David Swenson - Personal Biography
David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced Hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David's introduction to Ashtanga yoga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975, David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time, and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. He is one of a very small number of people that have learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga yoga. He has produced a wide selection of videos, posters and other yoga resources, including the highly popular book, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual.