Well, I’m back and it was an over-the-top fabulous week and worth the wait. As usual, my well gets filled at Kripalu. I am grateful.
Kripalu is a different place these days and I miss the community feeling that was created by the ashram lifestyle. Volunteers vs Employees creates a totally different environment. Thus, to me, today, it feels like any other 5-star holistic center….ie Omega, Esalen, The Open Center, etc. Many of the best senior teachers are gone, a serious failing since that’s when the wisdom of the yoga practice can really express itself. The emphasis no longer includes any of the off-the-mat practices of Kripalu Yoga. Too bad. It’s so needed as a counterpoint to the body-based exercises that pass for yoga today.
That said, I still love it there. You just can’t not absorb the incredible magical, metaphysical, and spiritual energy that permeates the entire landscape. The mountains, the lake, the fertile land, the trees and the prana in the air all conspire to create feng shui perfection.
The program, Sharing Your Life Story with Ann Randolph was over-the-top amazing and I highly recommend you see her performances or take her workshops. I am so inspired to continue my creative non-fiction projects and hope to post some Kripalu stories here in the near future.