Weekend Workshop with
David Swenson

Join us from July 26th - July 28th, 2019
Location: Bay City Yoga
921 Washington Ave
Bay City, Michigan

About the David Swenson Workshop

We are thrilled to welcome our beloved teacher David Swenson for a weekend workshop exploring the Ashtanga yoga practice. Experiencing David is a precious opportunity. You may find you learn as much about life as you do about yoga.

This workshop is appropriate for everyone - beginners, seasoned practitioners, and teachers. The workshop is sure to sell out, so register as soon as possible. Price for the entire weekend is $300

Workshop Schedule

July 26 - July 28, 2019

Friday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Studio


Exploring the Fundamentals

This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. It is open to all levels of experience or lack thereof. 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 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Studio


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.

Saturday 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Studio

Tools, Talents & Techniques for Teachers

Presenting Yoga to the Individual for Health, Healing and Happiness

It is quite easy to teach someone that already knows how to do something. It only requires a verbal command and then waiting for the action to take place. But is that really teaching? Actual teaching requires specialized skill sets in order to apply the yoga to the needs of each individual. Every class that we teach can be considered a mixed-level class. This means special attention needs to be paid to those that are not readily able to do an asana or grasp an instruction. This requires patience, insight, sensitivity, experience and the ability to communicate clearly.

Teachers need to be ready to deal with any circumstance that they are confronted with. It is our duty to find a way to present the yoga to anyone that is interested. Ashtanga is not meant to be some kind of elite fitness program just for people with two arms, two legs and a strong, flexible body. Pattabhi Jois once worked with a quadriplegic boy in Mysore. He did not refuse him due to limitation.

This class will look at ways to work with both people with a healthy body as well as those with injuries or special conditions that limit their ability. By learning to recognize the inherent lines of energy in an asana a teacher can discover ways of bringing the student into harmony with those lines while also working within the realms of their limitations and abilities. This will be done through Q and A to explore specific conditions and situations as well as practical work with partners to apply the techniques.

This class is great for teachers or those just wanting to gain more insights into personal practice or helping others with theirs.

Saturday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Studio


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 will attempt to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful tools through interactive discussion as well as a series of practical exercises.

Sunday 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Studio


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.

Sunday 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Studio


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.

Sunday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Studio


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.