by Jess Frey Each season offers the opportunity to align our internal environment to the natural rhythms and cycles of nature. Empower yourself to find harmony within by shifting your personal yoga practice to balance the qualities evoked by the season. The summer months can elicit qualities of warmth, excess activity, indigestion, burning eyes, and […]
by Yoganand Michael Carroll Yoga teaches that each time we do yet another Downward Dog, or Warrior I, or Triangle, our presence in and awareness of the moment make it all new again. So what do we gain when we move out of those familiar postures and experiment with asanas in which we don’t feel […]
by Sarajean Rudman Does this sound familiar? The alarm clock rings, and you hit the ground running. You speed through a frenetic morning routine, and on to your rushed commute. At work, you just make it to your first meeting, and then you skip lunch to meet a deadline. Finally, at the end of your work […]
by Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) When I’m sitting with a group of people who are brand-new to meditation, I ask them to close their eyes and call out words that come to mind when they think of meditating. Often they come up with words like bliss, ecstasy, no thoughts. And then there’s one person in the […]
with Micah Mortali, Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda What brought you to your current role at Kripalu? I came to Kripalu for teacher training in 2004. After graduation, I went back to my life in outdoor education, but something in me had shifted dramatically, and I knew I had to come […]
In this monthly series running through 2012, community members recall milestone moments to commemorate and reflect on Kripalu Yoga.
In 1972, a small residential yoga retreat called Kripalu Center was founded in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania, by Amrit Desai and several of his students from the Philadelphia area. Desai had emigrated to the United States from India, where he was a close disciple of the yoga master Swami Kripalu. Over the next 40 years, Desai’s students integrated Swami Kripalu’s core teachings with psychology, science, and Western approaches to healing and self-development, creating groundbreaking programs and approaches to well-being. Today, Kripalu’s curriculum, professional training, and yoga research continue to be informed by the lineage of Kripalu Yoga. To commemorate the 40-year milestone, we asked several teachers and community members to reflect on what Kripalu Yoga means to them.
As a Kripalu Yoga teacher trainer, there is nothing quite so moving to me as getting to witness yoga-teachers-to-be at the end of their training practicing meditation in motion. At the end of an intensive, life-changing month, I get to witness a room full of souls allowing their sacred yoga prayers to unfold. Each one unique, each one a beautiful gift. In these moments, I have to pinch myself and say, “Really? I get to do this?”
—Jurian Hughes, Kripalu School of Yoga teacher trainer