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David Swenson Weekend Workshop

April 19 @ 6:00 PM - April 21 @ 5:30 PMvaries, see details
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$269 – Early Bird Price

Ends March 31st, 2019

Learn and Grow Your Practice

Come and immerse yourself in the wonderful depths of Ashtanga Yoga with one of the world’s top instructors. David has been practicing Ashtanga for over three decades. His expertise as a practitioner is matched by his ability to share a wealth of knowledge in a very personable, fun and down-to-earth manner. His courses are presented in a supportive and compassionate fashion making it accessible to all levels of practitioner to participate.

David-TeachingThere are always practical tips offered such as his “Flying, Floating and Handstanding” class in which he breaks down the dynamics of vinyasa into minute details. On a philosophical level he offers practical insights into Patanjalis Yoga Sutras. David sheds light onto the more ethereal areas of the internal practice through explorations of pranayama and the energetic realms of bandhas. Whether new to Ashtanga or a seasoned practitioner all are sure to gain benefit from attending the classes. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with David. You are sure to return home with greater insights into your practice and a smile on your face.

Friday, April 19, 2019

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.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

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.

One of the greatest challenges in Yoga is not the creation of a practice but rather the maintaining of a practice over a long period of time. It is quite easy to get something started or to demolish it but maintenance is the real challenge. In this class David will offer simple, down-to-earth concepts, tools and techniques for maintaining and growing a practice for a lifetime. Life can become overwhelming and it is easy to lose the time for practice and even lose motivation to get on the mat. Acknowledging this dilemma David will offer techniques for the individual to build an effective personal practice within the constraints of a busy life. Using a basic concept of creating a Minimum Daily Practice of 15 – 30 minutes as a foundation to build upon the students will leave with tools to develop their own routine to suit their special circumstances and needs. Whether new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner this class is sure to inspire, encourage and empower all that attend! There will be partner work, sharing and practical applications presented.

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, April 21, 2019

This class is a talk-through of Half of Primary Series and Half of Intermediate Series. In Ashtanga the traditional approach for entering the Intermediate Series is to use the Primary Series as a yogic springboard to propel the student forward. There are many wonderful asanas in the Intermediate Series for strengthening and opening the back as well as the hips. Those that feel a bit uncertain about taking that first step into the realms of the Intermediate Series will find comfort in knowing that David always keeps it Fun, Safe and Incredibly Informative as he guides the group along in a compassionate and thoughtful manner using the first half of Primary Series as a wonderful gateway into Intermediate. Come and experience the joy and wonder of exploring new asanas or deepening awareness and ability for the ones you are already familiar with!

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 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!

David will share Stories, Anecdotes and Insights gained over his more than 40 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!

Pricing Information

Individual sessions may be purchased after the Early Bird ends, March 31, 2019.

Full Workshop

$325 non-member
$300 member

Single Session

$59 non-member
$55 member

Full payment is required to reserve a spot.

*Refund Policy

All sales are considered final. Refunds are not available for this workshop.

About David

David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Silly-Portrait-Low-ResWilliams 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. 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 worlds foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.


Start: April 19 @ 6:00 PM
End: April 21 @ 5:30 PM
Cost: varies, see details
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Venue Name: Maya Yoga
Address: 215 W. 18th Street, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
Phone: 816-283-8985