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David Garrigues

April 8-10, 2016

$250 by March 29 / $275 After

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David Garrigues is one of a few teachers certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renowned yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

In this in-depth weekend workshop we’ll investigate specific aspects of the Ashtanga Yoga practice in detail.

Friday                 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ashtanga Foundations 1 – The Five Allies in Surya Namaskara

In this session we’ll look at the 5 root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara. The root techniques, or allies include pranayama (conscious breathing), vinyasa (positioning), bandha’s (locks), dristi (gazing), and dhyana (meditation).

The positions of Surya Namaskara provide the perfect foundational basis for exploring the important role that each of the allies plays in creating a mature, sustainable yoga practice.


Saturday           9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ashtanga Foundations II and III – Standing Sequence, Seated Postures and Dynamic Transitions of Primary Series

In this session we’ll explore how cultivating a combination of dynamism and stability in the standing postures provides you a perfect means of entrance into the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Structuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandha’s etc) will help you better extract the strengthening, restorative, and heali§ng benefits of this important series.

We’ll also study the dynamic transitions between the asanas, carefully looking at how to create a better a jump back and jump through. And emphasizing the transitions also teaches you to cultivate rhythm, breath, dynamism and vitality within the stillness of each asana.


Saturday           1:00 pm – 3:00 pm          

Precision, Purification and Pranayama

This session will utilize breathing exercises, retention, and discussion to help you better centralize your awareness on breath during practice. We’ll study how to use breathing to build powerful strength in your asana’s and to effect nadi shodana, purification of the pranic channels. Prana Vidya, knowledge of prana, helps you to progress towards subtlety as you concentrate your mind and better direct the power of the internalized prana.


Sunday              9:30 am – 12:00 pm        

Intro to Second Series and Pranayama

This session will help you better understand how to make progress in the first section of Nadi Shodana or Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate series.  We will study the foundational back bends of second series. We’ll look into how to create a sound, well-grounded foundation in each asana.

David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia and one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘Anyone can take practice’, a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David’s mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga.

Price: Full weekend workshop - $250.  By March 29 / $275 After.  Limited spaces!  The workshop is suitable for anybody with an established Ashtanga yoga practice, experience of at least the first half of the Primary Series and a motivation to learn.
Payment and cancellation policy: Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made one week in advance. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than one week prior to the workshop.

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David Garrigues is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and creator of the Asana Kitchen video instruction series that is one of leading online yoga learning resources. David is the founder/director of Ashtanga Yoga School (AYS) of Philadelphia and also travels extensively throughout the US, Europe, and India offering workshops, in depth studies and retreats.

David also writes passionately and eloquently on the subject of yoga. He has maintained a consistent blog for more than 6 years and is the author of numerous books on yoga that offer expert technical instruction and poetic inspiration.

For more than 20 years David has maintained an enthusiastic personal practice that is dedicated to asana and pranayama study in the Ashtanga tradition. His intense dedication to practice and to teaching, inspire his students who form a diverse soulful, open hearted, and serious global learning community.

Study with K Pattabhi Jois

David is among a small group of Ashtanga yoga teachers who received teaching certificate directly from the late founding master of ashtanga yoga Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David met Pattabhi Jois in 1993 and over the next 16 years he traveled to Mysore India more than 12 times to study with the great yoga master. In 1996 Pattabhi Jois granted David a teaching certificate, David returned to Seattle and opened the first ever Ashtanga yoga studio in Seattle. In 2002 David hosted Sri K Pattabhi Jois (along with his daughter Saraswathi and his grandson Sharath) in Seattle.

The Asana Kitchen and Instructional Courses

David’s partner filmmaker Joy Marzec is also a devoted student of ashtanga yoga. Joy is David’s video producer and over the last 7 years they have created David’s renowned Asana Kitchen (AK) video instruction series as well as several exceptional instructional courses on Ashtanga yoga and pranayama. David’s AK You tube channel has an extensive library of more than 100 videos that serve as a generous learning resource for his global Ashtanga yoga learning community.

Music and Chanting

Also during his many trips to India David studied classical Indian vocal music and subsequently recorded two high-energy Kirtan CDs. David also has studied Sanskrit chanting with Vyas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute. David weaves Sanskrit chanting and singing into his teachings classes.

Early study history

David was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 when a friend taught him the classic set of postures known as Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations). David maintained a self-taught practice for more than a decade before everything changed when he met Marie Svoboda, Seattle’s “grand dame of yoga” in 1991. Attending her classes lit an everlasting fire for yoga in him and he immersed himself in a serious yoga study. During this time David also had the great fortune to study intensively with senior BKS Iyengar teacher Aadil Palkhivala attending weekly classes and participating in many intensives and teacher trainings.


David's mission is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of the circle of hatha yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promotes physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.