David Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977, learning the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He is recognized today as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga and has produced numerous videos and DVDs, and the book Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual. Learn more at ashtanga.net.
Teaching Yoga to the Individual for Health, Healing, and Happiness
- Course ID: M1SWEN
Saturday, January 16 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Teaching yoga requires a specialized skill set in order to apply the yoga to the needs of each individual; 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. We’ll explore 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 recognize 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 their limitations and abilities.
For teachers or those just wanting to gain more insights into personal practice or helping others with theirs.
So You Think You Can Balance? A Fun-Filled Exploration of Not Falling Over
- Course ID: M2SWEN
Saturday, January 16 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Basics Path / Mixed Levels
Whether standing on our feet, hands, head or any other body part, balance can be one of the most challenging aspects of practice. Come discover methods of finding balance in an unstable world. Interestingly, there are many parallels between the techniques used for physically balancing in our body and also in finding balance in our life. Regardless of what system of yoga you practice, there is sure to be a wealth of knowledge gained from this class that can be applied on the mat and in life.
Mostly asana with some partner work.
Ashtanga Yoga: Exploring the FUNdamentals
- Course ID: M4SWEN
Sunday, January 17 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Basics Path / Mixed Levels
This introduction to Ashtanga Yoga is open to all levels of experience, or lack there of. We’ll explore the building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga through The Five Elements of Practice: breath, bandhas, drishti, asana, and vinyasa. After a short discussion, we’ll move through an introductory flow to an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. This is a great opportunity to get 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, then come to this fun, flowing, user-friendly adventure into the basics of Ashtanga Yoga. *Caution: You might actually enjoy it!
**This class has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 0.2 CECs.**
The Eight Limbs: Ancient Solutions for Modern Challenges
- Course ID: M5SWEN
Sunday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
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. Come 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.
Lecture and discussion. No asana.