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4 Days Personal Yoga Retreat in Massachusetts, USA

  • Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 57 Interlaken Road Stockbridge, MA 01262

Personal Yoga Retreat USA

Take a personal retreat. Choose from a variety of experiential and educational workshops, outdoor activities, and yoga and movement classes. Come for self-care and enjoy gentle yoga classes, introspective workshops, and solo time - including an inspirational labyrinth walk at dusk. Or jump-start your fitness routine and go hiking, learn nutrition tips, take vigorous yoga classes, and try tai chi for the first time! You can visit the whirlpool or enjoy a soothing massage.

Kripalus R & R Personal Yoga Retreat

With Kripalus signature R&R retreats, you decide how to spend your days so that you can create exactly the right experience for you. Many people come alone, while others bring a friend or loved one. Everyones experience of Kripalu R&R retreats is as unique as they are. We offer a rich daily schedule that allows you to do just what you want, whether its soul-searching, celebrating, or simply remembering who you are when youre not absorbed by the flurry of family, work, and life. Whatever it is, youll return home renewed from the inside out.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Kripalu yoga and noon dance classes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Delicious all-natural meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Evening events
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu offers you simplicity and comfort. In the tradition of retreat-style housing, our accommodations are designed to support your program experience, without the distraction of televisions, telephones, etc. We offer a range of housing options that allow a wide variety of people to participate in our programs.

Accommodations at Kripalu are in the main building, Shadow brook, and our new environmentally green Annex, still just a short walk away from everything. Bedding, towels, and an alarm clock are provided in each room. We also have blankets, yoga mats, ties, and yoga blocks for yoga classes. All guest rooms have key-card locks.

In addition, there are small in-room safes for each guest that fit small valuables and many laptop computers. Please be aware that most of our rooms do not have air conditioning. All rooms have windows that open.

Standard plus rooms (lake side views)

These rooms include the Annex and are perfect for those who want a real retreat. The rooms include simple dcor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds. Some rooms are situated near hall bathrooms, while others include a private bath. All rooms in the Annex come with a private bath.

Standard rooms (mountain side views)

These simple, peaceful rooms are a great midrange option. They measure 8 x 12 and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds. Hall bathrooms are nearby. We have a limited number of full- and queen-size beds for the above rooms; please register early to ensure bed choice.

Dormitory

The dorms allow for 522 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms. Each dorm bed comes with your own alarm clock, reading light, and a safe to store valuables. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee lower bunks. If you cannot use an upper bunk please choose another type of housing. Dorm housing sells out quickly; please register early.

Kripalu Yoga

The intention of Kripalu Yoga is to cultivate an internal, meditative experience while stretching and challenging the body.

Gentle: For beginners and everyone interested. It includes basic breathing practices as well as a variety of standing, sitting, and lying postures. Provides some physical challenge and a great way to recharge.

Moderate: For practitioners with 3 to 9 months of experience. Practice includes a variety of foundational asanas (standing, seated, and on the floor), longer holding, and pranayama. It also provides a good workout and deep restoration.

Vigorous: For more experienced practitioners. A physically challenging class that develops strength and endurance. This class will make you sweat!

Noon Dance

  • Noon dance, offered daily at noon, is a low-impact aerobic experience that blends stretching, yoga, and dance. Saturday classes feature live drumming.

Evening Events

Sunday Meditation: Engage in the experience of meditation, where the goal is to gain perspective and find a greater sense of freedom through compassionate self-inquiry. Learn how to integrate practical suggestions to help deepen your meditation practice and find connection to ourselves and others.

Monday Drum Circle: The drum circle is an ancient, empowering, and joyful way to gather and unite. This transformative workshop guides you through a series of world beats, enabling you to discover and explore your own innate rhythms. Drums are provided or bring your own, no experience necessary.

Tuesday Kripalu Fundamentals: The foundational tools and techniques of Kripalu Yoga are focused and simply defined broad and far-reaching, yet the core principles used to deliver these ancient skills are broad and far-reaching. These workshops explore the topics fundamental to our curriculum, including posture focus, awareness, meditation in motion, pranayama, and spiritual attunement. Develop the skills and confidence to deepen your practice.

Wednesday Kirtan: Kirtan is call-and-response chanting performed in India's devotional traditions. One of the oldest music traditions of the world, this participatory experience serves to activate the spirit that exists within us all. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the center of our being.

Thursday Whole Foods Cooking Demonstration: Join us for a demonstration of the joys and benefits of whole foods cooking, and experience recipes and techniques directly from our famous Kripalu Kitchen and chefs. You will take home simple methods and inspiration for a healthier diet that you can maintain throughout the year.

Friday Kripalu Experience: In this experiential workshop, you will gain specific, practical methods to take home the gifts of Kripalu. Explore the ancient themes of yoga offered as current and viable tools for modern living. Integrate this information into your body and spirit through movement, guided relaxation, conscious listening, journaling, and more.

Saturday Performance: From award-winning songwriters and musicians to inspirational readings and theater, an exceptional evening of unique talent from around the world awaits you. Our Saturday night shows are sure to be the highlight of your visit, as we feature events that uplift the spirit, shake your soul, and open the body and heart to the magic of music and performance.

Morning

  • Wake, stretch, and stroll down the hall to a morning Kripalu Yoga class
  • Take a workshop or get outdoors on a guided hike on one of the scenic trails
  • Spend some quiet time alone, enjoy a meditation walk, or join a tai chi class on the lawn

Midday

  • Get invigorated in a noon dance class
  • Nurture your body and your soul by lunching with new friends
  • Sit in on a health lecture or enjoy a healing Kripalu massage

Afternoon

  • Take another workshop, set out on a guided kayak trip, or explore the labyrinth
  • Enjoy an afternoon yoga class or head to the lake with your journal

Evening

  • Chat with new friends while enjoying a fabulous all-natural meal
  • Attend a concert or workshop or have a healing arts session
  • Detox in the sauna and then head off to bed

Arrival day

  • 02.15 - 04.00 p.m. Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 04.00 p.m.
  • 04.15 - 05.45 p.m. Kripalu Yoga classes (optional): gentle, moderate, and vigorous
  • 05.30 - 07.00 p.m. Dinner
  • 06.45 - 07.15 p.m. Guest Welcome Session
  • 07.30 - 09.00 p.m. Opening program session

Daily

  • 06.30 - 07.45 a.m. Kripalu Yoga classes: gentle and moderate
  • 07.00 - 08.30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 08.30 - 12.00 p.m. Morning program session (start times vary; sessions run about 3hrs.)
  • 11.30 - 01.30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12.00 - 01.00 p.m. Noon Dance
  • 01.00 - 04.15 p.m. Afternoon program session (start times vary; sessions run for 2hrs.)
  • 04.15 - 05.45 p.m. Kripalu Yoga class: gentle, moderate, & vigorous/schedule a Healing Arts session
  • 05.15 - 06.45 p.m. Kripalu Yoga classes (extra session on weekends)
  • 05.30 - 07.00 p.m. Dinner
  • 07.30 - 09.00 p.m. Evening events and activities or solo time / another great time to schedule a Healing Arts session

Departure day

  • 06.30 - 07.45 a.m. Kripalu Yoga classes: gentle and moderate
  • 07.00 - 08.30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 08.30 - 11.30 a.m. Program session (session runs about 1 - 2hrs. within this time slot)
  • 11.30 - 01.30 p.m. Lunch (on the departure day, lunch is included in your stay)
  • 12.00 - 01.00 p.m. Checkout time (Luggage Room available to store bags until your departure)
  • 12.00 - 01.00 p.m. Noon Dance

Kripalu - The Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

For more than 30 years, Kripalu (kri-PAH-loo) has been teaching skills for optimal living through education for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

Programs at Kripalu are led by many of the worlds most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health and are designed to provide people with tools they can apply in their daily lives.

Program topics include wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more. Yoga programs are offered for people at all levels.

Kripalu yoga programs feature all yoga traditions and styles, and include therapeutic yoga, yogic anatomy, and trainings for teachers. Many of the Kripalu programs also offer continuing education credits for professionals in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing, and massage and bodywork.

Kripalu programs

Participate in one of our Healthy Living programs, focused on healing chronic conditions, integrative weight loss, creating vitality in midlife, fitness, or building a yoga practice

Experience Kripalus signature R&R retreat, a customized stay for balance and rejuvenation that includes a flexible schedule of classes, outdoor activities, and personal time

Take a program on a topic of interest - including yoga, health and wellness, spiritual practice, personal growth, and creativity. Attend a Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda residential training, offering certification in yoga and Ayurveda.

Kripalu highlights

East of the Former Shadowbrook Mansion: The area just east of the former mansion still has remnants of Gilded Age period landscaping and holds a special quiet and stillness. A walk on the pathways reveals the hard work and love of the workers from that time, and the stillness there can shut down the cluttered thoughts that hold peace hostage.

Front Terrace: The panoramic view from the Front Terrace is humbling and awe-inspiring. The view showcases Mother Natures rhythms - the mountain range and its textures, fragrances, colors, and hues invite deeper inquiry into the magic and mystery of creation.

Kripalu shop & cafe: To support your learning, the Kripalu shop carries an array of DVDs, CDs, books, and yoga & health-related products, as well as clothing, jewelry, and sundries. Snacks, coffee, and other cold beverages are available in the Kripalu cafe.

Labyrinth: The area that hosts the Labyrinth has a powerful healing radiance, and I find that it discharges energy throughout the whole property, a reason I planned to locate the Labyrinth there. Its a place where the inner and outer landscapes meet, and gives a 360-degree perspective of natures beauty.

Laundry: Coin-operated washers and dryers are located on the Lower Level. Laundry soap is provided.

Swami Kripalus Meditation Garden: Located above the East Drive, Swami Kripalus Meditation Garden is a quiet, reflective, and peaceful spot used for individual and group meditations.

The Camperdown Elm: Sitting under the Camperdown Elm, located below the lawn of the former mansion is also a must. This tree, mentioned in the Wikipedia list of notable camperdown elms, is a favorite place for meditation; here at Kripalu, we often call it the Prayer Tree.

Surrounded by 300 beautiful acres, Kripalu Center sits on a hilltop, with exquisite views of surrounding woodlands, hills, valleys, and the beautiful and serene Lake Mahkeenac.

GPS

Kripalu Center does not currently appear as a POI (Point Of Interest) on most commercially available GPS units. One alternative is to try entering Tanglewood on your unit.

The Kripalu main entrance is on Route 183 approximately 400 yards west of the Tanglewood main entrance. For more precise results, you can enter our exact coordinates into your devise.(choose the format appropriate to your device.

GPS coordinates

  • 42.3502, -73.3255
  • +42 21 0.72, -73 19 31.80
  • N 42 21 0.72, W 73 19 31.80

Distances

  • Albany, 1 hr.
  • Boston, 2.5 hrs.
  • Hartford, 1.5 hrs.
  • Montreal, 5 hrs.
  • Providence, 2.5 hrs.
  • New York City, 3 hrs.
Activities
  • Fitness center
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Caf
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Shop
  • Wireless internet

Natural and organic food

The Kripalu Kitchen serves natural, organic, and local foods, including vegetables, proteins, and nutritious grains. Youll also find freshly baked breads and fresh fruits. Meals are served buffet-style and are primarily vegetarian; fish or poultry options are available at lunch and dinner.

The menus

Our menus are posted on the Information Boards at Kripalu as well as at the entrance to the dining room, please take a moment to look them over when you are here to help you plan your stay. Your meals begin with dinner on your arrival day. If you will be arriving within 15 minutes of meal end times, you may want to make other arrangements for dinner.

What we serve

In addition to a buffet line that offers all-natural poultry and fish products at some meals, we always offer an exclusively vegetarian line. Both main buffet lines include soup and an entre plus grain, bean, and vegetable side dishes.

There is also an extensive salad bar with raw vegetable options, cheeses, seeds, and specialty made salads. All of Kripalu's salad dressings are homemade and most of them feature extra virgin olive oil.

Buddha bar and sandwich bar

In addition, we offer a smaller buffet we call the Buddha Bar, which offers vegan, gluten-free, simply prepared dishes like brown rice, millet, or quinoa; steamed vegetables; and simple bean and vegetable dishes.

For the sandwich lover, we offer a sandwich bar with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and a Panini maker so you can create your own melted wonders. There is fresh fruit and homemade bread available at every meal along with peanut butter, jelly, and rice cakes.

Gluten sensitivity

For guests coming who have a sensitivity to gluten you will be assured to know the steps we take to ensure your dining pleasure: we use only wheat free tamari (soy sauce), our miso is also gluten free, all of our herbs are gluten free.

We offer gluten free hot and cold cereals every morning and the Buddha Bar is 100% gluten free. While our bakery is not a gluten-free bakery, we do offer a gluten-free bread option at all meals.

Animal protein

Another question I am often asked is about the availability of animal protein. Animal proteins are available in several ways each day. There are hard boiled eggs available at breakfast in addition to a prepared egg dish on some days.

The Sandwich Bar is open every lunch and dinner and always has a meat option (tuna, chicken, or turkey). Our main line includes a fish entre two nights per week and a chicken entre two nights per week. All-natural chicken or turkey dishes are available for lunch several days per week and the salad bar offers plain unsalted canned, water-packed tuna every lunch and dinner.

Balanced nutrition

The Kripalu Kitchen uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients to offer an array of nutritionally sound choices at every meal. Whole grains, fresh vegetables, and legumes form the backbone of the menus, with organic poultry, fish, and dairy products as optional protein sources. Meals are served buffet-style.

Fresh salad fixings and a selection of delicious salad dressings are always available, as are our famous freshly baked breads. Additionally, the Ayurvedic-influenced Buddha Bar offers simple preparations of legumes, grains, vegetables, and an assortment of balancing condiments.

Experiment and enjoy

We encourage you to try new things while you are here and to explore what generates health for you. Many people experiment with portion sizes while theyre at Kripalu, or with trying out more plant-based foods.

Choice is important because each persons body is unique. We know that the answer to the question, what foods truly nourish and satisfy me? Varies from person to person and may change at different times in a persons life.

Quiet dining

  • Breakfast provides a time for silent dining (other spaces are available for conversation). At other meals, there is a room available for silent dining.

Kitchenette

While we are not available to custom cook for you, we do hope we have provided enough options to satisfy your dietary needs. You are welcome to bring any supplemental foods with you that you feel you may need. There is a small kitchenette available for guest use on the fourth floor. It has a refrigerator and freezer as well as a sink and microwave.

Kripalu Cafe

  • The Kripalu cafe is open 07.30 a.m. - 08.00 p.m. for snacks, juices, and our famous chocolate chip cookies.

Breakfast buffet

The breakfast buffet always features an egg dish, two soups, hot and cold cereals, and a daily special dish that could include pancakes, scones, muffins, or other treats. The cold cereal bar includes several dry cereals, including our homemade granola.

Plus nuts, seeds, dry fruit, dairy and soy yogurt and fruit. We also provide dairy (regular and low-fat), soy (sweetened and unsweetened), and rice milks. Theres also non-concentrate orange juice available.

Sample dinner menu

  • White Bean with Rosemary Soup
  • Cod or Tofu Provenal
  • Wild Rice Pilaf
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Butternut and Spinach Salad with a Fig Balsamic Reduction Vinaigrette
  • Vegan Dessert

Meal times

  • 07.00 - 08.30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 11.30 - 01.30 p.m. Lunch
  • 05.30 - 07.00 p.m. Friday dinners
  • 05.30 - 07.30 p.m. Saturday dinners
  • Late June through Labor Day, weekends, and holidays, all mealtimes are extended an additional 30 minutes.

Have a Kripalu Consultations

Ayurvedic Specialist Consultation: Address your specific individual health concerns in an in-depth one-on-one consultation with a vaidya / Ayurvedic physician, a specialist with extensive experience and training from an Ayurvedic medical college in India. This consultation is ideal if you are looking to enhance your existing Ayurvedic practice, or if you are dealing with a chronic health condition or deeper health imbalance. Through diet, lifestyle and herbs the Ayurvedic Specialist can help start you on a path towards health. Follow-up phone consultations are available for continued support at home. 150 USD for 50 minutes | 205 USD for 80 minutes.

Nutritional Consultation: Enhance your energy, health, and nutritional wisdom. Personalize your approach to nutrition based on an understanding of your unique needs, health concerns, activity patterns, and lifestyle. Take home a meaningful and realistic guide with practical strategies you can integrate into your life to nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Phone consultations are also available. 125 USD for 50 minutes | 190 USD for 80 minutes.

Digestive Distress: Are you experiencing digestive issues that are making life uncomfortable? Do you have chronic constipation, diarrhea, or heartburn? Work with a nutritionist to identify the source of your digestive problems and develop a meal plan that will allow you to have pain-free digestion and a healthier body overall. 125 USD for 50 minutes.

Kripalu Yoga Therapy: True healing occurs when we bring all levels of a persons being into balance. Yoga therapy is the facet of the ancient science of yoga that focuses on health and wellness on every level: physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Kripalu Yoga Therapy is a multi-layered healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through the use of breathing exercises, hand mudras, postures, lifestyle awareness, deep relaxation, and meditation. The healing journey is unique to each individual, therefore we select, adapt, and modify the practices of yoga appropriately for each individual to facilitate optimal health and healing.100 USD for 50 minutes | 160 USD for 80 minutes.

Please note Kripalu Consultations are a personalized educational service and not a medical treatment. Although some members of the Healthy Living faculty are licensed physicians, they are serving Kripalu Center and its guests in an educational versus a clinical or medical capacity.

Have a Lifestyle Change Coaching/Consultation

Ayurvedic lifestyle consultation: Ayurveda, which means the science of life, is a 5,000-year-old scientific system about being in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Your daily habits and routines are studied by an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant who has graduated from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and whose focus is primarily on education and preventative care. Gentle changes in your lifestyle and eating habits are recommended in order to enhance your overall sense of well-being and help bring you in balance with your own nature. Learn how to promote good health and longevity, and prevent disease. This is a great introduction to Ayurvedic principles. Follow-up phone consultations are available for continued support at home. 100 USD for 50 minutes | 160 USD for 80 minutes.

Ayurvedic specialist consultation: Address your specific individual health concerns in an in-depth one-on-one consultation with a vaidya (Ayurvedic physician), a specialist with extensive experience and training from an Ayurvedic medical college in India. This consultation is ideal if you are looking to enhance your existing Ayurvedic practice, or if you are dealing with a chronic health condition or deeper health imbalance. Through diet, lifestyle and herbs the Ayurvedic Specialist can help start you on a path towards health. Follow-up phone consultations are available for continued support at home. 150 USD for 50 minutes | 205 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu body dialogue: Take the time to integrate the insights and energy that may have been awakened during your visit at Kripalu, or you can explore more deeply the core issues in your life. Dialogue and other guidance techniques through the supportive, loving presence of a Kripalu facilitator will help reveal the wisdom of your unique life process in the privacy and safety of a one-to-one session. 70 USD for 50 minutes | 115 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu life coaching: Are you in transition? Needing to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle change? In a process of grief and letting go? Kripalu Life Coaching weaves together the wisdom of the yogic traditions with the power and will of the Western approach to life to ensure your success. Your coach will help you identify and clarify your goals and create incremental steps that point you in the direction of making your intentions real. Together, you will develop an action plan that reflects both ways of being (mindfulness) and ways of doing (right actions to take)grounding your plans with depth and energy. You will leave the session prepared to be more fully present in the moment-and to move forward in your life. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 130 USD for 80 minutes.

Have a Private Kripalu Yoga Instruction

Work one-to-one with an experienced Kripalu Yoga instructor to receive instructions designed for your specific needs. Refine your structural alignment, design your own sequence, learn posture modifications, restorative yoga postures, or how to meditate. Experience the benefits of receiving immediate feedback and having your questions and needs regarding yoga met. No previous yoga experience is required. 75 USD for 50 minutes | 120 USD for 80 minutes.

Ayurvedic Services

Derived from an ancient Indian tradition, these treatments are designed to help loosen toxins in the body and release excesses. The goal in all the treatments is to restore balance and reestablish calm and harmony. They are deeply cleansing and purifying to the mind, body, and soul.

Ayurvedic body treatment: The Ayurvedic Body Treatment begins with a gentle dry silk glove exfoliation, followed by a warm herbalized oil application. Your therapist then applies a mask of purified and herbalized clays collected from deep within the earth in remote regions of India. This mask both nourishes and detoxifies, leaving the skin smooth and silky. The session finishes with a hot towel wipe down, at which point you will be given a robe and escorted to the shower to rinse off the remaining clay. 180 USD for 90 minutes.

Ayurvedic energy balancing (Marma): This treatment focuses on opening and balancing energy flow according to the Indian energy system. Marma points, similar to acupressure points, are stimulated with herbal oils using circular motions. You will feel refreshed and energized after this session. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 125 USD for 80 minutes.

Ayurvedic relaxation treatment (Shirodhara): This is a deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair, and scalp and generally aids in release of stress and tension. 105 USD for 45 minutes.

Ayurvedic sinus treatment (Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya): This is a head, neck, and shoulder oil application, a facial lymphatic treatment, followed by deep inhalation of aromatic steam and herbalized nose drops (nasya). This is designed to help clear impurities from the head area, opening the sinuses and stimulating the proper flow within the head and neck area. The 80-minute session includes a full body herbalized oil treatment that deeply relaxes the entire system. 90 USD for 40 minutes | 180 USD for 80 minutes.

Herbal oil application and relaxation treatment (Abhyanga-Shirodhara): This individually prepared herbal-oil application (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation and relaxes the mind and body, promoting overall healing. This enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. It is followed by a deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbalized oils poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, and generally aids in release of stress and tension. You are then left for a few minutes to relax and assimilate this deeply calming experience. 180 USD for 80 minutes.

Herbal oil application and steam treatment (Abhyanga-Swedna): The individually prepared herbal-oil application (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and relaxes the mind and body, promoting overall healing. This enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. You will relax on the massage table after your oil treatment while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth placed on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. This allows the vital organs to remain cool during the Swedna. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment. 180 USD for 80 minutes.

Herbal oil treatment and exfoliation (Abhyanga-Garshana): This is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment, featuring a dry lymphatic skin brushing with a silk glove, followed by an individualized herbal oil treatment. This treatment enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and also removes stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body. 100 USD for 50 minutes | 160 USD for 80 minutes | 190 USD for 50 minutes with two therapists.

Skin and lymphatic detox (Udvartina): Udvartina is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic treatment. You will be scrubbed with the paste on all sides of your body. This is exfoliates and conditions the skin as well as presses stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. You will relax on the table for a few minutes at the close of the treatment. 150 USD for 70 minutes | 220 USD for 50 minutes with two therapists. Note: This treatment uses a gluten flour applied with other herbs topically to the skin, please inform the Healing Arts Advisor at time of booking if you have a severe gluten allergy so that we may accommodate your needs.

Skin and lymphatic detox and relaxation treatment (Udvartina-Shirodhara): This herbal paste application is warm and nourishing to the body and works deeply when left on the body for an hour or longer. The treatment stimulates circulation allowing the herbs to move into the blood stream and purify. The Shirodhara adds a wonderful synchrony to this treatment by allowing the nervous system to become deeply relaxed and calm, which creates an even deeper healing experience. Time is left at the end to relax and assimilate. 180 USD for 90 minutes | 300 USD with two therapists.

Skin and lymphatic detox and steam treatment (Udvartina-Swedna): Udvartina is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic treatment. It is exfoliates and conditions the skin and presses stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. You will then relax on the table while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment. 180 USD for 90 minutes.

Vigorous herbal oil treatment (Vishesh): A vigorous, rhythmic treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. When certain channels are blocked then neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues. 100 USD for 50 minutes | 180 USD for 50 minutes with two therapists.

Vigorous herbal oil application and relaxation treatment (Vishesh-Shirodhara): Vishesh is a rhythmic, vigorous treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. A Shirodhara treatment follows. This coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. It also enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp and generally aids in release of stress and tension. This is a wonderful combination for those who carry tension throughout their body and find it hard to relax and let go. 180 USD for 80 minutes.

Vigorous herbal oil application and steam treatment (Vishesh-Swedna): Vishesh is a rhythmic, vigorous treatment using herbalized oils specific to your current imbalances. This breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and guides impurities out of the body. You will then relax on the table while a light tent is placed over you with your head staying out. Steam with special herbs is started and you are kept cool with ice in a dry cloth placed on the heart and pubic bone and cold cloths over the head. This allows the vital organs to remain cool during the Swedna. You will relax for a few minutes at the close of the treatment. This combination is wonderful for loosening impurities and guiding them out of the body. The herbs used are cleansing to the blood and lymphatic system and are greatly rejuvenating. 180 USD for 80 minutes.

Body Treatments

Environ Age-Management Body Treatment: This hydrating and exfoliating full-body treatment consists of the gentle removal of dry skin cells, followed by a penetrating massage of oils and creams containing vitamins A, C, and E as well as beta-carotene. This luxurious renewal treatment provides intense hydration, tightening, firming, and regeneration of new healthy skin. The result is a more youthful, smooth, and rehydrated body. 95 USD for 60 minutes.

Energy Work

Craniosacral therapy: The therapists deep, sensitive touch locates blocks in the cerebral spinal fluid that surround the central nervous system. Then, gently manipulates the bones and membranes, restrictions are eased and all systems flow more freely. This treatment is good for many conditions including migraines, headaches, TMJ, chronic and acute pain, arthritis, memory loss, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, ear infections and depression. 125 USD for 50 minutes | 120 USD for 80 minutes.

Energy balancing: Therapists combine specific hand placements with individual intuition and their unique skill sets to create personalized sessions that facilitate the movement of energy through the pathways of the body. This work can support overall well-being, enable your body to function more efficiently, and bring you into a state of deep relaxation with a calm mind. This session is received fully clothed. 70 USD for 50 minutes | 115 USD for 80 minutes.

Integrated energy therapy: Your therapist combines angelic energy with specific hand positions and light acupressure in various locations on the physical body to gently and easily lift suppressed cellular memory from within your physical and energetic body. This treatment is ideal to clear energy blocks that have accumulated from physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual trauma. Through releasing these blocks, you will begin to feel more self-empowered, spiritually connected, and able to move through life more easily. This treatment is done fully clothed. 75 USD for 50 minutes | 120 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu master-level energy work: Experience what each master-level energy therapist has to offer from their individual toolboxes ancient and newly-emerging energy techniques. This work initiates and facilitates a subtle process of healing and self-discovery within the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of your being. This treatment is the perfect way to experience a variety of techniques from our wonderful energy workers. 195 USD for 110 minutes.

Reiki: Reiki is an ancient and sacred healing art that enables a deeply meditative and healing experience for body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is received fully clothed through a series of gentle yet powerful hand placements. Tension, stress, and pain melt away under the warm and nurturing touch of the therapist. Chakras and major systems of the body are given concentrated life force energy, enhancing the bodys inherent power to heal. 70 USD for 50 minutes | 115 USD for 80 minutes.

Dr. Hauschka facials

Classic facial treatment: This is far more than a facial. The Dr. Hauschka Classic Facial Treatment refreshes and rejuvenates the whole body, leaving you feeling serene, centered, and positively radiant. A certified Dr. Hauschka esthetician applies techniques of rhythmic touch, lymph stimulation, aromatherapy, and gentle exfoliation, all with the help of Dr. Hauschkas pure botanical preparations. This luxurious two-hour treatment is like hitting the reset button on your life: youll look and feel younger and more energetic. 175 USD for 120 minutes.

Cleansing facial treatment: This 60-minute variation of the Classic Treatment focuses on stimulating circulation and awakening the inherent healing forces of the skin. Gentle exfoliation and lymph stimulation leave skin feeling fresh, clean, and renewed. 60 minutes $105

Firming facial: This treatment will leave your skin feeling smoother, firmer, and rejuvenated. The Firming Facial Treatment includes revitalizing lymph stimulation, a special neck treatment, and a firming mask to support regeneration. 105 USD for 60 minute.

Environ Facials

Age management: We begin with an application of a lactic-acid mask that is gentle enough for all skin types, yet offers targeted treatment for fine lines or dryness. Then vitamins A and C are infused into the skin using a hydrating alginate mask. This is a results-orientated complete facial targeted for working on fine lines and the prevention of aging skin. Skin will be firmer, renewed, and hydrated. 105 USD for 50 minutes.

Vitamin C facial: A complete facial to restore radiance and add moisture. Vitamins A and C are infused into the skin to improve hydration, form new collagen, and regenerate new healthy skin cells. This facial includes a custom mask along with a relaxing face massage. Skin will be renewed, healthy, hydrated, and glowing. 105 USD for 60 minutes.

Kripalu bodywork

Aromatherapy massage: This gentle full-body massage uses high-quality essential oils selected specially for you to soothe the nervous system while stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This is wonderful for people looking to nourish the skin, eliminate toxins, and strengthen the immune system while balancing the mind body and spirit. The benefits of this nurturing, aromatic massage last long after the treatment is over. The therapeutic oils are also available for you to take home with you to continue your experience. 85 USD for 50 minutes | 135 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu deep tissue massage: A deep pressure massage designed to work out those areas of chronic tension and muscle fatigue. A variety of techniques may be used to help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. This session can be full body or you may choose to focus on a specific area. 95 USD for 50 minutes | 145 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu integrative acupressure: Your therapist artfully weaves together acupressure and stretching techniques from shiatsu, Thai massage, and Tui Na to create an individualized session to fit your needs. A unique and effective way to treat acute or chronic pain and to relax and feel rejuvenated. 90 USD for 50 minutes | 145 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu master-level massage: Create a customized massage session utilizing the therapeutic and intuitive skills of a highly experienced therapist in a session designed to renew and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. This is ideal for the experienced massage guest looking for something a little different. 195 USD for 105 minutes.

Kripalu pregnancy massage: Available at any stage of pregnancy, this full-body massage uses specific techniques for the mom-to-be. Safe and nurturing, it is designed to stimulate circulation, alleviate tired muscles, and reduce water retention. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 130 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu reflexology: Reflexology is the ancient art of clearing the body through the soles of the feet. This treatment, ideal for increasing circulation and restoring blocked energy paths, starts with a warm foot compress followed by a head massage and then focused work on the feet, leaving you balanced throughout your whole body. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 135 USD for 80 minutes.

Kripalu restorative massage: Using a variety of techniques, including Swedish massage, this soothing full-body restorative massage that enhances the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Guided breath awareness and a meditative focus on physical sensation stimulate energy to flow throughout the body and release. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 130 USD for 80 minutes.

Neuromuscular therapy: Get relief from sciatica, TMJ, tension headaches, whiplash, or repetitive stress injuries in this touch-therapy session. Areas of pain or stiffness are identified and then relieved by trigger point therapy and myofascial release. Valuable self-care homework, designed by your therapist, will help you increase your range of motion and continue your healing process at home. 100 USD for 50 minutes | 155 USD for 80 minutes.

Positional therapy: A gentle, effective therapy for the treatment of chronic and acute muscular pain and for increasing range of motion, this treatment includes careful observation and evaluation of posture followed by placing the affected muscles in a position of comfort for 90 seconds. When the pain vanishes from the tender point, the stressed tissues are felt to be at their most relaxed. These techniques are very effective in the treatment of pain due to injury, stress, repetitive strain, postural distortion, and chronic neuromuscular conditions. 80 USD for 50 minutes | 130 USD for 80 minutes.

Shiatsu therapy: This 2000-year-old Japanese tradition combines palm and finger pressure along with rotation, structural movement, and stretching techniques to stimulate the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. It works effectively with chronic pain, reducing body-based stress and increasing flexibility. This will give your whole body a tune-up that is both relaxing and invigorating. 90 USD for 50 minutes | 145 USD for 80 minutes.

Stone therapy massage: Warm volcanic stones are massaged over the entire body to promote physical and spiritual balancing by using the energies of the therapeutic stones to relax the body at its deepest level. This ancient healing treatment moves energy to depleted areas, relieves sore muscles, and produces a soothing and meditative state of peace, calm, and balance. 180 USD for 90 minutes.

Thai massage: Harmonize your body with this graceful, nurturing body work that is a compliment to any of Kripalus programs. Your therapist will guide your body through a flowing sequence of yoga-based stretches, while applying rhythmic pressure along the energy pathways and points. 90 USD for 50 minutes | 145 USD for 80 minutes.

Driving directions from North

Take Route 7/20 South from Pittsfield.

Take Route 7A for 1.2 miles to Lenox Town Monument. Turn right onto Route 183.

After 1.6 miles, at Town of Stockbridge sign and junction with Richmond Mountain Road, bear left; the entrance to Kripalu Center is immediately on your right.

Driving directions from East or West

  • Take Exit 2 (Lenox, Lee, Pittsfield) off the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90).
  • Take exit ramp onto Route 20 West.
  • After 4 miles, Route 7 merges with Route 20.
  • 100 yards past the merge, turn left at the traffic light onto Route 183.
  • After 1 mile, you will be at the monument in the center of Lenox.
  • Bear left at the monument to stay on 183 for another 1.6 miles.
  • At the Town of Stockbridge sign and junction with Richmond Mountain Road, bear left: the entrance to Kripalu Center is immediately on your right.

Driving directions from South

  • From New York City, take the Taconic Parkway or New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) North to Interstate 90 East.
  • Proceed as from east or west above.

Arrival by airplane

  • Albany Airport in New York is the nearest airport. Book a Kripalu airport transfer service or for any other times, contact Tobis Limo Service.
  • Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfield). Take a taxi into Springfield. Peter Pan buses travel from Springfield to Lenox several times daily.

Arrival by bus

  • Bus service to Lenox is available from Springfield, Boston, Albany, Providence, and New York Citys Port Authority on Bonanza or Peter Pan Trailways.
  • Buses arrive at the Lenox Town Hall. From Lenox to Kripalu, please reserve the Kripalu Shuttle.

Arrival by train

Metro North provides service from Manhattan to Wassaic, New York, one-and-a half hours from Kripalu, several times a day.

Amtrak offers one train daily from Boston, Albany, and Springfield that arrives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (about 20 minutes from Kripalu). You can take a taxi or Tobis Limo Service to Kripalu.

Arrival by limo

  • Limo service is available from all airports and door-to-door from any location in the Northeast.
  • Call Tobis Limo Service for more information.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Kripalu an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Donna from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I was very happy with my experience at Kripalu. The facility is very clean and my room in the annex was perfect. There are many nice touches - reading lights, ample storage space, a safe, suitcase jacks, and a comfortable bed. Other nice touches were the water stations throughout the building and all the cozy seating areas.I can't say enough about the food. Delicious, varied, all labeled so you could identify unfamiliar items, and it is all fresh and enticing. The dining room is spotless.The yoga teachers are experienced and no two classes were the same. My usual practice is most similar to your vigorous classes but I really enjoyed the gentle and moderate classes. While the gentle classes are accessible to anyone they were not "easy" or beginner. The stretches could be quite deep. The grounds are gorgeous - the whole area is so calming. I went for R and R and expected to simply do yoga and relax but I found myself connecting with other people and my own heart in ways I never expected. I have nothing negative to say . I highly recommend Kripalu to anyone who wants to relax, reflect and recharge."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Adriana Benusiglio from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "Best relaxing atmosphere and wonderful food. After a couple of days you feel at home!Jennifer La Pierre, (guest Manager) and Rebecca receptionist where so generously willing to make every second memorable. Thank you!Wonderful yoga teachers and many options.I strongly recommend Kripalu to anyone who needs to disconnect and relax!find peace at Kripalu! Namast!quot;"

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  • Review by Nancy
    10 out of 10

    "Kripalu is a place I've always wanted to try. A workshop became available that met CEU requirements for my job, so Voil - I booked a weekend. I stayed for a weekend in the dorm room with about 7 other ladies. Everyone was nice, friendly vibe, respectful of folks' intention to bond, or enjoy solitude. My workshop kept us fairly busy from 6 a.m. through evening time, so I didn't have too much time to explore the grounds. Food was good, with plenty of (healthful) options. Silent breakfast was actually really nice. They DO sell coffee in the a.m., on the first floor (rather important for me to avoid a screaming headache). I will definitely return, probably for an R & R weekend. Comfy clothes are a must-have. Slip on shoes/flip flops are the norm here. Thanks, Kripalu!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Trinidad
    8 out of 10

    "If you're looking for some time to yourself and nature, this is the place to be. The facility is designed for quiet relaxation. I was there during the start of autumn so the weather was perfect and the autumn colours were breathtaking. Walk down to the lake for kayaking (or a swim), take a hike through the woods (all levels of trails available), or just indulge in an Ayurvedic massage. Yoga instructors and general staff were amazing. Food is inclusive in the R&R package and you will be amazed at how great healthy food can taste!"

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  • Review by Julie R from Braintree, Massachusetts, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Kripalu is a great place to relax, renew, and restore yourself. But it is not for everyone. Those expecting luxury accommodations will be better off with the botox crowd at Canyon Ranch. If you are ok with sharing a bathroom, enjoying simple, filling meals, and participating in healthy activities such as yoga and hiking, then Kripalu is for you. Your room probably will not have wi-fi. There are no tvs. Breakfast is silent. So leave your cell phones and tablets behind and enjoy the beautiful Berkshires. You'll be glad you did."

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  • Review by Vicki Richards from Massachusetts, USA

    "Kripalu was an important healing place for me during the years that I was in treatment for breast cancer and going through a painful divorce. I came to Kripalu for a variety of programs and to rejuvenate. Retreat and Renewal helped tremendously during stressful times. The yoga, the music, the food, the medical aspects, including healing arts, provided a respite for me. My body needed healing touches after so many surgeries, and the massage therapists and energy workers knew how to be gentle and effective. I also spent time outdoors and felt the sacredness of the land and the healing power of nature.Comprehensive care was unavailable in Miami, where I was living at the time, and I had to pull my own team together and essentially create my own treatment plan. At Kripalu, I found the inspiration and information I needed to locate an MD in Miami to help me continue on my quest for great health in a more holistic way. Im a professional musician, and before I got sick, I had played at Kripalu and other Berkshire venues, with Layne Redmond, Steve Gorn, and KDZ and of course I soaked up the classical music at Tanglewood!While I was in recovery, I wasnt able to play a lot. On my most recent visit to Kripalu, I was so happy to play some kirtan evenings again. During that stay, I also thought about my dream to create a music recording for women going through chemotherapy, which Ive since recorded. The people at Kripalu have impacted me so positively and aided in my recovery. Every teacher gave me the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive setting. There is an energy, intention, and welcoming spirit that emanates from everyone the people at the Front Desk, program directors, teachers, volunteers, administrators, staff, and, of course, the other guests.Thanks to the advice of a nurse named Marge who I met at lunch, I limped into my first yoga class in a year. I know Im not the only person in the world who has gone through the challenges of disease, divorce, grief, and suffering. Its important that there is this place where people can go to heal and grow during times of challenge. For me, the focus is now on the return of health, music, happiness, and purpose. Im fortunate to be healthy enough to travel and create again. Im getting out and enjoying meeting new people. "

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  • Review by Jeff DeBonis from Oregon, USA

    "Kripalu is the place where I have gone during big transitions to remember my true self. Its where I learned to integrate yoga and meditation into my life. As dramatic as it may sound, Kripalu really saved me more than once. I first came to Kripalu in the 90s, when I started to experience the symptoms of chronic fatigue as the result of four years at a very demanding, high pressure, and draining job in Washington DC. I never felt rested and was constantly exhausted. I couldnt find the energy to exercise, even though in the past Id exercised a lot. It all had a terrible effect on my life and my work. At some point I had heard about Kripalu, and I decided to go there for an R&R retreat. It was just what I needed to recuperate from all the stress. Kripalu provided the space for me to stop the constant running.Id done yoga on and off since high school, but not consistently. During my stay, I took as many meditation and yoga classes as I could, laying the groundwork for what would become a regular practice. In 1999, after moving back to Oregon and taking a year and a half off work, I came for a month-long Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. By the time youre done with that month, youve really started living more healthfully. The training also allowed me to integrate yoga into my consulting business, which helps environmental activists who are heading for burnout but dont know what to do about it the same road that I traveled. Now I teach a program called Heart to Heart, a sampling of yoga, meditation, and breathing/pranayama. Its experiential, so people actually do it and leave with their own practice.Last year, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. To prepare for the operation, I got in really good physical condition through exercising and I returned to Kripalu for a week of yoga and meditation. By the time I got to the operating room, I was in really good mental and physical condition. I recuperated very quickly my doctor said I was his second-fastest procedure ever, in part because I was in such good condition. The operation was a complete success. All cancer was removed, and no follow-up chemo or radiation were needed. I am now cancer free. All my times at Kripalu have been aha moments. Kripalu is a spiritual place for me and what Ive learned there helps me in all different levels of my life. I am so grateful that you the people of Kripalu are all there. Thank you."

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  • Review by Josh from Maine, USA

    "As a college graduation present, I was offered the chance to attend the Quarter-Life Calling program with Coby Kozlowski at Kripalu. There is no word to describe the experience except transformative. The program was focused on finding a life of passion in your twenties. The group, composed of young people, took part in different exercises designed to push us outside of our comfort zones. We were encouraged to explore uncharted areas of ourselves. During the most intense exercise, we paired up and stood 10 feet away from each other. We approached our partner, got really close, and yelled in his or her face for about 20 seconds. Then we switched roles.Different things came out for different people. Afterward, we hugged for what seemed like an eternity. I felt an incredible emotional release. During another empowering exercise, we sat with our eyes closed and raised our arms with our fingers extended toward the ceiling. We didnt know how long we were going to do this. After 15 minutes, when we were finally told to release, I had intense bodily feelings that really took me out of my head. The program was deeply emotional, perfect for what I was ready for at that time. I felt powerful and filled with gratitude. I left Kripalu crying in appreciation for the magic of being alive and was inspired to pursue more self-exploration and practice. A lot of my ideas started to come together and I became clear about what I wanted to do.After a year in graduate school pursuing a degree in exercise and sport science, I came back to Kripalu for yoga teacher training. I was grateful that my college allowed this training to serve as an internship. I think that the benefits of yoga and the mind/body connection are becoming more recognized in the West. I currently teach tennis, and I had ideas about combining yoga, tennis, and sports psychology into a business. The training really opened me up to looking at yoga differently. I know now that its so much more than just doing asanas. The yoga philosophy is now embedded in me, and I know that the skills Ive learned, such as conscious communication and reflective listening, will be helpful in all of my endeavors. I feel lucky to be a young person who has been exposed to such powerful tools to help me conduct myself with awareness and direction. I feel well prepared for life."

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