Kripalu Guest Stories: Henry Kranz
I credit Kripalu for my great health and positive outlook. I’m 77 years old, and the most acute health problem I have is dandruff. My peers are having knee and hip replacements, and my body is doing just fine. Yoga makes everything work in my body.
Almost every day for more than 15 years, I have taken a moderate yoga class at Kripalu. The teachers are great, and Kripalu Yoga is user friendly. Every class starts out with “Adapt this to your needs, and don’t hurt yourself.” Just before Savasana (the relaxation pose), I go into Plow pose for five minutes. This reverses the all-day curvature of my lower back, giving it a welcome stretch. You have the freedom to meet your own needs in Kripalu Yoga.
In 1988, I moved to the Berkshires from the New York City area. My purpose for moving was to create nonprofit programs to serve preschoolers, and Kripalu Center was able to provide financial support for me to launch the programs. When the Berkshire Kripalu Community (BKC) was created in 1992, I immediately joined, and for the past 15 years, I have been a highly active member of the board of directors. Kripalu and the BKC have been my real home, providing me with great friends and constant inspiration.
What I’ve learned at Kripalu over the years has given me a broader, richer view of life. I’ve taken evening program samplers on varied subjects, such as sleeping better, healing, and building better relationships. Also one on angels!
I create what I call Mountain Man Insights, wise old sayings never heard before. They appear daily in the Berkshire Eagle newspaper, where they have a large, loyal following of readers. One of my Mountain Man Insights is, “Life lives greater in four dimensions,” which means that there is more to life than what you see; there is a spiritual component to it as well.
“Tune out the noise to hear the music” is another Mountain Man Insight that I live by. I think your mental outlook has so much to do with your health. Kripalu offers more than just yoga as a physical exercise—it offers a positive way of looking at life.
—Henry Kranz, writer and entrepreneur, Lenox, Massachusetts