Hopes, Dreams, Anticipations and Reality of Practicing Ashtanga Yoga

with David Swenson and Shelley Washington

David Swenson and Shelley Washington
Weekend - May 11 - 13
Price for all three workshops: $340 ($420 after April 15)
Note: Limited to 32 Attendees
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MMMmmmysore Class
Mysore Practice and Discussion

5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Price: $60 ($70 after April 15)

A Day in the Life of First Series
Compassionately Led Primary, Practicum, and Discussion

11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Price: $160 ($175 after April 15)

Scorpions, Peacocks and Insects that fly. Oh My!
Intermediate Series and the Creatures Within
Compassionately Led Second Series, Practicum, and Discussion

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price: $160 ($175 after April 15)


Location:
Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala
34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 205
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624


5:45 pm - 8:15 pm

MMMmmmysore Class

The tastiest way to practice for personal growth and enhanced understanding. Led classes are wonderful. We can unplug and wait for the teacher to tell us what to do next. This is soothing, nurturing and fulfilling. This approach however is like a chaperoned relationship with the yoga. The teacher always looking over our shoulder to remind us of every breath and movement. This is a blessed way to practice and is certainly valid! But within this approach we can run the risk of becoming dependent on the teachers' guidance to the point that we do not have a sense of our own rhythm, timing and breath. In order to truly develop a deep and personal relationship with the yoga we need to wean our self away from the teachers' words and seek the voice of Ashtanga as it arises through the sound of our own breath and the dancing flow of the sequence. The teacher is still present yet only to assist where absolutely necessary. To guide when needed and advise when required. Now the depths of practice spread's her arms and welcomes us into the flow. This relationship once established is freedom! Now we stand on our own and walk hand in hand with the practice and the ancient wisdom gained from the direct connection. The greatest teachers instill strength, independence and confidence into their students. Mysore practice is a stepping-stone to the path of self-reliance.


11:30 am - 7:30 pm

A Day in the Life of First Series

Flow
Compassionately Led Primary
The day begins with David and Shelley taking the students through the traditional flow of the Primary Series. As always there will be alternatives offered and compassionate attention provided so that all levels will feel comfortable to participate within their particular levels.

Practicum
Asanas, Alternatives and Attitude
The asanas, sequence and inherent energetic expression of the Primary series will be explored through discussion and applications within a short flow. If there are specific requests for details about certain asanas, conditions and alternatives they will share their insights and practical advice for practicing of the Primary Series to manifest its inherent purpose as a therapeutic and healing experience.

Discussion
Fear, Focus, Forgiveness and Fulfillment.
Open discussion, stories told and questions asked for David and Shelley taken from the participants in regards to treading the path of practice whilst confronting the pitfalls, pratfalls and fearful encounters of the yogic journey.


12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Scorpions, Peacocks and Insects that fly. Oh My!
Intermediate Series and the Creatures Within

Flow
Compassionately Led Second Series
The day begins with David and Shelley taking the students through a compassionate and measured flow of the Intermediate Series. There are many practitioners that feel a bit intimidated by the second series. It is truly an elegant, beautiful and graceful arrangement of asanas that is much more accessible than one might think. David and Shelley are incredibly intuitive, sensitive and expert in presenting the practice with care, clarity and joy! EVERY asana may be modified, amplified or demystified to suit the needs of every individual. Come and see for yourself!

Practicum
Entering the Jungle and Animal Encounters
There is a wonderful 'zoological' component within the Intermediate Series as the animals come out to play in this dynamic and invigorating sequence. In this second session of the day David and Shelley will present ways to approach these animals with care, wonder and joy! They will address any specific areas of interest expressed by the participants as well as providing wisdom gained from personal encounters with the wondrous creatures and the cleansing effects on the nervous system, mind and emotional releases from the power of practice.

Discussion
Advantages of Age and the Myth of Eternal Youth
Once again there will be open discussion, stories told and questions asked for David and Shelley taken from the participants this time with the focus being on the inevitable reality of aging and the struggles of acceptance, uncertainty of the unknown and the peace found from embracing the journey.