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kripalu yoga in the schools receives nida grant
a port in the storm
ayurveda for the morning after the holiday
referral raffle winners
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The 2012/13 issue of impact, Kripalu’s magazine for patrons and friends, features an in-depth look at yoga research at Kripalu, personal stories from Kripalu Yoga teachers serving populations around the world, an update on our Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, and much more.

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Have you visited Thrive, the Kripalu blog, lately? You’ll find a wealth of inspiration for your teaching and personal practice, including reflections on living a fulfilled life from Stephen Cope; thoughts from Aruni Nan Futuronsky on falling off the mat, and much more.

Dear friends,

At a time of year when we cultivate gratitude and stop to count the blessings we receive from family and friends, I want to take a moment to acknowledge someone who has been absolutely pivotal in the development of Kripalu Professionals Association and Kripalu as a whole—our own Vandita Kate Marchesiello.

Vandita became the director of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association in 2000, and successfully ran the KYTA conference for 11 years, bringing our far-flung graduates into a warm and inspiring community of kindred spirits. She created the Kripalu Affiliate Studios network and founded the Teaching for Diversity grant program, which supports yoga teachers to bring yoga to underserved populations around the world. And she did it all with grace, humor, and an open, loving heart!

As Vandita moves into her new role, which focuses on Kripalu's diversity outreach initiatives, I offer her my gratitude and admiration on behalf of all of us who have benefited from her tireless dedication to supporting the right livelihood of yoga teachers, and her passion for sharing the light of yoga with the world. Thank you, Vandita!

With love,



Andrew Tanner
Director, Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

kripalu yoga in the schools receives nida grant
The Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL)’s Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The funding will support a study on yoga’s impact on middle-school students, particularly in the area of substance-abuse prevention. Led by IEL researcher Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa of Harvard Medical School, the project will commence with a pilot run in a Boston school in the spring of 2013, and will be fully up and running next fall. The study also creates teaching opportunities for Kripalu Yoga teachers who have been trained in the KYIS curriculum.

Find out about the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools training, January 25–February 1, 2013.

Contact us to learn more about teaching opportunities with the IEL.

a port in the storm
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one Kripalu Affiliate Studio became a place of refuge for the community, in more ways than one. Joan Dwyer, owner of All That Matters in Wakefield, Rhode Island, writes:

Our electricity was out for a day and half but, in every other shop on Main Street, it was down for four or more days. Everyone was walking in asking why we had electricity—we just looked up and smiled. (Later, we found out our line comes from a different road.) Though we had electricity, we didn’t have phone or Internet service, so some staff members worked from home or coffee shops to post on the web and check e-mails, while, at the studio, we had to go back to “old school” registration on paper. Our staff showed true flexibility and dedication.

Folks stopped by to wash up and power up but, more importantly, to do yoga. Our students were really appreciative that we were open and running classes. The world was literally whirling around, and many felt unstable. They thanked us as they left, saying how good and grounded they felt. We were able to be the calm in the storm.

Visit All That Matters online.

ayurveda for the morning after the holiday
This time of year reminds us to be thankful for our bounty—but can leave us a little less thankful the day after consuming lots of that bounty! Keep Thanksgiving—and your digestive system—full of grace with these simple Ayurvedic practices.

• Plan the main meal of the day between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Like the heat of the sun, the digestive system is strongest in the middle of the day.

• To stoke the digestive fires, sip ginger tea throughout the day and/or add fresh black pepper to your food.

• After you eat, lie on your left side for 15 minutes, allowing the food to descend easily into the stomach; follow this with a refreshing walk to enhance the effect.

• The morning after the big meal, consume a light breakfast of cooked fruit with ginger and cinnamon, or simply drink ginger tea until your appetite returns.

Watch a video and learn more about the Kripalu School of Ayurveda trainings.

referral raffle winners
Each quarter, KYTA has a raffle—picking three winners from the pool of KYTA members who have referred someone to Kripalu.

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 toward 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.

Deanna Beyer
From: Delmar, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 5+

I teach yoga classes in the Albany area—on the mat, in the water, on a chair, at the local psychiatric center—and every day I meet people whose lives have been changed by yoga. It may not always look like traditional yoga, but I always include the yamas, niyamas, asanas, and pranayama, as well as study of the chakras and chanting. The students are always radiant and, even as they thank me with a warm Namaste, I know that they will never realize how blessed I am to receive the joy and love they give back. It is an honor to teach and share Kripalu Yoga. KYTA has offered fantastic support, and I’ve been fortunate to receive a Kripalu scholarship to continue my training as an Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher. Thank you, Kripalu, KYTA, and all my beautiful students!

Janet Love
From: Midland, Michigan/Al Kobar, Saudi Arabia
Number of years as a KYTA member: 5+

I teach yoga to expatriates in Al Kobar, Saudi Arabia, where I relocated with my husband for his work. I have used my yoga “off the mat” quite frequently to cope with the huge transition from my old environment to the new. This has been a wonderful place to practice my BRFWA! I have also been aware of being a “vata girl” in a very hot and dry place, and am using my latest KYTA CD on Ayurveda to help me keep in balance. I always look forward to those little gifts that come in the mail four times a year!

Sue Mortimer
From: Flanders, New Jersey
Number of years as a KYTA member: 10+

KYTA has been an incredible tool that has supported me as a yoga teacher and as a student. Kripalu Yoga helped me survive the breakup of my 37-year marriage and then the passing of my father. It helped me get through tornado warnings, a blizzard, a tropical storm (Irene), and a flood, all in the fall of 2011—as well as Hurricane Sandy this month. Although you don’t need disasters in your life to reap the benefits of yoga, somehow the harder times are what make me really appreciate having yoga and the Kripalu community in my life.

program highlights

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 500-Hour Certification Module: Therapeutic Approaches to Yoga
January 11–20, 2013
How we take yoga out into the world and into our classes, and the variety of what we have to offer, plays a part in determining how successful we are as yoga teachers. This module focuses on developing skills for working one-on-one and for meeting individual needs in a group environment.

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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