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Ajay Jadhav
For Ajay, yoga is a mindful and beautiful choreography of breath and movement. It is the “Stop and smell the roses” moment that enables him to understand and appreciate the complexities of human body and mind. Yoga has been a part of his life since he was a child growing up in India. Offered part of his school’s curriculum in India he maintained an intermittent practice throughout his life. This changed 5 years ago after a leg and back injury prompted him to delve more purposely into his yoga practice as tool for recovery to regain strength and balance. Even as his practice helped him grow stronger and more flexible, he also became more appreciative and patient with his limitations, both on and off the mat.
 
Ajay also discovered that yoga helps him find balance again after a long day of work and inspires him to practice mindfulness in his everyday life. The peace and centering he discovered during his practice allows him to implement these same tools during a demanding day job. Both practicing as well as teaching yoga helps him to slow down the pace of the day, to settle, to observe, and allows his mind to return to a state of calm relaxation.
 
Ajay’s positive experience with his teachers at DYC and the atmosphere created collectively by his fellow students and the teachers during classes inspired him to challenge himself and enroll in DYC’s teacher training program. He feels that DYC’s training program was that little nudge he need to help him deepen his understanding of and continue to evolve his practice. Although he never set out to teach, through DYC’s training program he gained the confidence in his practice, in connecting with the community, and he is ever grateful for the opportunity to share what he has learned with the DYC community.
 
His style of teaching is hugely influenced by his teachers at DYC. He will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom his teachers have shared with him. In his classes, Ajay loves to combine creative sequencing with a sense of playfulness and mindfulness to help students deepen their practice and have fun doing so.

 

Dr. Christopher Willard
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD), Harvard lecturer, President of the Mindfulness in Education Network, and author of many books including Growing Up Mindful and Child’s Mind. Dr. Willard is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. 
David Swenson Swenson
David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David's introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. He is one of a very small number of people that have learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. David Swenson is recognized today as one of the worlds foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. David has produced 5 DVD’s and is the author of the highly popular book: Ashtanga Yoga “The Practice Manual”.

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