The Kripalu grounds overlooking Stockbridge Bowl. Photo courtesy Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu to hold online classes and workshops

Stockbridge — Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the country’s largest yoga retreat center, is launching Kripalu Connect, an online service presenting yoga, meditation, and health and wellness workshops. The video platform will go live Wednesday, May 6. With the current COVID-19 pandemic and the center’s temporary closure, Kripalu is connecting to people in the comfort of their homes via online streaming services to make its programs available.

A yoga class inside Kripalu’s main building, which was originally built as a Jesuit seminary. Photo courtesy Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

For $20 a month, you can access unlimited offerings, including yoga for all levels, mediation and mindfulness practices, Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of holistic healing) instruction, cooking and nutrition ideas, and talks presented by Kripalu’s faculty and featured speakers. With new videos available monthly, the retreat center brings over 700 programs a year to approximately 40,000 visitors and guests annually.

“During this unprecedented time of physical distance when so many of us are in deeper need of connection, Kripalu can come home to you and offer the wisdom and practices of yoga and mindfulness,” said Barbara Vacarr, Ph.D., CEO of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. “I am so happy to launch Kripalu Connect. It is so much more than a streaming platform. It is a connector and a lifeline to experience Kripalu from afar.”

Other online services such as virtual self-care healing arts sessions as well as individual consultations ranging from life coaching to private yoga and meditation to personal astrology are also available.

Set on 125 acres, Kripalu has been offering health and wellness services for 48 years. The center, which was initially built as a Jesuit seminary, employs 485 staff and is considered a leader in holistic healing and education; it also offers certification programs in Ayurveda, yoga and mindful outdoor leadership.