David Swenson: Master Teacher

David Swenson: Master Teacher

Teacher Bio

One of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga yoga, David Swenson first journeyed to Mysore, India in 1977. He became one of the first Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga vinyasa system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois, including pranayama and all of the asana sequences. But his journey actually began in Houston, Texas in 1969, when David and his brother Doug taught themselves yoga out of books.

It was in Encinitas, California in 1973 that David met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff, after which he discovered Ashtanga. Thanks to them, David met Guruji on his first trip to the US in 1975 and soon began studying with the master. David continued his direct studies and close relationship with Pattabhi Jois until his death in 2009. 

David is the author of the defacto reference manual for the Ashtanga practitioner, new and old alike. His classic “Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual”, first published in 1999, has guided yogis worldwide through the nuances of Ashtanga’s Primary and Second Series. 

Today David travels tirelessly around the globe, teaching courses in a supportive and compassionate fashion, and leading workshops which are accessible to all levels of practitioner.

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