Richard Freeman Intensive
Practice and the Study of Yoga Taravali
December 4 - 17, 2011
with Richard Freeman
About the Training
One week is just not enough so this year Richard comes to Samahita Retreat for a special two week program on the practice of yoga and its study through the aid of the text Yoga Taravali. Richard Freeman has a wealth of knowledge through direct experience of dedicating his life to the practice of yoga. Known for both his depth and humor, this is a rare opportunity to spend two delightful weeks gaining greater understanding of practice and its philosophy, all at, what he calls, an idyllic location for it. Yoga Taravali is a 1200 year old text from Adi Shankaracharya, loved by both Krishnamaharya and Pattabhi Jois. It details the yogic process of enlightenment. This combined with Richard's translation and insightful commentary.
We are honored and thrilled to have Richard keep Samahita Retreat as his home in Asia. Richard will weave the explanation of the practice with philosophy to give us all an exhilarating practice and satsang of learning. From our experience, very few can do this with such poise and skill while the rest of us both thoroughly enjoy and grow.
This course is open to all levels, whether new yoga student or experienced teacher, anyone who would just love to spend two weeks with an inspiring and uplifting teacher of yoga.
About the Teacher
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 practice 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.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|6:30 am||Morning herbal tea|
|7 am||Yoga practice with Richard|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4 pm||Yoga Taravali with Richard|
|6 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 9 pm||Steam room available|
|8 pm||Evening program - video, satsang, meditation|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html
Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.