Peace Within Yoga
A Yoga for Wholeness and Balance
Body, Mind and Spirit
Karen Kwass MSW, Kripalu Yoga Instructor, 500-Hour RYT
Offering workshops, private sessions, small group classes.
                                            Coming soon:
Meditation and Niyamas (yogic guides to living)
Fall, 2018

 

 

 

Kripalu Yoga

 

One reason Kripalu Yoga has been embraced by so many people is that it is designed to adapt to all body types, ages, fitness levels, and interests. 

As with other styles of yoga, students notice the effects of practice from the first time they step onto their mats.

Like most yoga styles and traditions, Kripalu Yoga uses classic asanas (though not a particular set or routine), pranayama (breathwork), development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. What defines Kripalu Yoga is its emphasis: following the flow of prana (life-force energy), practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness (observing the activity of the mind without judgment), and taking what is learned “off the mat” and into daily life.

“Kripalu Yoga classes take into account people’s individuality and personal expression,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, former Director of Kripalu’s Professional Training programs, who found Kripalu Yoga in the early 1980s. “Kripalu Yoga teachers are trained to recognize that we are multidimensional beings, not just physical, and that creativity and spirituality are intricately linked.”

“Kripalu Yoga begins to bear fruit from the very beginning,” says Stephen Cope, Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and author of The Wisdom of Yoga. “You don’t have to master asanas to feel the peaceful connection to your inner self.”

It is worth remembering that there is only one yoga and can only be one yoga. True, aspirants are of different natures and resort to various doctrines and practices to progress along the path. But one who completes the process of yoga understands its different paths and sees that the systematic practice of various disciplines leads to the same place. In the end, all yogas lead to one great Yoga.—Swami Kripalu (1913–1981)

 

Trauma Informed Yoga

Yoga Nidra


Trauma informed yoga is for people with a history of trauma, depression or anxiety, who might benefit from a mindful and healing focused approach to yoga.  I use an approach guided by trauma informed yoga and heart centered compassionate Kripalu training which gently releases stress and emotions from the body, leading to an increase in proprioception, acceptance of oneself, more awareness and comfort being in one's body. In a safe and predictable environment, you are invited to notice sensations, experiment with movement and breathing, and make choices about what works best for you.

 

What to expect:

gentle yoga as a way to reconnect, notice sensation and feel empowered in your body, no physical assists, a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment

emphasis on self-awareness and self-regulation by using yoga techniques such as experimenting with movement and breathing, making choices about what is right for you


The term yoga nidra is derived from the Sanskrit words, yoga meaning union and nidra translating to sleep. Not sleep as we think of it, but rather a conscious sleep. Yoga nidra is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Yoga nidra works to unwind the body’s nervous system, the foundation of the body’s well-being. The technique of yoga nidra is both practical and easily accessible creating deeper awareness and relaxation for health, mental peace and awareness.

What Is Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra?

 A deeply relaxing guided meditation, encouraging a sense of well-being.

Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® is an eight-stage guided meditation that has the power to transform, heal and rejuvenate you at core levels.  You are systematically guided on a meditative journey through your multi-dimensional self.  This includes awareness and healing at each level of being (the five koshas) — physical, energetic, mental-emotional, and bliss-healing layers of your being, in order to dissolve away tensions to reveal your True Self.  

Check out the Boston Globe article on yoga nidra:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/12/17/yoga-nidra-gaining-credibility-stress-reducing-technique/QTUhiX40B33l5HvHBzt3qO/story.html

Private Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra sessions are available for individuals, small groups or special events.

 

Classes

Private, semi-private Sessions available

To schedule a session, or for more information,  email

Karen@PeaceWithinYoga.net

 

Karen Kwass, MSW, Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor, 500 Hour RYT Energy of Flow

 

I  offer private classes and small group classes and leads open workshops.  I am trained in Kripalu Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Mindfulness, meditation, yoga for breast cancer, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra.  The teaching encompasses holding postures and gentle flow, and is tailored to individual needs.  I believe that everyone can do yoga, even those who don't think they can do it.  I recommend and encourage modifications that enable students to make yoga both doable and enjoyable.    

 

Yoga Teaching Experience:

Prison Yoga Program, Norfolk Prison - 2017 - present

Kripalu and Department of Corrections - Leading Trauma Sensitive Yoga 2016

Harvard Medical School - leading Kripalu yoga to student, faculty, and staff 2016 - present

Yoga for Breast Cancer - one-to-one private lessons for women with breast cancer, tailored to meet individual needs (Bodhi & Mind)

Bioethics Department - teaching lunch break Kripalu yoga to staff and faculty 2014- 2016

Borealis Yoga - Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra workshops 2013 -  2016

Lexington Wellness Program - Kripalu yoga for teachers 2015 - 2017

Arlington Center for Yoga - Yoga of Energy Flow community class 2014 -  2016

Kripalu open class - Kripalu Tuesday night yoga class 2012 - 2017

Private classes  - Teaching Kripalu yoga, meditation and Yoga Nidra to small groups and individuals 2012 - present

Special events -  Lead yoga and meditation for parties, women's groups, children's camp, families.

 

Credentials:
500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Yoga of Energy Flow
200 hour Kripalu certified Yoga Teacher 
Yoga Nidra Divine Sleep Guide, certified by Jennifer Reis
Trauma Sensitive Yoga, completed 40-hour training, Justice Resource Institute The Trauma Center, Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk

Prison Yoga Program training with James Fox 

Breast Cancer Informed yoga training, Bodhi & Mind

1st degree Black Belt Uechi Ryu Karate
Master's in Social Work, Boston College School of Social Work

Master's in Non-Profit Management, Brandeis University, Heller School

Research Assistant/Program Coordinator Harvard Medical School

 

If you would like to learn more, or schedule a yoga session, please feel free to email or call, I would love to hear from you.

Email Karen:

peacewithinyoga.karen@gmail.com

or call:

781-354-0136


It is worth remembering that there is only one yoga and can only be one yoga. True, aspirants are of different natures and resort to various doctrines and practices to progress along the path. But one who completes the process of yoga understands its different paths and sees that the systematic practice of various disciplines leads to the same place. In the end, all yogas lead to one great Yoga.—Swami Kripalu (1913–1981)

 “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” – Dalai Lama

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY


Thank you Karen! I have taken a lot of classes and Karen is by far the most skilled I have ever encountered. She has a lovely way and is so kind and makes you feel so comfortable no matter your skill level. She is very supportive and creates and very comfortable and relaxing environment. She has a meaningful purpose to each class. She puts so much love, thought and heart into each class. I am hooked! 

Ari

Ari

RESOURCES

Borealis Yoga
   http://www.borealisyoga.com/the-location.html 

 

Center for Life Solutions
Hope - Health - Healing
http://www.ctrforlifesolutions.com/about-us.html 
Providing psychotherapy, yoga/therapy treatment groups, massage, mindfulness, trauma sensitive therapy
 

Outlook Associates of New England

Joe Pereira, MSW, LICSW, CAS
637 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
For issues of dealing with anger and stress
www.outlookassociates.com
Office: 781-643-5251
Fax: 781-648-0718

Chimp Cakes

​recipe by Beth Kress

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup sucanat or coconut sugar
1 tsp bak. soda
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup soy milk
3 sm ripe bananas, mashed (1 cup)
6 oz (1 cup) mini-chocolate chips
¾ cup walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 18-20 muffin-tin cups. Whisk dry ingredients together in one bowl, wet in another. Fold in together. Bake 18-25 min, til toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Seeded Multigrain Boule

A delicious bread, high fiber and good taste; nice to make during these winter days! Karen

http://mobile.eatingwell.com/recipes/seeded_multigrain_boule.html

RECIPES

Seeded Multigrain Boule

A delicious bread, high fiber and good taste; nice to make during these winter days! Karen

http://mobile.eatingwell.com/recipes/seeded_multigrain_boule.html

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich

Submitted by Peggy

http://yupitsvegan.com/2015/02/26/bbq-pulled-sweet-potato-sandwiches/ 

If you would like to learn more, or schedule a yoga session, please feel free to email or call, I would love to hear from you.

Email Karen:

peacewithinyoga.karen@gmail.com

or call:

781-354-0136