Richard Freeman

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Richard Freeman is one of the world’s leading teachers of Astanga Vinyasa yoga. He began the practice of yoga asana and meditation in 1968 and subsequently found an integrative vision in the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Richard’s teaching style is unique in that it continuously restructures and reframes the biomechanical and perceptual forms of the asanas and movements in the context of a profound understanding of yoga philosophy, all laden with humour and compassion. Richard spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions which he incorporates into the Astanga yoga practice. His 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 Astanga 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 is the founder and former director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches all levels of classes, as well as teaching and training teachers worldwide. He has produced a number of practice DVDs as well as his ground breaking 6 CD set of yoga philosophy talks The Yoga Matrix. His book The Mirror of Yoga was published in 2010.

"All of the teachers have been really good - very clear at explaining, giving opportunities to ask questions and built a very inviting and pleasant learning environment. It was a really well-designed course. It has empowered me as a yoga teacher as well as on a personal level. Thank you! " Veronika Fricova on Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - London, March 2017