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.
Enhance the alignment of your lower back in order to stimulate deep, free and pleasant breathing. This class will introduce easy and effective ways to release and stretch your psoas in order to align your SI joints with your low back. You'll also learn breath techniques that will train your pelvic floor and diaphragm for proper full-body movement and breathing.
Downward Dog is truly man's best friend! Especially when you discover the no-longer-secret internal movements that make this pose a meditation on your central channel. Learn correct shoulder, spine, and head movement as you explore different ways of approaching Adho Mukha Svanasana to feel its many levels of concentration. Postures that complement and enhance downward dog will be tied into the vinyasa movements in and out of the pose.