Richard Jonas, Faculty Member and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, recently wrote the stories for Rescue Me: Dog Adoption Portraits and Stories from New York City by Richard Phibbs and was interviewed about it by Margot Dougherty for YogaCity NYC
Iyengar yoga teacher Richard Jonas has been friends with renown photographer Richard Phibbs since the ‘90s, when both worked in advertising—Phibbs as an art director, Jonas as a writer whose lines were uttered by the likes of Cindy Crawford and Melanie Griffith in national TV spots. (Revlon’s “Don’t lie about your age; defy it,”)
In 2003, the two founded Children of Nowhere, raising $200,000 to help Romanian children with AIDS. More recently they turned to the plight of abandoned and abused pets, collaborating with the Humane Society of New York and Aperture to publish Rescue Me! a beautiful book featuring Phibbs’ charismatic photos and Jonas’s eloquent biographies of 70 rescued dogs.
A bad back brought Jonas to the mat in 1990, and when his ad agency folded a decade later, a generous severance package subsidized his start as an Iyengar yoga teacher. Jonas spoke to Margot Dougherty about Rescue Me!, his role as a dog godfather, and how his yoga has changed over the years.
Rescue Me has also been featured in:
Martha Stewart: This New Book About Homeless Dogs That Find Their Forever Homes Will Melt Your Heart By Abigail Abesamis
Ralph Lauren Magazine: Emotional Rescue by Andrew Paine Bradbury
Image: Huck & Richard Jonas, Richard Phibbs ©