About Us

It's Transforming Yourself, and Then the World

For five decades, the 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.

Like yoga itself, Kripalu is something much more than its physical manifestation. It is a way of life—a powerful source of transformative wisdom and practice for communities.

Our Purpose

To ignite personal and societal transformation.

Our Vision

A world united in service towards well-being, justice, and peace.

Our Mission

As a nonprofit educational organization, Kripalu is dedicated to serving people and communities in realizing their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.


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As an educational nonprofit, Kripalu teaches skills for optimal living through experiential education for the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.

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.

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 on the traditional, unceded Mohican territory of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans.

From dynamic presenter programs and renowned schools trainings to virtual healing arts and live yoga classes, Kripalu's teachings and vision are available around the world through our online offerings. Join our strong community and explore everything Kripalu online, from the comfort of your home. 




We are living in a world where the lines of division and separation are growing, yet there is a growing hunger for a different way of being. Kripalu is going to contribute a cultural shift that creates greater wellbeing and liberation for all. This is yoga.




Board of Trustees

Like most nonprofits, Kripalu is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees that is independent of management. 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.


Each day, our employees strive to offer loving and compassionate service for our students and for each other. Kripalu's day-to-day operations, strategic planning, campus management, marketing, programming, people & culture, and so much more are done by a team of motivated, mission-aligned individuals. 



MISSION DRIVEN, DONOR SUPPORTED As a nonprofit organization, our mission is underwritten in part by generous people like you. Please donate, if you are able. Every gift is a step toward the future of Kripalu.