Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions, which he incorporates into the ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. His background includes studying sufism in Iran, following Zen and vipassana Buddhism, and practicing bhakti and traditional hatha yoga in India. In 1974, he also began an in-depth study of iyengar yoga, which eventually led him to ashtanga vinyasa yoga. He 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 to develop a unique, metaphorical teaching style.
Freeman teaches public classes at the Yoga Workshop and spends a good part of each year traveling as a guest instructor, teaching at studios throughout the world. As the founder of the Yoga Workshop, he sets the standard for the classes at the studio. He also offers teacher-intensive courses and special classes and gives studio talks on Indian philosophy on a regular basis. He is the author of the book The Mirror of Yoga (Shambhala Publications).
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology. It was not until the early 1980s, when she moved to Boulder, Colorado 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, she traveled to India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy, and art.
Taylor has authored three cookbooks, along with <em>What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food and Spirituality</em>, a book that explores yoga, meditation, and finding one’s personal dharma as a means of finding lasting meaning and happiness. As the Yoga Workshop’s director, she has attended all of Richard Freeman’s teacher trainings. She brings to her teaching a deep respect for the healing and calming effects of yoga. Her classes are engaging and fun, focusing on the flow of breath, steady movement, and the feeling of completeness that can be cultivated through a lasting practice.