Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with one of the world's Ashtanga Yoga Legends! For the first time in three years, David Swenson will return to Australia in October to teach a six-day workshop series at our shala in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
David is vastly experienced, having begun his practice at 15 in Texas many years ago. He later studied under the Grandfather of Ashtanga Yoga, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. David is very approachable and warm-hearted with a wealth of knowledge to help you with your practice, regardless of your experience.
Full workshop ( 13 classes & 2 talks ) $ 620
Weekdays ( 9 classes & 1 talk ) $440
Weekend ( 6 classes & 1 talk ) $310
Morning Mysore ( 4 classes ) $160
Individual Class $50
Individual Talk $40
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FRIDAY OCT 12
6.30 - 8.30 pm: INTRODUCTION TO FUNDAMENTALS
An introduction to Ashtanga Yoga open to all levels of experience or lack thereof The building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga will be explored through what David refers to as The Five Elements of Practice; Breath, Bandhas, Drishti, Asana and Vinyasa. After a short discussion David will conduct an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. This is a great way to gain a taste of Ashtanga under the guidance of one of the world’s most renowned and compassionate instructors.
If you are curious to know more about this dynamic and flowing system, come and join David for a fun, flowing, user-friendly adventure into the basics of Ashtanga Yoga.
*Cautionary Note: You might actually enjoy it!
SATURDAY OCT 13
9 - 11 am: FULL LED PRIMARY SERIES
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.
12.30 - 3 pm: FLYING FLOATING AND 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 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 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. There will be partner work as well as individual techniques. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before.
Come and Experience the Joy of Flight!
3.30 - 5 pm: BREATH, BANDHAS and PRANAYAMA (Saturday 3.30)
Seeking the Unseen and Experiencing the Intangible
Our first act of life as we enter this world is to inhale and our last act before departing is to exhale. Breath is our most elemental form of life and unites all of humanity yet we think little about it. The ancient yogis gave it great thought and in so doing developed intricate methods of harnessing breath to gain control of the mind and see the world with greater clarity.
This class will delve into the realms of specialized Yogic Breathing as well as the subtle and highly misunderstood internal energy valves known as Bandhas. There is much confusion surrounding these mystical tools and the part they play in the regulation and control of pranic flow. David will share information he gained directly from K. Pattabhi Jois as well as a series of practical exercises he has developed himself to assist the practitioner in gaining a greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful energy gateways. All are sure to leave with new insights and useful tools for personal practice regardless of their system. Come and Feel the Prana!
SUNDAY OCT 14
(please choose either Mysore Style OR Led Class)
6.30 - 9.30 am: MYSORE STYLE
10 - 12 am: HALF PRIMARY
Half of the practice with all of the fun!!!
This class is designed for those wanting a softer more gentle experience of Ashtanga. The pace is slower than a standard flow and vinyasas will be left out between right and left sides. The class will move about one half of the way through the First Series including finishing postures and at about half of the normal speed and then slide right into a guided deep relaxation to round out the experience. David will offer plenty of alternatives for the vinyasas and asanas in order to make the class accessible to All Levels of practitioner. This class is a great way to experience the flow of Ashtanga while moving at a nice mellow pace.
The rhythm is like a gentle flowing stream.