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David Swenson: Ashtanga Yoga Workshops

January 19 & 20, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii

#1  Half First Series and Half Second Series Makes for Full Fun

Saturday, January 19  8:00–10:00am @ Purple Yoga

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 uncertain about taking that first step into the Intermediate Series will find comfort in knowing that David keeps it fun, safe and incredibly informative.

#2  So You Think You Can Balance? A Fun Exploration of Not Falling Over

Saturday, January 19  12:00–2:00pm @ Purple Yoga

Whether standing on our feet, hands, head or other body part balance can be a challenging aspect 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.

#3  Breath, Bandhas and Pranayama: Exploring the Invisible and Mysterious World of Prana

Saturday, January 19  2:30–4:30pm @ Purple Yoga

No sound is more universal than breath. Ujjayi breathing practiced with awareness and efficiency becomes a deep and spiritual experience. In addition to breath work, David explores the internal energy valves known as bandhas. Much confusion surrounds these mystical tools for controlling pranic flow. Through discussion and practical exercises, David helps us gain an understanding of these subtle yet powerful elements of yoga.

#4  Through the Eyes of a Teacher: Learning to See the Invisible World of Energy Lines and Flow Patterns

Sunday, January 20  7:00–10:00am @ Purple Yoga

A fun class open to all levels – not just teachers – with everyone observing and assisting each other. David teaches how to recognize patterns of energy flow in someone else by utilizing hands-on adjusting techniques. Through helping others you can then try to recognize the same energy patterns within your own body and practice. The class first explores the dynamics of downward dog followed by standing and seated asanas.

David Swenson is one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He began practicing hatha yoga in 1969 at age 13, taught by his older brother Doug based on books they could find. Four years later he was introduced to Ashtanga by David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff. When Sri K Pattabhi Jois made his first visit to the US (to Encinitas in 1975) David Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He initiated studies directly with Jois and in 1977 made his first trip to Mysore where he learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught. For more information see David's website.