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Dear friends,

Our 20th annual yoga teachers conference is just a few weeks away! I’m particularly excited about a new element we’re introducing to the conference this year: master classes with two fabulous teachers, our own Devarshi Steven Hartman, Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, and Seane Corn, internationally renowned vinyasa flow yoga teacher.

Devarshi’s class is called Kripalu Pure, and offers a unique experience of Kripalu’s transforming three-stage approach to yoga practice, awakening self-awareness and increasing prana and health in the body, mind, and soul. In her Mystics on the Mat class, Seane guides us in transforming our practice into a sacred ritual and connecting deeply with the mystery of grace.

I can’t wait to experience these two amazing instructors, and to connect with all of you, my Kripalu community. As we anticipate coming together in October, I invite you to consider this Forum Question of the Month: How do you build community among your students and fellow teachers?


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association

In her conference workshop, Deepening Your Practice: Interfacing Yoga and Ayurveda, Kripalu senior teacher Sudha Carolyn Lundeen guides participants in an exploration of how the application of Ayurveda’s key principles can radically change the quality and effectiveness of your practice and teaching. 

She reviews these key principles and focuses primarily on the approaches that balance the vata (air/ether) dosha. In today’s fast-moving and often overstimulating culture, vata-balancing practices can serve as a key starting point in creating a sense of stability and equanimity in your life and in the lives of your students.

Get inspired with Kripalu’s new hour-long online classes, taught by senior faculty including Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Devarshi Steven Hartman, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Jurian Hughes, Danny Arguetty, and more.

The seven videos include gentle, restorative, moderate, and vigorous options. Experience all the creativity, inspiration, and empowerment of a Kripalu Yoga class—anytime, anywhere.

When you receive an e-mail from a potential student, 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 Center does protect your e-mail addresses; the addresses on our Find a Teacher 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.
Save the date
The 20th annual Kripalu Yoga Teachers Conference will be held Tuesday, October 4–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 Teacher Training 500-Hour Certification Module Four: Working with Special Populations, November 11–20.
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.

Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module One: Advanced Techniques for Teaching and Assisting Asanas, January 13–22, 2012.
Learn the deeper facets of teaching yoga, from asana and pranayama to the internal practice of stilling the mind and attuning to the multidimensional body, mind, and spirit. Read more.

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