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the lineage lives
We are the energy of Shiva,
the vastness of the real,
the open space of silence beyond mind.
We are timeless truth creating itself anew.

The lineage lives in each of us who
choose to embody its universal themes
and give shape and texture to its dreams.

—Danna Faulds, Limitless

Read more from Danna in the Winter Yoga Bulletin.

Dear friend,

I met Swami Kripalu—or Bapuji, as he is affectionately known—on the day he arrived in the United States: May 20, 1977. Spending two years with him at the Kripalu ashram in Pennsylvania laid the foundation for the rest of my adult life. His teachings pierced my heart with the arrow of love, service, and surrender, and for that I am eternally grateful.

At this time of year, when gratitude is often at the forefront of our minds and our lives as we gather with family, I pay homage and bow deeply to this loving man who spoke the truth about life and taught us what is most important in cultivating peace within us and harmony around us: love.

In the winter issue of the Yoga Bulletin, we bring you inspiration from Swami Kripalu as well as reminiscences from those who knew him, including an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Vidya Carolyn Dell’uomo (check out the sneak peek below). We also provide you with links to books and articles on Swami Kripalu’s teachings, as well as a YouTube video that allows you to hear from the man himself. Swami Kripalu will also be honored at the 2011 KYTA Conference, October 4–7, through keynotes and workshops with those who knew him well.

May your holiday season be filled with love and peace!


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, Director

an excerpt from the forthcoming book Sitting with Swami Kripalu: Seven Teachings to Last a Spiritual Lifetime, by Vidya Carolyn Dell’uomo
On a sticky, hot Sunday in 1981, I was asked to drive Bapuji from the original Kripalu ashram in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania, to our second ashram in Summit Station, located an hour or so away. The invitation shocked me. It was at a time in which my self-esteem as a spiritual seeker was at an all-time low. With so much to live up to—love, service, surrender, daily practice, kind communication, fervor for the path—I was convinced that I must be living someone else’s journey, not my own. I just wasn’t, in my own estimation, “good enough” to be on the path. To be asked to drive our esteemed spiritual grandfather felt way out of sync with my worth. 

Eventually I consented, realizing the auspiciousness of such an opportunity. I readied myself in the traditional white sari we wore in those days, and prepared to drive Amrit Desai’s long, yacht-like maroon Cadillac to Muktidham (“house of liberation”). This was the hut we had built exclusively for Bapuji, a secluded place in which he did long hours of silent sadhana. As I’m only five feet, two inches tall, my feet barely touched the gas and brake pedals as I drove the luxury car (as if I wasn’t shaky enough).

To read more, download the Winter Yoga Bulletin.

For this month’s Yoga Bulletin, we interviewed Edi Pasalis (at left), project leader for the development of Kripalu’s evidence-based yoga curriculum. The curriculum is being designed for use in yoga research projects and to bring yoga to those who haven't yet experienced it.

In light of the wonderful individuality of our teachers, we asked Edi what “standardized” really means in the context of Kripalu Yoga. Here’s what she said:

“When you hear the phrase ‘standardized yoga curriculum,’ the first thing that might come into your head is something like Bikram Yoga or Ashtanga, where there’s a very explicit sequence of postures that you never deviate from, and there’s a script for how you speak to those postures, and a certain temperature you have to have in the room—it’s all very, very precise. This curriculum is not built around that kind of standardization. We have an agenda for the course as a whole, for each session, and we have suggested off-the-mat exercises like co-listening. We also offer support for the development of each weeks theme and a basic plan for the asana and pranayama introduced. We want to honor the needs of the participants for a transformative experience and, as teachers, we know we must to respond to who is in the room, so we are creating that flexibility for teachers. We are going to be identifying key teaching points, or key learning points, for each session, but we will not be scripting what teachers need to say or forcing a teacher to speak something that is outside their own experience.”

Read more of the interview with Edi Pasalis in the Winter Yoga Bulletin.

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