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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

Four phases of this posture lead into a wonderful space for Pranayama or Meditation practice. Distinct phases of neck flexion and extension create awareness and a delightful residue. Utilize Jalandhara bandha.The full form is done in bound Padmasana.

Level 2 15 min
A step by step exploration of the coccyx, kidney wing, cobra hood pattern which grounds and releases mental and physical patterns. This pattern is the key to mulabandha and one of the great secrets of Hatha and Tantric yogas. Slowly move through a modified Ashtanga sequence with deconstructed sun salutations, padangustasana, trikonasana, parivrita trikonasana, janu sirsasana, marichasana A & C, half lotus, navasana, fish and more.

Level 2 90 min
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

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