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Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living

Changing the World Through Yoga Research

What if we were to make yoga widely available to schoolchildren and their teachers? To those who are sick as well as their caregivers?

Yoga has the potential to change our world—both through the alleviation of suffering and the creation of vast opportunities for self-fulfillment. Those of us who practice yoga know this is true. But in order to imbue the transformational effects of yoga deeply into our society, we must combine the gifts of yoga with scientific validation. This is what the IEL is doing!

Did you know that the IEL is developing and rigorously evaluating yoga-based programs to transform schools and health care? Teams of Kripalu yogis and leading scientists are joining together to make the case that yoga can transform our world and build the programs to make it happen.

Please find out more about our work by reviewing the information throughout this website. If you can, we urge you to make a donation (at right) to support one of our projects. You can bring the gift of yoga to schoolchildren and to so many others who might not otherwise have access to yoga.

Thank you for joining us in this historic effort.



Edi Pasalis, Director
Institute for Extraordinary Living


Edi Pasalis, MBA, MTS, Director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living, champions the use of yoga throughout society, particularly in the education and health-care sectors. She brings more than two decades of corporate and entrepreneurial experience and a deep study of yoga to this work. Edi’s academic background includes an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, where she explored the impact of yoga on spiritual life. Edi is also a 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher.