Yoga in Paradise: A week with David Swenson

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David Swenson, Ashtanga Guruji and modern day yogic leaderDavid Swenson, Yoga Specialist, teaches at COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali.

David Swenson is one of the world’s leading Ashtanga teachers and modern day gurus. He will be teaching Yoga in Paradise at COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Bali, May 23-28, 2009.

David Swenson began practicing yoga at the age of 13. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams 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.

He runs David Swenson Ashtanga Yoga Productions out of Austin TX USA.

The beautiful COMO Shambhala Estate is one of the most serene destinations on Bali – which says a lot, and its advisors include Donna Karan, and legendary Buddhist philosopher Dr Robert Thurman (and yes, he is the father of Uma Thurman).

As well as its amazing spa, there is a lot to do at the 31-room resort. Do have a session with onsite iridologist and nutritionist Carla Halford, and take the pre-breakfast guided morning walk around the steeply-sloped estate.

Spare time, too, to check out the outstanding boutique, supplied and run by the resort’s original conceptor, Bradley Gardner.

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  1. wow, wow, and WOW again.
    I’v been practicing ashtanga on his videos for lord knows how long. Whenever I can’t get to the Yoga Center I practice to his video…
    what about a 2010 or 2011 seminar?