Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He has spent nearly twelve years in Asia studying various traditions, which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s background includes studying Sufism in Iran, Zen and Vipassana Buddhist practice, Bhakti and traditional Hatha yoga in India. Starting in 1974 he also began an in-depth study of Iyengar yoga, which eventually led him to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Richard is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit. His ability to juxtapose various viewpoints, without losing the depth and integrity of each, has helped him develop a unique, metaphorical teaching style.
Richard and his wife Mary Taylor co-founded the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado where he teaches public classes as well as month and week-long intensives. He also spends a good part of each year traveling as a guest instructor at studios throughout the world. He is the author of the book, The Mirror of Yoga (Shambhala Publications), and has produced a number of instructional DVD’s and CD’s on yoga asana, philosophy, breathing and chanting.
Richard's class below was filmed at The Telluride Yoga Festival, www.tellurideyogafestival.com. Thank you to Aubrey Hackman for creating such a lovely festival!