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“Richard was so kind to my brother and my whole family loved him. ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Gail Purvis - New York, NY, NY

“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,...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Amalia Shapira - New York, NY

“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....Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Neal Kaunfer - Manhattan, NY

“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,...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Harshad Shah - North Bergen, NJ

“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...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Jen kagan - Brooklyn, NY - Friend

“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. ”
6 of 30 | Posted by: Alison Yi - New York, NY

“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,...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Venetta Mallory - New York, NY

“Richard- I loved connecting to you and feeling your warmth, presence, and no-nonsense sensibility. I will miss you and treasure our memories together. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Anna Hindell - New York, NY

“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. ...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Cathy Finlay - New York, NY

“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...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Peter Cramer - New YOrk, NY

“I remember Richard as a kind person who taught from his heart. ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: Sandy Lee - New york, NY

“I was fortunate to be introduced to Richard at a crucial time in my life. Richard was warn and welcoming and a gifted teacher of asanas and the...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Patti Fager 340 Riverside Drive - NY

“Richard, you taught me to experience yoga as not just a practice but a study. Thank you. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Mark Wolz - New York - Student

“I regularly took a class at the Institute in Brooklyn which coincided with a class that Richard taught in the studio next door. I never had a class...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Nina Katchadourian - Brooklyn, NY

“Richard was curious. He was kind. He seemed to delight in the present moment. I think of him when reading B.K.S. Iyengar on Patanjali's treatise of...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Nike Tirman - New York City, NY

“I practiced yoga next to Richard nearly every Friday in Brooke's class for years and years. His quiet energy inspired all of us. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: Robin Hertlein Candrea - NJ

“Richard Jonas, was one of the most sensitive, kindest,responsive, Iyagny teacher ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Francine Tint - nyc, NY - Student

“I met Richard at the YMCA when he first began teaching yoga there. His humanity, grace, humor and caring were in abundance from the outset. Over the...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Rob Gray - New York, NY

“Richard, you were a dear and wonderful individual. I will always love you. ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: Carey Dailey - Columbus, OH

“Richard was a kind, generous teacher with a warm spirit that exuded gentleness and compassion. I will always cherish my memories of him. ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: Gyda Braveman - NEW YORK, NY

“I had the pleasure of being Richard's student at his Sunday morning yoga classes at Iyengar NYC. He was always offered some pearl of wisdom in every...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Anya Marina - New York, NY

“I'm so sorry my beautiful friend is no longer with us. He was integral to so many of my high school adventures. Life was never dull with Richard. I...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Barb Schwarz Bodart - OH - Friend

“RICHARD was the most extraordinary friend I have ever had. He was generous in every way but he had the gift of knowing exactly what one would need...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Brooke myers - new york, NY

“I will miss your kindness and loving spirit. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Cheryl McMillin Miller - CA

“Richard was a friend I knew through the Iyengar Institute in NYC. He had helped me a few times to write articles on the topic of breathing. We were...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Dalia Zwick - New York, NY

“we were kids in country club village we all went to school together and hung out baseball football we introduced him to his first girlfriend jolly we...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Bob Wade - col, OH - Friend

“I can't seem to stop crying. Not fair that such a wonderful person should have to go. Not fair that we should lose him. Oh, Richard. We will never...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Lisa E Davis - New York, NY

“I count Richard a friend, as well as my teacher. Happy to say I have been in his classes for maybe 25 years. He will be greatly missed, as he was...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Richard Daniels - New York, NY

“To my strong, generous, enlightened friend: knowing you has made me a better human being. I will remember your gentle voice, your fierce convictions,...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: David Harris - New York, NY

“Dearest Richard, you were a beacon everywhere you went. You are loved, appreciated, and will be missed.Love and namaste, norma ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Norma Colon - New York, NY

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Richard R. Jonas, 67, passed away peacefully in New York City on January 24, 2021 following complications from bladder cancer.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Richard was a 1972 graduate of Whitehall Yearling High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University where he majored in journalism and obtained the coveted role of editor of the university's Ohio State Lantern.

He was a gifted writer and had a long career in journalism and advertising. In Ohio, he worked in advertising for Gold Circle Stores and was a reporter for several local magazines and newspapers. He finished his career in Columbus as entertainment critic for The Columbus Citizen Journal.

Having moved to New York City, Richard was a copy writer for R.H. Macy and an advertising executive at the Tarlow Agency where he promoted a number of high profile cosmetic accounts. Leaving advertising, he pursued his life-long avocation of Iyengar yoga, becoming a talented student and teacher.

Richard became a "true" New Yorker, walking miles and miles each day. He knew the quickest routes down streets with the best architecture.

He had a fierce intelligence, keen critical eye and encyclopedic memory balanced with a wonderful wit and generous heart.

In his tastes, Richard was a paradox, equally loving "The Letters of Madame de Sevigny" as well as John Water's "Female Trouble", Eleanor Roosevelt and Cher.

Richard loved discourse and healthy debate EXCEPT when it came to three things that were perfect and not open to criticism: Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Greta Garbo.

As a gay man living in New York during the 80's and 90's, he witnessed first-hand the devastation and loss brought on by AIDS. He marched with Act Up and volunteered at the Gay Men's Health Crisis. He was also instrumental in raising over $250K for pediatric AIDS cases in Europe and a founder of the non-profit support "Aiding Romania's Children".

Richard had no patience for stupidity or elitism and could spot a phony a mile away. He was a staunch Democrat and a strong defender of civil rights and equality. He had a wide circle of friends, each of whom will miss him dearly and count themselves fortunate for having known him.

Richard is survived by his sister, Barbara Martin and two brothers, Ted Jonas and Biff Blackmore as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Richard's memory at:

c/o Richard Jonas HIV Scholarship Program
PO Box 1959
New York, NY 10156