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Volunteer Program Curriculum

The Kripalu Volunteer Program is founded on the guiding principles of seva (selfless service), a discipline-based practice within the canon of karma yoga (the yoga of action). The program curriculum includes practices, group discussions, and assignments intended to provide meaningful opportunities for personal growth, communication, and development through the exploration of seva (service) responsibilities, dorm life, yoga, and self-reflection.

Off-the-mat topics include

  • Karma yoga/reflections on the Bhagavad Gita
  • Witness consciousness
  • Conscious communication
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • Kripalu Yoga practice and pranayama.

In addition to off-the-mat workshops, volunteers in the community may lead or participate in a variety of optional classes and workshops.


We encourage a vibrant community experience sustained through Kripalu’s core values—Service, Presence, Integrity, Inquiry, Compassion and Practice. We invite each volunteer to take initiative in creating a positive community experience. Full participation in all aspects of the program is required. There is a one month probationary period for all volunteers. Should any volunteer not complete program requirements or adhere to program guidelines, he/she may be asked to leave the program.