The art of Kripalu Yoga

Kripalu Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga developed in the 50s by Amrit Desai (Gurudev), who chose the name in honor of his guru, Swami Sri Kripalvananda (Bapuji). The mission of Kripalu Yoga is to teach “the art and science of yoga” to contribute to the physical well-being, mental and spiritual practitioners and eventually the whole society.

Learning the Kripalu yoga is done in three steps. Once practitioners have become aware of their body and their breath, they get to keep longer the postures (asanas) to finally reach the stage of meditation in motion. Physical postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation are used to grow the various benefits of yoga – including strength, flexibility, peace and general well-being.

Kripalu means “compassion” and, in correspondence with its name, addresses the practice of yoga with consciousness, with self-acceptance and genuine way. In this context, yoga is perceived more as a journey than a destination.
Regular practice of Kripalu yoga may be beneficial for:

Your body
• Improve flexibility, give energy and strength
• Relieve chronic tension
• Improve posture, balance and coordination

Your head
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Increase mental clarity and confidence
• Recover wellness

Your spirit
• Find inner balance and meditate
• Invite the profound immobility
• Getting together


“Yoga calms you down. It relaxes your body. It Lowers your heart rate. It Lowers your breathing and in general it Reduces the effects of stress on your body,”

– MuraliDoraiswamy, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Duke Medicine