Spira Power Yoga is hosting David Swenson in Seattle March 9-10 2013

David Swenson, world renowned ashtanga master teacher. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take your yoga practice to the next level.

David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, CA. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then initiated studies directly with the master. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977 and learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.

Since I am anticipating more  folks at this weekend workshop than what Spira can hold…

Location for the David Swenson workshop:
Skinner Auditorium, Saint Mark’s Cathedral; 1501 Tenth Avenue E, Seattle, WA, 98102

Reserve your spot now! These tickets will go fast!

Cost: $265 for the whole weekend (all 6 classes) or  $60 per class of your choice.

To purchase follow this link:  https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=16781   Click on Workshops and scroll  down till you find David’s workshop. If you want to purchase all weekend, click  on all boxes. If you want to pick  and choose click only on the workshop of your interest. This next step looks funny but it is correct. It will add up the price and give you the option to select any of the six series. Just click on one of  the series that is part of your selection. If you are purchasing the whole weekend note that there will be an option for the discounted price.  From then on it will make sense again. If you have any problems just email us at info@spirapoweryoga.com.

This link will take you to video’s of David Swenson: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=david+swenson+yoga&qpvt=david+swenson+yoga&FORM=VDRE#x0y0

Schedule of the weekend:

Saturday schedule

ALL ABOARD THE ASHTANGA TRAIN  time 9 – 11:00

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. 

FLYING FLOATING AND HANDSTANDING time 1:00 – 3:30

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. 

BREATH, BANDHAS AND PRANAYAMA  time 4 – 5:30

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.

Sunday schedule

NADI SHODANA / A GUIDED TOUR  time 9 – 11

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.

INVERSIONS, BACKBENDS AND SITTING WITH YOUR BREATH time 1:00 – 3:30

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.

EIGHT LIMBS AND DAILY LIFE time 4 – 5:30

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.