Kripalu Guest Stories: Lara T.
When I first came to Kripalu, I had been living in New York City and was very career focused: I’d published a book and was working on my teaching career. I was reaching a point of burnout, totally caught up in the competition of New York. My coping strategy was to distract myself, rather than get at the root of the problem. I was ready for a change.
I had walked by a particular yoga studio for years. One day I showed up and tried it, and I was hooked. I had been trained as a dancer, but this was a kind of movement based on the individual, not the group. I loved that I didn’t have to look just like the person standing beside me. Then a writer friend told me about Kripalu. I’d never heard of it but it looked like a beautiful place—I decided to give it a try.
When I came to Kripalu I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I’d find a lot of people with really great yoga outfits. But here it’s more about what your body is feeling instead of what your body looks like. After that first visit, I came to Kripalu three more times in the space of nine months. These days, I come to Kripalu on a regular basis, to teach workshops for the R&R Retreat program.
At Kripalu, I’ve learned things that I didn’t find in my yoga classes in New York. I’ve been able to discover the eight limbs of yoga here. There is a willingness among everyone here to learn much more about the self—even the shadow self, the parts we tend to ignore or avoid. I’m grateful for the opportunity to know myself better at Kripalu and, in knowing, to become more empowered.
—Lara T., author and teacher, Kripalu faculty member