Kripalu Yoga


What is Kripalu Yoga? Kripalu yoga is a gentle form of yoga practice which combines physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. In addition to traditional yoga poses, breath work, inner focus, relaxation and meditation, Kripalu yoga emphasizes non-judgment, compassionate self-acceptance, personal growth, and self-empowerment.

Kripalu Yoga in Practice

Through Kripalu yoga, students learn to establish a nurturing, intimate relationship with their body, allowing them to tap into¬†their inner self and inner-knowing. With the goal of applying what is learned into daily living, Kripalu enhances deeper awareness of mental and emotional conditions affecting the body, with an attitude of tenderness, compassion, and prayer. Since Kripalu helps each person get in touch with their own inner knowing, each individual’s yoga looks different. Through practice, blocked energy is freed, emotional blockages begin to dissolve, and layers of stress, pain, and unconscious resistance are released. As a result, the body’s natural healing abilities kick in, allowing students to achieve greater levels of physical well-being, mental clarity, and emotional stability.

Self-Awareness and Kripalu

Described as a discipline which fosters self-awareness, Kripalu yoga is an inquiry based practice for personal development and self­empowerment. It offers students tools to tap into their inner knowing, establish an intimate relationship with themselves and their body, and implore the presence of the Divine.

Kripalu Yoga Stages

Kripalu Yoga emphasizes:

  • Breath work
  • Meditation
  • Natural alignment principles/Posture focus
  • Flow of prana (the life force)
  • Development of a quite mind
  • Witness Consciousness
  • Compassionate self-acceptance
  • Application of what is learned into daily living

The three stages of Kripalu yoga are:

  • Willful Practice
  • Will and Surrender
  • Surrender to the Wisdom of the Body

Kripalu Yoga Benefits

The many benefits of Kriplau yoga include:

  • Release of prana
  • Reduced tension
  • Reduced hyperactivity
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased relaxation
  • Alleviation of depression
  • Improved posture alignment
  • Greater strength and flexibility
  • Increased endurance and stamina
  • Hightened body awareness
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased distribution of oxygen throughout the body
  • Boosted confidence
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Greater emotional stability
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-realization
  • Self-empowerment
  • Compassionate awareness of self and others
  • Greater interpersonal/social connectivity
  • Spiritual development

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge offers over 750 programs and spiritual retreats attended by over 30,000 people annually. It is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to empowering individuals to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. The largest retreat center for holistic living in North America, the Kripalu Center offers programs for weight loss, music, youth, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.