Richard Rosen began his study of yoga in 1980 and is a graduate of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. In 1987, he cofounded the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, where he still teaches today and serves as its director. He also serves on the boards of the California Yoga Teachers Association and the Yoga Dana Foundation, which supports Northern California teachers bringing yoga to under-served populations, such as at-risk and incarcerated youth and disabled students.
Rosen teaches with New York City’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, in which trains yoga practitioners to work in health-care settings to teach patients in-bed yoga postures and movements, restorative poses, breath awareness, and meditation to address common patient symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia.
A prolific author, Richard Rosen is contributing editor for Yoga Journal, where he publishes feature articles, book reviews, and a variety of columns. Since 1990, he has been the magazine’s audio/video review columnist, reviewing more than 300 yoga videos to date. He is also author of The Yoga of Breath, a beginners’ guide to pranayama; Yoga for 50+, a manual for older beginners, and Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals, an intermediate guide to yogic breathing. His most recent book is Original Yoga, which explores the original practices of hatha yoga.