In February I was fortunate to find myself in the USA. I fulfilled a yearning to go back to the Kripalu Center which 11 years before changed the path of my life.
Kripalu is well established in the USA as a center for Yoga, Personal and Spiritual Development. The guardians of the tradition have worked diligently to maintain the original teachings of Swami Kripalu. Whilst establishing it as a shining example of a non-profit institute visited by 40,000 guests a year.
As I heard the familiar language of the Kripalu teachers, the inner and outer smile just wouldn't go away. For me it is this guidance that sets Kripalu yoga apart. Invited to be in your body, to explore sensations without judgment, to show compassion and acceptance for anything that reveals itself. Nothing fancy, simply awareness and compassion. The message was consistent in the classes or drum circle, from kirtan to the dining hall
I was hungry to follow as many Kripalu Yoga classes as possible. Classes run throughout the day from 06:30 as well as Yoga Dance, sound workshops and more. Throughout the year there are hundreds of Personal Development Programmes scheduled, facilitated by highly skilled and learned teachers. A popular option is an R&R rest and relaxation programme.
One of the highlights of being in the Kripalu cocoon is the mouth watering dining hall. Some days I managed 3 yoga classes a day alongside my programme. Fortunately this honed my appetite to try out such delicacies as baked oatmeal for breakfast, tempeh and potato patties and delicious Indian spiced dishes influenced by their world renowned School of Ayurveda.
If you are searching for a well grounded and rounded yoga teacher training my advice would be to definitely explore the options at Kripalu. Likewise check out the curriculum of the School of Ayurveda and the many programmes for Personal Growth and Transformation
Yoga and the quest for the True Self, Cope,Stephen (2000)