Learning from David Swenson
As I completed my Ashtanga Certification, I felt a deeper understanding of the asanas, the ocean breathing and their values. As my teacher David Swenson said: “Asanas in Ashtanga are like family members. You cannot take them away because you don’t like them, they are still part of the family tree.” I will add: “So you try to find their positive qualities, concentrate on them, breathe and find a way to like them. It gets easier with time.” As Pattabhi Jois would say: “Tomorrow!” When you could not get into an Asana, he would smile and only say: Tomorrow!
The guru is practice, the teacher is guidance. As a teacher and practionner, I always remember.