Kovalam, India

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019
Kovalam, India

David's Kovalam Mysore Intensive is a nonresidential intensive. Students find their own lodging and food at any one of the dozens of hotels and restaurants. It is easy to find accommodations that suit your budget. 

Track 1 or Track 2

There are two tracks to the Kovalam Mysore Intensive. What's the difference between track 1 and track 2?

Track 1

Track 1 includes daily Mysore class, Sunday Talk, Pranayama, Yoga Sutra classes and asana theory classes.
Asana theory classes including teachings on the following topics: Samasthithi, Surya Namaskara, Standing Postures, Seated Postures, Transitions and Inversions. 

Please note advanced registration via the application is required for Track 1 and Track 2.  If you have never studied with David before and want to do Track 1, David highly recommends that you start the course during the first week, January 13th-18th. The reason for this is because the extra classes are taught in a learning progression week by week.  

David will be using the American Sanskrit Institute's, The Certainity of Freedom, for the yoga sutras classes. You can purchase book at the link below. Be advised, this book can take up to 3 months to ship internationally. 

If you are unable to purchase this book, please bring your own copy of the Yoga Sutras, any translation is acceptable. 

Track 2

Track 2 includes daily Mysore class and the Sunday class which could be either a Conference, Q and A session, or a community gathering. 

Course Fees for Track 1 and 2

  Track 1 Fees:         
  $1150/ 7-weeks
  $1050/ 6-weeks
  $950/ 5-weeks
  $850/ 4-weeks
  $700/ 3-weeks
  $550/ 2-weeks
  $350/ 1-week

  Track 2 Fees:        
  $925/ 7-weeks
  $825/ 6-weeks
  $725/ 5-weeks
  $625/ 4-weeks
  $525/ 3-weeks
  $400/ 2-weeks
  $200/ 1-week


Payment Details

‚ÄčAll students from Track 1 and Track 2 must complete an application form and make their payment before their first day of class. Payment must be made within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm your spot. Please note there are no refunds or cancellations.

Intensive Schedule

Times subject to change. Classes will be held at Golden Sands. If your practice is longer than two hours you will begin at 6:40am.

Track 1 and Track 2 Schedule

7:00-8:45am -- Mysore
8:45-10:00am -- Conference or Q and A (Track 1 and 2)

7:00-8:45am -- Mysore
8:45-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas (Track 1)

7:00-8:45am -- Mysore
3:30-5:00pm -- Asana Theory (Track 1)

7:00-8:45am -- Mysore
8:45-10:00am -- Yoga Sutras Study (Track 1)
3:30-4:30pm -- Hatha Yoga Meditation (Track 1)

7:00-8:45am -- Mysore

7:00-8:45am -- Led Primary Series
8:45-9:15am -- Pranayama (Track 1)

Schedule Details

Mysore Class

Mysore class provides the student with a concentrated and heightened learning experience that will help he/she develop practical and technical yoga skills and be immersed in the inspirational magic and poetic soul of the practice. Each student will receive valuable one to one guidance from David on developing his/her personal practice. The student will develop skill in applying the practice techniques in ways that are logical, challenging, intelligent and fun. David focuses on learning how to follow the Ashtanga system and at the same time creating a practice that honors individuality, versatility and creativity.

Breath and Bandhas

Participants will gain knowledge of pranayama, the fourth yogic limb, and lay a foundation for establishing a personal breathing practice. The classes will include the basic elements for developing ujjayi (victorious breath), and practicing such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath), and khumbhaka (retaining the breath). These sessions also aim to help you breathe with more skill and awareness in your asana practice. There will also be a concentrated study of the traditional Ashtanga pranayama sequence as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.   

Asana Theory

Based off of what David sees in the morning Mysore class he will choose specific asanas to thoroughly explore and investigate. Students will also be able to ask specific questions about asanas that are troubling them and leaving them puzzled.

Yoga Sutras Study

The intellectual study of yoga is an essential means of ensuring progress and maturity through practice. To be exposed to yoga theory is an important part of using the mind to enter into inward directed states of concentration and meditative awareness. This is the part of the in-depth study where you begin to learn how to apply the philosophical/theoretical basis of yoga to your practice. You begin to see how the theory and the practice are not separate, but rather are two aspects of the same applied, practical study. Meditating on the theoretical teachings helps bring you into more intelligent, accurate and subtle alignment. David will draw from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika for the discussions.

Hatha Yoga Meditation

Our daily practice consists of performing a great variety of postures and linking them together with active, rhythmic transitions. We synchronize our movements with our breathing and use bandhas to direct energy along the middle axis of our bodies. By applying this dynamic combination of techniques we seek to create internal absorption through a steady flow of movement and posture that doesn’t let up from start to finish. But we might get so caught up in the movement and dynamism of the hatha techniques that we fail to seek out or properly value the stillness that is the goal of every single yoga technique. In this class we’ll use concepts from the yoga sutras and creative thinking about hatha yoga techniques, to explore different ways to achieve stillness amidst the dynamism and action of our daily practice.

Led Primary Series

Traditionally led Primary Series class.


The pranayama classes will include the basic elements for establishing a more breath centered practice. You will learn how to refine ujjayi (victorious breath), and practice such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath) and khumbhaka (retaining the breath). You will also be introduced to the Ashtanga yoga pranayama sequence.

Traveling to Kovalam

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala and has both domestic and international airports, so there are many options for incoming flights to India. You will need to arrange transportation from the airport to your hotel. Most hotels can accomodate this need.


There are many lodging options with different price ranges. Below you will find a list of hotels where students from last year's course stayed and recommended. The Lonely Planet Guide is also a resource for researching lodging options.

  • Golden Sands (This is the hotel where the shala is located. They will offer students of David's intensive a special price.)
  • Aruno Dhaym
  • Peacock Hotel
  • Orion Hotel
  • SJ Holidays
  • Surya Nivas
  • Maharaju Palace
  • Island Motel
  • Leela Palace (most expensive)

Ayurvedic Treatments

Lastly, the state of Kerala is known for its study of Ayurvedic medicine. Kovalam has many Ayurvedic restaurants, clinics, and spas that students can utilize. Last year many of the students had daily Ayurvedic treatments and took advantage of this resource to bring additional benefit to their practice. Arya Ayurvedic is an example of a popular Ayurvedic treatment facility.

Apply for David's Kovalam Mysore Intensive

All students from Track 1 and Track 2 must complete an application form and make their payment before their first day of class.  Payment must be made within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm your spot. Please note there are no refunds or cancellations. 

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