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Dear friend,


Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

The Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is a year of amazing opportunity, personal growth, and change. Andrew is going to be rolling up his sleeves and working with Vandita, our Kripalu Affiliate Studios, the KYTA Conference, and lots of new initiatives. Look out for more digital media and multimedia content coming your way as KYTA expands into the digital world.

Meanwhile, Vandita continues her work with the Teaching for Diversity (TFD) fund. The TFD program has been around for 10 years, and last year was our best yet. We allocated more than $75,000 to more than 70 different projects, including 25 schools and other projects around the world. Your donations really do make a difference.

Stay tuned—there’s lots more to come in 2012!

With love,

Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association


Andrew Tanner 
Director, Professional Trainings
make a difference with a teaching for diversity grant
Is this your year to reach out to an underserved population in your community that could benefit from yoga? KYTA is now accepting applications for Teaching for Diversity grants, awarded to members of KYTA and the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers to support their teaching in disadvantaged schools or to diverse populations. 

Since its inception in 2001, the Teaching for Diversity project has awarded more than $300,000 to help bring the healing benefits of yoga to some 3,500 people. Yoga and elementary-school teachers have worked with school-aged children from Maine to Mexico to share techniques for regulating energy, cultivating mindfulness, and building strong and flexible bodies. Among the other populations served are veterans, recovering addicts, homeless women and children, cancer survivors, and many more.

In a setting ostensibly meant to confine … we managed one of the most lovely Om sequences I have ever experienced. With pure hearts and presence, yoga can flower anywhere.
—Grant recipient Gerri Jardine on teaching yoga to inmates

enhance your yoga teaching with ayurveda
Integrating Ayurveda into your yoga classes and private sessions adds a whole new level to what you can offer your students and clients. The Kripalu School of Yoga’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training, available only to certified yoga teachers, focuses on the basic principles of Ayurveda as they relate to yoga. 

You’ll learn how to integrate Ayurveda into a yoga class, customizing classes for balancing the doshas and designing classes for a specific season or time of day. You’ll also be prepared to offer private sessions to address imbalances and help people develop a personal practice suited to their unique circumstances.

Courses for the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification are scheduled to begin this fall. 
join a juicy conversation on the forum
To eat meat or not to eat meat? Can you be both a yogi and an atheist? These are two of the intriguing questions being discussed this week on the Kripalu Professional Associations (KPA) Community Forum. 

The KPA Community Forum is a free, user-based, peer-supported forum for discussing all things yoga, Ayurveda, and wellness. Come share your questions and insights about the art and science of yoga and Ayurveda, from your personal practice to teaching yoga classes, giving Ayurvedic consultations, running a wellness business, and much, much more.
program highlights
This ground-breaking combination of on-site and online programming over 10 months culminates in a certificate in Positive Psychology. During the onsite intensives—two 5-day modules at Kripalu—students are immersed in study and practice. Back home, you continue to learn online while applying that knowledge in everyday life. Read more at

Drawing from the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as the lineage of Kripalu Yoga, this module grounds your yoga teaching through in-depth study of yogic philosophy, the experience of contemplative practice, and the exploration of pranayama (breathing techniques). Read more
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