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so you want to open a yoga studio
That’s the title of a how-to guide for growing your classes, community, and income, by Andrew Tanner, former Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Janis Bowersox, a life coach, yoga business consultant, and former owner of Yoga for Everybody, a studio in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Find out more at www.yogaadvisor.biz
Like most of you, I’m a graduate of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training—an experience that has shaped my life since I graduated in 2004. Something in me shifted dramatically while I was here, and I never looked back. I returned to Kripalu the next year as a seva volunteer, then started teaching in the R&R Retreat program, and eventually became Manager of the Kripalu Volunteer program, which I ran for four years.
The Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda are the incubators for Kripalu’s impact in the world. It’s in our trainings that the depth and breadth of our lineage is passed on. Every graduate of our schools goes out and makes a difference in their own way. Kripalu is a change agent, and all of you are as well.
Whether you’re just starting out, have been running a yoga studio for years, or are working in the health-care system or the schools, I look forward to supporting you, and to creating stability and connection in our community.
Director, Kripalu Schools of
Yoga and Ayurveda
kyta conference 2013, october 8–11
community, philosophy, and practice: what is the impact
of your calling?
The KYTA conference brochure is here! Read all about the presenters, workshop topics, and community sessions at our 22nd annual event. More than a conference, this year’s gathering is a homecoming for yoga teachers of all backgrounds and traditions, and offers a rich tapestry of teachers and teachings that artfully weaves the nourishment of community with the heart of philosophy.
Download the conference brochure and register now.
ayurveda for anytime: the season of pitta
by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern
The summer season is ruled by the pitta dosha. Composed of the elements fire and water, pitta is oily, hot, light, spreading, and liquid: Think humidity. This time of year can express in the body as agitation, low digestive fire, sour stomach, and skin irritations. Here are some simple guidelines to remedy the effects of the pitta season.
• Avoid heating foods such as coffee, alcohol, meats, and fried food. Favor fresh, local vegetables and cooked grains.
• Drink cool (not iced) water with lemons, limes, and mint. Watermelon, cucumbers, and yogurt lassi with mint are also excellent heat busters.
• Coconut water and oil are great cooling foods. You can drink coconut water and cook with the oil.
• A little black pepper or a dash of cayenne on your food helps with digestion without overheating.
• Try a restorative or Yin Yoga practice, both great for cooling the system.
• Go swimming! Swimming increases digestive strength without overheating.
Find out more about the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
yoganand on yoga: gods vs. demons
by Yoganand Michael Carroll, Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga
What Swami Kripalu practiced was essentially a form of tantra yoga. When I began to study the ancient texts and Swami Kripalu’s commentaries on them, I discovered that there’s a lot in there about healing, even though they didn’t have the psychological terminology we use today. For example, the old traditions say that there are gods and demons. A demon is essentially anything that hurts you, and a god is anything that blesses you. An inspiration could be a god, and a craving for cigarettes or ice cream could be a demon.
These tantric texts taught that, if you want to be free of the demons, you have to learn their names. How do you learn their names? You look at them very, very closely. When you learn a demon’s name, you gain power over it, and it becomes a god. Tantric practice, which is often misunderstood in the West, teaches that you take what hurts you and bring it into your practice.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches something similar: To paraphrase, Arjuna is saying that he doesn’t want to go into battle—he just wants to be peaceful. And Krishna tells him that there’s something he’ll find on the other side of the battle that is unlike anything he’ll find on this side. The tantric yogis didn’t seek peace, they cultivated the ability to tolerate disturbance. I tell my students, “Seek truth, not peace.” The peace comes with the mastery, with the conversion of the demon to the god.
Find out about Yoganand Michael Carroll’s upcoming program, Igniting the Fire of Yoga: A Transformational Retreat, August 30–September 2.