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Two New DVD's From David

NEW DVD’s !!!I am so excited and happy to announce that after almost 20 years I am now releasing 2 new DVD’s!    Ashtanga First Series: This is a technologically and visually updated version of the original video that was released in 1995. There are many new features to make it much more user-friendly and easier to use. I offer explanations for many alternatives to the more challenging asanas as well as a discussion of the basic 5 Elements of the Ashtanga practice: Breath, Bandhas, Asana, Drishti and Vinyasa.      Ashtanga 1:08: This is a slightly longer version of the Short Forms programs that I produced about a decade ago. The original ones contain 3 routines of 15, 30...

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Introducing the Mysore Practice Rug

I am really happy to announce that we now have a beautiful line of Fully Organic Cotton Practice Rugs! I love the cotton feel for practice since it really reminds me of the “old school” method. In the early days we always practiced on cotton.   I like the natural feel under me when practicing and they absorb sweat. The fact that these new mats are organic is even better!  They work great on top of any sticky mat and will prolong the life of the sticky mat as well. Check them out and Have Fun Practicing!   David

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A Tribute to BKS Iyengar

Today I mourn the loss of the great teacher, philosopher and yogi, BKS Iyengar. His teachings and magnanimous presence have left an indelible mark on the world of yoga and the atmosphere now feels a bit less vibrant without his presence in it.  Though I was not directly a student of his I was dramatically effected by his teachings and his dedication to the practice, promotion and love of yoga.   My brother and I started to practice in 1969 when we only had access to books as our teachers. One of the first ones we came across was Light On Yoga. The power, grace and presence displayed within BKS Iyengar’s asanas conveyed an ocean of energy and depth far...

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Yoga International Magazine Q & A with David Swenson, Richard Freeman, and Tim Miller

"Yoga International emailed questions to three top Ashtanga Yoga teachers—David Swenson, Richard Freeman, and Tim Miller. In this Q&A, David Swenson comments, often poetically, on K. Pattabhi Jois and his legacy, on the “unseen” aspects of yoga practice, and on the connection of the practices to Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga (8 limbs of yoga) in the Yoga Sutra. He also talks about the importance of bringing yoga off the mat and into the world, and about transforming the sense of loss left by Pattabhi Jois’s passing." David Swenson's Q&A "In this Q&A, Richard Freeman comments perceptively on some of the mental and psychological aspects of Ashtanga practice—how students tend to avoid certain practices or issues, how working with the breath gives...

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Gratitude - An Interview with David

David was contacted by Lauren Tober this past year and asked to participate in her project Capturing Gratitude. She then interviewed David for her project. Capturing Gratitude just completed a successful fundraising initiative on December 1 and is aiming to have the website live in the coming months. For more information about Capturing Gratitude and to register, please visit her site. www.laurentober.com The team at AYP thought that it was a great time of year to share Lauren’s interview with David on the topic of Gratitude. We hope that you have had a great 2013 and we send you our best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year. INTERVIEW • David, in this moment, what are you grateful for?...

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