“Kripalu Yoga is less about standing on your head and more about standing on your own two feet.” – Yogi Amrit Desai (founder of Kripalu Yoga)

Kripalu Yoga is a combination of Hatha Yoga (physical form) and Raja Yoga (mental form).  Kripalu yoga begins gently with an emphasis on breath, relaxation and self acceptance and deepens as each person chooses the level of physical intensity right for him or her.

  • Emphasizes safety through proper body alignment.
  • Encourages learning to love and nurture your body without forcing.
  • Recognizes that each body is different, postures can be modified to meet individual needs.
  • Sees yoga postures not as ends in themselves but as tools to release chronic tension, stretch and strengthen the whole body and increase self awareness.
  • Acknowledges that each person’s body is the ultimate authority on what promotes health.
  • Teaches how to use a balanced yoga routine to turn off stress and turn on the relaxation response crucial to self healing.
  • Empowers the student to progressively awaken the capacity to learn from their own direct experience.
  • Makes yoga accessible to contemporary people living ordinary lives.
  • Views self development as a process of growth and transformation. By nurturing the body and soothing the mind, removes the obstacles that often inhibit growth and leave us feeling less than fully alive .

A typical Kripalu yoga class will focus on:

  • meditation
  • breathing exercises
  • warm-ups
  • expert guidance in the practice of yoga postures
  • coordination of breath and movement
  • relaxation

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