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Media Advisory: Stories on Meditation

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Media Relations
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

For Stories on Meditation, Kripalu Center Offers Extensive Expertise

Background: 10 million Americans practice some form of meditation regularly, double from a decade ago. The Associated Press, Time, Business Week and the Today show have recently reported new research about meditation’s benefits and its popularity among all age groups.

A non-profit educational fellowship, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is North America’s largest retreat center for yoga and holistic living, offering 500 programs each year. "Kripalu" is also a style of yoga that has been tagged "meditation in motion".

Kripalu can help you cover meditation from a number of important angles:

Expert sources - For 30 years, Kripalu’s senior faculty has been leading programs that focus on meditation, thoughtfully crafting them for every level of experience from the beginner to the educator:

  • Dinabandhu Garrett Sarley - President and founding member of Kripalu Center; co-author of walking yoga (Simon & Schuster, 2002); former president of the Omega Institute; Sarley has studied, practiced and taught yoga, meditation, and the application of yoga to leadership and organizational development for more than 30 years.
  • Stephen Cope - Psychotherapist, scholar-in-residence, best-selling author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self (Bantam, 2000); editor of Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life? (Storey Publishing, 2003); featured on Yoga for Emotional Flow (CD & cassette - Sounds True, 2003)
  • Richard Faulds, M.A., J.D. - Author of the forthcoming book Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat (Bantam, 2004), Faulds has completed an extensive review of literature and research on the topics of yoga and meditation.
  • Denise Barack - Director of Program Development, interfaces with the meditation community at large and selects the programming offered at Kripalu. She can speak to the many trends in this field, from walking meditation to conscious eating, from ancient to contemporary practices.

First-person feature stories - Cover the story first-hand by participating in one of our workshops. Current offerings include Experiential Meditation Techniques, 5-day Meditation Retreat, Meditation Made Easy, Conscious Eating, Transform Stress, Tai Chi & Qigong and kids’ programs. See our complete program lineup here.

Participant interviews - From beginner to advanced teacher, from children to adults, hundreds of visitors from all over the world experience our meditation programs each year. We can arrange for you to speak with one of our guests about their personal experience.

Meditation in the workplace - Throughout our history, Kripalu Center has offered opportunities for employees to meditate together, often during the workday. Our president can explain why we extend this benefit to employees - and the benefits we derive from it as an organization.

Photographs, interviews, by-line articles available upon request.