Richard Faulds (Shobhan)

Director of Yoga Development

Richard Faulds (Shobhan), MA, JD, has practiced yoga and meditation for more than 30 years in close association with Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. A chance encounter with Swami Kripalu in 1981 profoundly shifted the trajectory of Shobhan’s life.

He joined Kripalu’s residential ashram staff after several years of working as a Legal Aid attorney, and became Kripalu’s legal counsel in 1989. As President of Kripalu from 1998 to 2001, Shobhan was one of many dedicated staff members who helped the organization start its national retreat center business and move beyond the traditional guru-disciple paradigm. He served as Kripalu’s interim Chief Executive Officer from August of 2012 to September 2013, and as chair of Kripalu’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2010.

A Kripalu Yoga teacher, Shobhan is a member of the Kripalu faculty and regularly teaches programs to guests and staff. He is the author of Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat, and three other books on the Kripalu tradition: Sayings of Swami Kripalu; Swimming with Krishna: Teaching Stories from the Kripalu Yoga Tradition; and The Enlightenment Teachings of Yogeshwar Muni: Self-Inquiry and Surrender Meditation in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition.

When he isn’t working, practicing yoga, or teaching, Shobhan is an avid gardener, woodworker, and rail-trail bicycle enthusiast.


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