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Dear friends,

As the new year begins to unfold and take shape, I’m writing to update you on some significant changes.

After more than eight years of service, first as Director of Professional Trainings and then as Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga since 2009, Devarshi Steven Hartman will be stepping down as Dean on February 15 to focus exclusively on his teaching. We all owe Devarshi a debt of gratitude for his many accomplishments. Rest assured that he will remain a leading KSY teacher at Kripalu and in the wider world.

I’m thrilled to announce that Yoganand Michael Carroll is returning to Kripalu as KSY Dean for the next year. Yoganand is perfectly positioned to build on all the good work done by Devarshi and the other trainers by contributing his unique ability to transmit the depth teachings of the Kripalu tradition.

Many of you already know that Andrew Tanner resigned in early January as Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda. Andrew’s bright and entrepreneurial spirit will be missed. It’s a pleasure to let you know that Nicole Flisher, who worked closely with Andrew as KSYA Manager, will now be bringing her administrative and leadership talents to the Director position.

Kripalu has always been a vital and evolving organization. I see these changes as reflecting the continued growth and development of KPA and our professional schools. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for pursuing your passion to practice, teach, and be Kripalu’s ambassadors in the world.

Yours in Yoga,

Richard Faulds (Shobhan)

apply now for a teaching for diversity grant
Is this your year to bring the gift of yoga to a population close to your heart? Are you interested in teaching yoga in a disadvantaged school or to those facing social, economic, or physical challenges? Kripalu’s Teaching for Diversity (TFD) program supports members of KYTA and IABYT (International Association of Black Yoga Teachers) who wish to teach classes for a specific group or in a particular location where the benefits of yoga can make a real difference. TFD’s Rachel Greene Memorial Fund awards scholarships to classroom teachers and yoga teachers so they can get trained to bring yoga into schools.

Download an application for a TFD or Rachel Green Memorial Fund grant.

kripalu yoga teacher training across the country
This spring, the Kripalu School of Yoga offers 200-hour certification trainings in California, Washington DC, and New York City. The nonresidential trainings at New York University’s Center for Spiritual Life and at Dream Yoga Studio in McLean, Virginia, take place one weekend per month for eight months (the last one at Kripalu). The West Coast training is a monthlong intensive at Esalen Institute in Big Sur in March. (See Program Highlights below for dates.)

Let your students, friends, and family know about these unique opportunities to get certified outside Kripalu’s walls!

Find out more.

nurture your skin with ayurveda
Ah, January—officially wintertime! In Ayurvedic philosophy, winter is the vata season, when the elements of air and space (or ether) predominate. In the body, that can translate into dry, rough skin. To keep your skin feeling summery, try incorporating Abhyanga—the practice of self-massage with warm oil—into your daily routine. Daily oiling keeps the lymphatic system moving, moisturizes the skin, and calms the nervous system. Here’s how:

1. Lay out a towel in a warm space.

2. Use organic sesame oil (non-toasted)—great for winter because of its warming quality. 

3. Massage the warm oil from head to toe, using circular motions at the joints and long straight lines on the long bones. Take about 15 minutes for the practice.

4. Rest for a few minutes before showering the excess off (no need for soap!), or do the practice just before bed and allow all the nourishment of the oil to sink in as you sleep.

Find out more about the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and its upcoming trainings.

program highlights
200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, February 24March 22
Do what you love. There's still time to apply for the next 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training taught by Devarshi Steven Hartman and Jurian Hughes. Come to Kripalu and immerse yourself in the inquiry of yoga.

Upcoming Off-Site 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainings:

Washington DC, February 7–October 7  (eight weekends)
New York City, February 14–December 8, 2013 (eight weekends)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, March 3–29 (monthlong intensive)

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training, June 28–July 5
This weeklong program uses the Kripalu Yoga methodology to safely and effectively bring yoga to teens.

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