Here is a short description of this style of yoga – to learn more join our JIIVA tribe and come on the #JIIVAjourney with us!

What is it? 

“Kripalu has the distinction of being the first, and possibly the only, yoga center in North America to survive the transition from a traditional guru-disciple structure to a secular, all-inclusive center for yoga, health, wellness, and lifestyle change.” It offers a school of yoga, Ayuveda, integrative yoga therapy, mindful outdoor leadership, healing arts, and retreat living.

What does it mean? 

Kripalu is the name of the Swami from whom this style and subsequent path of educational and holistic yoga was founded. Kripalu is also the Hindu word for ‘compassion’.

Who founded it? 

Kripalu is a style founded by Amrit Desai who was a student of yoga master Swami Kripalu. He founded several yoga centres in the US sharing the teachings of Swami Kripalu, including the Kripalu Centre.

How did it evolve?

Beginning from the foundation The Yoga Society of Pennsylvania in 1966 by Amrit Desai, the residential Kripalu Centre in 1972, and a larger facility in 1975, Kripalu grew to a following of over 350 residents and 150 yoga classes per week. In 1977 when Swami Kripalu attended the US centre on his trip from India, teaching, giving lectures, and writing, it cemented the path of the Kripalu Centre and the creation of its largest centre in 1983.

The Kripalu Centre is now “a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga”.

What is a class like?

Kripalu is “a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach”. It has an emphasis of a practice that is both ‘on and off the mat’, and is a adaptive and welcoming to all students.