On a crisp Saturday dawn, as the Sun started climbing from the East, I made my way to Kripalu.
I’ve heard the name Kripalu before, but knew nothing about it. I didn’t even know where it was, but when I heard that Guru Singh‘s upcoming workshop “Seven Stages of Practical Enlightenment” would take place there, I looked it up. Turned out it’s in Massachusetts, which is where I happened to be for a couple of weeks for business. I checked the dates – turned out I was going to miss the workshop by a week.
But since I was already in Boston, and had a free weekend, I decided to go check it out anyway.
Kripalu (pronounced kri-PAH-loo) Center for Yoga & Health resides about 130 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts. It is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga to produce thriving and health in individuals and society.It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America, and has been promoting optimal living through experiential education for body, mind, and spirit for more than 30 years. Program topics include Yoga for all levels, wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more.
It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. That’s how I felt about Nini Gridley‘s workshop called “Full Spectrum Healing”. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to finally bring together bits and pieces of information I’ve collected over the years into a solid (though very basic, at this stage) understanding of what the Chakra system is, and what are its possible practical applications. I am planning to dedicate a blog post to explore and express that understanding soon.
Immediately after the workshop I joined the glorious Jurian Hughes and the talented KDZ Dummers for Noon Dance, often referred to as “Kripalu’s most delightful, popular and loved activity”. Noon Dance is an invigorating, sweat-pouring, fun 1-hour free-dance session where you shake your soul and let your inner child run wild.After an incredibly healthy and yummy lunch, I joined a Nia dance session. Nia is a movement and lifestyle practice that promotes health and healing through the cultivation of body awareness. You can read more about Nia here.
I took the afternoon to rest and relax – hot Jacuzzi, ever hotter sauna and a long walk in nature. Then I meditated for while facing a small beautiful lake called Stockbridge Bowl.
After dinner, the day ended with a beautiful solo performance by native New York Mazz Swift, aka MazzMuse, that used her voice and her violin to combine elements of classical, folk, electronica, jazz and free improvisational music to create an inspiring and beautiful musical experience.
I had a wonderful day at Kripalu and can’t wait to get back for more!