Richard has taught yoga in Seattle for 38 years and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. As part of his commitment to keep up his training, Richard studies each year with B.K.S., Geeta and Prashant Iyengar for two months at their renowned Institute in Poona India where he receives training in Asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (breath control), Medical Therapeutic Yoga (working with students with injuries or medical conditions), and Yoga Philosophy.
Originally certified in 1974 as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Richard has been studying Iyengar Yoga since 1976 and was one of the first group of Americans to be certified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 1984. Today Richard enjoys teaching all the various levels of students including beginners, and supervises the yoga teacher training program as well as the apprenticeship program. Many of Seattle area’s yoga teachers as well as students from around the U.S. and Canada have received their training in yoga with Richard.
Richard travels and gives guest Iyengar yoga workshops around the U.S. and has taught in Australia. He has been on the teaching staff at several of the National Iyengar Yoga Conventions. Richard has worked for eight years as an Assessor for the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States to determine which teachers are qualified to earn the Iyengar yoga teaching credential. He operates one of only 33 authorized Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Programs in the US, and the only authorized Iyengar Yoga teacher trainer in the Seattle area.
Richard first trained in India with B.K.S. Iyengar in 1980 and completed his 19th yoga study trip to India in December of 2010. Richard continues to enjoy deepening his practice and sharing his many years of experience. Richard founded the Center in 1980 and continues to serve as the Director. He is Seattle’s most Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher.