Four Seasons Resort Maui Announces New Yoga Retreat: Unlocking Ancient Secrets of Ashtanga, September 10-15, 2011

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The Ashtanga Retreat is part of the Four Seasons Resort Maui's "Unforgettable Events" series for 2011

"Sideways Crow" David Swenson leads the Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maui September 10-15, 2011, part of the resort's "Unforgettable Events" series.

Yoga enthusiasts are invited to join internationally renowned Ashtanga Yoga masters David Swenson and Shelly Washington to deepen their personal practice in the serene setting of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, September 10-15, 2011. This dynamic duo is known for presenting Ashtanga Yoga ( with depth, insight, intuition, and integrity while maintaining a down-to-earth, comprehensive style. Students of great Ashtanga master K. Pattabhi Jois, Swenson and Washington teach many poses and philosophies from the discipline as it was originally taught.

David Swenson started practicing yoga in 1969, at the age of 13. His introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973. In 1975, K. Pattabhi Jois came to the USA for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to initiate studies directly with the master. Today, Swenson is recognized as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He is the author of the bestselling book: Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual as well as five DVDs.

Shelly Washington graduated from Julliard School in New York and went on to dance with Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, and American Ballet Theater. When she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, she redirected her passion, throwing herself into the practice with heart and soul. Her love for the practice brought her to Mysore, India on numerous occasions, where she also studied directly with K. Pattabhi Jois. Together, Swenson and Washington make a powerful teaching team. They offer practical applications and safe adjusting techniques to evolve each student’s practice.

The package includes: five nights in luxury resort accommodations; four morning yoga classes and three afternoon classes; daily “Talk Yoga” sessions in the Yoga Retreat Hospitality Lounge; welcome reception; and a final group dinner. Pricing begins at $4,500 for a single participant. Availability is limited. To reserve this package, please contact pat.makozak(at)fourseasons(dot)com or call 1 (808) 874 2939.

Ashtanga Yoga is one in a series of one-of-a-kind experiences scheduled throughout 2011 as part of the resort’s Unforgettable Events series. The calendar of events continues to grow and can be accessed at: Four Seasons Resort Maui has invited a number of experts and celebrated athletes to interact with guests through such diverse programs as viticulture and culinary events, film festival screenings, yoga, and fantasy tennis, cycling and surfing camps. In all cases, participants will enjoy both the luxurious amenities of the resort as well as the stunning settings of Wailea Beach and other local Maui natural environs.

About Four Seasons Resort Maui
The Spa: The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui is world-renowned for its commitment to innovation, the continuous introduction of new results-oriented wellness services and products, and for its high caliber therapists. This award-winning spa features three outdoor authentic Hawaiian treatment hales overlooking Wailea Beach in addition to world-class spa facilities. For information, contact The Spa at 808-874-8000 or visit
The Resort: Maui's first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service and luxurious amenities. The resort is also home to three of Hawaii's most acclaimed restaurants — Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. Visit:

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