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Volunteer Program

Seva. Sangha. Sadhana.


For more than 30 years, Volunteers have played an instrumental role at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and supported our mission as a nonprofit educational institution: to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

The Kripalu Volunteer Program is based on the philosophy of Karma Yoga, the cultivation of skillfulness in action. Through service (seva), community living (sangha), and personal practice (sadhana), Volunteers are inspired to grow in dynamic new ways while serving rigorously throughout the organization.

Volunteers make a six month commitment to serve 35 hours per week while immersed in an in-depth Karma Yoga-based curriculum. The Volunteer Program is for physically and emotionally mature individuals who are ready to engage in rigorous service, vital on-the-mat yoga practice, and profound self-study (swadhyaya).

Volunteers serve in one of the following areas:

  • Facilities and Grounds
  • Production
  • Housekeeping
  • Dish Crew and Veggie Prep

When Volunteers are not in seva, they may participate in:

  • Daily Kripalu Yoga and noon dance classes
  • R&R Retreat workshops
  • Evening events and programs
  • Intern-led activities and events.

Why people want to serve (seva) at Kripalu:

  • To explore the ancient and mindful practice of Karma Yoga
  • To integrate yoga into their work and personal relationships
  • To develop and deepen a disciplined practice
  • To support Kripalu’s mission and vision.