a weekend of workshops with David Swenson


Enjoy a whole weekend of workshops with international ashtanga teacher David Swenson. David is recognised as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga yoga. He has been practicing yoga since 1969 and teaching since 1977. This is a wonderful opportunity to go deeper in your practice and learn from one of the greats.

Part 1 – eight limbs + daily life

Ancient Solutions for Modern Challenges
Real tools for real life! 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 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 realised.
Part 2 – tools, talents and techniques for teachers
Presenting Yoga to the Individual for Health, Healing and Happiness
It is quite easy to teach someone that already knows how to do something. It only requires a verbal command and then waiting for the action to take place. But is that really teaching? Actual teaching requires specialised skill sets in order to apply the yoga to the needs of each individual. Every class that we teach can be considered a mixed-level class. This means special attention needs to be paid to those that are not readily able to do an asana or grasp an instruction. This requires patience, insight, sensitivity, experience and the ability to communicate clearly. Teachers need to be ready to deal with any circumstance that they are confronted with. It is our duty to find a way to present the yoga to anyone that is interested. Ashtanga is not meant to be some kind of elite fitness program just for people with two arms, two legs and a strong, flexible body.
This class will look at ways to work with both people with a healthy body as well as those with injuries or special conditions that limit their ability. By learning to recognise the inherent lines of energy in an asana a teacher can discover ways of bringing the student into harmony with those lines while also working within the realms of their limitations and abilities. This will be done through Q and A to explore specific conditions and situations.
This class is great for teachers or those just wanting to gain more insights into personal practice or helping others with theirs.
Part 3 – a tune up for the hips
A pleasant exploration of gentle methods to open the hips.
Tight hips can cause problems in other areas such as the knees and back. David has devised an approach of exploring the hips through slow and gentle movements, stable holding of postures and deep breathing which all combine to bring greater openness to the hips without forcing or pushing. To create stability David will share methods of activating one area in order to relax another.
This balanced approach is both safe and effective and can be applied to other regions of the body as well. As always, David will manage to make this enjoyable experience.
Part 4 – half and half fun fest 
Half first series and half second series makes for full fun.
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.
Intermediate series can be intimidating yet David has a way of presenting it in an accessible and enganging manner. 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!

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David Swenson

Recorded on

20/02/2021, 21/02/2021