Pittsburgh-based Richard Gartner cultivates an exciting independent spirit in yoga, inspired by teachers like Tias Little, Max Strom and Paul Grilley. Richard is a 200-hour Prajna Yoga instructor through Tias, which integrates the eight-limbed yoga path, body science and art into a seamless practice.

Richard Gartner is one of Pittsburgh's most resourceful, knowledgeable and uplifting yoga teachers. His instructions are accurate without being finicky. He fosters a non-dogmatic and compassionate attitude about students' faculty and circumstances.

The teachings fuse traditional posture and breathwork with contemporary anatomy and bodywork. It draws from all forms of yoga, trigger-point therapy, mindfulness techniques and common sense.

His classes are challenging and intense, with a respect for everyone's abilities. Richard does not teach any style of yoga. Going beyond a single yoga system, Richard builds on svadyaya (self-study) to help students discover their anatomy, energy, and mind.

Richard is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. His workshops can be taken for continuing education credit.

Most of the photos by Ivette Spradlin © 2011.


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"He has never failed to give me something new or relevant to consider for my own practice."
— Michelle Landau
"He is approachable and friendly, and is one of my favorite yoga teachers.“
— Lolly Walsh
"The great thing about Richard's style of teaching yoga is that he makes his class a safe place to challenge yourself."
— Irene Arduini
"Everyone from the newbie yogi to yoga instructors can learn something from Richard, I know I did!"
— Melita Mollohan
"Thanks to Richard, yoga has become an integral part of my life; something I look forward to and wouldn’t want to be without."
— Clyde Jones
"AWESOME workshop—I look forward to the next one!”
— Caroline Whitby
"Richard's knowledge and philosophy have allowed me great comfort during what might have been an intimidating introduction to yoga."
— Jeffrey Charles Pierce