not all who wander are lost.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kripalu, here I come.

exploring the yoga of life.

Kripalu is a center for yoga and health in Western Massachusetts. I'm going for 4 days, 3 nights {Tuesday Nov. 9th to Friday Nov. 12th} with Jennifer Boyce, my great friend and former yoga student. We are participating in their Retreat & Renewal. Here is a sample day:

Thu 11/11 6:30–7:45 am Gentle and Moderate Kripalu Yoga Classes

9:00–10:30 am Listening to Your Body

Experience how to befriend your body and acquire the skill of translating body

feelings into healing messages. We will use body mindfulness and the expressive

arts to hear what our body is trying to say, and how to bring healing to the tensions

and stress that live in our body-mind.

9:00–10:30 am Grief, Loss and Renewal

The experience of loss is the most universal of human experiences, yet the process

of grief is uniquely personal. How do we receive comfort during times of deep

sorrow? Yogic philosophy teaches how to become present to each moment and

offers us a powerful model for experiencing all layers of grief.

9:00–11:00 am Guided Morning Hiking

11:00–11:50 am Untangle Your Stress

Learn and experience practical tools to utilize when stress comes up in your life.

Explore the breath, the effects of simple movements, the power of journaling, the

magic of listening, and the ability to shift your stress through high quality food.

12:00–1:00 pm Vigorous Vinyasa Yoga Class or Kripalu YogaDanceTM

2:00–3:30 pm Journaling: A Journey Within

Journaling can be a powerful tool for emotional and spiritual growth. Come explore

a variety of journaling techniques to help you connect with and nurture your

authentic self.

4:15–5:45 pm Gentle and Vigorous Kripalu Yoga Classes

4:15–6:15 pm Extended Moderate Kripalu Yoga Class (includes optional 30-minute Meditation)

7:30–8:30 pm Loving Kindness

Come experience and receive guidance in the ancient spiritual practice of loving

kindness that is so relevant for our times. There will be time after the practice for

questions and answers.

The times that they offer Yoga Classes there is a selection of about 5 different classes, all different styles and paces, that you have to choose from. Right now they are running a special, buy 2 nights and get one free! I think, if you are sharing a room, it works out to be $130/night, but that includes everything - all classes, facilities and meals!! Jennifer and I already decided to sneak out one night for some beer and french fries....two things that DEFINITELY will not be available on the premises!! Ha! So next time you want to just get away - check out Kripalu. Their grounds are AMAZING...with gorgeous trails for hiking, a lake for kayaking and canoeing...anything your Yogic heart could desire!

A bit about Kripalu:

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga to produce thriving and health in individuals and society.

For more than 30 years, Kripalu (kri-PAH-loo) has been teaching skills for optimal living through experiential education for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

Programs at Kripalu are led by many of the world’s most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health and are designed to provide people with tools they can apply in their daily lives. Program topics include wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more. Yoga programs are offered for people at all levels, feature all yoga traditions and styles, and include therapeutic yoga, yogic anatomy, and trainings for teachers. Many Kripalu programs offer continuing education credits for professionals in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing, and massage and bodywork.

There are four ways to come to Kripalu:

  • Take a program on a topic of interest, including yoga, health and wellness, spiritual practice, personal growth, and creativity.
  • Participate in one of our health immersion programs, focused on healing chronic conditions, integrative weight loss, creating vitality in midlife, fitness, or building a yoga practice
  • Experience the Kripalu Retreat & Renewal program, a customized stay for balance and rejuvenation that includes a flexible schedule of classes, outdoor activities, and personal time
  • Attend one of our professional schools, offering residential training and certification in yoga and Ayurveda.

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