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:
Ashtanga Yoga I/II
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.
Ashtanga Yoga II/III
This is 1/2 of the primary series with backbends and flavors of the 2nd series. The series is physically demanding and mentally challenging. Postures are held up to 10 breaths giving the student time to focus on both the internal mental and external physical movement. Appropriate modifications will be offered.
This class is not heated.
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.