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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A flowing short form of the Intermediate Series from the Ashtanga system. Ideal for balancing the mind and nervous system, in particular on days that you find yourself with extra stress that needs taming. Most appropriate for intermediate to advanced students.
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Level 23 90 min

Using the metaphor of a coiling and counter-coiling snake, we define the middle path. We trace the full body patterns of the internal breath (Prana and Apana) to coiling seed points felt in the pelvic floor and through the palate. The postures used for our study are easy, wavy and fun.
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Level 2 30 min

Learn precise form, function and patterns of subtle movement in and between the Upward and the Downward Dogs. These two intimately linked poses work together to open the central channel and to digest the residue of other yoga postures. A well-rounded practice that peaks in urdhva dhanurasana.
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Level 2 90 min

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