At Kripalu, as part of our mission of service, we feel a responsibility to provide guidance from discomfort to action through Yoga’s ancient wisdom. It is also a way of being true to the philosophy’s intent and to the values that originated from South Asia centuries ago to help create a better, more peaceful world. 

This is a time for change. This is our opportunity. This is Yoga.

by Barbara Vacarr, CEO

Avoiding burnout is always important for those who serve, especially in these most challenging and stressful times. Yogic philosophy, specifically what we call ‘yoga off the mat’, gives us several effective ways to practice mindfulness. In particular, we can turn to the Niyamas for guidance.

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Self-Care for the Activist by Barbara Vacarr; November 5, 2020

The Value of Discomfort by Barbara Vacarr; October 12, 2020

Living Yoga, Off the Mat by Barbara Vacarr; October 27, 2020


➔ Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 

➔ Emodying Equity in Yoga and Beyond: A Race and Resilience Program

➔ Building Resilience for Healthcare Professionals

➔ Yoga Retreat for Women of Color


➔8 Steps for Committing to Activism: The Yoga of Social Change

For Seane Corn and Kerri Kelly, social activism aligns closely with the foundations of yoga. They offered these steps for mindfully engaging.
Interview by the Kripalu Editorial Board

➔What the Dharma Teaches About Peace and Politics

Instead of becoming entangled in the bitterness and cynicism that exist externally, we need to begin to heal those qualities within ourselves.
by Jack Kornfield

➔Accountability and Action: Kripalu and Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with Black communities and the Black Lives Matter protests. But that is not enough.
by Barbara Vacarr

➔How Kripalu’s Core Values Can Guide Us Through Challenging Times

The teachings we have been given and the compassion we have shared, are exactly what we need to find our way through this wild time of upheaval and re-creation.
by Aruni Nan Futuronsky


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