Photo of David Swenson in Ashtanga Yoga pose Padmasana

David Swenson: Ashtanga Teacher Training

March 12–18, 2018 at Purple Yoga Hawaii

Monday to Friday 8:30–11:30am & 1:30–4:30pm,

Saturday 8:30am–12:30pm & 2:30–4:30pm,

Sunday 8:30am–12:30pm

David Swenson's 40-hour course is designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. This is not a certification course. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course but not a teaching certification.

Participants will gain great insights and depth of knowledge as to how to share the practice of Ashtanga Yoga with all levels of students. The information in this course is invaluable and will benefit those already teaching as well as students wishing only to attend to deepen their personal practice. This course will cover the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The participants will learn safe and effective hands-on adjustment techniques through partner work for all of the asanas, practicalities of conducting a class, and yoga theory.

It is necessary for participants to have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and an understanding of the flow and sequencing of the asanas. The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the sequence but rather to learn to teach Ashtanga Yoga or to deepen an existing practice.

David 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, the Ashtanga master, made his first visit to the United States (to Encinitas in 1975) David Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He initiated studies directly with Guruji and in 1977 made his first trip to Mysore where he learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught. More info on David

For all enquiries phone (808) 944-8585 or email

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Refunds will be given less a fee of $200 if requested before January 31. After this date, payments are non-refundable. This policy supersedes our "no refunds" policy at the end of the online registration form. Full refunds will be given in the unlikely event the training is cancelled. We are not responsible for your accommodation, travel or other expenses.