Doug Swenson spent this past weekend at Hilltop Yoga, offering workshops that touched on everything from the importance of cross-training to kriyas (internal cleaning techniques such as nauli). Doug began his study of yoga in 1969 — the year the Beatles recorded Abbey Road — and travels the world teaching a unique blend of yoga that draws heavily from Ashtanga but weaves together different styles and influences.
The Old Town studio was packed for each of the three-hour sessions, which began with a discussion and led into a two-hour practice. The Grand River-facing windows quickly steamed up for each session, which stayed light thanks to Doug’s humor and laid-back style.
After the last workshop on Sunday, I asked Doug if he would be willing to spend a few minutes to video Three Questions, a new occasional series with yoga teachers and practitioners. Doug generously said yes.
Why is cross-training in yoga important?
How can someone begin a cross-training regiment?
How does a larger community benefit when individuals practice yoga?
Doug is constantly in motion, traveling internationally to give workshops. Check out his schedule.