4 Days, 5 Classes
October 11-14, 2018
This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to study Yoga with the man who brought Ashtanga out of India.
David Williams has been practicing Yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw Manju demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga 1st series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his 6 month Yoga teachers training course certification. In 1973, David began studying Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and became the first non-Indian to be taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju to America and the western world when he, along with Nancy Gilgoff, organized and sponsored their first visit to Encinitas, California, in 1975. David is responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to many of today’s leading teachers and practitioners, including David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Danny Paradise, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Tracy Rich, Chuck Miller, and Maty Ezraty. David is 69 years old. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lived on the island of Maui, Hawaii, since 1975, and teaches private individuals or group classes by appointment.
What others are saying about his last workshop
“Hi David, just thought I’d write to you while the going is good. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and am very happy that I had the experience of sharing yoga with you. For many years now, I have been questioning the way that Ashtanga has been taught and I too have been saddened by the injuries and bad name that Ashtanga has in the yoga community. I started yoga to find freedom in my life and then one day I looked around and realized that I was surrounded by a system that was rigid and full of doctrines and dogmas. To hear you, the ‘legend of Ashtanga yoga’, come out and say that, “if it hurts you are doing it wrong”, that “it should feel wonderful”, and that “the person who enjoys it the most today is the one most likely to practice tomorrow”, was so refreshing and so important. You have inspired me to practice daily for the rest of my life, to love it, and to get real. Thanks. Aloha mate,
“Thanks David for unshackling years and years of self-doubt that certain individuals along the rungs of the “Yoga hierarchy” have bestowed in me because I didn’t and wouldn’t agree with their dogmas and doctrines (I heard you well and clear Mark). It enabled me to completely change my daily practice and my way of teaching this very art of Yoga with a clear conscience and total freedom. Good on ya.”
“Dear David, my epiphany…. How could so many of us have it wrong ? Could it be that we were ALL just taught wrong? We all see the form and the strength and have been taught to focus on the outer alignment . All of the workshops and teachers focus on advancing your postures, not your prana. We are believing that the more advanced postures bring some kind of secret, and try to perfect the posture like we see it. We desire to understand, but keep searching in the wrong place, led by teachers who are doing the same thing. The search never ends because the information is never clear. After over 20 years of workshops, study and practice, I feel like I am also guilty of teaching wrong knowledge. It makes me cry to think that I may have hurt someone by my own ignorance. You not only have lit my candle, but blown my mind to realize that I made it too hard on myself and others. You have given me the missing puzzle pieces and my search is over. I only hope I can convey your message to others. Happy travels.
P.S. Jalandara Bandha was never a focus point for me, I never understood it. My neck has been stiff for a year, and it feels better already. Too many injuries later, I thank you!”
For more information please visit David’s website: http://www.ashtangayogi.com.