Kripalu Yoga puts a great emphasis on the mechanics of Yoga – proper breath and alignment – as well as in the inner, spiritual dimensions of Yogic practice.
Students are encouraged to honor “the wisdom of the body” and to work according to the limits of their individual flexibility and strength.
Kripalu Yoga is also a tool for self-empowerment and personal growth. The practice teaches you to tap into your own inner knowledge rather than being dependent upon guidance from external authorities. You learn to be open to what others have to offer without giving away your powers to reason, and to discriminate and make your own decisions. At the same time, you are also establishing an intimate and nurturing relationship with your body.
Kripalu Yoga is a challenging approach to asana practice that emphasizes meditation and breath work while encouraging inward focus and spiritual attunement.
Kripalu Yoga uses classic asanas (though not a particular set or routine), pranayama (breath work), the development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation.
What defines this style is its emphasis on following the flow of prana (life-force energy), practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness (observing the activity of the mind without judgment), and taking what is learned in every class into daily life.
One reason Kripalu Yoga is practiced by so many people is that it is designed to adapt to all body types, ages, fitness levels, and interests.
The practice of Kripalu yoga concerns the whole human being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Through the movements and postures of the physical body, combined with simple breathing techniques, you release physical and emotional tension, the mind calms its restless nature, and the inner, ever-present spirit is experienced more fully. It is a “Meditation in Motion” form of yoga. (See step 3 of the Kripalu Yoga Stages.)
You become spiritually awake and mentally present in a relaxed body.
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