This Ashtanga Yoga Pro Is Taking Over a Haverford Studio for a Week in May

David Swenson, an expert on traditional Ashtanga yoga, is coming to teach you the in's and out's of the practice with tons of workshops and an immersion training.

David Swenson (right) | Photo courtesy of Ruth Wyshogrod.

Calling all Philly-area yogis: This May, a Main Line studio will be hosting a person of yoga royalty, David Swenson, who will be leading tons of workshops and a yoga immersion training — squeezed into a week of yoga fun and education.

Swenson’s claim to yoga fame dates back all the way to 1969, when he first began practicing yoga. Early in his career, Swenson had the opportunity to study under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the recognized creator of the Ashtanga style of Vinyasa yoga. Now, nine years after the death of Jois, Swenson is keeping the Ashtanga legacy alive. 

Swenson will land at Prana Das in Haverford on Friday, May 18 where he will kick off a packed schedule of seven workshops between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. The workshops will cover a myriad of yoga-centric topics such as balance, handstands, breath, peace, and more.

The following week of his stay, Monday, May 21, through Sunday, May 27, Swenson will be leading yogis old and new on a 40-hour yoga immersion training course, focusing on his expertise: Ashtanga yoga, a highly structured practice following the same sequence and series of postures every. Single. Time. That said, this physically demanding practice is not unlike Bikram yoga in its structure, but skips out on the hot room aspect.

Prana Das yoga studio | Photo by Asya Photography.

The workshops are $60 a pop, or you can shell out $350 for all seven workshops for the weekend. And if you REALLY want to perfect your Ashtanga practice, attending all workshops going on that weekend and the following week’s 40-hour yoga immersion will run you $1,180.

Just FYI, some of the workshops may take place at larger, neighboring buildings, but everyone will meet at Prana Das beforehand and go over together. You can peruse the workshops and sign up for each here. There are plenty of spots currently available, however, Prana Das expects them to fill up — Swenson is a yoga VIP, after all.

Prana Das is located at 385 West Lancaster Avenue in Haverford.

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