Serve with a full heart. By making others happy, you make yourself happy. The key to your heart lies hidden in the heart of another.—Swami Kripalu
What’s Kripalu All About?
Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating an awakened, compassionate, and connected world, and our educational offerings are designed to help people realize their full potential as they learn to apply the principles of yoga on and off the mat.
Kripalu was born from a marriage of the spirited 1960s youth movement and a 5,000-year-old yoga tradition. For its first 30 years, Kripalu was an ashram, where up to 350 residents and a small number of guests practiced all aspects of the yogic lifestyle under the guidance of an Indian guru. Kripalu came of age in 1994 when a painful scandal compelled the ashram community to move beyond its traditional guru/disciple paradigm. Restructuring itself as a retreat center, Kripalu hired a portion of its volunteer staff, broadened its program offerings, and transformed into the vibrant nonprofit educational organization it is today.
In many ways, Kripalu’s history parallels the evolution of yoga in America, which has progressed from a reliance on Eastern teachers to the leadership of masterful Western teachers and integration of contemporary discoveries in medicine, psychology, and science. While its program curriculum has broadened, Kripalu remains dedicated to the rigorous inquiry into the core values that have always been at the heart of its mission: Integrity. Presence. Inquiry. Service. Compassion. Practice. These values have become deeply etched in the Kripalu culture and are shared by our faculty, volunteers, invited presenters, and guests.
Kripalu is now a leader in mind-body health, and is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and evolve. We invite you to explore everything Kripalu has to offer, visit often, join us online, join our donor community, and find ways to make Kripalu’s mission of empowering people and communities through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga your own.
Kripalu in Stockbridge
- As the largest center for yoga, health, transformational learning, and professional training in North America, we host more than 30,000 guests a year.
- Our life-changing curriculum includes 60 signature programs a year, designed by our own faculty, to help people reverse debilitating diseases, overcome personal challenges, and live happier, healthier lives.
- We make it possible for all people, regardless of their financial situation, to experience Kripalu—whether through our generous scholarship programs, one of our volunteer opportunities, or our programs for local residents. Kripalu’s green Annex building uses half the energy consumed by a conventional building of the same size, and its design elements minimize its carbon footprint.
Kripalu in the World
- Kripalu has trained more than 8,000 yoga teachers and Ayurvedic consultants, who share a wealth of knowledge and techniques with their communities.
- Kripalu’s international network of 2,500 yoga teachers brings the benefits of yoga to thousands of students every week, including inner-city children, the elderly, and cancer survivors.
- We reach out to more and more people every day as we develop programs in medical, therapeutic, and academic settings; partner with institutions of higher learning; and embrace new technologies for digital and blended learning.
- Groundbreaking research conducted by the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, in collaboration with Harvard University scientists, is tracking the effects of yoga on war veterans and people with post-traumatic stress disorder.