West Stockbridge, MA 01266

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© 2019 by Michelle Dalbec

 

Kripalu Yoga

Kripalu (pronounced: kri-PAH-loo) Yoga is an inquiry-based yoga that promotes the awakening of your innate and primal energies. Through a creative and skillful blend of classical yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation, and relaxation techniques, Kripalu Yoga increases awareness of body, breath, and mind, and encourages natural alignment.

Kripalu Yoga is a deep and intimate exploration of the relationship between body, heart, and mind that can be practiced on or off the yoga mat. In an off the yoga mat practice, this inquiry-based approach to life encourages harmony with the rhythm and flow of the universe, increased awareness—of your thoughts, words, feelings, and actions, and a deeper and more intimate spiritual life. In this way, Kripalu Yoga is the inquiry into optimal living.

The foundations of Kripalu Yoga come from the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu (1913–1981), a highly respected kundalini yoga master, prolific writer, and talented musician from the Gujarat province of India, who is known for the intensity of his spiritual practice and the depth of his compassion.

I am so very proud to be a Kripalu teacher, teaching all things yoga at Kripalu Center. Established in 1972, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, located on a breathtaking campus in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America. Kripalu hosts nearly 40,000 guests who come to attend one or more of the over 700 programs year that are offered to inspire and empower people and communities to realize their full potential thru the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. Kripalu is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

For more than 40 years, Kripalu has been teaching skills for optimal living through education for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Programs at Kripalu are led by many of the world’s most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health and are designed to provide people with tools they can apply in their daily lives. Program topics include wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more. Yoga programs are offered for people at all levels, feature all yoga traditions and styles, and include therapeutic yoga, yogic anatomy, and trainings for teachers. Many Kripalu programs offer continuing education credits for professionals in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing, and massage and bodywork.

There are four ways to come to Kripalu:

  • Participate in one of the Healthy Living programs that focused on whole-person health.

  • Experience Kripalu’s R&R Retreat, a customized stay for balance and rejuvenation that includes a flexible schedule of classes, outdoor activities, and personal time.

  • Take a program on a topic of interest—including yoga, health and wellness, spiritual practice, personal growth, and creativity.

  • Attend Kripalu School of Yoga or Kripalu School of Ayurveda residential trainings offering trainings for basic and advanced level certifications.

 

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