Kovalam, India

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - Friday, February 14, 2020
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. 

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

Teachers track for this intensive will be December 26-January 19. Classes will be held Thursdays-Saturdays. Additional tuition terms and full information listed below.

Please note advanced registration via the application is required. 

Please bring a copy of the Yoga Sutras with you, any translation is acceptable. David will be using the American Sanskrit Institute's, The Certainty of Freedom. If you'd like to purchase the book you can do so at the link below. Be advised, this book can take up to 3 months to ship internationally. 

Course Fees

  $1475/ 10-weeks
  $1375/ 9-weeks 
  $1275/ 8-weeks
  $1175/ 7-weeks
  $1075/ 6-weeks
  $975/ 5-weeks
  $850/ 4-weeks
  $700/ 3-weeks
  $550/ 2-weeks
  $350/ 1-week

$500 - Teachers Track**

All students must complete an application form and make their payment within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm your spot. Please note there are no refunds or cancellations.

Daily Schedule

Classes will be held at Golden Sands. Please note, there are no morning or afternoon classes on moon days.

Conference (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month)

Breath, Bandhas, and Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama sequence

Asana Theory

Yoga Sutras Study


Led Primary Series 

Class Descriptions

This year David will be teaching an additional Teacher's Track. Read below for more information. 

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, Bandhas, and Pranayama

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.

Led Primary Series

Traditional Led Primary Series class.

Teachers Track

December 26 - January 16
The class will be held from 3-5pm, Thursday - Saturday afternoons, dates TBA. The fee is an additional $500.

This training will focus on learning the physical and energetic actions that bring a pose to life and create absorption. You will work with a set of flash cards to memorize the actions for each pose in the Primary Series. You’ll learn a valuable set of verbal cues to direct students more effectively in their poses. The training will also include studying adjustments and modifications that compliment the verbal actions. Apply for this training if you have a sincere interest being part of an in depth study of the asanas of the Primary Series with a focus on developing teaching skills. David will review the applications and admit students on an individual basis.  

All students must complete an application form and make their payment within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm your spot. Please note there are no refunds or cancellations.

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
  • New Kovalam Beach 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.


All students 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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