David Swenson Ashtanga Yoga

David Swenson

Ashtanga Yoga Weekend Workshop

 

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th November 2023

Stillpoint Yoga, West Wing, Guys Campus, St Thomas St,

London Bridge, SE1 9TL

Price: Weekend – £250 | Saturday/Sunday – £135

 

We are honoured to host David Swenson here at Stillpoint for an inspiring weekend intensive of guided classes and workshops.

david swenson ashtanga yoga workshops

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

09.00am – 11:00am

Fully Guided Primary Series

Dancing with the Breath in a Primary Series Flow

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.

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Flying, Floating & Handstanding

A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances

One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. This will all be done through the avenue of partner work. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information in this class.

All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.

 

 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Breath, Bandhas & Pranayama

Exploring the Mantra of the Ujjayi Breath and the Mystical Energy of Bandhas

In Sanskrit, Man means Mind and Tra means to Free or Deliver. Therefore the word Mantra means to Free the Mind. There are many mantras in yoga such as Om, Hare Krishna, Om Namo Shivaya and a plethora of others. In Ashtanga Yoga the mantra is the sound of our breath: Ujjayi. There is no other sound more universal than breath. It is not tied to language or culture and is “chanted” from the first moment of birth. This class will focus on the mantra of ujjayi within asana practice as well as during pranayama. In addition to breath work the class will also explore the invisible world of Bandhas. We well attempt to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful tools through interactive discussion as well as a series of practical exercises.

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

 

09.00am – 11.00am

A Guided Tour of Nadi Shodana

An Introduction to the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga

Students should have a regular practice of the Primary Series in order to attend this class. There will be an introductory discussion of the dynamics inherent to the Second Series. David will then lead the class through a portion of First Series acting as a springboard into as much of the Second Series as seems appropriate. There will be a variety of options given for each posture in order to allow multiple approaches.

 

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Inversions, Backbends and Sitting WIth Your Breath

Finding Stability When the World is Inverted and Returning Home to Breath

This class will turn your world upside/down in order to explore the dynamics of inverting the body through building a solid foundation from which to grow while also looking at the opposing forces at play in inversions. Backbends will be redefined as front openings and sitting quietly will be explored as an active participation in self-exploration through developing a relationship with our lifelong companion, breath.

 

 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Eight Limbs and Daily Life

How does this practice apply within the context of daily living?

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 our day-to-day life. What is the use of Philosophy without real application? We may memorise quotations or stanzas from great writings but unless we can apply them within our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realised.

 

David Swenson Yoga

Your Teacher

David Swenson began his journey of Yoga in 1969 when he and his brother Doug practiced in a small park at the end of their street in Houston, Texas. There were few sources for yoga at that time so they practiced from whatever books they could find.

In 1973 David discovered Ashtanga after he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, CA. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then initiated studies directly with the master. He made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. 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.

Today 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. His courses are presented in a supportive and compassionate fashion making it accessible to all levels of practitioner to participate.


David Swenson | Ashtanga Yoga Workshop | 18th - 19th November 2023

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