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meditation pilgrimages at muktidham
mantra of the month
referral raffle winners
program highlights
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Dear friends,

As winter slowly moves into spring, we wish you an easeful transition into the new season. Be sure to get plenty of rest and spend time with loved ones to increase your ojas—which in Ayurvedic philosophy refers to the life-sustaining vitality that promotes immunity and keeps you healthy and happy. You’ll find more on ojas in our spring Yoga Bulletin, coming to your inbox next month.

Though fall seems far away, we’re busy mapping out KYTA Conference 2013, set for October 7–11. Mark your calendar, and watch this space for sneak peeks of the workshops and community sessions we’ve got planned for you!


The KPA Staff

meditation pilgrimages at muktidham
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Swami Kripalu’s birth, two meditation pilgrimages for yoga teachers will take place this spring at Muktidham, Swami Kripalu's retreat at the former Kripalu ashram in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania. Swami Kripalu spent more than four years at Muktidham (1977–1981), engaging in advanced meditation practices. Muktidham has been preserved as a sacred pilgrimage place since then.

Kripalu Yoga teacher Charlyn Reihman Peart leads a pilgrimage with our own Vandita Kate Marchesiello, April 5–7, and another with Radhika Laura Mushenko, May 17–19. The retreats provide an opportunity to connect with self and others in this sacred space, through meditation, asana, pranayama, silence, and sangha.

For details on tuition and accommodations, e-mail Charlyn or call 215.206.2221.

mantra of the month
This month, Devarshi Steven Hartman, senior faculty member and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, shares one of his favorite mantras.

Para Gate,
Para Sum Gate,
Bodhi Swaha!

It means

Gone Beyond!
Gone Beyond the Beyond!
All is God!

Sometimes, when I sit for meditation, this manta leads me effortlessly beyond my mind’s chatter, and then beyond that, and then beyond that, and then beyond that. The continual process of going beyond never ends—and beyond that, all is God! This mantra helps me create the experience of expansion, of continually opening to the infinite, which is why the constant repetition is so sweet for me. For those who like melody for their mantra repetition, Deva Premal sings a beautiful rendition of this mantra.

Sit, repeat, feel into the beyond, then beyond that, then beyond even that, and then beyond even that. Feel into where you come from: the infinite! Let every moment be the moment of all that is. How far out can you expand?

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

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 toward 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.

Debbie Verdon
From: Walkill, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 5+

I first began practicing yoga about 20 years ago, with a group of neighbors, in an elementary-school gymnasium. In 2005, I attended 200-hour teacher training at Kripalu, and living yoga during that time was life-changing for me! It stimulated bhakti—compassion for myself and all beings. I now teach Kripalu Yoga at my home studio in Wallkill and at a physical therapy clinic in the neighboring town of Pine Bush.

KYTA membership has been very beneficial for me. I’ve brought two groups of students to Kripalu at the group discount rates, and currently one of my students is taking her 200-hour teacher training there. I’ve also received two Teaching for Diversity grants—one for teaching yoga to disadvantaged children in an after-school program, and the other for teaching yoga to seniors.

Amelia Bissett
From: Bristol, Rhode Island
Number of years as a KYTA member: 6+

I share my passion for life through creative, meditative yoga instruction. I received my 200-hour certification in 2005 and my 500-hour certification in 2008. Observing the transformative, healing acceptance that unfolded in my student’s lives—physically, spiritually, and emotionally—I was inspired to learn more about yoga as medicine. I earned my yoga therapist certification in 2010, and since then have developed strategies for working with several specific populations: visually challenged children, people with physical differences, cancer survivors, and seniors. I offer small-group classes and individual instruction at my home studio, which I designed and built, and also teach in area yoga studios and health clubs.

Stephanie Knox Cubbon
From: San Diego, California
Number of years as a KYTA member: 4+

I have been practicing yoga since 1999, and earned my 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Kripalu in 2006, and my 500-hour certification from True Nature School of Yoga in 2012. Currently I teach a relaxation- and meditation-focused class in Oceanside, California, and am “em-barking” on a dog-and-people yoga class starting this month. In addition to yoga, I teach peace-related online courses, including one called The Heart of Living Your Yoga, which explores the study and practice of the yamas and niyamas in our daily lives. I love staying connected to the Kripalu sangha through KYTA, and am excited to have the opportunity to return with my raffle gift certificate!

program highlights
Kripalu 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Esalen Institute
Big Sur, California, March 3–29 (monthlong intensive)

Kripalu 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Teacher Training, April 14–26 and June 2–14
Our amazing monthlong certification program, but held in two convenient sessions.

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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