February 27 , 2019 / 2 minutes, 26 seconds

The Righteous Richard Olmsted

Author: Annette K. Scott


Richard, one of our most recent additions to the Kodawari community, has been teaching yoga since 2000. He started studying yoga in 1998 when he was doing a lot of business travel. He wanted to be able to do something healthy for himself even if the hotel had no fitness facility. Yoga was the perfect fit as it was something he could do in a hotel room or even in airport.

He completed his first 200 RYT in 2003, from Balance Point Yoga in Tampa. While initially his intention was to simply learn enough to deepen his practice and to be able to practice on his own, he continued on in 2011 to do an Anusara Teacher training at Garden of the Heart. 

The result is a great teacher teaching a happy mixture of styles; Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga.  His style tends to be energetic and strong though one of his gifts is to teach and modify to whomever is in front of him so that the yoga is accessible to everyone!

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He’s got a great sense of humor and he lends a healthy sense of play to his class you will find that his class will vary, some will have arm balances and inversions while others will be a bit more relaxed…


Richard’s primary influences are Tony Nenov (Ashtanga), Jaye Martin, Betsy Dowling & Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara) and Karen Stephan (Iyengar).

Richard can found teaching at Kodawari throughout the week! He offers a Power Flow on Tuesdays 12-1pm, a Vinyasa Flow 1/2 on Wednesday at 5 to 6pm and Saturday mornings at 8:45 to 9:45am. In addition Richard has volunteered teaching yoga at the Hillsborough county jails and taught for 5 year at a local residential rehab facility. Join him on the mat and lighten up your life.

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