Rich’s Bio

Rich Logan (when not writing about himself in the third person), has traveled the world studying and teaching massage therapy and Yoga. He has been on faculty at the Chicago School of Massage therapy and The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He teaches yoga anatomy for several teacher trainings in Chicagoland as well as workshops in the surrounding area. Rich has also been a guest speaker on Western massage techniques at the Auyurvedic College in Mysore, India. He has also taught adjustment and anatomy- oriented yoga courses for yoga teachers in Hamburg, Germany.  He has presented at Wanderlust Chicago, teaching well over a thousand students in Grant Park.  He was also a featured yoga presenter at Bhaktifest Midwest in Madison.  Furthermore, Rich has been performing with Kirtan groups in Chicago since 2002 as a guitarist and fronts his own group with a revolving band of world-class musicians called Akoustikirtan. 

A serious student of Yoga since 1998, teaching since 2001, and a meditation practitioner since 1978, Rich incorporates his knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a unique understanding of spirituality in the modern world. Rich has studied at the prestigious Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India with TKV Desikachar among others presiding, The Atma Vikasa in Mysore with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha and wife Acharye Hema, and the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center near Dharamsala with Sharat Arora.  Rich’s significant teachers have been: Kim Shwartz, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Gabriel Halpern, and Anna Forrest. Rich has also assisted Tias Little in workshops as well as his Esalen retreat in 2008. He continues to study at the Yoga Circle under the tutelage of the enigmatic and brilliant Gabriel Halpern in the Iyengar tradition.  Rich has an eclectic teaching style focusing on the seeming basics to allow students to cultivate a deeper practice by sitting in some poses for extended periods of time and moving through other postures smoothly with deliberate attention on placing the body in the pose as opposed to letting habitual patterns and gravity run the show.  A ‘mindful’ practice is focused on bringing us to the edge of experience to witness the moment unfold, and at that very moment realize it is us who are the unfolding.

Experience

Meditation since 1978

Tai Chi practitioner from 1982-1998

1995: yoga studies began with Steven Hartman

Yoga and body mind educator since 1998

C.S.M.T. : Taught massage and mind body techniques here from 1998-2002

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine massage educator 2003

Assisted Tias Little in a variety of settings, most significantly 2008 Esalen retreat

Assisted Gabriel Halpern At the Yoga Circle for 4 years in class and for therapeutics

*Employed At LIVE WORK YOGA as well as a variety of teacher training programs in Chicagoland

Yoga Anatomy Educator and Workshop presenter

LIVE WORK YOGA, Yoga Now, Yoga View, Tejas Yoga, Nature Yoga, Prairie Yoga, Reflections Yoga, Sunshine Yoga, The Yoga lounge, Moksha Yoga Center and various Chicago suburban locations, Kaschman Institute(MI),Flying Yogi(Hamburg), Power Yoga Germany(Hamburg), Guest Speaker at the Ayurvedic College in Mysore, Bhaktifest Midwest, Wanderlust Chicago.

Kirtan Artist

Played with Dave Stringer, Wade Morisette, Russell Paul, Jagati, Amy and the Ananda Bliss Tribe, Devi 2000, as well as albums with the last 3.  I also perform with my own group Akoustikirtan and travel to various Midwestern communities to share this work.

 

Education

*Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from Illinois State University, graduated in 1986 with Departmental Honors.

*Chicago School of Massage Therapy, graduated in 1998 an recipient of the Outreach Award for distinguished participation in volunteering service during enrollment in the program. (650 hour program with extensive anatomy training)

*A variety of bodywork modalities highlighting Myo-fascial release, Shiatsu, Thai Massage (1000+ hours of body work continuing education)

*200 hour Yoga teacher training, 2001, with Anna Forrest (200+hrs of workshops)

*180 hour experiential yoga with lectures on Philosophy, Prananyama, Asana and therapeutics at the prestigious KYM in India 2002

*80 hour Meditation intensive with T.K.V. Desikachar presiding at the KYM in India 2007

*Certified through Extensive training with Tias Little both in New Mexico (200 hour training) and Chicagoland workshops

*Extensive ongoing studies with Kim Schwartz since 2002 (over 200 hours)

*Ongoing studies with Gabriel Halpern since 2002 in the Iyengar Tradition (My Guru)

*Workshops with Dharma Mitra, Aadil Pahkilvala, Shiva Rea and a variety of others

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