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.
Through the Eyes of a Teacher: See the Invisible World of Energy Lines and Flow Patterns
- Course ID: M2SWEN
Saturday, January 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
Continue Your Education
Learn how to begin to recognize patterns of energy flow in someone else. We'll do this through hands-on adjusting techniques to enhance the inherent energy patterns at play within specific asanas. By helping others, students will then try to recognize the same energy flow patterns within their own body and personal practice. We'll explore the dynamics of Downward Dog, followed by a sampling of asanas from the standing sequence as well as some seated postures. Whether or not you teach, it's valuable to learn to recognize and feel lines of energy that pulse within our body and swirl throughout the world around us. **This class has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 0.2 CECs.**
Discussion and asana practice with partner work.
Ashtanga Yoga: An Introduction—Discovering Fundamentals, Insights and Fun
- Course ID: M3SWEN
Saturday, January 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
Beginners / Mixed Levels
This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga, and is open to all levels of experience or lack thereof. We'll explore the building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga through what David refers to as the Five Elements of Practice. Class begins with a short discussion followed by an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. We'll end with a guided deep relaxation. Join us for a fun, flowing, and user-friendly adventure. **This class has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 0.2 CECs.**
All Aboard the Ashtanga Train: A Fully Conducted Primary Series Class
- Course ID: M4SWEN
Sunday, January 20 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 4
This class is designed for those already familiar with the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga. It will be conducted like a train ride that will continue moving from the opening Sun Salutations to the closing sequence. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a deep relaxation. **This class has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 0.2 CECs.**
Please be familiar with the Primary Series. Asana.
Flying, Floating, and Handstanding
- Course ID: M5SWEN
Sunday, January 20 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
In this fun-filled exploration of vinyasa and arm balances, we'll break down the vinyasa into its components and explore handstands and arm balances through the avenue of partner work. All levels can attend--even if you’ve never done a handstand. **This class has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 0.2 CECs.**
Asana practice with partner work.