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Kripalu Yoga practice is based on the interplay of body, mind, and energy. The philosophy behind Kripalu is that wellness depends on the unobstructed flow of subtle energy known as “prana” or life-force. Negative thoughts and emotions are believed to obstruct the flow of prana and manifest in physical pain and illness. Kripalu Yoga practice involves a dynamic, flowing series of postures with focused breathing in order to cultivate a healthy flow of prana. Students are encouraged to observe any thoughts and feelings that arise with non-judgment and acceptance, cultivating self-awareness and quietness of mind.
What to expect
Kripalu Yoga classes tend to be physically involved and may range from moderately challenging to advanced. A combination of flowing postures, breathing instruction, and spiritual instruction are weaved together in a Kripalu Yoga class. Students can expect to feel engaged and energized during class and peacefully relaxed at its finish.
Kripalu Yoga was developed at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a nonprofit retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts that has been delivering yoga and wellness retreats to the community since 1983.