in this issue
ayurveda in bloom
referral raffle winners
program highlights
benefit highlights
work exchange opportunity for yoga teachers in puerto rico
Casa Grande Mountain Retreat in Utuado, Puerto Rico, founded by KYTA member Steven Weingarten, is seeking a yoga teacher for August 1–13. The teacher pays for air and ground transportation and leads no more than two classes per day in exchange for room and board. For more information, write to Steve, or go to
benefit highlight: kripalu yoga brochures
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beware of scam e-mails
When you receive an e-mail from a potential student or client, watch for signs that may indicate the message is a scam: odd wording, numerous typos, and/or a request for personal or financial information. If it looks like a scam, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The addresses on our Find a Practitioner search page have been obfuscated to prevent harvesting by spambots.
Dear friend,

Summertime, and the living is easy here at Kripalu, where we’re eating fresh local produce, cooling off in Lake Mahkeenac, and getting excited about the upcoming KYTA conference in October (more about that at left). In other good news, the Kripalu School of Ayurveda is coming up roses (well, actually tulsi, fennel, and more), and we have three more Referral Raffle winners to announce. Happy reading, and happy summer!


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Professional Associations


Andrew Tanner 
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

ayurveda in bloom
Here on the Kripalu campus, the ancient healing art of Ayurveda is given form and color in our beautiful Ayurvedic garden. Planted by our graduating Kripalu School of Ayurveda class in the spring and harvested by the new class in the fall, the garden contains more than 30 medicinal and culinary herbs, ranging from tulsi and ashwagandha to parsley and fennel. Located between the Annex and Shadowbrook, it’s both a meditation garden and a teaching garden for KSA classes. Check it out next time you’re at Kripalu!

If you’re intrigued by Ayurveda and want to know more, Foundations of Ayurveda, offered in two sessions this fall, will introduce you to this fascinating art and science. Our teaching methodology provides a unique mix of didactic education and experiential sessions, and allows you to practice the teachings in your own life through at-home study assignments between sessions. Discover your own natural rhythms and sources of wisdom in this comprehensive program that can lead to certification as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist or Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant.

Find out more about Foundations of Ayurveda.

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.


Diane Fine

From: Ithaca, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 10+

Since completing YTT in 1994, I have been actively teaching yoga classes, and loving it! I own Fine Spirit Studio, a vibrant yoga and dance studio in Ithaca. I specialize in Prenatal Yoga and Couples Birth Preparation, and offer workshops to the community. I also coordinate the Group Fitness Program at the Cornell University Fitness Centers, which includes supervising a dynamic and well-balanced yoga program. KYTA reminds me of how much I love and value the Kripalu approach to yoga.

Jacqueline Shaw-Heller

From: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Number of years as a KYTA member: 3+

I have been practicing yoga for 13 years, teaching for eight, and Kripalu-certified for four. I currently teach six to eight classes each week at the fitness center in my community, with students who range from yoga novices to senior citizens. The wonderful thing about Kripalu Yoga is that it works for everyone. I love the way my KYTA membership keeps me connected to the Kripalu community. I love it when a new student finds me through the directory, comes to class, and then visits Kripalu. Starting others on their personal yoga journey is my favorite part about teaching. 

Stephanie Guitar

From: Mactaquac, New Brunswick, Canada
Number of years as a KYTA member: 6+

Along with massage therapy and yoga teaching, my background includes personal training, group fitness, and 10 years as a Pilates instructor. My passion for teaching yoga lies in the therapeutic application of Yin Yoga and functional anatomy. As the owner of SATORI Centre for Well-Being, I teach 200- and 500-hour Satori Yoga teacher training programs. I continue to study with my primary teacher, Paul Grilley, and have also trained in TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Dr. David Bercelli. My most recent accomplishment has been successfully completing my training with the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and I look forward to expanding my clinical practice to include Ayurvedic consultations this summer. 

program highlights

KYTA Conference 2012, October 9–12: Exceptional faculty. Unique sangha sessions. Sixteen workshops to further your education and enhance your teaching. Business of yoga sessions. And our new series of YES Talks, bringing you innovative thinkers in the worlds of yoga, education, and self-mastery. Check out our 21st Annual Yoga Teachers Conference: Celebrating 40 Years of Kripalu Yoga in the West.

This year, Kripalu Professional Associations members who attend the conference will receive free CECs (continuing education credits) for Yoga Alliance; in order to redeem this benefit, mention it when registering.



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