About Kripalu Yoga

Kripalu Yoga in a Nutshell

 (As presented by Devarshi Steven Hartman, Director of Professional Trainings, KYTA Conference 2005)

The Kripalu approach to yoga
The uniqueness of Kripalu Yoga is that postures, pranayama, and meditation are all happening simultaneously.
· Creative sequencing
· Breath coordinated with movement
· Witness consciousness
· BRFWA (breathe, relax, feel, watch, allow) –  transformation
· Exploration and inquiry
· Connection to Source

What distinguishes the Kripalu approach to yoga?
A Kripalu yoga class has the potential to:
· Restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance
· Promote deep concentrated awareness
· Awaken the prana (life force) in the body
· Provide an experience of mediation-in-motion

Kripalu’s roots in classical yoga practice
· Sometimes presented as distinct stages, the three aspects of asana, pranayama and meditation are integrated throughout every Kripalu class.
· The Kripalu approach to alignment combines the science of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology with yoga’s energetic system of prana to empower the individual to make body-intelligent choices from within.
· Kripalu practices are led as a creative inquiry with an emphasis upon personal experience being the authentic teacher.

What is Witness Consciousness:
Witnessing one’s experience without judgment during a yoga class allows compassionate self-acceptance that extends beyond the formal practice on the mat into life.

The structure of a Kripalu class includes
· Coming into the present moment by centering the body, mind, and breath
Warm-ups and conditioning exercises that synchronize breath with movement as a means of inducing concentration and preparing the body for more in-depth asana
Creative asana sequences that are precisely designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body, including standing and balancing, forward and back bending, spinal twists, lateral bends, and inversions
Integration at the end of class through relaxation and meditation
· Gentle, moderate, or vigorous level of practice

Kripalu Yoga is Yoga for life:
Ongoing practice of the Kripalu approach to yoga awakens the prana (life force) within. This awakened prana profoundly transforms, heals, and enlivens the body, self, and experience of life.

The intention of a Kripalu Yoga teacher is:
TO AWAKEN THE POSSIBILITY of a truly fulfilled and satisfying life through the practice of yoga as a comprehensive system for self-development.