in this issue
the six tastes of ayurveda
setting sankalpa, with coby kozlowski
next of kin
program highlights
benefit highlights
benefit highlight: come to kripalu for less
Enjoy 10 percent off shared standard and dormitory accommodations every time you come to Kripalu. Just mention that you’re a KPA member when making your reservation. Some restrictions apply.
the hanser award for yoga research
Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living is seeking applications for the Samuel B. Hanser Visionary Award, established in honor of Samuel Hanser, a practitioner of the healing arts. This is the first grant targeted specifically to advance innovations in yoga research. A single inaugural award of up to $10,000 will be presented in September. Deadline for letters of intent is February 15. Find out more.
yoga in the schools symposium, april 23–25, at kripalu
Are you a researcher, teacher, school administrator, or program developer involved in the yoga-in-the-schools movement? Join other leaders in the field to explore the opportunities and challenges of this work. Presenters include Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa of Harvard Medical School; Dr. Timothy B. Baird, superintendent of the Encinitas (California) Union School District; Ali Smith of the Holistic Life Foundation, and more. Get details.
Dear Kripalu sangha,

As we enter the new year and the world around us settles into winter, the season of introspection and reflection, lessons from the past crystallize into pearls of wisdom for the present. Within the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda (KSYA), we’re attuning with the season to honor our journey of the past year, and to contemplate how we can best serve our students, our community, and the world at large.

I was deeply honored to have the opportunity recently to celebrate our former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA), Hilary Garivaltis, whose 12 years of dedicated service have brought KSA to where it is today. All of us in the KSYA family wish Hilary much happiness and success in her new adventure, and are grateful for her dedication, brilliance, and love. It is with great excitement that we welcome our new Dean, Larissa Hall Carlson. Larissa’s depth of practice, teaching experience, and leadership qualities will allow her to build on Hilary’s accomplishments and carry KSA to new heights.

In the School of Yoga, we continue to hone our curriculum with the guidance of our Dean, Yoganand Michael Carroll. This year, we turn our attention to the 500-hour training and beyond. We’re looking to 2015 as a year of new offerings and increased variety in advanced training options for our graduates and alumni. We’ll keep you posted!

I’m grateful to have this opportunity to serve you. Thank you for all you do, every day, to make the world kinder, brighter, and more awake. Together, we’re making a difference.

Jai Bhagwan,

Micah Mortali
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

the six tastes of ayurveda
An Ayurvedic diet celebrates the spice of life with six distinct tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. The first three are anabolic (tissue-building), and the last three are catabolic (related to metabolism and assimilation). The typical American diet is abundant in anabolic tastes, but deficient in catabolic, and this deficit has been linked to obesity and related health problems. All six tastes have a place on Ayurveda’s plate.

The six tastes of Ayurveda include

  • Sweetness (earth and water): builds connective tissue and pacifies the nervous system; found in fruits, grains, and some vegetables
  • Sourness (earth and fire): stimulates digestion, cleanses tissues, and brings clarity to the mind. Think lemons, tamarind, and fermented foods
  • Saltiness (water and fire): sourced from minerals; enhances taste and aids digestion
  • Pungency (fire and air): fires up digestion; includes chilis, pepper, garlic, and other spices
  • Bitterness (air and ether): Purifying and detoxifying; includes most leafy greens, as well as many herbs and some spices
  • Astringency (air and earth): includes foods such as pomegranates and cranberries, as well as black and green teas, which soak up water and fat, preventing imbalances.

As you set your intentions for the new year, consider how to invite and assimilate all aspects of taste—from the sweet to the bitter—to find the perfect balance in diet and in life.

—Sarajean Rudman, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern

setting sankalpa, with coby kozlowski
Have you set your sankalpa for 2014? We asked Kripalu School of Yoga teacher trainer and life coach Coby Kozlowski to share her sankalpa (which translates as resolve, determination, or intention) for the coming year.

As a life coach trainer, yoga educator, writer, and speaker, it’s not only important for me to share my passion of living yoga, but it’s also essential for me to walk my talk. To be good at what I do, I have to engage in the same kind of experiments and inquiries that I challenge my students and clients to undertake. That means holding myself and my clients accountable to what we really want in life, and taking inspired action to manifest those intentions.

This year, my intention is to allow more space for creativity. When I say “yes” to my own growth, I have more to offer my students. My love for music is leading me to learn more about producing music, and to carve out more time for singing, practicing my ukulele and harmonium, and challenging myself to play in public. I’m also saying “yes” to a big dream: to launch my own yoga leadership school. And, finally, I’m committing to becoming a better surfer. So here’s to 2014—the year of play, passion, and purpose!

What’s your sankalpa? Sharing intentions with a trusted sangha invites support and empowerment as you take the next steps.

Find out about upcoming programs with Coby Kozlowski.

next of kin
In this new feature, we’ll answer questions or share stories from of our close-knit community on the KIN (Kripalu International Network) e-mail list. Join the conversation.

Recently, KIN members shared a cross-section of opinions about teaching Headstand, exploring questions such as, Is it safe? How can you instill the essence of sthira (steady) and sukham (comfortable) in this advanced inversion? We asked KSYA’s Director of Curriculum, Randal Williams, to share his take.

For some practitioners, Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) presents an inappropriate challenge; for others, it can offer a terrific feeling of accomplishment, approached with time and patience. It’s important to realize that many people don’t have the length in their upper arms that allows them to properly and safely support the torso in Headstand without compressing the crown of the head. For practitioners whose anatomy makes this pose possible, the key is to develop the stabilizing muscles of the shoulder girdle, through practicing postures such as Downward Facing Dog and Dolphin. Start by practicing Headstand with the support of a wall, building arm and core stability to the point where you’re able to lift up your legs without using momentum to kick up. Once you’re safe and supported in the posture, hold for no more than 10 seconds if you’re a beginner, and work up from there.

Take your teaching to the next level: Read an overview of our 500-hour yoga teacher certification.

program highlights
The Healing Power of Yoga: A Yoga Therapy Training Intensive, February 17–21
Gain greater knowledge of specific alignment techniques that address, heal, and prevent common aches and pains.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 500-Hour Certification, Module Two, February 21–March 2
Deepen your knowledge and practice of pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

Crafting the Resilient Life, March 17–July 2 (on-site and online)
Through the science of resilience and the study of happiness, we build a foundation for optimal living in times of stress, loss, and sudden change.

Foundations of Ayurveda Off-Site Training, May 1–September 21
A 5-month, nonresidential Foundations of Ayurveda training in New York City; classes are on weekends. Learn Ayurvedic history and philosophy, nutrition and cooking techniques, lifestyle and stress-management tools, and more.

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training, June 27–July 4
Bolster your skills as a yoga teacher and gain tools that can enhance the lives of high school students.

Save the date: 23rd Annual Yoga Teachers Conference, October 14–17; pre-conference October 13

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