Yoga Engineer | Richelle Ricard

I have had a love affair with the human body for over 20 years, studying its inner design and function from different perspectives and therapeutic approaches. I began in sports medicine in 1994, working with athletes in the thick of the action. This position gave me a special perspective on movement, injury and the ability of the body to rebound...or not. Since 2000, I have worked as a clinical massage therapist, interacting directly with my clients' tissue and energy to help them facilitate their own healing from surgeries, injuries, chronic conditions and postural distortions.

In 2003, I found my yoga practice and it changed my life. Yoga expanded my heart, my vision, and my passions. I explored different yoga teacher trainings until receiving my 200 Hour Certification with Yoga Works in 2007. The following year I developed a 12-hour anatomy curriculum for their program and began teaching it at the Yoga Tree in Seattle and Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC. That curriculum has evolved over the years to become the basis for my various retreats, workshops, teacher trainings and daily classes. I travel the country to teach, consult and develop teacher trainings with amazing yoga studios and programs, and I am thrilled to be able to share some of this knowledge here on this site.

I believe it's my purpose in this Life to help students better understand their own movements, and to help teachers learn the anatomical context and vocabulary to better communicate sound alignment principles.