in this issue
reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and yoga:
get trained to bring yoga into schools
everything’s coming up ayurveda!
memories of bapuji
program highlights
benefit highlights
benefit highlight: liability insurance
Coverage at a reasonable cost is essential for the protection of both yoga teacher and student.

Find out more about three companies offering competitive rates to KYTA members living in the US.

Find out more about companies offering liability insurance for yoga teachers in Canada.

beware of scam e-mails
When you receive an e-mail from potential students or clients, watch for signs that may indicate the message is a scam. These include odd wording, numerous typos, and/or a request for personal or financial information.

If you believe the e-mail to be a scam, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at, a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Kripalu does protect your e-mail addresses; the addresses on our Find a Practitioner search page have been obfuscated to prevent harvesting by spambots. The addresses appear on the page, but the page source that spambots scour does not contain any addresses.

Dear friends,

The Kripalu School of Ayurveda has a beautiful tradition, as KSA intern Erin Casperson explains in this issue of Sangha: Each year, the members of the graduating class write prayers on pieces of paper and plant them in Kripalu’s Ayurvedic garden. It’s a lovely metaphor: Their intentions and dreams will bloom along with the herbs and flowers.

Spring has a way of inspiring us to blossom, in both visible and invisible ways, as we emerge from hibernation and dive into new ventures. Is this your year to train to bring yoga into classrooms? Read Iona M. Smith’s article on yoga’s benefits for adolescents and find out more about the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training coming in June. We also bring you a glimpse of the man whose teachings are at the heart of all our trainings: Swami Kripalu. Watch a video that brings Babuji to life in a way you might never have experienced before.

Though fall seems like a long way away right now, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for our annual KYTA Conference, October 8–11, 2013. Presenters include Stephen Cope speaking on finding your calling, Yoganand Michael Carroll on yoga philosophy, and Coby Kozlowski on yoga and leadership. Make plans to reunite and rejuvenate—the conference will be open for registration soon!


The KPA Staff

reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and yoga:
get trained to bring yoga into schools
It takes more than math and science to educate adolescents and set them up for fulfilling and successful lives. Since 2008, the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program has been bringing a yoga-based curriculum into middle and high schools in the Boston area and throughout Berkshire County.

Now KYIS instructors Iona M. Smith and Janna Delgado share this curriculum with yoga instructors in their first Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training, June 28–July 5 at Kripalu. You’ll learn breathing and centering techniques, community-building exercises, experiential activities, yoga postures, relaxation techniques, and loving-kindness meditations to help students cultivate healthy ways to manage their emotions and stress levels. The training equips you to confidently teach lesson plans from the evidence-based curriculum, and you also take home a marketing “starter kit” to help you bring KYIS into your community.

Read Iona’s story of teaching yoga to adolescents.

Find out about the Rachel Greene Memorial Fund, providing scholarships to yoga instructors for trainings like this one.

everything’s coming up ayurveda!
by Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern Erin Casperson

Spring is upon us, and with the new season come opportunities to plant, sprout, and grow—in our lives and in the earth. The Ayurvedic Herb Garden at Kripalu is a sacred space that provides a container for both literal and metaphorical growth. Each year, the graduates of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant training write prayers on small pieces of paper and plant these intentions in the earth, along with the herbs, as a blessing for the incoming class. We not only sprout plants, we sprout dreams!

Among the herbs we grow are rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, bee balm, calendula, ashwagandha, turmeric, lavender—and our most beloved herb, the sacred plant of India: tulsi. Tulsi (Sanskrit for “holy basil”) is in the Lamiaceae (mint) family along with the common sweet basil, and, like sweet basil, it is easy to grow and prolific. Here’s how:

  • Start the seeds indoors in the spring, and then transplant them to an earthenware pot or directly into the earth after the frost season is over. Tulsi grows best in direct sunlight.
  • Water regularly and pinch off the flowers to send more energy to the leaves.
  • You can harvest the leaves a few months into their growing time and lay them out to dry on a screen; if you cut back branches, you can hang them upside down to dry.
  • Use the dried leaves to make a rejuvenating and immune-boosting tea. Tulsi is also an adaptogen—an herb that nourishes you when you’re depleted and gives you energy when you’re tired. It’s a natural antidote to a stressful world.

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

memories of bapuji

On January 13, 2013, at our weekend celebration in honor of Swami Kripalu’s 100th birthday, former Kripalu ashram member Umesh Eric Baldwin shared stories and photographs of his time with Bapuji in the 1960s to 1980s.

Missed the event? Watch a video of Umesh’s heartfelt presentation.

program highlights

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. Find out more.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certifications 2013–2014, beginning in October
The Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant program consists of Foundations of Ayurveda and four additional Lifestyle Consultant modules. Find out more.

22nd Annual KYTA Conference, October 8–11
Presenters include Stephen Cope, Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Coby Kozlowski. Watch this space for details, coming soon! 

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