The journey of yoga began in 1969, when he and his brother Doug practiced in a small park at the end of their street in Houston, Texas, learning from whatever books they could find.
In 1973 David discovered Ashtanga after he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, CA. Later he initiated studies directly with the master after having met K. Pattabhi Jois in 1975.
David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system including all of the asana sequences and pranayama as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.
WEEKEND IMMERSION WORKSHOPS
Saturday, October 23 – Sunday, October 24
$250 (full weekend or individual session pricing)
“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. 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.
TEACHER TRAINING / YOGA IMMERSION
This 40-hour course is designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.
Monday, October 25 – Sunday, October 31 - $1295
9:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday
8:30am – 4:00pm Saturday
8:30am – 1:00pm Sunday
This course will cover the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The participants will learn safe and effective hands-on adjustments through partner work for all of the asanas, practicalities of conducting a class and yoga theory. This is a deep immersion into the details underlying the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga. During the course all participants will be engaged in teaching and adjusting each other through. It is a fun and energizing experience. There is a wealth of invaluable knowledge to be learned and tools for practice to be gained by all attending.
Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and understand the flow
and sequencing of the primary series asanas. The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the
sequence but rather to teach Ashtanga Yoga or to deepen an existing practice.
As in all courses run by David there is sure to be plenty of laughter and joy woven into the experience. Many previous participants have commented about learning more than they’d ever imagined possible in a weeklong course while having so much fun in the process.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
Questions? Contact PURE Yoga Texas
WORKSHOP DETAIL (SATURDAY, OCT 23)
Fully Led Primary Series Flow: Dancing with the Breath in a First Series Rhythm
2-Hour class PLUS 1-Hour Q&A Session
9:00 – 12:00pm - $60
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 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. Class will be followed by an open discussion allowing students to ask David questions about any topics of interest.
Required Items: Mat and Breath
Flying, Floating, and Handstanding: A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances
1:30 – 3:30pm - $50
One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its basic components in order to explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease.
In addition to vinyasa the class will also explore elements of handstands and arm-balances. It is common to feel intimidated or even frightened by balancing on our hands. David will address this issue and offer practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice. There will be partner work as well as individual techniques offered. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information in David’s classes. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.
Come and Experience the Joy of Flight!
Breath, Bandhas and Pranayama: Seeking the Unseen and Experiencing the Intangible
4:00 – 5:30pm - $40
Our first act of life as we enter this world is to inhale and our last act before departing is to exhale. Breath is our most elemental form of life and unites all of humanity yet we think little about it. The ancient yogis gave it great thought and in so doing developed intricate methods of harnessing breath to gain control of the mind and to see the world with greater clarity.
This class will delve into the realms of specialized Yogic Breathing as well as the subtle and highly misunderstood internal energy valves known as Bandhas. David will share information he gained directly from K. Pattabhi Jois as well as a series of practical exercises he has developed himself to assist the practitioner in gaining a greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful energy gateways of yoga. David has an amazing ability to convey complex ideas in simple terms. Attendees are sure to leave with new insights and useful tools for practice.
Come Feel the Prana!
WORKSHOP DETAIL (SUNDAY, OCT 24)
Intermediate Series for FUN! PLUS: 1-hour Q&A
9:00 – 12:00pm Sunday, October 24 - $60
Many people are frightened of or intimidated by the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga yet it is truly one of the most fun and exciting sequences! David will present the asanas with great compassion, patience and humor. This class is designed for experienced Ashtanga practitioners yet is open to anyone wishing to explore this dynamic routine. David will methodically work through the entire series offering options and user-friendly alternatives as he goes. Class will be followed by an open discussion allowing students to ask David questions about any topics of interest.
Experience a Compassionate Presentation of Intermediate Series
So You Think You Can Balance?: A Fun-Filled Exploration of Not Falling Over
1:30 – 3:30pm Sunday, October 24 - $50
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. 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!
Falling Is Optional!
Eight Limbs and Daily Life: Ancient Solutions for Modern Challenges
4:00 – 5:30pm Sunday, October 24 - $40
Underlying the mysterious and complex philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there is a truly profound simplicity that may be applied within the context of our daily lives. This class will discuss the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and explore their applications within the challenges of life. What is the use of Philosophy without real application? We may memorize quotations or stanzas from great writings but unless we can apply them within the fabric of our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realized.
Real Tools for Real Life!