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When writing coach Valerie Reiss got laid off from her cubicle job, she headed straight for  Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training.

What did she learn? Among other things: “Don’t pet your students,” “Props don’t equal’wuss,‘” and “It’s all about the prana.”

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Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! We wish you peace, joy, and inspiration in 2011.

If you’ve been thinking about sharing yoga with underserved populations or in Title I schools, perhaps this is the year to make that vision a reality! The application process for 2011 Teaching for Diversity and Rachel Greene Memorial Fund grants begins February 1; you’ll find more information below.

Another way to start your year off right: register for the 2011 Virtual World Yoga Conference, featuring more than 75 workshops, which you can enjoy without even getting out of your pajamas! Find out about presenters and the discounted rate for KYTA members below.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you this year!


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, Director

Is this your year to share the gift of yoga with those who need it most?

KYTA will be accepting applications for Teaching for Diversity and Rachel Greene Memorial Fund grants beginning February 1. The Teaching for Diversity program provides grants and scholarships to teach in disadvantaged schools or to diverse populations such as ethnic minorities and those socially, economically, or physically challenged.

Through the Rachel Greene Memorial Fund (RGMF), established in memory of yoga teacher Rachel Greene, scholarships will be awarded to yoga teachers or elementary school classroom teachers for curriculum designed to bring yoga into disadvantaged public schools.

No transportation costs and all the comforts of home—it’s YogaHub’s 5-day Virtual World Yoga Conference: Yoga, Meditation, and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Learn from more than 60 world-class teachers, including Amy Weintraub, Gary Kraftsow, Arielle Ford, Nischala Joy Devi, Michael Lee, Emilie Conrad, Jonathan Foust, and Krishna Kaur.

Among the 75 workshops: Sacred Secrets of Ayurveda, Meditation, and Yoga; Profound Benefits of Esoteric Acupuncture and Cleansing; Awakening of Feminine, Healing Wisdom; Affirmations and Vibrations that Enliven Life; and much more. 

Next time you’re in-house, stop by the Kripalu Shop to check out the beautiful greeting cards designed by a Kripalu Yoga teacher to benefit the Teaching for Diversity (TFD) program. A portion of each purchase goes toward the program, which brings yoga to underserved populations.

Each of the four cards features an image by landscape photographer Jason Lusk—which he donated to the project—paired with words drawn from the reflections of yoga students in a Berkshire County prison. The prison yoga program has received support from TFD, so this project creates a perfect circle of giving and receiving.


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Save the date
The 20th annual Kripalu Yoga Teachers Conference: Tuesday, October 4, to Friday, October 7, 2011. We hope you can join us for this heart-opening Kripalu experience magnified by the power of your peers and other expert faculty.

Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module Three: Tools for Transformational Teaching, March 18–27, 2011.
As you experientially tap into your source for teaching, you’ll learn techniques for crafting transformational workshops and creating sacred classroom space, including group facilitation and approaches to assessing and shifting group dynamics. Read more.

Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module One: Advanced Techniques for Teaching and Assisting Asanas, May 13–22, 2011.
Working from a holistic perspective, this module addresses the deep work of asana mastery, whether you want to practice more challenging postures yourself or you need to learn how to teach others poses that your body doesn’t do. Read more.

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