David Swenson: 2007 Tokyo Ashtanga Vinyasa Techniques Yoga Workshop and Ashtanga First Series Teacher Training
David will go through the details of building a strong foundation to practicing the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System. He will elaborate on all aspects of the system in order to induce a sustainable understanding of the practice!
Saturday, September 8. 8:00-11:00
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 components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. This will all be done through the avenue of partner work. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information in this class. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.
Saturday, September 8. 14:00-17:00
ALL ABOARD THE ASHTANGA TRAIN
Yoga Chikitsa: A Fully Conducted Primary Series Class
Followed by an Open Discussion with David 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 flowing along all of the way from the opening sun salutations to the closing sequence. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a deep relaxation followed by an open discussion in which David will address any questions the students may have about the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Sunday, September 9. 8:00-11:00
INVERSIONS, BACKBENDS AND SITTING WITH YOUR BREATH
Finding Stability When the World is Inverted and Returning Home to Breath
This class will turn your world upside/down in order to explore the dynamics of inverting the body through building a solid foundation from which to grow while also looking at the opposing forces at play in Inversions. Backbends will be redefined as front openings and sitting quietly will be explored as an active participation in self-exploration through developing a relationship with our lifelong companion, breath.
Sunday, September 9. 14:00-17:00
NADI SHODANA / NERVE CLEANSING
An Introduction to the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga
Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. There will be an introductory discussion of the dynamics inherent to the Second Series. The Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga is known as Nadi Shodana that translates into, Nerve Cleansing. This dynamic sequence of asanas is fun and exciting but does require one to have a familiarity with the First Series before attempting it. David will lead the class through a portion of First Series acting as a springboard into as much of the Second Series as seems appropriate. There will be a variety of options given for each posture in order to allow multiple approaches.
Ashtanga First Series Teacher Training
September 1 to 7, 2007 - 10:00 to 18:00 daily.
* Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and understand the flow and sequencing of the asanas.
This 40 hour course will cover the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The participants will learn safe and effective hands-on adjustments through partner work for all of the asanas, practicalities of conducting a class and yoga theory.
The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the sequence.This is a deep immersion into the details underlying the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga. One need not be a teacher to attend or even desire to be a teacher. Many participants attend simply to deepen there own practice.