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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

Learn how to breath along with leg, hip and spinal patterns. An accessible form of sun salutations, this practice can be done by the stiff, the old or the slightly unstable practitioner.
Practice Focus: Beginner



Level 1 5 min
Study the actions in your pelvic floor and abdominal wall during uddiyana and mulabandhas, then move to your chest, shoulders, neck, chin and sternum in jalandhara bandha. Focus on the three bandhas in relation to breath movement and body alignment. Props Suggested: Chopsticks and a rolled towel.
Practice Focus: Tutorials, Bandhas & Breath



Level 2-3 20 min
Extend through your Psoas line. Through modifications of sun salutations and standing postures like trikonasana and revolved trikonasana, discover long lines through your whole body. This subtle movement creates a feeling of stretch to infinity and beyond.
Practice Focus: Psoas



Level 2 90 min

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