Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He has spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga pracice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s 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 Ashtanga 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 of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado which is his teaching home base. He has numerous practice DVD’s and CD’s, is the author of “The Mirror of Yoga” and travels throughout the world teaching courses, workshops and trainings.
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology. It was not until the early 80’s, when she moved to Boulder, CO and started studying yoga with Richard Freeman, that yoga became a central thread in her life. Before that, yoga had provided a means of relieving stress and honing a sense of focus and well being. In 1988, Mary traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy and art. Mary has authored three cookbooks and co-authored a book which explores yoga, meditation and finding one’s personal dharma as a means of attaining lasting meaning and happiness. (“What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food and Spirituality.”) As the Yoga Workshop’s director, Mary has attended all of Richard’s teacher trainings and feels she’s just beginning to understand the subject at hand. She brings a deep respect to her teaching for the healing and calming effects of yoga. Her classes are engaging and fun, focusing on thye flow of breath, steady movement and the feeling of completeness that can be cultivated through a lasting practice.
Ty is the current director of the Yoga Workshop. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He discovered the Ashtanga method while in graduate school, and has sustained an unbroken practice ever since. His passion as a teacher is to expose the contemplative depth of the practice, so that others can experience the brilliance of yoga for themselves. In 2015, Mary and Richard asked him to assume care of their beloved studio, and to pass on the teachings that he learned from them. He is honored to continue the thread of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition at the Yoga Workshop.
Shayan Landrum began her yoga studies in Thailand with Luiz Veiga in 2006, and she immediately traveled to Mysore India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Since then she has maintained a daily practice and studied under the guidance of Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor.
She worked for years in healthcare as an acupuncturist at a hospital, and in 2011 she had to deal with a series of personal health crises. During that time she had the opportunity to explore the profound effects of the subtleties of yogic practice on physical and mental wellness. After her own recovery she dedicated herself to deeper studies of yoga and Sanskrit. Wanting to share the benefits with others, she has been working with local hospitals on developing yoga programs for patients and employees.
Shayan particularly enjoys teaching beginners and people struggling with health concerns, where she strives to share the wisdom of yoga that can be experienced by all. She now devotes herself to being director of the Yoga Workshop with her husband, Ty, and to the daily practice of motherhood.
Michal Lebowitsch Dayan attended her first yoga classes as a teenager while living in Israel. While attending film school in New York at NYU, she was fortunate to continue her yoga studies with Swami Buaji. In 1999, after working as a producer in the film and television industry, getting married and having a child, she missed her practice so much that she schlepped her family all the way from Israel to Boulder to begin studying with Richard. Since then Michal has completed two of Richard’s Teacher Training’s and has also studied with various Iyengar influenced teachers including Aadil Palkhivala. Michal’s interest is in cultivating the mindfulness that flows naturally from a focused and continuous asana practice. Her teaching style is authentic, precise and strong, bringing together a clear understanding of the details of postural alignment with the uninterrupted flow and tapas of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. This clear manner of engaging her students is an invitation for them to quiet the mind, continually returning to the present experience.
In 2005, Stuart met his first Ashtanga yoga teacher and was introduced to Ashtanga yoga’s Primary Series. For the next three years, he practiced Ashtanga yoga mainly to augment training for an Ironman competition. In 2008, Stuart was involved in a cycling accident that fractured his greater trochanter. Unable to run or bike for a time, Stuart refocused his efforts on Ashtanga yoga as a means of continued conditioning and rehabilitation. During this period, his Ashtanga practice deepened and took on such prominence that Stuart dropped Ironman training altogether to dedicate himself to Ashtanga yoga.
In 2009 Stuart founded Surya Yoga with Lisa McClellan and since then has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga daily. In 2014 Stuart sold Surya Yoga, leaving a strong Mysore program in place and relocated his family to Boulder to join the Yoga Workshop community. Stuart loves to share his experience of the Ashtanga Yoga and enjoys the benefits of a daily practice. Stuart has taken Richard Freeeman’s month long intensive and studied extensively with Tim Feldmann and Kino McGregor. Stuart also had the opportunity to host and take workshops from a number of teachers including Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, David Williams,Tim Miller, Greg Nardi, and Krista Shirley.
Stuart holds a BS in Business from Florida State University, and is always furthering his education in Ashtanga, Ayurveda and Buddhism.
Ashley discovered Ashtanga at the young age of 20. As a Colorado native, she had the good fortune of learning Ashtanga in Crestone from Annie Pace. She came to Boulder in 2009 to study with Mary and Richard, and completed their Summer Intensive the same year. In the interim, she has studied with several senior teachers, including Saraswati in Mysore, Rolf Naujokat in Goa, and Maty Ezraty in Santa Monica. Ashley is a licensed massage therapist working in both Thai and Western modalities and holds advanced certification in Vibrational Medicine. She comes to the practice with a strong sense of gratitude, discipline and inquiry.
Billy began studying yoga in 1981 with Richard Freeman and by the early 90’s his yoga practice had grown to be a central focus in his life. During his studies with K. Pattabhi Jois both in India and the United States, Bill greatly expanded his understanding and appreciation of the practice.
In 1994 Bill began teaching yoga at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop. He has been teaching ever since, all the while deepening his understanding of yoga and the mind/body connection. Over the years Bill continues to explore yoga through advanced study with Richard Freeman, senior Iyengar instructor Gabriella Giubilaro, a variety of high caliber teachers and through the practice itself. His classes are a comfortable mix of sharing the details of alignment in the postures with a visceral understanding of the internal feelings that act as cues to movement within each posture. Through the utilization of breath, drishti, bandhas, and a slightly irreverent sense of humor, Bill attempts to foster an environment where the student can feel their individual circumstances and work with them directly.
Dan Michael brings to his teaching a quiet intensity and depth of knowledge, fueled by his advanced asana practice and work as a body worker certified in Structural Integration. Dan’s interest in the interplay of movement, alignment and form as a means of understanding body dynamics has been a lifelong pursuit which began when, as a teenager he became an avid rock climber. After a serious climbing accident in 1994, Dan started studying healing arts at Heartwood Institute. As part of his recovery from his injury, Dan was introduced to the strengthening and healing aspects of yoga, an angle that continues to bring insight into his teaching. A Boulder native, Dan returned home in 1995 and since then has completed four Teacher Trainings with Richard. He also traveled to India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangawami. In the past five years, Dan’s understanding of yoga as an integral part of life has been complimented with extensive studies with Tibetan Buddhist teachers, allowing him to experience yoga is integral part of a healthy life.
Sylvia, Corrie’s mother, introduced her to yoga in 1992. Corrie practiced in San Francisco for 11 years with Barbara Wiechmann, whose primary teachers are Judith Lasater and Ramanand Patel. When Corrie moved to Boulder in 2003, Barbara suggested finding Richard Freeman and his studio. For several weeks Corrie peaked in the windows at the Yoga Workshop before sampling Level 1 and Mixed-Levels classes. With time, she learned to practice in Mysore classes. Her interest in philosophy grew out of Richard’s Sunday evening talks and books from the YW library. She completed Richard and Mary’s month-long teacher intensive in 2007 and studies periodically with Richard, Mary, Ty and other teachers in short courses. Her interests lie at the confluence of philosophy, practice, and everyday life, and her goal is to serve our sangha.
In 2012, Megan graduated from the University of Colorado where she received a degree in psychology and philosophy. Following graduation, Megan worked for several years in neuroscience research at CU studying the neural mechanisms of pain and variations of the placebo effect. During college Megan began to deepen her studies in yoga, recognizing inherent similarities between the scientific approach to studying the brain and the yogic contemplative study of the mind.
Megan completed Richard and Mary’s Teacher Intensive in the summer of 2016. As a teacher, Megan offers a grounding, meditative practice focused on discovering internal alignment and a feeling of presence. Her concise cueing offers a direct and simple method for experiencing the depth that Ashtanga has to offer.
Gerry Wiener studied meditation under Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche from 1971 to 1987. After Trungpa Rinpoche passed away, he continued his study of meditation under Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche up to the present day. In order to further his studies, Gerry has participated in the translation of a number of Tibetan Buddhist texts including The Life of Marpa the Translator, The Ketaka Jewel: A Commentary on the Prajna Chapter Making the Words and Meaning Easy to Understand, and The Excellent Path to Enlightenment. In addition to practicing sitting meditation, Gerry has studied Ashtanga yoga under Richard Freeman and Tai Chi in the tradition of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Gerry’s main focus in teaching meditation is to share the joy of meditation with others.
Adjuncts and Itinerants
Olivia began her relationship with yoga whilst attending law school at the University of New South Wales in Australia. First a climber and then a yogi she began yoga as part of her curiosity with the art of movement. She naturally gravitated to yoga and has been dedicated to practicing ever since. She thus decided to abandon her legal career and dedicate her time to something she believed would benefit society more than another lawyer! Olivia has had an in depth study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition having first done a traditional apprenticeship in Australia for several years and then furthered her studies when she moved to Boulder in 2006. In the 4 years that she has been in Boulder she has complete two teacher intensives with Richard Freeman. Her teachings draw from the knowledge of her own experience as a teacher and as a practitioner making yoga both accessible and non-intimidating to her students. She also has interest in cultivating the mindfulness that flows from a focused and continuous asana practice. Her teaching style comprises of intuitive hands-on adjustments, energetic alignment and bringing an internal awareness to the self. Olivia feels blessed to have had so many wonderful teachers and hope that she too can cultivate that appreciation of yoga with her students.
A Colorado native, Sarah studied dance and philosophy which eventually drew her to NYC to where she deepened her explorations of embodied thought at The New School for Social Research.
She attended Vinyasa teacher training, rooted in the Ashtanga method, at The White Lotus Institute in Santa Barbara. From there she journeyed to India during Guru Purnima and sat at the feet of BKS Iyengar. She continued her Iyengar studies at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and three summer intensives with beloved Senior Iyengar teacher Faeq Biria in Blacons, France.
In 2010, Richard Freeman’s month-long Teacher Intensive provided a welcome refuge and future homecoming. She returned to Boulder in 2012 to deepen her studies with Richard and Mary.
Sarah aims to guide students towards a rediscovery of direct experience. Her classes couple precise alignment cues with an exploration of internal sensations. Ujjayi, Bandha, and Drishti open us to the spiritual dimension of Ashtanga yoga. She hopes to inspire others along their individual paths of transformation.