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Yoga with David Swenson

Friday, March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Saturday, March 30 2019 at 9:00 am

One event on Sunday, March 31 2019 at 9:00 am

| $55–$350

Experience a weekend workshop with an Ashtanga master

Friday–Sunday; March 29–31

Sign up for the whole weekend, two days, or by the session

If you’re a regular yoga practitioner, you might know him as the author of Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual. If you don’t practice yoga, then there’s no better time to start.

Yoga master David Swenson will visit the WAC during the last weekend of March and offer three days of incredible yoga.

Clinics for yogis of all skill levels (including level zero) will be offered with this legend in his field.

Swenson is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading Ashtanga yoga practitioners and instructors. Sign-ups for Swenson’s weekend-long series were open to WAC members only through Friday, February 8. If spots remain, nonmembers may begin signing up on Monday, February 11.

WAC member pricing: Friday–Sunday, $300; Saturday–Sunday: $250; individual sessions at $55 each.

Nonmember pricing: Friday–Sunday, $350; Saturday–Sunday: $300; individual sessions at $65 each.

To register, contact George Sommerrock at georges@wac.net or 206.839.4781.


Ashtanga Basics

Exploring the FUNdamentals

6–8 pm

An introduction to Ashtanga yoga open to all levels of experience. The building blocks of Ashtanga yoga will be explored through what David refers to as the five elements of practice: breath, bandhas, drishti, asana, and vinyasa.



9–11 am

Fully led primary series

Dancing with the breath in a first series flow

A class designed for those familiar with the first series of Ashtanga yoga yet open to all levels of proficiency. Class will be conducted like a choreographed dance, flowing along from opening sun salutations to the closing savasana.


1–3:30 pm

Flying, floating and handstanding

A fun-filled exploration of vinyasa and arm-balances

David will break the vinyasa down into its components and explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. Open to all levels, including those who never done a handstand.


4–5:30 pm

Breath, bandhas and pranayama

Exploring the mantra of ujjayi and the mystical energy of bandhas

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 explore the invisible world of bandhas.



9–11 am

Nadi Shodhana: A guided tour

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. Includes an introductory discussion of the dynamics inherent to the second series.


1–3:30 pm

Inversions, backbends
and sitting with your breath

Finding stability when the world is inverted, and returning home to breath

Turn your world upside down in order to explore the dynamics of inverting the body through building a solid foundation. Backbends will be defined as front openings, and sitting quietly will be explored as an active participation in self-exploration through developing a relationship with your breath.


4–5:30 pm

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. Explore the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and their applications to our daily lives.

Friday–Sunday: $300 WAC members, $350 nonmembers; Saturday–Sunday: $250 WAC members, $300 nonmembers; per-session: $55 WAC members, $65 nonmembers. To register, contact George Sommerrock at georges@wac.net or 206.839.4781.


Friday, March 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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George Sommerrock


David Swenson