Richard Freeman founded the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, in 1987, and it has since become one most renowned Ashtanga Yoga studios in the United States.
A student of yoga since 1968, he spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions. He incorporates these various traditions into his Ashtanga Yoga practice, as it was taught to him by his principal teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Freeman’s background also includes the study of vipassana and Zen Buddhist practice, Sufism, and bhakti yoga, hatha yoga, and Iyengar Yoga.
Starting in 1974, Richard Freeman began an in-depth study of Iyengar Yoga, which eventually led him to Ashtanga Yoga. Today, Freeman teaches public classes at the Yoga Workshop and spends a good part of each year traveling as a guest instructor, teaching at yoga studios throughout the world. In his role as the cofounder of the Yoga Workshop, Freeman offers teacher intensive courses and special classes and talks on Indian philosophy on a regular basis.
He is the author of the book, The Mirror of Yoga, in which he explores the array of traditions and practices of yoga, and what they share.