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outside our walls: gregg day
    
“If you just look, you will find a need,” says Kripalu Yoga teacher Gregg Day. Gregg is dedicated to bringing yoga into the lives of people who might not have experienced it otherwise, including young single parents and incarcerated men.

Find out more about Gregg’s work in his community.

come together, right now!
    
It’s a big anniversary for Kripalu Yoga—40 years since its introduction in the West—and our annual yoga teachers conference this fall celebrates that milestone by honoring some of Kripalu’s most beloved faculty and staff. A mix of workshops, yoga classes, “business of yoga“ sessions, and community gatherings (including a kirtan with Krishna Das), the conference is designed to take your personal and professional life to the next level.

Get inspired at Kripalu’s 21st annual yoga teachers conference, October 9–12.
guest words
    
Thank you, Kripalu, for giving me a safe, sacred space to work through my personal journey.
—Susan B., Hampton, Connecticut
kripalu yoga on dvd

Experience the profound wisdom and soulful playfulness of some of Kripalu's top yoga faculty with the Kripalu Yoga Collection. The four discs that comprise this unique DVD collection include Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes; Moderate Kripalu Yoga with Jovinna Chan; Vigorous Kripalu Yoga with Devarshi Steven Hartman; and Arm Balances and Inversions with Jay Karlinski.

Receive the revitalizing effects of Kripalu Yoga whenever you wish, wherever you are, with the Kripalu Yoga Collection.

turning point:
daniel j. siegel, md
    
Mind. Brain. Relationships. Three variables in a single equation? So says Daniel Siegel, whose turning-point experience set him on a quest to understand how all three are facets of one reality that shapes our lives.

Read the interview.

Find out about Daniel Siegel’s upcoming program at Kripalu: Interpersonal Neurobiology: Practices That Cultivate Connection and Well-Being, September 28–30.

did you know?
    
The Rachel Greene Memorial Fund supports yoga teachers and classroom teachers to further their training so they can bring yoga to schoolchildren in underserved communities around the country.

Support Kripalu initiatives like this:
kripalu.org/makeagift

writing home: finding myself through journaling, by lisa pletzer
    
It was the first day of my junior year of high school, and my English teacher had just handed each of us a blank notebook.

“You’re all going to keep journals this year,” she said. “I’ll periodically collect them to count pages—not to read—so I want you to feel like you can be totally open and honest.” She told us that our final exam would be writing a paper about our observations of how we’d grown through our journal writings from the entire school year.

Read more.

kripalu at home: vigorous yoga practice
    
Join Kripalu Yoga teacher Danny Arguetty as he leads you through an hour-long vigorous flow with a particular focus on the theme of being grounded. This is a physically challenging practice that develops strength and endurance—and makes you sweat!

Get centered and stoke your inner fire.

healthy living recipes
    
How do you use up all those odds and ends in the crisper when you haven’t gone grocery shopping for a while? Kripalu Executive Chef Deb Morgan has the solution: an easy curry that’s delicious with any combination of vegetables, cooked in a spicy sauce made with ingredients you almost always have on hand. An added bonus: a kitchen sinkful of nutrients that promote digestive health and fight disease.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Kitchen-Sink Curry

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welcome
One breath, one unit, one community of healing and heart. Those are the words that Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member Aruni Nan Futuronsky uses in this month’s feature article to describe the sense of connection at Kripalu. We hope Kripalu Compass offers you that feeling of connection every time it appears in your inbox. Community is often an inadvertent theme of this newsletter, but it’s especially evident this month as we reflect on Kripalu Yoga’s 40 years in the West; profile change agents Gregg Day and Daniel Siegel, MD; highlight this year’s yoga teachers conference; and introduce four new ways to experience Kripalu Yoga anytime, anywhere. Plus ... a peek into essayist Lisa Pletzer’s journal. Enjoy—and stay in touch!
marking 40 years of kripalu yoga in the west: kripalu community members recall milestone moments
In 1972, a small residential yoga retreat called Kripalu Center was founded in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania, by Amrit Desai and several of his students from the Philadelphia area. Desai had emigrated to the United States from India, where he was a close disciple of the yoga master Swami Kripalu. Over the next 40 years, Desai’s students integrated Swami Kripalu’s core teachings with psychology, science, and Western approaches to healing and self-development, creating groundbreaking programs and approaches to well-being. Today, Kripalu’s curriculum, professional training, and yoga research continue to be informed by the lineage of Kripalu Yoga. To commemorate the 40-year milestone, we asked several teachers and community members to reflect on what Kripalu Yoga means to them.

As a Kripalu Yoga teacher trainer, there is nothing quite so moving to me as getting to witness yoga-teachers-to-be at the end of their training practicing meditation in motion. At the end of an intensive, life-changing month, I get to witness a room full of souls allowing their sacred yoga prayers to unfold. Each one unique, each one a beautiful gift. In these moments, I have to pinch myself and say, “Really? I get to do this?”
—Jurian Hughes, Kripalu School of Yoga teacher trainer

Over time, my sense of the practice of Kripalu Yoga has gotten simpler and, at the same time, more profound. My practice has connected me more with nature, which wasn’t something I expected to happen. It provides inspiration, grounding, and context for the practice. Kripalu is also a unique gathering place, a platform where people can connect and feel a sense of belonging.
—Randal Williams, senior faculty member

The Kripalu Sanctuary is hushed, with only an occasional soft snore in the air. A repetitive chant plays softly on the sound system, holding us gently in its arms. The Inner Quest Intensive guests are in deep relaxation, stretched out across the floor, tucked under their blankets. After two days of introspection, of living yoga, they are deeply relaxing, resting, drawing on passive grace. I watch and breathe. Several staff members sit in meditation, sentinels of peace, scattered throughout the room. Peace, possibility, community, and hope abound in the room, tangible in our resting, collective breath. Thirty-four individuals bonded as one. One breath, one unit, one community of healing and heart.
—Aruni Nan Futuronsky, life coach and 35-year teacher

At the end of my monthlong Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program in 1987, our group was led into a posture flow experience. Moving with exquisite sensitivity, as if I had all the time in the universe to reach forward or bend down, I disappeared into a slow-motion world I’d never visited before. Breath and movement were so closely linked that I couldn’t separate them. The sweep of one arm upward brought breath in; the slow float of the hand down to my side triggered the exhalation. I was aware of music, of the hot breeze blowing through the open door, of our teacher urging us to let go of anything that stood between us and the freedom to be fully human and fully divine. As a Kripalu Yoga practitioner and spiritual seeker, I had come of age.
—Danna Faulds, author of the poetry collections Go In and In; One Soul; Prayers to the Infinite; and From Root to Bloom

When I took my first Kripalu Yoga class, it was like walking into a warm embrace. I was astounded that yoga could be so opening, loving, and compassionate. Kripalu gave me the freedom to explore my practice in a way I had never experienced before. For the first time, I felt safe enough to soften and relax all the judgment and tension I’d been unwittingly holding in my mind and body. It’s now eight years later, and my heart continually opens to this beloved practice.
—Janna Delgado, senior faculty member

The first time I came to Kripalu was for a monthlong yoga teacher training. Everywhere I went, I had such a familiar feeling, deep down. Even the smell of the place reminded me of something, something I had longed for without even knowing it. Now I know it was the yoga bringing me home. The simple focus of breath, the permission to be as I was, the idea of practice as inquiry rather than self-improvement opened doors that I hadn’t even known existed. Kripalu Yoga invited me to align with my true nature and continues to do so 11 years later.
—Cristie Newhart, teacher for R&R retreats and guest yoga

When I first came to Kripalu in 2004, all I knew about yoga was heat, fast pace, and 80 postures in 90 minutes. When I went to my first Kripalu Yoga class, I was shocked. Slow pace, no heat, and only 15 postures in 90 minutes. My body and nervous system felt soothed yet worked and, for the first time, I learned that yoga also involved my breath, mind, intuition, and heart. I was awakened to the inquiry of this beautiful tradition on and off the mat.
—Danny Arguetty, Kripalu Yoga teacher

Before I ever stepped foot on the Kripalu grounds, my brother, who had just spent a week there, called me and said, “Al, if you go to Kripalu, you won’t come back.” About six months later, I packed my bags and headed to the Berkshires to take the leap from yoga practitioner to yoga teacher, and to put my brother’s hypothesis to the test. I had no idea just how right it would prove to be. I was about to meet my longtime teacher, whose teachings would rock my practice, alter my life views, and completely unravel my understanding of myself. I was about to meet my future husband, who would join me on this ecstatic and terrifying journey of life. I was about to embark on a whole new career, weaving together several life passions. Eight years later, Kripalu is still at the hub of my life. When I park my car and walk across the breathtaking grounds, I sometimes find myself saying a silent thank you to this crucible that has helped me create a life that I love, one that I never could have imagined when I first heard my brother’s words.
—Allison Gemmel LaFramboise, Kripalu Yoga teacher and faculty member

spreading the word…
Yoga Aid World Challenge
The organization Yoga Aid plans a 24-hour global yoga relay on September 9, with people around the world joining in a two-hour yoga practice, led by teachers in their communities, with the goal of raising $1 million for charity. The challenge begins in Sydney, Australia, continues at events in more than 20 countries, and ends in Los Angeles, with entertainer MC Yogi performing at both the closing and opening events.

Register to participate, become a sponsor, or learn how to start an event in your community.

Wellness Through Weeding
Farm Wellness, founded by Kripalu Yoga teacher Grace Jull, aims to connect farmers, health professionals, and individuals looking for social, spiritual, and physical nourishment. The organization offers teacher trainings as well as wellness retreats in which participants do yoga, meditate, and learn about nutrition, cooking, and gardening.

Learn more about Farm Wellness.

quote of the month
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
—Maria Robinson
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