Yoga Conference


Richard Freeman has practiced yoga and meditation since 1968 and has extensively studied the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He is founding director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, CO. Learn more at yogaworkshop.com.



Prana, Apana and the Vinyasa of Alignment
Richard Freeman - Course ID: ALFREE

Thursday, September 18 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
All-Day Intensives
Mixed Levels

Prana is the pattern of the inner breath governing inhalation. Apana is the pattern governing exhalation. Linking these two patterns together internally is the very foundation of yoga posture and pranayama. This linkage is also at the heart of the Ashtanga vinyasa system, creating the core postures, bandhas, drishtis, and breathing rhythms. These core techniques are so simple and yet so subtle that most practitioners overlook them. By exploring them, you'll find new freedom and ease in your practice.

Discussion and asana practice.


Detailed Meditative Flow
Richard Freeman - Course ID: M1FREE

Friday, September 19 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

Join us for an intricate exploration of Ashtanga's primary series. Come experience the universal form of internally integrated yoga posture as a continuous joining and separating of masculine and feminine movements. Learn to pay close attention to the meditative quality of form and movement as a means of bringing refinement to your practice. Discover how finely detailed attention to the subtle elements can help you avoid injury and integrate obstacles.

Mostly asana.


Backbending and Finishing Postures
Richard Freeman - Course ID: M3FREE

Friday, September 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

This class is an energetic exploration of the whole body patterns that are foundational to strong, open, and safe backbends, with emphasis on the intricate details that make the postures feel simultaneously uplifting and grounded. We'll also work with a precise revisioning of the essentials of finishing postures that lead us into pranayama and bandha practice as a natural awakening of intelligence.

Mostly asana.


Mulabandha and Its Relation to Pranayama
Richard Freeman - Course ID: M4FREE

Saturday, September 20 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Weekend Classes
Continue Your Education / Mixed Levels

Mula Bandha is the basic link of the prana to its complement, the apana. This linking allows graceful and effortless movement in and out of poses and keeps us vibrant and grounded. We'll blend asana and pranayama practices based on a study of the essential and elusive activity of Mula Bandha, the strong grounding effect of correct Ujjayi Pranayama, and its relationship to movement and postural alignment.

Discussion and asana practice.


Bolted to the Earth
Richard Freeman - Course ID: M6FREE

Saturday, September 20 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

Yoga asanas, unlike pictures in a magazine, are not static things. They are breathing, pulsating, vibrating fields of finely balanced observations, intentions, ideas, and sensations. This balanced interlinking of the fields of feeling and sensation manifests as the intrinsic joyous and open nature of the body and mind. We'll explore how a grounded and rigorous asana practice becomes a tool for cultivating meditation and subtle phenomena such as cleansing the nadis to open the central channel by awakening the blockage of kundalini.

Mostly asana.