David Swenson: 2010 Tokyo Workshop & Teacher Training
Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
September 17-19, 2010
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.
Module 1: ASHTANGA YOGA: AN INTRODUCTION
Friday, September 17. 18:45-21:15
Exploring the Fundamentals
This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. It is open to all levels of experience or lack there of. The building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga will be explored through the basic elements of Breath, Bandhas and Vinyasa. There will be a short discussion followed by an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. The class will end with a guided deep relaxation.
Module 2: ALL ABOARD THE ASHTANGA TRAIN
Saturday, September 18. 09:15-11:45
Yoga Chikitsa: A Fully Conducted Primary Series Class
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.
Module 3: FLYING FLOATING AND HANDSTANDING
Saturday, September 18. 13:00-16:00
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.
Module 4: BREATH, BANDHAS AND PRANAYAMA
Saturday, September 18. 16:30-18:30
Exploring the Mantra of Ujjayi and the Mysteries of Energy Locks
In Sanskrit, Man means Mind and Tra means to Free or Deliver. Therefore the word Mantra means to Free the Mind. There are many mantras in yoga such as Om, Hare Krishna, Om Namo Shivaya and a plethora of others. In Ashtanga Yoga the mantra is the sound of our breath: Ujjayi. There is no other sound more universal than breath. It is not tied to language or culture and is “chanted” from the first moment of birth. This class will focus on the mantra of ujjayi within asana practice as well as during pranayama. In addition to breath work the class will also explore the invisible world of Bandhas. We well attempt to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful tools through interactive discussion as well as a series of practical exercises.
Module 5: NADI SHODANA / A GUIDED TOUR
Sunday, September 19. 09:15-11:45
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. David will then 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.
Module 6: INVERSIONS, BACKBENDS AND SITTING WITH YOUR BREATH
Sunday, September 19. 13:00-16:00
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.
Module 7: EIGHT LIMBS AND DAILY LIFE
Sunday, September 19. 16:30-18:30
How Does this Practice Apply Within the Context of Daily Living?
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 our day-to-day 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 our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realized.
40 Hour Ashtanga First Series Teacher Training
September 20 to 26, 2010 - 6 to 8 hours daily
* Spaces limited. Secure space by advanced booking on this page below. 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.
Teacher training location & schedule will be sent out upon booking confirmation.