New video: David Williams talks about his first yoga class

Here’s one for the archives. Just up this week, only a few dozen views at this point:

From the early 1970s, I move you to this week. Photos from Sharath’s classes in New York can be viewed here.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

5 thoughts on “New video: David Williams talks about his first yoga class”

  1. I love David, too. I wonder why this blog doesn’t give him more credibility. Really surprised you posted this and I’m happy you did. My practice made more sense after my first
    workshop with him in 2005 and every class I teach he is there with me. Mahalo, Davidji!

    1. Well, you can check out old posts, but the long and short of it is that, from my experience, while DW has a lot of knowledge about his own practice, he wasn’t able to translate that to someone with different physical abilities/limitations. I found not very much that was useful for my practice in what he said — and a lot that was discouraging enough that, had I not had other teachers, I would have just quit.

      S

      1. Wow! We must not be talking about the same David Williams. I, for one, do not have the same physical abilities as David. I have studied with him regularly since 2005 and he always offers options for those of us who are physically challenged. Your comments about David are very similar to how I feel about Tim and Kino. I attended workshops with them both and left hurting and discouraged. Not so with Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Manju, Beryl or Sharath. Maybe it’s an age thing. I’m almost 66 and the knowledge I’ve gained from this group of yogis I apply to my personal practice and my teaching. I have never been injured doing yoga and I have don’t feel like a failure after practice. If a posture isn’t going to happen for me, I’ll choose a modification. I’ve learned from David not to take my yoga so seriously, and in order to levitate I must lighten up. That’s how I approach my practice. The result is a calm mind, a strong body and a happy yogini. I’m sorry you had a bad experience.

  2. When I left David Williams workshop, I felt like I touched the heart of yoga, it was incredibly moving. He was so down to earth, so easy going, so easy to talk to. I feel lucky that all the senior Ashtanga teachers I have studied with have been even greater than I thought they would be, I am always impressed by their openess and tolerance. Guess it’s cause we’re all 50+!!

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