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Richard Freeman

Ashtanga

Richard Freeman

Ashtanga

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.

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Recent classes

Use this practice to gain clarity as you learn to support the extension of your spine. These movements are required for full, deep and safe backbends. Begin by heating your body with sun salutations before systematically working through various stages of backbending, exploring the function of mula bandha, the optimal rotations of your femurs and the movements of your shoulder blades. Give yourself the delightful experience of a full, properly aligned backbend.
Practice Focus: Backbends
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In so many postures there is either subtle or extreme backbending through your neck. In this methodically paced class, breakdown upward facing dog before moving into camel and ubhaya padangusthasana. Extending your lower neck, even in backbends, is a skill that takes many years to learn correctly. Once you learn that skill, discover that there are so many delightful moments in a vinyasa sequence where you dissolve into the present moment and wake up!
Practice Focus: Neck
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Take a tutorial style class introducing proper alignment in two contrasting forms of cow pose (gomukhasana), revealing intelligence from your pelvic floor through the root of your palate. Tap into the limitless supply of nectar or compassion that rests at the root of your palate. Learn to extend through your neck while keeping your heart buoyant and sunny. Walk away feeling more open in your hips and shoulders. Props Suggested: A strap.
Practice Focus: Tutorials, Shoulders & Hips
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