in this issue
longtime kripalu leader and teacher appointed ceo
remembering yoga scholar georg feuerstein
foundations of ayurveda in nyc
program highlights
next month at the kyta conference, october 9–12:
Don’t miss our panel discussion, Yoga and Sexual Energy Historically and Today, featuring New York Times science journalist William J. Broad, sexologist Amy Levine, and senior yoga faculty, moderated by Stephen Cope.
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Dear friends,

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but September brings its own satisfactions, particularly that sense of settling in and diving deep into life and work. As splashes of red and yellow begin to dot the Berkshire hills, we’re busily preparing for the KYTA Conference in October, which we’ve designed with your life and work in mind.

Along with a wide range of workshops offered by some of your favorite teachers, we’re particularly excited about our new series of YES talks, featuring speakers on yoga, education, and self-mastery. And you won’t want to miss the Business of Yoga Pre-conference with KSYA director Andrew Tanner and guest speakers, who share tools and tips for building a flourishing yoga business.

On this 40th anniversary of Kripalu Yoga in the West, we look forward to celebrating with music, dance, and community—our sangha, our calling, and the gift of yoga that together we bring to the world.

See you at our 21st annual Yoga Teachers Conference, October 9–12!

With love,


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association


Andrew Tanner 
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

longtime kripalu leader and teacher appointed ceo
We are thrilled to welcome Richard Faulds (Shobhan), MA, JD, who came on board as Kripalu’s Chief Executive Officer on August 27. Shobhan is a dedicated practitioner of yoga and meditation whose commitment to Kripalu spans more than 30 years. He served as Kripalu’s President from 1998–2002, when Kripalu started its national retreat center business, and has acted as Chair of Kripalu’s Board of Trustees as well as General Counsel. He is also a member of the Kripalu faculty who regularly teaches programs to guests and staff, and the author of four books about the Kripalu Yoga tradition.

We also extend our appreciation to outgoing CEO David Surrenda, PhD, whose accomplishments during his tenure here include expanding Kripalu’s programming through digital delivery and strategic partnerships, hiring a talented and experienced executive team, and planning major improvements to the physical facility and grounds.

“While requiring ever new strategies and tactics, the heart of Kripalu—its dedication to promoting yoga as a way to uplift and transform individuals and society—has not changed since its inception,” Faulds said. “And it’s this climate of possibility that propels Kripalu forward today.”

Read Shobhan’s full bio.

remembering yoga scholar georg feuerstein

Georg Feuerstein, a highly regarded scholar of Hinduism and founder of the Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC), died on August 25 at age 65. Georg began his study of yoga at age 17, when he left his hometown in Germany to study with an Indian yogi in the Black Forest. He is the author of more than 40 books as well as translations of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Georg founded YREC in 1996 with the goals of assembling a comprehensive database of yoga research, and educating the public through workshops and conferences. At his request, a scholarship fund has been established in his honor to enable incarcerated people the opportunity to participate in YREC’s distance-learning courses.

foundations of ayurveda in nyc

For the first time, the Kripalu School of Ayurveda is offering its comprehensive Foundations of Ayurveda certification course off-site at Sanctuary Stanton in New York City. Taught over nine weekends beginning February 1, 2013, this course serves yoga teachers and practitioners in New York City and the surrounding area who want to enrich their teaching and enhance their health by learning more about the philosophy and practice of Ayurveda. The Foundations course also serves as a prerequisite for advanced training in Ayurveda that may lead to certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant or Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.

Find out more about this program and other Ayurveda trainings and certifications.

program highlights

KYTA Conference 2012: Celebrating 40 Years of Kripalu Yoga in the West, October 9–12
Exceptional faculty. Unique sangha sessions. And our new series of YES Talks, bringing you innovative thinkers in the worlds of yoga, education, and self-mastery. 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.

Off-Site 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at NYU, February 14–December 8, 2013
Join us for our first-ever 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at New York University’s Center for Spiritual Life in New York City. This non-residential training will be offered over eight weekends during 2013, culminating in a final weekend and graduation retreat at Kripalu.

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