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Dear friend,

Gratitude comes in many moments and many forms. It’s in the deep breath you take when you notice the sunset colors of the sky on your drive home from work. It’s in the contentment that envelops you when you take a bite of your favorite fall comfort food, or climb into your cozy bed with a good book. And it’s what makes your heart blossom open when you spend time with loved ones this holiday season—those you see frequently as well as those who are far away but never far from your thoughts.

Sometimes we lose sight of these moments in the bustle of life, especially the busyness at this time of year. I invite you to make time to cultivate gratitude, and to fully embrace those moments of thankfulness when they come upon you unawares. In that spirit, I propose this forum question of the month: Do you have a ritual, reflection, or practice that makes your holiday season more meaningful? 


Vandita Kate Marchesiello
Director, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association

Take advantage of your member discounts in the Kripalu Shop when you do your holiday shopping. KYTA members receive 20% off all KYTA products and select Kripalu products; 10% off all yoga- and Ayurveda-related items; 10% off yoga tools, props, mats, bags, straps, and bolsters; and 10% off Banyan, Organic India, Sarada, and Tarika health and beauty products. So many fabulous gift ideas!

Order from the Kripalu Shop online or call 888-399-1332 (be sure to have your yoga teacher ID# handy). If you’re in-house, stop by the shop and receive your discount by showing your KYTA nametag to the salesperson.

Those with a current wholesale for resale license are entitled to 20–40% off merchandise that will be used for resale. To establish a new wholesale account, e-mail the shop.
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.

sandra h.

From: Preston, Connecticut
Number of years as a KYTA member: 6+

I have been teaching yoga since 2005 to many diverse groups, including seniors, corporate employees, gym members, and prison inmates. I completed my 500-hour training at Kripalu in 2010 and will continue to be first a student, then a teacher.

Yoga has taught me so much about myself and life. I love witnessing my students’ “aha” moments, and seeing the calm wave of presence that washes over them. Kripalu is a second home for me, where I can let go and be with like-minded people. I am proud to be a KYTA member and encourage everyone to make the trip to the Berkshires!

ann s.

From: Homosassa, Florida
Number of years as a KYTA member: 12+

I finished YTT in 1999 and received my 500-hour certification in 2004. In 2005, my husband and I retired to Florida’s Nature Coast, where I currently teach six weekly classes of varying intensity, from chair yoga to vigorous yoga. Now that I live a long way from Kripalu, the “yoga home” connection is even more important.

The KYTA dues are affordable, the KTYA membership benefits are great, and the friendly voice in the KYTA office is my touchstone to Kripalu!

nicole s.

From: Ithaca, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 1

I completed the 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher training in 2010 and now teach private and group classes in Ithaca, New York, at Sunrise Yoga Center and Cornell University. I also provide instruction to athletic groups, including the Cornell women’s cross-country team and the Ithaca College women’s swim team.

As a member of KYTA, I especially enjoy the opportunities to return to Kripalu for less.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 500-Hour: Module One: Advanced Techniques for Teaching and Assisting Asanas, January 13–22, 2012

Learn the deeper facets of teaching yoga, from asana and pranayama to the internal practice of stilling the mind and attuning to the multidimensional body, mind, and spirit. Read more.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 500-Hour: Module Two: Yogic Philosophy, Meditation, and Pranayama: Applying Ancient Teachings to the Modern Lifestyle, May 11–20, 2012

Drawing from the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as the lineage of Kripalu Yoga, this module grounds your yoga teaching through in-depth study of yogic philosophy, the experience of contemplative practice, and the exploration of pranayama (breathing techniques). Read more.

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