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By John Callahan, RYT®

Sep 14, 2021

Richard Gartner's Adjustment Frameworks: Yoga and the Art of Touch course was very informative and the most fun I've had at a yoga workshop! We started by going over the basics of adjustments from Richard's Frameworks course manual, then he warmed us up with poses using max energy through the entire body, then a sequence of hand stretches and warmups that took us all to the limit ( four minutes of frantically checking doorknobs is a long time ). Part 2 was the actual adjustments, with Richard demonstrating on volunteers. Then we broke into groups of three so we could practice. Frameworks method is to use voice cues, then very quick adjustments Richard calls "whisks" to point out minor position modifications, then props, then hands through fabric adjustments and finally more close adjustments with a lot of explanation to the student so they know what to expect. All very conscious of approach and how not to invade a student's space if at all possible. It was clear that Richard Gartner had carefully thought this all through, has wide-ranging experience with adjustments and is an excellent teacher!


By Melanie Phillips, RYT®

May 12, 2021


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Richard Gartner

Richard Gartner is one of Pittsburgh's most resourceful, knowledgeable & uplifting yoga teachers.

First Verified Nov 2016

First Registered Sep 2010 Teacher Profile

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About Richard Gartner

Through his workshops, classes and individual sessions, Richard Gartner reaches 100 yogis a week in Pittsburgh and beyond. He fosters a non-dogmatic and compassionate attitude about students’ abilities and circumstances.

Richard’s style is paradoxically both unique and universal. His instructions allow for any student to approach the practice, embracing all levels of experience and ability. This allows for anybody to explore their own unique structure and make every practice their own.

This philosophy is carried over to Onward Facing Yoga, an app Richard released in September 2015.

The eleven sequences on Onward Facing Yoga playfully explore various aspects of yoga philosophy, anatomy and breathwork, at various levels of challenge. This results in a robust yoga curriculum that allows anybody to listen inward and choose a practice that’s right for them.

For teacher training programs looking to enhance their curriculum, Richard offers several modules. They include a 12-hour Yin Yoga module called ‘Guiding the Quiet Revolution’; a 15-hour study of the vertical fascial lines, using Tom Meyers’ ‘Anatomy Trains’ as a base; and a 12-hour Foundational Anatomy series that covers all the major joint and muscle functions.

Richard’s approach is influenced by his primary teacher, Tias Little. Tias developed Prajna Yoga, which means ‘the yoga of deep insight.’ Tias describes Prajna Yoga as a ‘style-less style’, where the yoga should fit the student and not the other way around.

For Richard, this ‘style-less style’ means a yoga practice should be vibrant, in-the-moment and multi-disciplinary. His teachings fuse traditional posture and breathwork with contemporary anatomy and bodywork. He draws from many forms of yoga, fascial release, mindfulness techniques, and common sense.

Everyone from the newbie yogi to yoga instructors can learn something from Richard, I know I did! —Melita Mollohan

Richard helped me understand that yoga is not a substitute for something better, but indeed is the foundation of a complete physical regimen that can be as intense or as restorative as anyone might want. —Clyde Jones

His knowledge of yoga and his willingness to give you advice allows you to improve your skills through a deeper understanding of your body. The benefits of this knowledge extend quickly beyond the yoga lesson to everyday life. —Irene Arduini

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