David & Shelley

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David Swenson & Shelley Washington


Teacher Training/Yoga Immersion   

July 24 - 30,  2017           $1200.    Here for Deposit

This 40 hour course is designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.  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.   All participants will be engaged in teaching and adjusting each other.  It is fun and energizing.  There is a wealth of invaluable knowledge tone learned and tools for practice to be taken away from this immersion course.

Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and understand 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.

As in all courses run by David Swenson there is sure to be plenty of laughter and fun woven into the experience. You are sure to learn more than you ever imagined possible in a weeklong course and have a great time in the process. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Schedule   July 24 - 30, 2017

Monday - Friday   9:00 – 12:00 and 1:30 – 4:30

Saturday   9:00 – 1:00 and 2:30 – 4:30

Sunday  9:00 – 1:00  Finish


Ashtanga Yoga Weekend Workshop 

July 22 & 23, 2017           $250.     Here for Deposit

Saturday,  July 22, 2017

9:00 - Noon Fully Led Primary Series

1:30 - 4:00Life, Love & Living With Purpose

Sunday,  July 23, 2017

9:00 - Noon    Second Series Guided Tour

1:30 - 4:00       Inversions & Backbends


Fully Led Primary Series Flow                 Saturday 9:00 - Noon

Dancing with the Breath in a First Series Rhythm

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. 


Life, Love & Living With Purpose             Saturday 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Seeking A Path, Building Dreams and Finding Peace

David will share Stories, Anecdotes and Insights gained over his more than 40 years of yoga practice and pursuits of spiritual life, love, health and adventure. David is a witty, humorous and inspiring storyteller. His life is filled with colorful, sometimes wild, sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining pursuits of knowledge of the world around him and the wonders that reside within us all. Within his tales of travel, fasting, chanting, seeking, studying, laughing and crying there is always a thread of sincerity of purpose that anyone seeking greater meaning of life can relate to and possibly even gain tools of insights of their own from the mistakes, successes, failures, triumphs and bumps along the road of life that David shares with honesty and heart-felt sincerity.


Second Series Guided Tour                      Sunday   9:00 - Noon

Hop on the Bus and Enjoy a Ride Through Intermediate Series 

Many people are frightened of or intimidated by the Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga. But it is truly one of the most fun sequences! David will present the Second Series with great compassion, patience and humor. Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. David will lead the participants through as much of the Second Series practice as seems appropriate for the group. He will offer alternatives and guidance along the way and explain methods and techniques to make the Second Series asanas feel more accessible and user-friendly. This class is a great way to experience the dynamics of second series in a safe and fun environment. 


Inversions & Backbends                             Sunday   1:30 - 4:00

Building Roots and Growing Confidence

Whether you are frightened of inverting or love to hang out upside-down and whether you have a flexible back or a stiff board-like spine there is much to be learned from David’s insightful tools for building confidence and gaining control in Inversions and Backbends.

David will take the class on a journey of exploration into the unseen world of Gravity and share methods of how to utilize this perpetual energy as a stabilizing force for establishing our roots from which we can grow into inversions and backbends with greater ease and more confidence.  He will teach the participants methods to expand the front of the body and open the heart rather than collapse the back in order to discover greater depth in a backbend with less effort and more grace and efficiency. 

David likes to encourage patience when he teaches. He phrases it like this: “The strongest trees in the forest grow the slowest!” 

Take the seeds of information he shares and plant them within the fertile ground of your personal practice and watch them grow!


David Swenson and Shelley Washington are a dynamic husband and wife teaching team. Their approach to presenting Ashtanga Yoga is full of depth, insight, intuition and integrity. They are experts at breaking down the intricacies of the practice and presenting it in a down-to-earth and comprehensible manner. They patiently and effectively offer practical applications of safe adjusting techniques in the Teacher Training courses and valuable assistance in the Mysore and Lead Classes while keeping a focus on the internal workings of the practice. Their love for yoga and for each other brings joy and laughter to the room as well as a unity of purpose and generosity of heart.