Kripalu Yoga Teacher
gentle, compassionate, meditative yoga for everyBody
Having practiced Kripalu Yoga since 2001, I have recently become a KYT/RYT 200 certified yoga teacher. The cornerstone of this lineage is embodied by this quote from Swami Kripalu: "Self observation without judgment is the highest form of spiritual practice."
Yoga can be done by every Body, and the practices of pranayama (breathing) and asanas (postures) are intended as a way to relax the body into a meditative state. I focus on guiding breathing, gentle movement, which allows for a meditation in motion that invites you to tap into your own body's deep inner wisdom, and witness consciousness, a compassionate awareness that can allow for greater insight into oneself and one's creative work.
This is an excellent practice for writers and all creative people to 'strengthen the container.' I have also found it a good way to ground myself into my body, which has aided me—gently, over many years—in healing from deeply embedded past traumas that had led me to disociate. I am not a therapist or medical practitioner, but Kripalu yoga has been deeply healing for me, and I love being able to offer this compassionate practice to others.
SPECIAL NOTICE: I teach Kripalu gentle classes at Inwood Movement, Sundays at 1pm, but starting Sunday, March 15, I moved to Zoom classes because of COVID restrictions. Please contact me if you are interested. You will receive a confirmation email and can get in touch with any questions. These classes are by donation, and will send you that info after you register, along with an intro to the class and the Zoom protocols. I will make an announcement here when we can return to in person classes. The online classes I have taught so far have gone very well.
One participant, Anita Taylor, wrote about the live stream class: "This was excellent. You were wonderful and this was relaxing, calming, invigorating. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Lovely. Comforting, relaxing. More than I could have asked for. I feel refreshed which in these times is a bit of a miracle. Highly recommend."
I am also available for private classes, solo or small groups, to help you develop a meditative, gentle practice designed specifically for your body. I also teach special workshops designed for writers, and can travel to any groups interested in this type of practice.
"I want to tell you how much I appreciate your Kripalu yoga classes. I was hesitant to try yoga because I was afraid of injuring myself and/or looking ridiculous, but I found that the clear guidance and individual options you offer in class made yoga eminently doable for me. It’s also been a surprise to find that gentle yoga can have such beneficial effects. Since I began the practice, I’ve noticed subtle and not-so-subtle positive changes in my balance, strength, agility, and serenity. I also appreciated the workshop with its introduction to the foundations of Kripalu and illustration of how yoga can be an integral part of daily living. I’m so glad you are offering classes again in February. I hope that this is the beginning of a lifelong practice."
- Donna Craig