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Kripalu Yoga

Kripalu Yoga is one of many different styles of Yoga being taught in the west today. It is was developed as a contemporary approach for the western world to the spiritual practice inspired by the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu (1913 - 1981).

Kripalu Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga which uses inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathing techniques, and relaxation to reach the ultimate goal of unifying and balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Kripalu, meaning compassion, acknowledges and honors each person’s uniqueness. Learning to tune into our inner wisdom, we can better know our own bodies.

Like all forms of Yoga, Kripalu Yoga has an enormous impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of participants. Yoga is in part a physical practice because we are physical beings, and in part a spiritual practice because we are spiritual beings. Kripalu teaches self-acceptance by being present in the moment and accepting ‘what is’. Really being where we are in a yoga posture, rather than straining towards some imagined ideal is the gentleness of the Kripalu approach. All the postures can be modified or adjusted to support this wisdom.

Leah Bergstrome

Leah Bergstrome

Leah has been a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor since 1999, training at the Kripalu center for Yoga and health in Lennox, Massachusetts. She is also a certified Chakra Yoga teacher trained by...


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