Four Seasons Resort Maui's Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Set for June 13-18, Led by David Swenson and Shelley Washington

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Unforgettable Event Guaranteed to Deepen Each Student's Practice and Put Smiles on Faces

Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maui

"The flowing rhythm linked to the breath, it just bit me." says David Swenson about discovering this form of yoga. "It gave me the energy and strength I hadn't felt from other forms of yoga."

When students spend time with renowned Ashtanga Yoga master David Swenson they come away awe-inspired and not just because he's teaching them one of the more authentic forms of yoga.

For Swenson, who began his practice with the great Ashtanga master K. Pattabhi Jois in 1973, what excites him most—and what he loves to impart to his students--is the fluid, dynamic nature of the practice.

"The flowing rhythm linked to the breath, it just bit me. It was like coming home," says Swenson about discovering this form of yoga. "It gave me the energy and strength I hadn't felt from other forms of yoga. It's not just about how we put our bodies into shape, it's how we interact with each other as human beings and how we interact with the environment around us."

Swenson and his wife, Shelley Washington, who also studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, return to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea June 13-18 to teach their second retreat. This event is part of the resort's one-of-a-kind "Unforgettable Event series which gives guests the opportunity to participate in such diverse programs as viticulture and culinary events, film festival screenings and fantasy tennis and cycling camps. Learn more at:

The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat is open to beginners and yoga enthusiasts alike. The duo is widely-known for presenting Ashtanga Yoga ( with great insight, depth and integrity, teaching students in a fun, down-to-earth and user-friendly manner with classes adaptable to people at all levels of practice. They offer practical applications and safe adjusting techniques to evolve each student's practice.

"At Four Seasons, every class we will teach will be a mixed-level class. We will offer alternatives and options and multiple approaches so everyone can participate," adds Swenson who is considered one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors. He is the author of the bestselling book, Ashtanga Yoga; The Practice Manual as well as five DVDs.

For Entourage actress Perrey Reeves, who attended last year's program, the impact of the retreat was in how all the elements came together. "The beautiful space, the location, Maui, Four Seasons, David Swenson…. this was one of the most unforgettable yoga experiences I have ever had."

The package includes: five nights in luxury resort accommodations; four morning yoga classes and three afternoon classes in inspirational settings; daily "Talk Yoga" sessions in the Yoga Retreat; Welcome reception; tickets to the Maui Film Festival's Celestial Cinema screenings and the festival's "Taste of Chocolate" event; and a traditional Outrigger Closing Ceremony. Pricing begins at $3,900. Availability is limited. To reserve this package, please contact yoga(dot)maui(at)fourseasons(dot)com or call 1 (808) 874-2939.    

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Unforgettable Events: This event is one in a series of the resort’s Unforgettable Events, hosted over the course of the year to provide guests with one-of-a-kind opportunities in the fields of sports, wellness, and culinary and wine. Among the upcoming events are Fantasy Tennis Camp, Maui Cycling Camp, and the Wailea Food and Wine Festival during which the celebrated Red Violin – and its owner – will visit Four Seasons Resort Maui and perform a private concert. For more information on these and future Unforgettable Events, view:

About Four Seasons Resort Maui, (
Maui’s first and only 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, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community. The resort is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant.


Charlotte Novom

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