Ashtanga Retreat Set in Paradise

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A retreat in absolute paradise can mean many different things to different people but when it comes to paradise, many people would consider the place to be Hawaii. This retreat in particular will be taking place in Maui, Hawaii (like we need an excuse to go to hawaii) and is sure to produce the zen you’ve been looking for while working on your personal practice. For beginning to expert yogis, this retreat should be added to your must-go list:

“When students spend time with renowned Ashtanga Yoga master David Swenson they come away awe-inspired and not just because he’s teaching them one of the more authentic forms of yoga.

For Swenson, who began his practice with the great Ashtanga master K. Pattabhi Jois in 1973, what excites him most—and what he loves to impart to his students–is the fluid, dynamic nature of the practice. “The flowing rhythm linked to the breath, it just bit me. It was like coming home,” says Swenson about discovering this form of yoga. “It gave me the energy and strength I hadn’t felt from other forms of yoga. It’s not just about how we put our bodies into shape, it’s how we interact with each other as human beings and how we interact with the environment around us.”

Swenson and his wife, Shelley Washington, who also studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, return to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea June 13-18 to teach their second retreat. This event is part of the resort’s one-of-a-kind “Unforgettable Event series which gives guests the opportunity to participate in such diverse programs as viticulture and culinary events, film festival screenings and fantasy tennis and cycling camps.

The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat is open to beginners and yoga enthusiasts alike. The duo is widely-known for presenting Ashtanga Yoga ( with great insight, depth and integrity, teaching students in a fun, down-to-earth and user-friendly manner with classes adaptable to people at all levels of practice. They offer practical applications and safe adjusting techniques to evolve each student’s practice.

“At Four Seasons, every class we will teach will be a mixed-level class. We will offer alternatives and options and multiple approaches so everyone can participate,” adds Swenson who is considered one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors. He is the author of the bestselling book, Ashtanga Yoga; The Practice Manual as well as five DVDs.

For Entourage actress Perrey Reeves, who attended last year’s program, the impact of the retreat was in how all the elements came together. “The beautiful space, the location, Maui, Four Seasons, David Swenson…this was one of the most unforgettable yoga experiences I have ever had.” [source]

From top names in the industry to celebrity sightings, you won’t want to miss this yoga retreat in paradise. Any retreat that can claim the title ‘unforgettable’ is a retreat that deserves a second look if not your full attendance.