For its first 30 years, Kripalu was an ashram, where up to 350 residents and a small number of guests practiced all aspects of the yogic lifestyle under the guidance of an Indian guru. Kripalu came of age in 1994 when a painful scandal compelled the ashram community to move beyond its traditional guru/disciple paradigm. Restructuring itself as a retreat center, Kripalu broadened its program offerings and transformed into the vibrant nonprofit educational organization it is today.
In many ways, Kripalu’s history parallels the evolution of yoga in America, which has progressed from a reliance on Eastern teachers to the leadership of masterful Western teachers and integration of contemporary discoveries in medicine, psychology, and science. While its program curriculum has broadened, Kripalu remains dedicated to the rigorous inquiry into the core values that have always been at the heart of its mission: Integrity. Presence. Inquiry. Service. Compassion. Practice. These values have become deeply etched in the Kripalu culture and are shared by our faculty, invited presenters, and guests.
Kripalu is now a leader in mind-body health, and is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and evolve. We invite you to explore everything Kripalu has to offer, visit often, join us online, join our donor community, and find ways to make Kripalu’s mission of empowering people and communities through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga your own.