Workshop and training with David Swenson
2-day weekend workshop & 7-day teacher training / yoga immersion
Time and place:
Update #1 - The weekend workshop 2-3 June 2012 and the 7-day training 4-10 June 2012 will both take place at the Opera House on Holmen. The address is Ekvipagemestervej 10, DK-1438 Copenhagen. Have a look at the map and transport instructions (English version available at the top of that web page) for help to get there. - In 2010 we also all enjoyed a weekend with David at the Opera House, beautifully situated at the harbour front, see photos.
Update #2 - You can now book a single day with David (at the Opera House), Sunday 3 June 2012.
About the course
This is a unique opportunity to study with David Swenson, one of the worlds foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
Note: Spaces are limited and distributed on a 'first come, first served' basis!
Weekend workshop - A guided tour in the realm of Ashtanga yoga
Saturday, 2 June 2012
09:00-11:00 All aboard the Ashtanga train
Yoga Chikitsa: A fully conducted primary series class.
This class is designed for those already familiar with the first series of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga yet it is open to all levels of proficiency from the daily-practicing-professional ashtanga aficionados to the novice fit-it-in-when-I-can weekend warrior and everyone in between. The class 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. Prior to beginning the talk-through practice session David will present alternatives to some of the more challenging asanas of the first series as well as give some user-friendly options for the vinyasa-challenged individuals needing other methods than the standard jumping techniques. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a deep relaxation. Hop of the train and enjoy the ride!
13:00-15:30 Flying, floating and handstanding
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 basic components. He likes to refer to this as: "The Physics of Flight". Participants will explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease. The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. It is common to feel intimidated or even frightened by balancing on our hands. David will address this issue and offer techniques and practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice. This will all be done through the avenue of insightful and simple methods he has designed through decades of practice and teaching others. There will be partner work as well as individual techniques offered. 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. Come and experience the joy of flight!
16:00-17:30 Breath, bandhas and pranayama
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 vinyasa 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, 3 June 2012
09:00-11:00 Ashtanga's greatest hits
Curious about some of the more intricate or advanced asanas but have felt intimidated by them or uncertain about how to approach them in your practice? Then this class is for you! David will take the group on a special guided tour of select asanas from the primary, intermediate and even from the advanced series of asanas. If you are not familiar with the more challenging postures there is no need to be scared of them! David has designed the class for students of all levels to attend. He has an amazing ability to break down the essence and energetic foundation of any asana to allow practitioners of all levels to feel comfortable and confident when exploring realms of the practice that they find most challenging. There are always plenty of safe and sensible alternatives offered so that the student may utilize the most comfortable approach for their particular level. David’s classes are always full of valuable information as well as plenty of laughter and joy.
13:00-15:30 Inversions and backbends
Planting roots and growing confidence.
Whether you are frightened of inverting or love to hang out upside-down and whether you have a flexible back or a stiff board-like spine there is much to be learned from David’s insightful tools for building confidence and gaining control in inversions and backbends. David will take the class on a journey of exploration into the unseen world of gravity and share methods of how to utilize this perpetual energy as a stabilizing force for establishing our roots from which we can grow into inversions and backbends with greater ease and more confidence. He will teach the participants methods to expand the front of the body and open the heart rather than collapse the back in order to discover greater depth in a backbend with less effort and more grace and efficiency. David likes to encourage patience when he teaches. He phrases it like this: "The strongest trees in the forest grow the slowest!" Take the seeds of information he shares and plant them within the fertile ground of your personal practice and watch them grow and blossom over time!
16:00-17:30 Eight limbs and daily life
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.
Participants, weekend workshop
Cf. above fit-it-in-when-I-can weekend warriors, daily-practicing-professional ashtanga aficionados, and everyone in between are very welcome to join! Safe and sensible alternatives to difficult postures will be offered so that the student may utilize the most comfortable approach for their particular level. Ask us if you feel insecure about your personal level. Come with an open mind - and get plenty of inspiration and enjoy!
7-day teacher training / yoga immersion
This course is designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the primary series of Ashtanga vinyasa 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. This is a deep immersion into the details underlying the practice and teaching of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
Monday to Friday, 4-8 June 2012
09:00-12:00 Morning session
14:00-17:00 Afternoon session
Saturday, 9 June 2012
09:00-13:00 Morning session
15:00-17:00 Afternoon session
Sunday, 10 June 2012
09:00-13:00 Closing session
Participants, 7-day training
One need not be a teacher to attend or even desire to be a teacher. Many students have attended this course to merely enhance their personal practice. Those that do wish to teach however will find a wealth of invaluable tools to share with their students.
Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and understand the flow and sequencing of the asanas. The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the sequence but rather to learn to teach Ashtanga vinyasa yoga or to deepen an existing practice.
Don't miss this opportunity!
As in all courses run by David there is sure to be plenty of laughter and fun woven into the experience. You are sure to learn more than you ever imagined possible in a weeklong course and have a great time in the process.
About David Swenson
David began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find.
David's introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought Sri 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's book and dvds are available in the shala. Please visit Ashtanga Yoga Productions for more details.
Payment and booking
You can choose between the following options:
Full course, 9 days, Saturday-Sunday: 6,900 DKK (approx. 920 EUR)
Update 25 May: Due to cancellations, 2 spaces are available. You book by paying for weekend + training via Prices, and then we will refund the discount (700 DKK) to your account.
Weekend workshop, Saturday-Sunday: 1,750 DKK (approx. 235 EUR)
Update 25 May: Due to cancellations, 2 spaces are available.
Sunday workshop: 900 DKK (approx. 120 EUR)
7-day training, Monday-Sunday: 5,850 DKK (approx. 780 EUR)
Spaces available due to the new and bigger venue, the Opera House!
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