This experience is almost indescribable.
The first day was a whirlwind. Upon my arrival I went to a Kripalu yoga class, ate a delicious dinner with two of my new roommates and went to the first program meeting. I was overwhelmed by the forty-something faces gathered in our space, The Shadowroom. The nervous energy was almost tangible.
However, even without college-orientation-like icebreakers or structured assimilation activities, I grew to love these people very deeply and very quickly. Everyone, including staff, was compassionate, warm and positive.
As the days progressed, we woke up at 5:30AM to attend two hours of yoga (Sadna), ate beautiful breakfasts, had more yoga and lectures throughout the day and typically ended around 6:00PM.
Although I taught yoga to friends and acquaintances, this training taught me countless techniques and cues
I neglected pre-Kripalu.
Kripalu not only allows space for non-judgmental introverted insight and self-compassion, but also heightens my awareness to my surroundings. I’ve never been somewhere that provides this much comfort, emphasizes self-care, and fosters learning.
So basically it’s more than I ever expected. I guess Kripalu (or Crypalu) really is the Yogi’s Ivy League.
Our Morning Sadna Routine (1 hour 45 minutes):
Centering & Meditation
Three Part, or Complete Breath (Dirgha)
Victorious Breath (Ojaii)
Breathe of Fire (Kapalabhati)
Warm-ups (ie. cat/cow, hip circles etc)
Warrior II (Side Warrior)
Wide-Angle Forward Fold
Upward Facing Boat
Seated Forward Fold
One Legged Seated Forward Fold
The Sweet Breath (Nadi Shodhana)
I didn’t realize how much I love Hatha yoga, I hope to bring this practice’s structure home with me!
Have a great Monday xx