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Astanga Yoga Weekend

With David Swenson

We are very happy to welcome internationally renowned Astanga Yoga Teacher David Swenson for a week of very special Morning Mysore Practice and a fun filled weekend of workshops and talks in Amsterdam.

Come and immerse yourself in the wonderful depths of Astanga Yoga with one of the world's best teachers. David has been practicing Astanga 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.

There are always practical tips offered in his practical class, where he breaks down the dynamics of vinyasa into minute details, or philosophical classes where he offers practical insights into Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and the yogic lifestyle in general. David also sheds light onto the more ethereal areas of the internal practice through explorations of pranayama and the energetic realms of bandhas. Whether new to Astanga 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 13 April

18.00 - 20.00 
Seeking A Path, Building Dreams and Finding Peace

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.

Saturday 14 April

Time: 9.00 - 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.

Time: 13.00 - 15.30
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.

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
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 15 april 

Time: 9.00 - 11.00
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.

Time: 13.00 - 15.30
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.

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
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.


Date: Friday 13 April - Sunday 15 April 2018
Time: Friday 18:00-20:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-17:30
Location: Friday Prinseneiland 20G, Saturday and Sunday, Posthoornkerk, Haarlemmerstraat 124-126, Amsterdam
Level: if you're new to practicing to the Astanga Yoga Mysore method please make sure to register for the whole Mysore week (no drop ins)

* Exact start time for the Mysore practice will be communicated closer to date


David will be teaching a week of morning Mysore classes at Prinseneiland as well. Please find all information here


REGISTRATION: you can register for this workshop by paying through the link below. Full payment is required to ensure your place. Registration is confirmed when payment is complete.

Date / Time




13 April 2018, 18:00 - 20:00


David Swenson

14 April 2018, 09:00 - 17:30


David Swenson

15 April 2018, 09:00 - 17:30


David Swenson

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