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 teaches public classes, month and week-long intensives at his home base, the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, as well as spending 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 DVDs and CDs on yoga asana, philosophy, breathing and chanting.
Most Recent Classes
Richard Freeman | Dec 04 2014
Drinking from the Moon - Stretching the muscles in the front of the neck (scalenes, longus colli, etc) is an art. We will explore this important skill whi...more
Richard Freeman | Nov 20 2014
Sun Salutation Study - A precise detailed study of the movement and alignment of the first three forms within the Sun Salutation. This will reveal the wave...more
Richard Freeman | Nov 06 2014
Crossing the Midline for Kidney Power - In this class we will uncover a remarkable way of grounding which protects the joints and builds strength and s...more
Richard Freeman | Oct 23 2014
Inviting Mulabandha - A talk on the attitude towards and the function of the secret and wonderful Mulabandha (binding the root). This is the basic deep int...more
Multi-Teacher | Oct 15 2014
Radiant Extension - This Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman tutorial practice will help you learn to articulate the hands and the feet while connecting the le...more
Richard Freeman | Oct 09 2014
The Child's Pose - We play with different ways of doing this important passive posture to produce different effects and to accommodate different limitation...more
Richard Freeman | Sep 25 2014
Build Strength for Inversions & Arm Balances - Using breath patterns and fun, eccentric postures, this instructional class will introduce the intricac...more
Richard Freeman | Sep 11 2014
Splitting the Mountain - This tutorial explores a method for deepening Baddha and Upavistha Konasanas. We will experiment with the spiraling patterns arou...more
Richard Freeman | Aug 28 2014
Explore the Physiological Movement Patterns of Vinyasa - Here we explore the wave-like movement patterns along the spine and through the body, which...more
Richard Freeman | Aug 14 2014
Kung Fu Warrior - Explore the warrior poses through their extensions, rotations, and feeling tones.
Richard Freeman | Jul 31 2014
Root of Palate - Releasing the root of the palate is the key to alignment, Mula Bandha and many other contemplative techniques. Here are the basics and how ...more
Richard Freeman | Jul 17 2014
Continuous Alignment - Here there is an emphasis on continuous alignment, on the thread of intelligent, aligned, integrated movement - that links postures ...more
Richard Freeman | Jul 03 2014
Kidney Twist - This class is an exploration of one of the primary patterns associated with Apana. The pattern not only connects the arms correctly to the ri...more
Richard Freeman | Jun 19 2014
Svara - Learn what Svara is by changing back and forth from the Sun channel to the Moon channel and back again.
Richard Freeman | Jun 05 2014
Shoulderstand & Headstand Family - Using special training postures and alternatives, we will construct a delightful way of making these difficult and su...more
Richard Freeman | May 22 2014
Discover the Pelvic Floor - Discover the pelvic floor and dialectical conversations there. Props Needed: Two blocks and a blanket.
Richard Freeman | May 08 2014
Ganesha's Belly - An exploration of the lower abdomen and the pelvic floor in the gradual discovery of good breathing and alignment.