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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 friends,

I hope you all had wonderful celebrations during April—whether you were marking Easter, Passover, the arrival of spring, or the royal wedding! On the topic of religious celebrations, I invite you all to contribute to this month’s forum discussion, which centers around a thought-provoking, soul-searching subject. This issue has been of interest to yoga teachers for many years and continues to be relevant today, as we introduce yoga to an increasing number of people and communities.

Forum question of the month: How do you help students or prospective students understand that yoga is a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion? Share your thoughts on the Kripalu Professional Associations Community Forum.

I look forward to reading your responses!


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association

This October at KYTA Conference 2011, join yoga and dance teacher Coby Kozlowski for a rejuvenating and creative workshop that takes you into the depths of vinyasa flow and the inquiry of yoga.

Experience the strength and fluidity of vinyasa in a new and empowering way as you come to your edge with compassion and awareness. Be ready to move like never before as you learn how the Kripalu methodology can be applied to a vinyasa flow class and its various components.

Coby—a life coach, inspirational speaker, expressive-arts therapist, and expert in transformative leadership—will guide you to awaken the natural flow of prana that brings thriving to all aspects of life. 

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.

laura muse murphy

From: Flanders, New Jersey
Number of years as a KYTA member: 8+

I began teaching yoga in 2001 and have been a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher since 2002, teaching group and private yoga classes in the Flanders, New Jersey area. Ten years later, I am blessed to have many of the same students I started with.

While I began teaching group classes in a private studio, I now also teach in private homes, a fitness studio, a college, and an assisted-living facility. As teaching venues and student populations change, I find that my Kripalu training serves me well. And KYTA’s newsletters and CDs keep the teaching fires stoked!

amy stephanik

From: Ventnor, New Jersey
Number of years as a KYTA member: 11+

I teach Kripalu/Pranakriya yoga in Margate, New Jersey, at MYOGA Studio. I enjoy operating MYOGA with a professional, loving, and supportive staff.

The connection I have with Kripalu is close to my heart. I am so blessed that Kripalu has given me the opportunity to choose transformational experiences that continue to open my body, mind, and spirit to new and healthy ways of moving in my life. And I love how KYTA keeps me connected via awesome CDs and e-mails.

maryellen winter

From: Islip, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 1+

I am currently teaching and managing at Embrace Yoga Center, in East Islip, New York, owned by my daughter Carin, who also trained at Kripalu, and has truly been my inspiration. I teach all levels, from beginner to advanced, including many privates.

My training has given me the compassion to offer my students calm and focused teaching so they can leave my class feeling relaxed and uplifted. I am so grateful for the wonderful teachers at Kripalu and to KYTA for giving me this gift to pass on to my students. I look forward to many more opportunities to learn and grow through the wonderful trainings Kripalu offers and the many blessings from my KYTA friends!

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

Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module Two: Yogic Philosophy, Meditation, and Pranayama: Applying Ancient Teachings to the Modern Lifestyle, August 5–14, 2011
Drawing from the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as the lineage of Kripalu Yoga, this module grounds your yoga teaching through in-depth study of yogic philosophy, the experience of contemplative practice and the exploration of pranayama (breathing techniques). Read more.

Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module Four: Working with Special Populations, November 11—20, 2011
How we take yoga out into the world and into our classes, and the variety of what we have to offer, plays a part in determining how successful we are as yoga teachers. Read more.

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