in this issue
forum question of the month
referral raffle winners
program highlights
benefit highlights
$9.99 website
your kyta benefits
yoga bulletin online
online community forum
purchase products
members-only teacher resource page
(Case-sensitive password is "teachyoga": use the "submit" key rather than "enter.")
benefit reminder: press release
A press release is a great way to spread the word about your graduation from teacher training; your local classes; the grand opening of your studio: a teaching anniversary; or a free workshop or event.

Simply modify the template to fit your needs and submit it to your local paper or other publications. Our marketing materials are designed to make your life easier!

save the date: kyta conference 2011, tuesday, october 4–friday, october 7
Sixteen workshops, three keynote presenters (Seane Corn, Vidya Carolyn Dell'uomo, and Shobhan Richard Faulds), chanting, dancing, and more!

Join us for our 20th annual gathering for yoga teachers of all traditions.

Dear friend,

Happy February! Not only is this Valentine’s month, it’s also a big step closer to spring.

As you read this, you’re probably feeling the first hints of seasonal change in the air, particularly in the growing warmth of the sun on our faces—even more delicious than chocolate!

In this month’s issue, we share the love with our three Referral Raffle winners, and invite you to get inspired by our new feature: the Forum Question of the Month.


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association

Beginning in this issue, we will pose a question every month for our members, in an effort to enhance the connection and inspiration within our community.

The question will link directly to the Kripalu Professional Associations Community Forum, so we can all see and comment on each other’s input. We look forward to hearing about your practice and teaching experiences!

This month’s question: What lessons have you learned from last year that you are implementing this year? Let us know!

To get the conversation started, read Judi England's answer to that question, in which she explains how she created a win-win-win situation for herself, her local community, and her community on another continent. (Judi's also one of our Referral Raffle winners this quarter!)

Each quarter, KYTA has a raffle—picking three winners from the pool of KYTA members who have referred someone to Kripalu Center.

Below are brief profiles of this quarter’s winners. Each winner has received a $500 credit at Kripalu that is good for three years, transferable, and applicable to housing, tuition, and Healing Arts services.

Want to participate in the next Referral Raffle? Ask the students you refer to Kripalu to mention your yoga teacher ID number or name when making their reservation. Every referral you make increases your chances of winning.

sydnie cote

From: South Windsor, Connecticut
Number of years as a KYTA member: 17+

I received my 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification in 1987 and my 500-hour certification in 2001. In 1992, my husband, Paul, and I opened South Windsor Yoga Studio, and 18 years later it continues to thrive. 

In 2001, we became a Kripalu Affiliated Studio (KAS). Through the years, I’ve appreciated the camaraderie with other teachers as well as the information, inspiration, and support I’ve received from Vandita and the KYTA staff.

judith england

From: Albany, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 16+

One of our final YTT assignments was to write a letter to ourselves describing how we envisioned our practice into the future. My deepest desire was to share Kripalu Yoga with my community—to reach out to as many as I could with the joy and blessings of the practice.

I graduated in 1994, and today I offer classes in yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and stress management in a variety of work and health settings, and create individualized wellness routines for my massage-therapy clients. I also lead a class at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Albany, New York, with all student donations benefiting our sister parish in Darien, Panama.

I have found the computer to be a powerful tool for expanding community outreach, through postings on the Kripalu Professional Associations Community Forum and with my weekly Holistic Health Blog posts for the Albany Times Union.

kelly keyes

From: Nome, Alaska
Number of years as a KYTA member: 2+

I have been teaching Kripalu Yoga since March 2003, and have been blessed with the opportunity to move to the secluded town of Nome, Alaska, to teach yoga and work as a registered dietitian. I have been teaching yoga at the Nome Recreation Center for more than five years. The community is strong here and very appreciative of the opportunity for yoga.

My KYTA membership helps me to stay connected to the larger Kripalu family despite being some 3,500 miles away. The quarterly CDs bring a little of Kripalu into my home and help ground and sustain me. Thank you for the continued support and inspiration!

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

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.

we love to hear from you
KYTA newsletter feedback
413-448-3202 or

Registration and other questions
800-741-7353 or

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to teach the art and science of yoga to produce thriving and health in individuals and society.