David Swenson

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David Swenson is arguably the most sought after Ashtanga yoga teacher in the world. He’s been practicing for over 50 years and is one of only a handful of people to complete all of the Ashtanga series…and now he’s coming to Lime House Yoga!

Join us as we welcome David Swenson next June 2024 for 3 days of fantastic yoga workshops and 7 days of teacher training. David will be opening with three days of weekend workshops – Friday evening, three shorter Saturday workshops and a full day Sunday workshop.

Following on from this he will be running his 7 day Teacher Training – a 40 hour course designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. His older brother Doug Swenson was his first teacher. They practiced Hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David’s introduction to Ashtanga yoga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975, David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time, and David Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then made his first trip to Mysore in 1977.

He is recognised today as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga yoga. He has produced a wide selection of videos, posters and other yoga resources, including the highly popular book, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga yoga offers a therapeutic methodology designed to promote healing on many levels.

It is a curriculum that involves freeing and strengthening the body, breath, and mind, through repetition and gradual augmentation of specific practices.

Each person moves through a prescribed series of breath synchronized movements in the form of classical asana at an individual pace.

The practitioner and their practice evolve symbiotically.

The practices progress from the cultivation of physical mobility and stability in asana to the enhancement of the breath capacity through pranayama. Continued concentration evolves into meditative states establishing a settled, more open, connected sense of self.

What begins with great effort over time finds ease, like a song well practiced will reveal and express the union of musician and instrument.

Even simple practice can produce moments of internal harmony.

Yoga does not promise a life without hardship, sorrow, or pain.

But it gives us tools to keep the mind steady through success and failure.

David Swenson Workshop Details & Booking

  • Life, Love and Living With Purpose | £25

    Friday 7th June 6-8pm – Life, Love and Living With Purpose

     

    David Swenson will share Stories, Anecdotes and Insights gained over his more than 50 years of yoga practice and pursuits of spiritual life, love, health and adventure. David is a witty, humorous and inspiring storyteller. His life is filled with colorful, sometimes wild, sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining pursuits of knowledge of the world around him and the wonders that reside within us all.

    Within his tales of travel, fasting, chanting, seeking, studying, laughing and crying there is always a thread of sincerity of purpose that anyone seeking greater meaning of life can relate to and possibly even gain tools of insights of their own from the mistakes, successes, failures, triumphs and bumps along the road of life that David shares with honesty and heart-felt sincerity.

    Buckle Up It’s a Wild Ride!

  • Full Primary | £45

    Saturday 8th June 8 – 10am Dancing with the Breath in a First Series Rhythm

    This class is designed for those already familiar with the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga yet it is open to all levels of proficiency from the daily-practicing aficionados to the novice fit-it-in-when-I-can weekend warriors and everyone in between. The class will be conducted like a choreographed dance flowing along all of the way from the opening sun salutations to the closing savasana.

    David will spend time at the beginning of class to introduce alternatives to some of the more challenging asanas as well as offer user-friendly vinyasa options. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a soothing, deep relaxation.

    Required Items: Mat and Breath

  • Flying Floating and Handstanding | £55

    Saturday 8th June 11am – 1:30pm 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 Swenson will break the vinyasa down into its basic components in order to explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease.

     

    In addition to vinyasa the class will also explore 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 practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice. 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 David’s classes. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.

    Come and Experience the Joy of Flight!

  • Really Hip Openings for the Hips | £55

    Saturday 8th June 3 – 5:30pm A Pleasant Exploration of Gentle Methods To Open the Hips

    Tight hips can cause problems in other areas such as the knees and back. David Swenson has devised an approach of exploring the hips through slow and gentle movements, stable holding of postures and deep breathing which all combine to bring greater openness to the hips without forcing or pushing. To create stability David will share methods of activating one area in order to relax another. This balanced approach is both safe and effective and can be applied to other regions of the body as well. As always, David will manage to make this enjoyable experience.

    Bring Those Tight Hips In For a Tune-Up!

  • Ashtanga Yoga - Inside and Out | £135

    Sunday 9th June 9am – 4pm A Full Day Immersion Into the Joy of Ashtanga Yoga

    This class is an in-depth immersion and fun-filled exploration of the dynamic system of Ashtanga Yoga covering as much ground as is possible in one full day.

    This immersion is arranged in 2 sessions, morning and afternoon.

     

    In the morning there will be an overview of the First Series with David offering user-friendly alternatives to many of the more complex asanas as well as an array of options for the vinyasa’s. This will then be followed by a talk-through of the Full First Series with David leading every breath of the way. David is well known for his compassionate approach and encouraging presentation to all students.

    There will then be a break for lunch

    In the afternoon session David Swenson will give further details about individual asanas and answer questions the students may have about aspects of their own personal yogic journey or unique interests. There will be time spent partnering during an in-depth exploration of the realms of vinyasa. David refers to this as the Physics of Flight. It is a fun-filled section of the day and full of energy. Things will begin to wind down with a discussion about the wonder of breath and it’s applications in daily life as well as yoga. The day will end with David leading the group through some gentle and soothing pranayama techniques as well as a guided deep relaxation.

     

    It is going to be a spectacular event. You are sure to go home with a smile on your face and a feeling of knowledge gained, laughter shared and new friends made!

    Don’t Miss It!

7 Day Teacher Training Intensive Details and Booking

  • David Swenson's 7 Day Teacher Training Intensive | £800

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    Monday 10th – Sunday 16th June 2024 | Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion

    This 40-hour course is designed as an intensive immersion into the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

    This course will cover the teaching techniques of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. 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 Yoga. During the course all participants will be engaged in teaching and adjusting each other throughout. It is a fun and energising experience. There is a wealth of invaluable knowledge to be learned and tools for practice to be gained by all attending.

     

    Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and understand the flow and sequencing of the primary series asanas. The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the sequence but rather to teach Ashtanga Yoga or to deepen an existing practice.

    As in all courses run by David Swenson there is sure to be plenty of laughter and joy woven into the experience. Many previous participants have commented about learning more than they’d ever imagined possible in a week-long course while having so much fun in the process.

    Don’t miss this opportunity!

     

    David Swenson Teacher Training Schedule

    Day One – Five:   9:00 – 12:00 and 1:30 – 4:30

    Day Six:   9:00 – 1:00 and 2:30 – 4:30

    Day Seven:   9:00 – 1:00

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David Swenson sitting Padmasana

David Swenson

David Swenson 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 K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. He is one of a very small number of people that have 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. David has produced 5 DVD’s and is the author of the highly popular and bestselling yoga book: Ashtanga Yoga “The Practice Manual” that has been printed in 10 different languages and sold internationally.

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