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Spotlight on Kripalu Yoga

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Kripalu Yoga is a challenging approach to asana practice that emphasizes meditation and breathwork, and encourages inward focus and spiritual attunement.

Basic Principle: Practicing Kripalu Yoga can initiate a gradual process of physical healing, psychological growth, and spiritual awakening.

Who Founded It: Amrit Desai

Inspiration: Sri Kripalvananda, also known as Bapuji (1913-1981)

Where to Do It: Tens of thousands of people have flocked to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. While there, visitors can take part in workshops on everything from yoga and hiking to African drumming. They can also spend a long weekend resting and relaxing, enroll in a teacher training, or go for the popular three-month intensive Spiritual Lifestyle Program. To find a Kripalu-trained teacher in your area, visit

Who Does It: Kripalu attracts people who want to transform their lives. Yogis looking for something more playful can try Kripalu's DansKinetics, a dynamic blend of dance and yoga.

Teachers to Know: Stephen Cope, Ann Greene, Sudhir Jonathan Faust, Shobhan Richard Faulds

Resources: You can learn the basic approach to this style from videos such as Kripalu Yoga: Gentle, Kripalu Yoga: Dynamic, Kripalu Yoga: Partner, and Pranayama: The Kripalu Approach to Yogic Breathing. And Stephen Cope has written an autobiographical book called Yoga and the Quest for the True Self that delivers a compelling history of Kripalu Yoga.

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@gina, dream yoga studio in mclean, va is the only kripalu affiliated studio in the dc area, but there are lots of kripalu trained teachers in the dc area.


Kripalu DansKinetics is now known as Kripalu YogaDance.


This is interesting. I used to get catalogs from them but can never make it because I'm in the DC area.. Is there somewhere closer to home that I can pursue this?

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