David became certified to teach Transcendental Meditation in 1972 and has been teaching ever since! He first began the practice of Ashtanga in 1994 and soon after went to Mysore, India to study with Pattabhi Jois (founder of Ashtanga). He also studied in India with the renowned Adviata sage and author Ramesh Balsekar, A.G. Mohan, and his wife Indra (students of master Krishnamacharya). He is the first person In DC to be certified in the Svastha system. Currently David likes to combine the awareness of the breath work of Svastha with the physical form of Ashtanga.
David Ingalls instructs the following:
This class is intended for the advanced beginner or intermediate student, looking to deepen their practice.
Through the classic Ashtanga sequence the class builds strength and stability and encourages good practice habits. Modifications and props may be used depending on the needs of individual students.
This is not a heated class. The temperature in the studio is kept at a comfortable level consistent with outside weather conditions.
A vigorous class with a daily theme like hips, backbends, inversions, etc. The class has a workshop focus. Modifications are offered. Students can expect to be physically and mentally challenged. By taking this class students gain a better understanding of how or why one should or shouldn't be doing certain postures.
This is not a hot yoga class. The studio temperature will be adjusted depending on outside weather conditions to suit the comfort level of students and to optimize the benefits of the practice. Usually, the temperature will range between 76 degrees and 80 degrees, with the maximum being the exception rather than the rule.
This class is geared toward the intermediate/advanced student.
In the tradition of classical yoga it consists of the primary asanas and moves on to give a flavor of intermediate and advanced ashtanga yoga. Backbends and inversions are a integral part of the practice. Postures are held up to 10 breaths giving the student time to focus on both the internal mental and external physical movement.
It is a physically and mentally challenging class for intermediate students who will learn to proceed to the advanced level.
Modifications are offered within the context of a faster paced class.
The temperature in the studio is kept at a comfortable level consistent with outside weather conditions.
Svastha is a breath first practice. This class works on going in and quieting the mind through the use of breath. Good breath work is essential to finding the quietness inside and deepening the practice.
Each class will teach the student how to establish good breathing habits in both the postures and in Pranayamas.The class finishes with 15 minutes of dedicated Pranayama.
This class is intended for students with some knowledge of yoga.
*Bi-Weekly Classes until Labor Day Sunday
Classes held: June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26