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Richard was so kind to my brother and my whole family loved him.

Posted by: Gail Purvis - New York, NY, NY   May 13, 2021

It's awful that Richard died. As everyone says, Richard hasn't really passed away, just returned to peace and happiness, and what he enjoyed most, books and yoga. We shouldn't cry, for that's not what Richard would like us to do, but instead whenever we think of him let's think of him with happiness.

We will especially remember his kindness and we can still feel him with our heart, for actions mark a permanent place in us.

I remember staying at his house

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Posted by: Amalia Shapira - New York, NY - Friend   Feb 27, 2021

Richard left us his precious gift of teaching yoga enveloped with his profound wisdom--a gift which has eternal impact on those who studied with him. His teaching has helped so many including myself to integrate our body, mind and spirit in his special way and make Iyengar yoga not just about poses but rather a way of living. He was a great role model of an ethical and spiritual life always kind, compassionate and caring. Richard was such a talented

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Posted by: Neal Kaunfer - Manhattan, NY - Student   Feb 27, 2021

Richard and I were together at the Institute for Teachers Training. He was always cooperative and loving person. We met two to three times in Pune, India to attend yoga classes at RIMYI. His first question was about the wellbeing of my wife. Richard will be missed for years to come.


Posted by: Harshad Shah - North Bergen, NJ - Friend   Feb 27, 2021

Richard was always a tall, gentle, friendly prescence in the busy, intense world of NYC and Iyengar yoga.
He was kind and generous. I"ll always remember this kindness. It stood out and it left a deep impression.

Posted by: Jen kagan - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   Feb 27, 2021

Richard was one of my first teachers of Iyengar Yoga. I started to take classes at the McBurney YMCA in 2002. He will be missed.

Posted by: Alison Yi - New York, NY - Teacher   Feb 27, 2021

I met Richard when I started taking yoga classes at the YMCA on Wednesday afternoons. I was so so stiff and unsure I could ever do yoga , Richard, encouraged me and always can up with ways that I could do a pose I thought I was never going to be able to do, like shoulder stand. He was the kindest and will be greatly missed. May he rest in Peace

Posted by: Venetta Mallory - New York, NY - Student   Feb 27, 2021

Richard- I loved connecting to you and feeling your warmth, presence, and no-nonsense sensibility. I will miss you and treasure our memories together.

Posted by: Anna Hindell - New York, NY - Friend   Feb 27, 2021

Richard has been my yoga teacher, mentor and friend for 21 years. He is an exemplary human being , so loving and graceful , discerning and curious. His wisdom and goodness permeated our classes, he was my friend. Thank you Richard , for all you've given me, and all of us.

Posted by: Cathy Finlay - New York, NY - Friend   Feb 27, 2021

I meant to express my condolences sooner than this moment but time has ceased to have sense of deadlines or even obligation with everything covid shifting reality to free- floating nebulousness.
Know that we share in the loss of Richard's presence spirit and light. Richard was an essential part of our practice - I recall his initial observational training and assistance for the HIV restorative class with James and Brooke back when the Institute was on 24th St. His lessons

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Posted by: Peter Cramer - New YOrk, NY - Student   Feb 26, 2021