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About Us

Who We Are

For 48 years, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has been a leader in yoga- and mindfulness-based education. More than just poses on a mat, we believe yoga is an accessible practice that inspires connection, compassion, and joy. As a nonprofit educational organization, Kripalu is dedicated to empowering you and your community, and helping you meet your full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. 

Kripalu is your go-to destination for inspiration. Join us on campus or online for a nurturing, profound experience to enliven your mind, body, and soul.


Where We Are

Located 2.5 hours north of New York City and west of Boston, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Kripalu is the largest retreat center in North America. Our campus sits on more than 100 acres in the middle of the Yokun Ridge, an area known for its outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, and conserved land.


What Does "Kripalu" Mean?

Kripalu means compassion. The practices and teachings offered at Kripalu are rooted in the wisdom tradition of yoga as taught by Swami Kripalu, the namesake of our retreat center. Compassion is where our approach begins. Offering kindness to ourselves and to others sets the stage for self-care, service, and discovery.


Core Values

Kripalu is dedicated the core values that have always been at the heart of its mission: Integrity. Presence. Inquiry. Service. Compassion. Practice. These values have become deeply etched in the Kripalu culture and are shared by our faculty, invited presenters, and guests.


Senior Leadership & Board of Trustees

Like most nonprofits, Kripalu is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees that is independent of management. The Board holds at least three regular meetings per year, overseen by a trustee who serves as Chair. Trustees serve for up to three terms of three years. New trustees are selected based upon their commitment to Kripalu’s mission; their professional skills, expertise, and willingness to serve; and the financial resources, contacts, and other resources they can bring to bear on furthering Kripalu’s mission.

Trustees Emeriti

"The reward of serving as a Trustee of Kripalu is to see the power of positively changing people's lives, to teach a mindful yoga practice to individuals and communities for their betterment. It is giving new life, similar to sowing seeds in the earth to grow and flourish. Your practice becomes your guide, constantly accessible, and you can take it with you wherever you go." — Joan Kopperl, Trustee Emeriti