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David Williams

$250 by May 4 / $300 After / or $70 each session

*Attend Thursday’s class for $60 and all other classes are $60. Otherwise, individual sessions are $70.

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David Williams - Lotus at Venus Pool, Maui

“If it hurts, you are doing it wrong.”

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to study Yoga with the man who brought the Ashtanga tradition out of India.

“Through the years, I have observed that too many people are hurting themselves and hurting others.

Yoga practice can be (and should be) pleasant from the beginning to the end. What is important is the mula bandha and deep breathing. With daily practice, it is inevitable that one will become more flexible.

In my workshop, I want to show each of you how you can do the Ashtanga Yoga series in a lifelong practice that is a completely pleasant experience.”

David Williams


David Williams - Asana 1

Thursday             5:30 pm - 8:00 pm                           

Talk & Practice. Discussion of how David thinks Ashtanga Yoga should be taught and practiced based on his 45+ years of daily practice and teaching. This class is the foundation for all students, and particularly teachers, who want a greater depth of understanding of the "big picture" of the most beneficial way to practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga. Primary series practice led by David.


David Williams - Asana 2

Friday                   5:30 pm - 8:00 pm                          

Talk & Practice. Continuation of Primary series led by David with thorough explanations of every step not covered on Thursday.


David Williams - Asana 4

Saturday              10:00 am - 12:00 pm                       

Questions and complete primary series led by David's commentary.


David Williams and Manju Jois

Saturday              4:00 pm - 7:00 pm                           

Talk and led pranayama

History of Yoga, description and the history of Ashtanga Yoga, David's travels and adventures in Yoga, and his bringing Ashtanga Yoga to America and its eventual spread to the entire world. Introduction and practice of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama, as taught by Pattabhi Jois, led by David.


David Williams - Asana 3

Sunday                10:00 am - 12:00 pm                       

An introduction to Intermediate series in a way that everyone at all levels can try and enjoy. 2nd session of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama led by David.                       


For those who can't come to the entire workshop, David really encourages everyone to attend the Thursday class.  

*Attend Thursday’s class for $60 and all other classes are $60. Otherwise, individual sessions are $70.


David Williams - headshot - striped shir on patio

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 him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from 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. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians to be certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas and one of the very few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama.

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, Andrew Eppler and more. For information on upcoming workshops, go to: http://www.ashtangayogi.com