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kripalu yoga in the schools teacher training
pilgrim on the path of love: a centennial celebration of swami kripalu’s birth
ayurvedic self-care for beating the winter blahs
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Dear friends,

We’re writing this just days after the conclusion of the 21st annual yoga teachers conference—and what a conference it was! A total of 192 participants and 33 presenters gathered for four days of connection, inspiration, and celebration. We kicked it off by recognizing seven people who have contributed profoundly to Kripalu over the years in their unique ways: groundskeeper Kevin “Moose” Foran, Dining Hall greeter Jack Glasser, beloved teachers Vidya Carolyn Dell’uomo and Don and Amba Stapleton, former CEO Dinabandhu Sarley, and our own Vandita!

The week also included an ecstatic evening of kirtan with Krishna Das (who Andrew calls “the Bruce Springsteen of kirtan”), workshops and business-of-yoga sessions, and our first-ever YES (Yoga, Education, and Self-Mastery) Talks with William J. Broad, Amy Weintraub, and Jill Shah.

If you were with us this month, we hope you’ve brought home new inspiration and a revitalized sense of your community and calling. If you couldn’t make it, we’ll be sharing as much of the conference with you as possible in the coming months, through video, audio, and the Winter issue of the Yoga Bulletin.

With love,


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association


Andrew Tanner 
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

kripalu yoga in the schools teacher training

Want to enrich the lives of adolescents through the transformative power of yoga? Research reveals that yoga can be a profound vehicle for cultivating self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-expression in adolescents.

Our new Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training uses the Kripalu Yoga methodology to safely and effectively bring yoga to teens. Based on a curriculum developed by Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa of Harvard Medical School for Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, this weeklong training bolsters your skills as a yoga teacher and guides you in gaining tools that can enhance the lives of high school students through yoga.

This new training is open to 200-hour-certified Kripalu Yoga teachers and 200-hour-certified yoga teachers from other Yoga Alliance-approved trainings (with successful completion of our Kripalu Basics home study course).

Consider bringing the gifts of yoga to teens in your community. Our first training is January 25–February 1, 2013.

Get trained to change kids’ lives.

pilgrim on the path of love: a centennial celebration of swami kripalu’s birth
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu will be honored in a unique R&R retreat, January 11–13. Celebrate the richness of the Kripalu lineage with a variety of Kripalu faculty and founding community members, who lead workshops, lectures, yoga classes, and kirtan sessions. This special weekend is designed to capture the spirit and tradition that have inspired practitioners for decades, and link the present-day Kripalu to its spiritual roots and heritage. Watch this space or go to our catalog [page 56] for more information on the celebration and retreat.
ayurvedic self-care for beating the winter blahs

How can we keep up our spirits—and our health—through the long, cold winter? Ayurveda, the holistic-health system that originated in India thousands of years ago, offers a self-care toolkit that can provide just the boost you need. Here are a few tips from Hilary Garivaltis, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

* Avoid cold, raw, or dry foods, as the body craves more moisture and density in winter. Try eating mostly heavier cooked foods, such as hearty soups and stews, and using pungent spices such as cinnamon, mustard seed, pepper, and cayenne.

* To help keep colds and flus at bay, use a neti pot to clear out the sinuses, and keep the nose lubricated with nasya oil—a blend of warming oils such as sesame infused with the essence of eucalyptus or other antibacterial herbs.

* Apply sesame oil after showering, when your skin is still warm and moist, to promote circulation and help combat dry skin.

Find out more about trainings offered by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

program highlights

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training, January 25–February 1, 2013
This weeklong program uses the Kripalu Yoga methodology to safely and effectively bring yoga to teens. See details above.

Foundations of Ayurveda at Sanctuary Stanton in New York City, February 1–December 15, 2013
If you’re looking to enrich your teaching and improve your health by learning more about the philosophy and practice of Ayurveda, this nonresidential training is for you. Taught over 10 weekends, with the final weekend and graduation retreat held at Kripalu, this course also serves as a prerequisite for advanced training in Ayurveda that may lead to certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant or Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher.

Off-Site 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training at NYU, February 14–December 8, 2013
Tell your students, friends, and family about our 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training at New York University's Center for Spiritual Life in New York City. This nonresidential training is offered over eight weekends, culminating in a final weekend and graduation retreat at Kripalu. 

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