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Dear reader,

This month brings not only the turning of the leaves, but also another transition: the arrival of Kripalu’s new CEO, chosen after a national search by a committee of Kripalu Trustees and staff. David Surrenda joined us on a part-time basis this month, and will be on site full-time by January 1, succeeding the current executive team of Dinabandhu and Ila Sarley.

We look back with gratitude on Dinabandhu and Ila’s work in significantly expanding both Kripalu’s physical plant (with the addition of the Annex building) and its mission—and we look forward with excitement to David’s tenure, which will bring with it an increased focus on mission-impact projects, building on our current efforts to take yoga outside the walls of Kripalu through efforts such as our Teaching for Diversity program.

Learn more about David below!


David Surrenda, PhD, will be Kripalu’s next Chief Executive Officer. A longtime innovator, entrepreneur, and specialist in integrating holistic principles into the workplace, David has been Director of the Leadership Edge since 1987, a consulting firm specializing in the challenges of executive leadership in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. An early advocate for whole-person education informed by spiritual values, David was the founding Dean of the Graduate School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in California from 1977–1985. David has been a yoga practitioner since the 1970s and remains a dedicated practitioner of various spiritual approaches and disciplines.

David says, “I am excited by education that helps people reach their full potential and embrace wholeness. I feel called to re-engage in hands on institutional leadership with Kripalu at a time when my skills, style, and capacities are needed to take the organization to the next level.” A collaborator and skilled whole-systems thinker who facilitated the expansion of transpersonal psychology in American universities, David arrives at a time of opportunity and forward momentum for Kripalu, as it seeks to build on its sound legacy and foundation to expand yoga’s impact on the world.
Each quarter, KYTA has a raffle—picking three winners from the pool of KYTA members who have referred someone to Kripalu Center. 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 to 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.

Robert Gibbs  
Joan Mabie

From: Swansea, Massachusetts
Number of years as a KYTA member: 17+

I am a married mother of two, and my passion for yoga is a reflection of my passion for life. I share my experiences both on and off the mat to bring strength, flexibility, and mindfulness to my teaching. I strive to bring enthusiasm, hope, and joyfulness to my life and the lives of those I meet.

My yoga teaching has allowed me to take part in assisting thousands of people to improve the quality of their life through healthy lifestyle choices. I have taught a wide range of students, from Boston University medical residents to emotionally challenged adolescent boys. My background also includes training at Boston University in human movement, a holistic approach of uniting body, mind, and spirit that was a natural fit for my transition to teaching yoga.

Kathleen Gordon  
Aida Neves

From: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Number of years as a KYTA member: 13+

My practice of yoga began in 1979 and, through the years, it has been shaped and adapted to envelop and support whatever phase I am at in my life. As a Kripalu teacher, I have been blessed with the knowledge, confidence, and life experience to share with my students my passion for all that celebrates life! 

Today, I teach a variety of yoga classes each week, direct Kripalu Yoga teacher training programs, and lead yoga retreats and workshops. Both of my children are also Kripalu Yoga teachers and members of KYTA. We love returning to Kripalu again and again as a way to refill our wells. KYTA enables us to stay connected and be continuously inspired in the presence of like-minded souls.

Nina Lipkowitz  
Sharon Hills-Bonczyk

From: Minneapolis, MN
Number of years as a KYTA member: ~1

A yoga practitioner for more than 30 years, I am currently the owner of 5809 YOGA, a small neighborhood yoga studio near my home in southwest Minneapolis. My training includes 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification as well as the study of Iyengar Yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda.

I have a master’s degree in community health education and spent 15 years in management for organizations including Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Family Resource Center. I ran a school district camp clinic in Michigan for five years and taught birth and parenting classes for more than a decade. My personal experience with cancer, combined with 15 years as a leader in health care, have given me the insight, knowledge, and skills to help people reconnect with and celebrate their inherent wholeness.

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