Sam Chase

Lead Kripalu Faculty

Sam Chase builds programs in yoga, mindfulness, and resilience for people who are building a better world. An incurable nerd—longing for a ladder from the ivory tower to everyday people—he graduated at the top of his class at Vanderbilt, where he competed for the international Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. He won, but then ultimately declined the award to pursue the work he continues today: to explore the science of the human mind and the tools that help people lead flourishing lives.  

He brings that study back to the real world through his work with the United Nations, the National Guard, Columbia Medical School, Brooklyn Hospital Center, the New York City Department of Education, and many others. He is the author of the book Yoga & the Pursuit of Happiness, a down-to-earth look at how the philosophy and traditions of yoga and meditation intersect with modern psychology and neuroscience, and the simple ways ordinary people can use these tools to make extraordinary changes. 

Sam has developed and directed the training of over 2000 emerging yoga and mindfulness teachers in over 60 programs nationwide, including a first-of-its-kind training for over 200 New York City public school teachers and most-recently the 200-Hour Kripalu Meditation Teacher Training. 

As a Kripalu Lead Faculty, Sam designs and delivers curricula for all aspects of the organization, including the School of Yoga, R&R Programming, and RISE—Kripalu's evidence-based resilience training for frontline professionals in fields that serve the public good such as education, healthcare, and community safety. 

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