in this issue
krishna das in concert at kyta conference 2012
referral raffle winners
program highlights
benefit highlights
the seva cd series needs you!
Get your music out into the world while supporting the Teaching for Diversity fund. Kripalu Professional Associations' Seva CD series includes tracks ranging from deeply meditative to joyously exuberant.

Do you have a song or instrumental track that might be a perfect fit for the next Seva CD? We want to hear it!

benefit highlight: 15% off and free shipping at Sivana Spirit
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Dear friends,

This month’s Sangha focuses on one of our longest-running membership benefits. Not only does the Referral Raffle offer a great bonus for the winners—12 of them each year—it’s also a way to keep spreading the word and bringing the gifts of yoga to more people around the country. Get the details below—and meet three members of our KYTA community!

With “spreading the word” in mind, we invite you to join a discussion with your fellow teachers on this Forum Question of the Month: What are some of the most successful ways you’ve generated interest and excitement around your studio, teaching, or workshops? Share your stories of combining marketing and community building—we’d love to hear them!

Speaking of community, we look forward to seeing you at KYTA Conference 2012 in October. Check out the video below to get a sneak preview of our evening with Krishna Das.


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Professional Associations


Andrew Tanner 
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

krishna das in concert at kyta conference 2012
Among the many highlights of this year’s KYTA Conference, which celebrates 40 years of Kripalu Yoga in the West, is a special evening kirtan with beloved recording artist and kirtan master Krishna Das. He’ll energize our sangha with an evening of soulful chanting and tales from 1960s India. Known to friends, family, and fans as KD, Krishna Das is a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time. He’s a pioneer in weaving together modern grooves and melodies with classical Hindu kirtan. View the video to feel the power of his voice and spirit.

Register for Kripalu's 21st Annual Yoga Teachers Conference: Celebrating 40 Years of Kripalu Yoga in the West, October 9–12.

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.

Hilary Currer

From: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Number of years as a KYTA member: 5+

I am an avid wildlife photographer, which serves as a wonderful complement to my yoga practice. On a recent canoe trip in Africa, on the banks of the Zambezi River, I enjoyed sharing my early-morning practice with our two guides. I was also a guest yoga instructor at the Sat Chit Anand Spiritual Retreat Centre in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. At home in Ontario, I teach at the Clarity Yoga Centre and also have a home studio. My KYTA membership keeps me current, and I find the CDs invaluable for my personal practice and in providing music for my classes.

Susan Littlefield

From: Block Island, Rhode Island
Number of years as a KYTA member: 15+

I have been teaching yoga year-round on Block Island for 15 years, and I also incorporate yoga and mindfulness into my counseling practice. I love bringing Kripalu Yoga into schools, poetry and Sufi conferences, rite-of-passage retreats, and, most importantly, my work with the dying. For half of my 30 years of island life, I have been a KYTA member, which has provided a lifeline of connection, information, and support. 

Sheila Magalhaes

From: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Number of years as a KYTA member: 19+

With certifications from both Kripalu Yoga and the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, I have been offering “something for every body” at my studio, Heartsong, for more than 18 years. Heartsong has maintained strong ties to Kripalu and KYTA since 1993, and we regularly organize group visits to Kripalu. I am especially proud of the Heartsong students who have gone to Kripalu for teacher training, returning to shine their love and light in our community.

program highlights

Catch up with Kripalu faculty at the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain in Bondville, Vermont, for four days of yoga, music, and nature, June 21–24. Larissa Hall Carlson, Jovinna Chan, Hilary Garivaltis, Devarshi Steven Hartman, Grace Jull, Jay Karlinksi, Coby Kozlowski, Steven Leonard, and Micah Mortali are among the featured presenters. Performers include Ziggy Marley, MC Yogi, and Ani DiFranco.

Haven’t signed up yet for KYTA Conference 2012, October 9–12? Register now to ensure your choice of workshops, and check out our community sessions and special events.


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