in this issue
the season of vata
front of the mat: highlighting our faculty and staff
program highlights
benefit highlights
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kyta conference 2013: united in community, philosophy, and practice
Our 22nd Annual Yoga Teachers Conference, October 8–11, was infused with new perspectives and a return to Kripalu’s roots. Throughout three days of workshops and events, yoga teachers from across the country connected in the spirit of sangha. Read more about the conference in the December issue of the Yoga Bulletin, and watch this space for updates about new CDs and resource materials dedicated to the foundations of Kripalu Yoga. The 2014 KYTA conference is scheduled for October 14–17.
Dear friends,

As the autumn foliage reaches its peak, I can’t help but feel awestruck by the incredible beauty of nature all around. Yet below this colorful canopy of change lies the firmament of earth and the majesty of the Berkshires—the foundation that steadfastly supports the shifting seasons.

Similarly, the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda are focused on the foundational principles that serve as the basis of our transformative curriculum. As we refine our yoga teacher trainings, we’ve created a standard posture sequence, developed an expansive database of instructional photos and videos, and enhanced our professional marketing services for yoga teachers. Our new CDs and resources will be available in early 2014.

We’re grateful for the wise guidance of former CEO Shobhan Richard Faulds, who now steps into the role of interim Vice President of Yoga Development. As we bid farewell to Hilary Garivaltis, our esteemed Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, we note that—among her many achievements—our most recent Foundations of Ayurveda program had record-level enrollment. With Hilary’s guidance—and in conjunction with our world-class faculty—we plan to expand our roster of certifications and training programs.

As you navigate through transformation, both in your practice and in the world, we welcome you to return to Kripalu, as many of you did this month for the 22nd Annual Yoga Teachers Conference. For me, these rolling hills have always offered both a safe haven and a launch from which to soar.


Jai Bhagwan,
Micah Mortali
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

the season of vata
  
As we shift from the hot, humid summer into crisp, cool autumn, there is a palpable change in energy. In Ayurveda, fall is governed by the vata dosha, comprised of air and ether. Vata season brings the hustle and bustle of back-to-school and busy schedules, along with cool nights and sun-warmed days. Fall is characterized by dryness, mobility, lightness, and coolness. If our lifestyle mirrors these qualities, we risk depleting our ojas—our “fluid of life.” But if we introduce the opposing qualities, we can enhance our ojas. For autumn, think nourishing, warm, grounding practices, and foods to prepare the body for winter. Here are some simple tips to support balance during vata season.
  • Choose grounding foods such as sweet potatoes; moist, warming grains and soups; organic oils and ghee; and natural, high-quality sweeteners (i.e., maple syrup or raw honey).
  • Integrate warming and carminative (gas-relieving) spices (such as cinnamon, cumin, ginger, salt, cloves, mustard seed, black pepper, cardamom, and basil) into your cooking.
  • Avoid dry, raw, and undercooked foods.
  • Practice waking up at sunrise and going to bed at the same time every night, maintaining eight hours of restful sleep.
  • Do self-massage daily with warm sesame oil, paying extra attention to the feet.
  • Eat meals at the same time daily: ideally, breakfast between 7:00 and 8:30 am, lunch between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and dinner between 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Make lunch your biggest meal and dinner your smallest.
  • Avoid overstimulation. Take time daily for reflection and stillness.

by Sarajean Rudman, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern

front of the mat: highlighting our faculty and staff
  
In this issue of Sangha, we introduce a new feature highlighting the KSYA faculty and staff, who anchor Kripalu’s mission: to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

Larissa Hall Carlson, RYT 500, teaches yoga and Ayurveda at Kripalu and across the country. She also works with elite musicians, incorporating tools such as meditation and pranayama to reduce performance anxiety.

“I teach because I believe that yoga and Ayurveda offer tools for healing ourselves—both individually and holistically,” says Larissa. “I’m most inspired by the simple and subtle tools that bring students back to themselves. When they dive inside and reconnect, they no longer rely on seeking external answers; instead, these ancient techniques can help guide them to be self-accountable and to reach their inner teacher.”

Check out upcoming programs and trainings with Larissa.

program highlights
Kripalu Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training: Module Two: Exploring the Energy Body: Teaching Pranayama and Meditation, February 21–March 2, 2014, with Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) and Larissa Hall Carlson
This module explores the modern-day applications of pranayama, inner stillness, and yogic philosophy, focusing on the energetics of yoga as expressed in breath practice, meditation, and daily life. You learn not just to articulate the technology of each technique, but also have an understanding of the effects of these transformative practices on the body, mind, and spirit—as well as an understanding of the philosophy from which these techniques originate.


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