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Kripalu Celebrates 50 Years as Leader in Yoga, Health, and Wellness

The center for yoga and health expands their mission through increased accessibility and focus on community


Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a leading yoga retreat center and educational non-profit, is celebrating its 50 years serving people and communities through transformative wisdom and the practice of yoga. 

Founded in 1972 based on the core teachings of Swami Kripalu, writer, teacher and inspirational speaker, Kripalu has played a leading role in driving the evolution of yoga in the west. Originally based in Pennsylvania, Kripalu relocated to the Berkshires in 1983 and is now set on a 125-acre property in Stockbridge, MA. Today, Kripalu serves thousands of guests each year through in-person retreats, programs, and trainings, as well as online through live and on demand programs. 

Planned Events

As Kripalu celebrates its past and looks ahead to the future, the organization will host a series Of Summer Wisdom Chats to engage current and future guests with its mission and vision. These free online conversations will feature former and current Kripalu faculty, who will discuss Kripalu’s milestones of the last 50 years. Dates, topics, and guests will include: 

  • June 26 at 7PM ET: “Pilgrim on the Path of Love” featuring Stephen Cope, Kripalu Scholar Emeritus and best-selling author known for making the practice of yoga accessible to the mainstream reader, and Kevin “Moose” Foran who has been with Kripalu since its inception and will discuss Swami Kripalu’s legacy of love.
  • July 31 at 7PM ET: “In Service to the Collective” featuring Legacy Faculty Member Aruni Nan Futuronsky and Dr. Rasmani Orth, who will speak about Kripalu’s legacy of service and community as well as what the next 50 years of service will look like for the organization.
  • August 28 at 7PM ET: “Living From the Wisdom of Silence” featuring Kripalu faculty members Edi Pasalis and Jess Frey, who facilitate the popular Kripalu Silent Retreat will speak about the power of silence and how it deepens our awareness and opens us to the fullness of life.

September 17 Kripalu will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a live streamed panel discussion from its beloved Main Hall on campus. This discussion will be hosted by Kripalu CEO Robert Mulhall and feature Cope, lead facility member Monique Schubert, and other leaders in yoga and mindfulness to discuss Kripalu’s focus on personal and societal transformation and vision for the future. 

“For 50 years, Kripalu has been a beacon of love and community for those who have sought healing and transformation,” says CEO Robert Mulhall. “As we look ahead, we are committed to increasing the accessibility and reach of the practices of yoga. Together we will move closer toward our vision of a world united in service to well-being, justice, and peace.”

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