Online Program

Decolonizing the Kleshas Wednesday Sangha Sessions


Join the Kripalu community for a new type of offering this year. Under the monthly guidance of renowned speaker, author, and teacher Anusha Wijeyakumar, learn about how you can fully honor the South Asian roots of the yoga practice and deepen your understanding of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the five Kleshas mental afflictions of the mind.

With expertise, compassion, and an authentic South Asian perspective, Anusha guides you on a journey to help you decolonize your yoga practice and become an embodiment of change, internally and externally.  

Supported by pranayama, meditation or mantra, live lecture, Q&A, and group discussions, these six 75-minute live online sessions are offered as a monthly membership or individual drop-in community sangha sessions. 

Read Anusha's article "We Need to Talk about the Rise of White Supremacy in Yoga" published in Instyle, October 6, 2020, for more perspective on the topic of this program.

Note All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session. To purchase all six sessions (March 16–August 3, 2022), please call Registrations at 413.448.3152.

Preview the Schedule

Session 1  Introduction to the Yoga Sutras and the five Kleshas
Session 2 The first Klesha: Avidya ignorance  
Session 3 The second Klesha: Asmita egoism 
Session 4 The third Klesha: Raga attachment 
Session 5 The fourth Klesha: Dvesa aversion 
Session 6 The fifth Klesha: Abhinivesha fear of death  

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT, Dip Mentoring, is a sought-after motivational speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation.

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