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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 selfless service (seva), community living (sangha), and personal practice (sadhana), Volunteers are inspired to grow in dynamic new ways while serving throughout the organization.

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

Volunteers serve in one of the following areas:

  • Facilities and Grounds
  • Production
  • Housekeeping
  • Dining and Food Services
  • Administrative duties.

When Volunteers are not in seva they enjoy:

  • Daily Kripalu Yoga and noon dance classes
  • R&R retreat workshops
  • Invited presenter-led programs
  • Evening events and programs
  • Volunteer- and intern- led activities and events.

Why people want to experience seva at Kripalu:

  • To explore the ancient practice of Karma Yoga
  • To integrate yoga into their work and personal relationships
  • To experience living in a conscious community
  • To deepen their practice
  • To support Kripalu’s mission and vision.