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Although this month’s spotlight on Ayurveda focuses on transitioning into warmer weather, we’re already looking ahead to fall as we plan for the 22nd Annual KYTA Conference.
This year’s event, with the theme Community, Practice, and Philosophy: What Is the Impact of Your Calling?, October 8–11, features some of our most beloved teachers, including Yoganand Michael Carroll, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Jurian Hughes, Jovinna Chan, Stephen Cope, and Devarshi Steven Hartman. We’ll be offering you a wide spectrum of workshop topics, ranging from the Zen mind to the “yoga revolution,” plus sangha sessions that will bring us together for community and inspiration.
Watch for lots more details coming your way in the conference brochure and the summer issue of the Yoga Bulletin, arriving in your inbox in June.
The KPA Staff
ayurveda for anytime: ritucharya—living by the seasons
by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern
According to Ayurveda, one of the keys to maintaining health is to practice ritucharya—seasonal routines. Adjusting our daily self-care rituals to seasonal changes helps us maintain balance and reminds us that we are a part of the natural world.
Spring is ruled by the kapha dosha, whose qualities are heavy, cool, soft, dense, stable, solid, and cloudy. To adjust for the season, consider the following practices:
• Wake with the sunrise. One of the best practices to minimize the heavy quality of kapha in the mind and body is to wake with the sun (around 5:30 am this time of year). Dawn is ruled by vata and is light, clear, and subtle.
• Get moving. When kapha is dominant in the day, the muscles are strongest between 6:00 and 10:00 am. Get outside for a brisk walk or do a little heating yoga practice to melt away excess kapha. Kapalabhati pranayama is a great way to stoke the fires of digestion.
• Eat lighter foods. In the winter months, we naturally gravitate toward sweet, sour, and salty foods to mitigate the cold, dry, and light qualities of the season. This can cause kapha accumulation in the physical body. To lighten up for spring, try foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent, including kale, collards, dandelion, spinach, and mustard greens; strawberries, cherries, and blueberries; fresh green peas; and barley, quinoa, and millet.
• Got allergies? Break out the neti pot to irrigate the sinus cavities and clear out the nasal passages. Use ¼ tsp of salt with purified water, and use half a pot for each nostril. Always end your neti pot routine by massaging a little sesame oil or nasya oil into each nostril. (Do not use a neti pot if you have an active sinus infection; it is for prevention, not treatment.)
Find out more about the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the Foundations of Ayurveda Training beginning in October.
tapas: the fire of transformation
Tapas means heat, but yoga philosophy interprets that word on many different levels. In one of his monthly lectures for staff, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Acting Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, spoke on tapas. Here is an excerpt: Tantric hatha yoga, which Swami Kripalu practiced, is based on three principles: tapas (heat), ahimsa (non-violence), and swadhyaya (self-study). Tapas refers to the heat and light produced by friction. On a mental and emotional level, friction is produced when we go against the grain—the patterns and habits we’ve built up over the years. Thus, tapas means breaking the pattern. For example, the choice to live as a celibate monk, breaking the conventional pattern, will bring up tapas. We can focus on the thing we are giving up, or we can focus on the resistance that going against the grain creates. Focusing on the feelings, instead of the object (celibacy) allows us to see that our true nature is the sky, not the passing weather. Moreover, the friction is a storm that raises our energy, feeding our transformation.
Read about Yoganand Michael Carroll’s upcoming program at Kripalu, Igniting the Fire of Yoga: A Transformational Retreat, August 30–September 2.
Each quarter, KYTA has a raffle—picking three winners from the pool of KYTA members who have referred someone to Kripalu.
Below are brief profiles of this quarter's winners. Each winner has received a $500 credit at Kripalu that is good for three years, transferable, and applicable toward housing, tuition, and Healing Arts services.
Want to participate in the next Referral Raffle? Ask the students you refer to Kripalu to mention your yoga teacher ID number or name when making their reservation. Every referral you make increases your chances of winning.
From: Danbury, Connecticut
Number of years as a KYTA member: 7+
My wife, Melinda, and I operate No Place Like OM in Danbury, Connecticut, where I teach a gentle form of yoga that includes breath and meditation techniques. I graduated from Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in 2005 and studied yoga for cancer patients and their support givers at the Duke School for Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. I also hold certifications in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Adaptive Yoga for MS. KYTA has been a great source of inspiration, information, and support. Being a part of a larger community provides me with a sense that there are always hands at my back to propel me forward and say yes.
From: Baldwinsville, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 9+
Kripalu Yoga changed my life in many wonderful ways. I’m very grateful to Swami Kripalvananda, whose temple I visited in 1994 and whose presence is manifest at Kripalu always. I teach Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, which I trained in at Kripalu last year. KYTA conferences have been instrumental in shaping my teaching style—I’ve been exposed to the best of the best, and I recommend the conference to yoga teachers from every tradition. Thanks to the Referral Raffle, I will be able to attend another wonderful KYTA conference this year!
From: New Rochelle, New York
Number of years as a KYTA member: 11+
I’ve been teaching yoga for 15 years and completed my 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga certification in 2006. My specialty is gentle yoga for people in their 40s and up. KYTA membership served as the foundation of my friendship with four other yoga teachers; we’ve been meeting informally for more than 10 years to support and nurture each other professionally and personally. I’ve enjoyed other benefits of membership over the years, particularly the KYTA conference, the Yoga Journal discount, and discounts at the Kripalu Shop and for Healing Arts appointments.