Kripalu Style 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
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:
Private Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra sessions are available for individuals, small groups or special events.
Peace Within Yoga
Coaching / Yoga
Karen Kwass MSW, Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor,
Life Coach, Kripalu Yoga Instructor, 500-Hour RYT
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Guide
Individual Coaching and/or Yoga
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Inner Life Coaching
Looking to find more balance into your life. Whether it be your work, family, relationships, there are ways to bring more joy and look at what is holding you back from how you would like your life to unfold. Looking at underlying beliefs, patterns that may be in conflict with what you desire.
Yoga, Yoga Therapy &
Inner Life Coaching
On-Line via skype, zoom or phone.
In person may be an option depending on location.
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A heart centered yoga practice, bringing the heart, body and mind into alignment. Using yoga practices and discussion, learn how to tap into your true soul purpose, bring peace into your life, clarity of what you desire, increase self esteem. Release held trauma from your body, let go of what no longer serves your higher purpose. Learn practices that you can do at any time to release stress. Come home to your true self.
Current Classes via Zoom
Wednesday May 6 @ 10:00 am
Thursday May 21 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday May 31 @ 4:30 pm
Classes $10/class, can be paid as you go, or at once. Either through Venmo or check. Venmo is @Karen-Yoga
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Gather any props such as blocks (or thick books work), bolsters, blankets, pillows, or other items that can be used to support your practice.
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Karen Kwass, MSW, Life Coach, Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor, 500 Hour RYT Energy of Flow, Trauma Informed Yoga
Yoga Teaching Experience:
Billerica House of Corrections - 2018 - present
Prison Yoga Program, Norfolk Prison - 2017 - present
Kripalu at Department of Corrections - Leading Trauma Sensitive Yoga 2016
Harvard Medical School; Harvard Dental 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.
Wounded Warrior Yoga teacher training
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