Teacher Series: Richard Freeman

I may never have lived in the same town as Richard Freeman, but he’s been with me for the last seven years, in DVD form, as one of my main teachers of asana.  Those DVDs were nearly all I had in the way of yoga instruction for quite a few years living in remote areas of Thailand, the UAE and India.

richardRichard Freeman is also a regular on the Yoga Journal Conference rotation, so I have been able to take two workshops with him, one in 2006 and one in 2012.  In Colorado, I attended a two hour workshop on mulabandha, and in New York, a workshop on backbends.  Though I don’t know him well personally, I appreciate how Richard Freeman educates with engaging tools of drama (enthralling story lines and metaphors, extreme pauses) and decades of practice, discovery and wisdom.

His main teaching base is now located in Boulder, Colorado.  To read more about one of the master teachers in American yoga, read a short version of his bio below . . .

Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He has spent nearly nine 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 at the Yoga Workshop as well as spending a good part of each year traveling as a guest instructor, teaching at studios throughout the world. As the founder of the Yoga Workshop, Richard sets the standard for the classes at the studio. As part of that he offers Teacher Intensive courses and special classes through the Yoga Workshop and also gives Studio Talks on Indian philosophy at the studio on a regular basis. He is the author of the book, The Mirror of Yoga (Shambhala Publications).

From the DVD …

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