring about a sense of well-being on an emotional and mental level. A steady and regulated practice over a long period of time is the catalyst to these changes. We must be patient and listen to our body and progress at our own pace. By focusing on the breath and moving with awareness then our yoga body/mind grows like a tree. It requires steadfast care and watering through the avenue of conscious and diligent practice”. -David Swenson

David is recognized as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He tirelessly travels year round to teach and offer workshops to students around the world. All of his courses are presented in a supportive and compassionate fashion making it accessible to all levels of practitioners to participate. David is known for his ability to modify the Ashtanga practice with grace and good-humor. Join us for a weekend of exploration of this flowing, liberating practice.

Mysore Week with David Swenson

Sunday, September 8 – Thursday, September 12

6:30 – 8:45am each day

$175 for 5-Session Mysore Program, or $40 per day drop-in

In the traditional form of Ashtanga Yoga the practice is done under the guidance of a teacher in what is known as a Mysore-Style setting. This means that the students practice in silence flowing through their individual practice while the teacher moves around the space providing personal attention and care where needed. This method allows for more precise instruction and also provides the students the opportunity to move within their own capacity while also benefiting from the support and community energy of a group class environment.

There is a subtle beauty permeating the room during a Mysore-style practice. The sound of breathing and the occasional sound of the teacher speaking softly to a student while offering advice or support are the only sounds heard. There is a sense of focus and calm like that of water flowing in a stream. David has an especially refined ability to be aware of the entire room and seem to appear just at the right moments when the student most needs it to offer adept hands-on assistance or compassionate insights and verbal encouragement.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Ashtanga Yoga: An Introduction – Exploring the FUNdamentals
6:30 – 8:30pm Friday, September 6 - $40

This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. It is open to all levels of experience or lack thereof. The building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga will be explored through the basic elements of Breath, Bandhas and Vinyasa. There will be a short discussion followed by an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. The class will end with a guided deep relaxation.

Fully Led Primary Series Flow: Dancing with the Breath in a First Series Rhythm
9:00 – 11:00am Saturday, September 7 - $50

This class is designed for those already familiar with the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga yet it is open to all levels of proficiency from the daily-practicing aficionados to the novice fit-it-in-when-I-can weekend warriors and everyone in between. The class will be conducted like a choreographed dance flowing along all of the way from the opening sun salutations to the closing savasana. David will spend time at the beginning of class to introduce alternatives to some of the more challenging asanas as well as offer user-friendly vinyasa options. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a soothing, deep relaxation. Required Items: Mat and Breath

So You Think You Can Balance?: A Fun-Filled Exploration of Not Falling Over
12:30 – 3:00pm Saturday, September 7 - $60

Whether standing on our feet, hands, head or any other body part balance can be one of the most challenging aspects of practice. David will share his personal insights and methods of finding balance in an unstable world. The class will contain partner work as well as individual pursuits of balance in an array of asanas. Interestingly there are many parallels between the techniques used for physically balancing in our body and also in finding balance in our life. David has an amazing ability to convey complex ideas in a simple, fun and practical way. Regardless of what system of yoga one does there is sure to be a wealth of knowledge gained from this class that can be applied on the mat and in life!

Pleasant Pursuits of a Personal Practice: Yoga for Life – Avoiding Injury, Seeking Depth and Enjoying the Ride
3:30 – 5:30pm Saturday, September 7 - $50

One of the greatest challenges in Yoga is not the creation of a practice but rather the maintaining of a practice over a long period of time. It is quite easy to get something started or to demolish it but maintenance is the real challenge. In this class David will offer simple, down-to-earth concepts, tools and techniques for maintaining and growing a practice for a lifetime. Life can become overwhelming and it is easy to lose the time for practice and even lose motivation to get on the mat. Acknowledging this dilemma David will offer techniques for the individual to build an effective personal practice within the constraints of a busy life. Using a basic concept of creating a Minimum Daily Practice of 15 – 30 minutes as a foundation to build upon the students will leave with tools to develop their own routine to suit their special circumstances and needs. Whether new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner this class is sure to inspire, encourage and empower all that attend!

There will be partner work, sharing and practical applications presented.

Half and Half Fun Fest: Half First Series and Half Second Series Makes for Full Fun
9:00 – 11:00am Sunday, September 8 - $50

This class is a talk-through of Half of Primary Series and Half of Intermediate Series. In Ashtanga the traditional approach for entering the Intermediate Series is to use the Primary Series as a yogic springboard to propel the student forward. There are many wonderful asanas in the Intermediate Series for strengthening and opening the back as well as the hips. Those that feel a bit uncertain about taking that first step into the realms of the Intermediate Series will find comfort in knowing that David always keeps it Fun, Safe and Incredibly Informative as he guides the group along in a compassionate and thoughtful manner using the first half of Primary Series as a wonderful gateway into Intermediate.

Come and experience the joy and wonder of exploring new asanas or deepening awareness and ability for the ones you are already familiar with!

Really Hip Openings for the Hips: A Pleasant Exploration of Gentle Methods To Open the Hips
12:30 – 3:00pm Sunday, September 8 - $60

Tight hips can cause problems in other areas such as the knees and back. David has devised an approach of exploring the hips through slow and gentle movements, stable holding of postures and deep breathing which all combine to bring greater openness to the hips without forcing or pushing. To create stability David will share methods of activating one area in order to relax another. This balanced approach is both safe and effective and can be applied to other regions of the body as well. As always, David will manage to make this enjoyable experience.

Bring Those Tight Hips In For a Tune-Up!

Tools, Talents & Techniques for Teachers: Presenting Yoga to the Individual for Health, Healing and Happiness
3:30 – 5:30pm Sunday, September 8 - $50

It is quite easy to teach someone that already knows how to do something. It only requires a verbal command and then waiting for the action to take place. But is that really teaching? Actual teaching requires specialized skill sets in order to apply the yoga to the needs of each individual. Every class that we teach can be considered a mixed-level class. This means special attention needs to be paid to those that are not readily able to do an asana or grasp an instruction. This requires patience, insight, sensitivity, experience and the ability to communicate clearly. Teachers need to be ready to deal with any circumstance that they are confronted with. It is our duty to find a way to present the yoga to anyone that is interested. Ashtanga is not meant to be some kind of elite fitness program just for people with two arms, two legs and a strong, flexible body. Pattabhi Jois once worked with a quadriplegic boy in Mysore. He did not refuse him due to limitation.

This class will look at ways to work with both people with a healthy body as well as those with injuries or special conditions that limit their ability. By learning to recognize the inherent lines of energy in an asana a teacher can discover ways of bringing the student into harmony with those lines while also working within the realms of their limitations and abilities. This will be done through Q and A to explore specific conditions and situations as well as practical work with partners to apply the techniques.

This class is great for teachers or those just wanting to gain more insight into personal practice or helping others with theirs.