teacher focus: Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980, and graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco in 1985. Richard is the author of five books on yoga, and has written over 300 book and video reviews for Yoga Journal and various other magazines. His 30+ of experience have equipped him with some unique insights, making him a truly influential contemporary teacher. He returns to triyoga Camden from 14th – 16th September for a weekend of workshops. We found out a bit more about him ahead of his visit…

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

Writing poetry/fiction that educates and entertains that brings readers joy and self-awareness.

What top three things are on your bucket list?

I have two bucket lists, one of things I can still do, and one of things I wish I had done but are now to old to do.

Things I can do: visit Bhutan, own a Martin D-28 and write a sci-fi novel.

Things I wish I had done: play shortstop for the New York Yankees, sing and play rhythm guitar in a country band and parachute out of an airplane.

What do you attribute the biggest successes in your life to?

Being in the right place at the right time and getting a lot of help from my friends.

What do you think your future self will remember about you now?

The past is dead and gone, my future self won’t be in the least concerned about me now.

What one book would you recommend reading?

A yoga student? Mark Singleton, Yoga Body. A person who enjoys good fiction? Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude or Jose Saramago, All the Names. Someone looking for food for thought? Norman O. Brown, Love’s Body. Poetry? Anything by Wislawa Szymborska.

Who would you most want to be on a desert island with?

Rodney Yee

What is the secret to a happy and fulfilled life?

In what way are you happy? Some people are happy making others miserable. And fulfilled? How? There’s really no secret, the yogis have made it quite clear there’s only one way to be truly happy and fulfilled…know yourself.

Where is your happy place?

Berkeley, California

If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest impact on humanity?

Self-witnessing, remembering continuously throughout each and every day, to ask yourself, “who am I?”

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

Intelligence is inter ‘between’ + legere ‘to choose’, which I take to mean a practical understanding that makes the best choice among competing choices. Wisdom comes from the same root as veda, to see, which I take to mean an ability to see clearly into the heart of things. So it seems to me you can’t really choose between the two, wisdom underlies intelligence.

What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?

Travel to foreign countries, the more foreign to the traveller’s home country the better; raising a child (though I wouldn’t recommend this to EVERY person); reading the one book in the world that speaks to you directly. For a yoga person, learning the full practice from a highly experienced teacher.

What two questions would you ask to get the most information about who a person truly is?

How’s your breathing practice coming along? Who do you admire?

What is the biggest waste of human potential?

A modern education in a US public school anywhere in the country.

What causes the most harm in the world, but is completely avoidable?


Has social media been a net positive or a net negative for our society? Why?

I only participate in unsocial media, so I have no idea.

To what extent do you shape your own destiny and how much is down to fate?

Impossible to answer. Our lives are embedded in a cosmic web that we influence and are influenced by. How much in either case can’t be determined. The best we can do is act according to our true Self’s dictates and then be ready to accept the consequences, good, bad, indifferent.

Join Richard Rosen at triyoga Camden from the 14th – 16th September. To find out more and book, please click here.

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