David swenson workshop
Friday, July 5TH - Sunday, July 7th, 2019 |
David Swenson’s Weekend Workshops focus on the underlying principles of Ashtanga Yoga as well as refinement of the intricacies of practice. David’s expertise as a practitioner is matched by his ability to share a wealth of knowledge in a very personable, fun and down-to-earth manner filled with joy!
Join us for a weekend of growth and laughter. Tickets: $275, click the link below to book your spot.
FRIDAY, JULY 5TH | 6-8PM | FULLY LED PRIMARY SERIES FLOW
”DANCING WITH THE BREATH IN A FIRST SERIES RYTHYM”
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.
SATURDAY, JULY 6TH | 9-11AM | ASHTANGA’S GREATEST HITS
”PLAYING THE EDGE AND ENJOYING THE RIDE”
Curious about some of the more intricate or advanced asanas but have felt intimidated by them or uncertain about how to approach them in your practice? Then this class is for you!
David will take the group on a special guided tour of select asanas from the Primary, Intermediate and even from the Advanced Series of asanas. If you are not familiar with the more challenging postures there is no need to be scared of them! David has an amazing ability to break down the essence and energetic foundation of any asana to allow practitioners of all levels to feel comfortable and confident when exploring realms of the practice that they find most challenging.
There are always plenty of safe and sensible alternatives offered so that the student may utilize the most comfortable approach for their particular level.
David’s classes are always full of valuable information as well as plenty of laughter and joy.
SATURDAY, JULY 6TH | 1-3:30PM | INVERSIONS + BACKBENDS
”BUILDING ROOTS + 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!
SATURDAY, JULY 6TH | 4-5:30PM | LIFE, LOVE, + LIVING WITH PURPOSE
”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 heartfelt sincerity. Buckle Up It’s a Wild Ride!
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH | 9-11AM | HALF + HALF FUN FEST
”HALF FRIST SERIES AND HALF SECOND SERIES MAKES FUN FOR ALL”
This class is a talk-through of Half of Primary Series and Half of Intermediate Series.
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 a bit uncertain about taking that first step into the realms of the Intermediate Series will find comfort in knowing that David always keeps it Fun, Safe and Incredibly Informative as he guides the group along in a compassionate and thoughtful manner using the first half of Primary Series as a wonderful gateway into Intermediate.
Come and experience the joy and wonder of exploring new asanas or deepening awareness and ability for the ones you are already familiar with!
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH | 1-3:30PM | FLYING, FLOATING, + HANDSTANDING
”A FUN-FILLED EXPLORATION OF VINYASA + 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 basic components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. Participants will explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease.
The class will also explore the 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 techniques and practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice. This will all be done through the avenue of insightful and simple methods he has designed through decades of practice and teaching others. 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 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!
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH | 4-5:30PMM | EIGHT LIMBS + DAILY LIFE
”ANCIENT SOLUTIONS FOR MODERN CHALLENGES”
One oUnderlying 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!