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Kripalu's Mission

To empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

Kripalu was formed in 1966 to promote yoga and uplift the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of individuals. For more than 40 years, Kripalu has remained a place where people come together to deeply inquire into the core issues of life, explore new and healthier ways of being, and put inspiration into practice.

Kripalu’s vision is to build an awakened, compassionate, and connected world. From our point of view, a connected world is a critical challenge of our time and the answer to many of our societal problems. The only way we can address the complexity of our personal lives and society as a whole is for more of us to explore, understand, and experience what it means to live an integrated life.

Kripalu’s mission remains empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. The techniques of yoga integrate body, mind, and spirit, helping both individuals and groups flourish.

While grounded in yoga, Kripalu does not espouse a narrow or sectarian mindset. According to the Kripalu tradition, yoga is an inquiry into all practices, philosophies, techniques, and approaches that produce thriving. This includes teachings from the perennial wisdom gleaned from all the world’s spiritual traditions, together with the knowledge gained from science, psychology, and contemporary researchers. It also includes healing techniques drawn from traditional, allopathic, and complementary/alternative medicine.

As an institution, Kripalu is dedicated to yoga as a rigorous and nondogmatic inquiry into the core issues of life. This frees us from fears, fantasies, and distortions and produces positive ways of being. To support this, Kripalu operates in accord with a set of core values that includes integrity, presence, inquiry, service, compassion, and practice.

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Kripalu’s Mission in Action

Kripalu’s mission is expressed through many long-established activities and several exciting initiatives. Here is an overview of Kripalu’s current focus:

Programs and R&R Retreats

Kripalu offers a curriculum of more than 700 educational programs and retreats attended by nearly 40,000 individuals each year. Kripalu’s faculty includes world-renowned teachers along with prominent visionaries, authors, artists, and inspirational speakers. All programs are carefully designed or selected to serve the needs of a broad spectrum of people, ranging from those likely to appeal to individuals just beginning their transformative journey, along with those likely to serve the needs of longtime practitioners. Some programs draw from the world’s great wisdom traditions, while others are based on the pioneering work of contemporary teachers. A program offering that has tremendous breadth and depth naturally flows from our guiding view, which embraces all systems and techniques that help harmonize the body, mind, heart, and spirit.

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Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda

For 40 years, Kripalu has been offering a potent curriculum of residential certification programs.

Kripalu’s Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda offer an immersion experience in a holistic environment. The curriculum for each training blends learning and lifestyle skills with abundant opportunities to put what you are learning into practice. Each program is staffed with skilled faculty who are experts in creating extraordinary learning environments. These programs are enhanced by Kripalu’s rich setting that includes daily yoga and movement classes, evening programs, natural foods, beautiful surroundings, and a community of fellow practitioners.

Find out more about the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda.


Kripalu is committed to making its services accessible to people of all backgrounds. Within the limits of its resources, Kripalu provides scholarships and assistance to individuals who, because of their financial status, would not otherwise be able to participate.

Find out about Kripalu’s scholarship opportunities.

Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association

The Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA) provides inspiration, community, and support to yoga teachers and Ayurvedic Health Counselors as they bring their wellness practices out into the world.

Find out more about KYAA.

Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living

The Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (KIEL) is continuing Kripalu’s established position as a pioneer in the interface of Eastern contemplative and Western psychological approaches. The Institute is actively exploring questions such as, What does it look like when a human being is functioning on all cylinders–mental, physical, and spiritual? What lifestyles and practices promote optimal living?

Find out more about the KIEL.

Kripalu Healthy Living Programs

Kripalu Healthy Living programs offer an integrative approach to health. This means we focus not only on the health of the body but also on the mind and heart, helping you discover a new level of wellness and vitality. Focusing on nutrition, stress management, mindful living, and physical activity, our programs give you the tools and support necessary to transform your health and create lasting positive change.

Find out more about Kripalu’s Healthy Living Programs.

Healing Arts

Contemporary medical research is increasingly validating the efficacy of a range of techniques drawn from traditional healing systems that are often referred to as complementary and alternative medicine.

Healing Arts services are a powerful addition to any Kripalu program, providing a palpable experience of the same integrated functioning of body, mind, and spirit sought through disciplines like yoga and meditation. Many people find the hands-on help and personal guidance of a Healing Arts therapist essential to discovering how to consciously access deep levels of relaxation and self-attunement.

Find out more about Kripalu Healing Arts.

Kripalu Shop

The Kripalu Shop carries a carefully chosen line of books, music, DVDs, yoga props and fitness accessories, clothing, and other products selected to help you sustain and deepen your Kripalu Experience. Many of our books and audio resources are authored by program or workshop leaders. Most guests are aware of the Shop’s physical location on the ground floor of Kripalu, but many are unaware that the Shop is also online to support them between visits.

Visit the Kripalu Shop online.

Dining at Kripalu

Providing a healthy dining experience is an important part of Kripalu’s mission.

In addition to programs focusing on diet and nutrition, the Kripalu Kitchen provides an array of natural, organic, and local foods, including vegetables, proteins, and nutritious grains. Meals are served buffet-style and are primarily vegetarian; fish and poultry options are also available. Being at Kripalu is an opportunity to try new foods and experiment with eating slowly and consciously while actively listening to your body. Program registration includes all meals beginning with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day.

Find out more about dining at Kripalu.

Program and R&R Retreat Housing

An important aspect of the Kripalu Experience is that it offers time away from your daily routines, activities, and surroundings. This frees you to focus on getting the most from your R&R Retreat or program.

Kripalu offers in-depth immersion programs, wholesome meals, saunas, and other supportive amenities. There is no need to commute to activities, as everything is under one roof or an easy walk away.

While offering a range of housing options to enable a wide variety of people to participate in our programs, all accommodations support the focus and immersion that is core to the Kripalu Experience.

Find out more about accommodations at Kripalu.