benefit highlight: kripalu shop discounts
• 20% off all KYTA products and select Kripalu products
• 10% off all yoga- and Ayurveda-related audio, print, and visual items to enhance your yoga teaching or Ayurvedic practice
•10% off all yoga tools, props, mats, bags, straps, and bolsters
•10% off Banyan, Organic India, Sarada, and Tarika health and beauty products
national yoga month: get involved!
September is National Yoga Month, coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation to educate the public about the benefits of yoga. Yoga teachers and studios are encouraged to offer free events and classes, and can be listed on the foundation’s searchable database.
Find out how you can get involved.
As summer draws to a close, we turn our focus on the upcoming KYTA Conference, October 8–11. This year’s conference invites you, as yoga teachers and practitioners, to deepen your practice, engage in the study of yogic philosophy, and find ways to bring yoga to your community. We’re excited to create a space for you to congregate in the spirit of kula, or gathering, to support the mission of empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. We have brought together a dynamic group of teachers who will inform, inspire, and ignite your passion for yoga and encourage you on your
path. I look forward to seeing you!
Director, Kripalu Schools of
Yoga and Ayurveda
the season of pitta, part two
by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern
As August rolls on, pitta aggravation is in full force for many of us. The hot, moist/oily, light, spreading, penetrating, and pungent qualities of the summer season have settled into the body and mind, creating dis-ease. When pitta is in balance, it brings about courage, leadership, steady digestion and elimination, a good sense of humor, love, and luminosity. When not balanced, it can show up as skin irritations, acid indigestion, anger, frustration, and irritability. Try the following for balancing pitta during the last blast of summer:
• If your skin is reacting to the heat, apply a thin layer of coconut oil followed by a lukewarm shower.
• To cool the skin and eyes, keep a bottle of rosewater nearby and spritz your face and skin regularly.
• Favor sweet, bitter, and astringent foods: Fresh green vegetables, basmati rice, coconut water, sweet apples, ripe bananas, watermelon, cucumbers, and cilantro are all terrific for cooling the hot belly.
• Avoid overly salty, oily, fried, and spicy foods, including onions, garlic, processed, and canned foods.
• To calm irritation, try the cooling practice of sitali or sitkari pranayama. For sitali, curl the sides of the tongue together so it looks like a hot dog roll. Inhale through the curled tongue. On the exhale, flip the tongue up so the tip touches the hard palate, while exhaling through the nose. For sitkari, simply allow the tongue to float in the mouth while the teeth lightly touch. Inhale through the mouth, spreading the lips away from the teeth. On the exhale, flip the tongue up so the tip touches the hard palate, while exhaling through the nose.
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.
From: Guilford, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 3+
I am the owner of and a teacher at Black Horse Yoga Studio in Guilford, and a graduate of the 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. Recently, I fractured the bones in my lower leg, requiring surgery, plates, and eight screws, which turned my active life upside down. Six weeks into the recovery period, I’ve had time to reflect on many things, and I believe the most profound shift in my life was becoming a yoga teacher. The tools that we receive in trainings at Kripalu prepare us for everything in life, and have helped me stay strong, resilient, and loving. Nothing beats the information and resources KYTA offers, which always seems to fit perfectly into my life at that moment. Thank you for guiding me on this path.
From: Grosse Point Farms, Michigan
Number of years as a KYTA member: 1+
In June 2012, I took the 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training with the most amazing group of people. I was turning 60, with two prosthetic knees and an arthritic shoulder, and was afraid I couldn’t do it. Graduating with my certification was truly an auspicious moment in my life. I learned to trust myself and others, and gained a deeper understanding beyond the physical realm of yoga. Now, teaching yoga to others who are looking for a gentle approach is my favorite—and most motivational—part of my life. I'm based in the Midwest, and KYTA keeps me connected to my yoga sangha.
From: Norton, Ohio
Number of years as a KYTA member: 11+
I’m a licensed massage therapist as well as a certified Kripalu Yoga, YogaDance®, and tai chi instructor. Being a KYTA member brings a smile to my heart every time I go to the mailbox and find a new DVD or CD, especially the music! I’ve used the music CDs to get my seniors yoga class moving into greater bone density, balance, and bliss.