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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

A brief and powerful exercise to prepare for backbending and to correct rotation problems at knees and hip joints. After lying down in Virasana and working back and forth in two complimentary patterns, roll up into the upward and downward dogs. Go through this sequence twice to feel the effects.
Practice Focus: Backbends

Level 2-3 10 min
After defining the four corners of the pelvic floor, work them in their various connections to reveal the "esoteric triangles." When the deeply asymmetrical Trikonasana is done this way, it solves structural problems and awakens the reflexes from palate to perineum upon which the Vinyasa practice is based.

Level 2 60 min
Free your entire spine in this quick tutorial. Explore the natural actions around the hip joints and lower belly by stretching your adductors and the abductors.

Level 1-2 5 min

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