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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.

Recent classes

Variations on Jathara Parivartana, a twist which can work the oblique abdominal muscles to deepen and balance twisting. It often frees lumbar movement, diaphragm movement and Sacroilliac movement.
Practice Focus: Core Strength & Abs



Level 2 10 min
A group of movements that can be done most anytime in order to prepare for full lotus. Various ways of folding your knees, rocking your legs and tilting your pelvis to create the opening for an extremely pleasant full lotus.



Level 1-2 15 min
Learn about the mythology, joy and metaphysics of the two Ashtanga invocations. Also listen to a discussion on the subtle body of Patanjali.



Level 2 30 min

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