Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga retreat with David Williams
A week of daily Ashtanga asana and pranayama practice with David Williams, the first non-India to be certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the complete Ashtanga Yoga syllabus of asanas and one of the very few people certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama
Type of Event
Daily Ashtanga asana and pranayama practice led by David with a thorough explanation of every step, as taught to David by Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, starting in 1973.
Several discussion classes on how David thinks Ashtanga Yoga should be taught and practiced based on his 45 years of daily practice and teaching. This 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.
History of Yoga, description of the lineage of teachers 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.
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. 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 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’s Complete Ashtanga Syllabus poster is the only poster showing photos of the asanas of all four series.
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, Cliff Barber, Batiste Marceau, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Clifford Sweatte, Tracy Rich, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Kathy Cooper, and Andrew Eppler.
David is 67 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 l976.