Richard Freeman's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: Colorado + Prana, Apana and the Vinyasa of Alignment
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 Instructor: Richard Freeman
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.
Course ID: ALFREE -- Level: Mixed Levels
Thursday, September 18 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
+ Detailed Meditative Flow
Detailed Meditative Flow Instructor: Richard Freeman
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.
Course ID: M1FREE -- Level: Mixed Levels
Friday, September 19 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
+ Backbending and Finishing Postures
Backbending and Finishing Postures Instructor: Richard Freeman
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.
Course ID: M3FREE -- Level: Mixed Levels
Friday, September 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
+ Mulabandha and Its Relation to Pranayama
Mulabandha and Its Relation to Pranayama Instructor: Richard Freeman
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.
Course ID: M4FREE -- Level: Continue Your Education
+ Bolted to the Earth
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, September 20 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 4
Bolted to the Earth Instructor: Richard Freeman
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.
Course ID: M6FREE -- Level: Mixed Levels
Saturday, September 20 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6