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Kripalu Yoga for Everyday Living Program (3 Week Series) Monday & Wednesday Evenings


  • Abandoned Pittsburgh 301 East Main Street Pittsburgh, PA 15106 (map)

This program is designed to encourage restoring a state of equilibrium in everyday living through the practice of yoga. It provides practical ways to address common symptoms of modern-day living: too much stress and anxiety, too much standing, too much sitting, muscle tension and subsequent insomnia. Kripalu Yoga offers ways to address these situations through breath awareness and gentle body movement. The program consists of six Kripalu Yoga themed-sessions over a three week period that explore practical strategies to restore a sense of peace and steadiness to life.

(3 Week Series) Monday & Wednesday Evenings

This program of six Kripalu Yoga themed-sessions spans a three week period. This program is designed to encourage restoring a state of equilibrium in everyday living through the practice of yoga:

  • Session 1 - May 6, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Session 2 - May 8, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Session 3 - May 13, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Session 4 - May 15, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Session 5 - May20, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Session 6 - May 22, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

Kripalu Yoga for Everyday Living Program Description

The program consists of practical yoga essentials to incorporate yoga into everyday life and to match the application of yoga with the life circumstances you are experiencing. Six 75-minute themed Kripalu Yoga classes explore the practices necessary to meet the effects of life through the practice of yoga.

Based on the principles of Kripalu Yoga – safety, personal responsibility, observation of the self without judgment - the practice of yoga in this program serves as a physical model for personal growth that can be applied to the yoga practice of life.

This program assumes that participants have basic experience in the practice of yoga. For those entirely new to yoga, the Beginner’s Tutorial Program may be a better fit initially.

Session 1 – Yoga to steadiness and connecting with rhythms of life

Session 2 – Yoga when you’ve been standing too much

Session 3 – Yoga when you’ve been sitting too much

Session 4 – Yoga for relaxing muscle tension

Session 5 – Yoga to help you sleep better

Session 6 – Designing your personal yoga practice

“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”

- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2


Many of us have attended yoga classes that seemed more like aerobics classes with Sanskrit flavorings -- merely exercises void of the inward journey of awareness and the power of transformation that yoga offers. Kripalu yoga emphasizes personal growth and transformation through the practice of yoga. As a result, it is slower paced and more introspective.

Kripalu Yoga emphasizes personal growth and transformation through the practice of yoga. Safety, personal responsibility and witness of the self without judgment are hallmarks.

It is accessible for all levels (beginners through advanced), where modifications and the use of props help each person find their ideal expression of the poses when they are doing them. While other forms of yoga certainly result in personal growth and transformation, Kripalu Yoga hones this focus in a gentle and accessible way.

This is not “work out” yoga, but rather “work in” yoga.

From the outset, a Kripalu Yoga class has the same elements as other yoga classes:  breathing techniques, warm ups, yoga postures and final relaxation, and it results in strength, flexibility and peaceful feelings. However, Kripalu Yoga is done at a slower pace. This slower pace invites practitioners to fully explore the poses and be just at the edge of physical sensation in a safe and secure way. Each person determines how deeply they want to go into the practice. Kripalu Yoga also supports pausing periodically to integrate the positive effects that yoga brings, progressing at a manageable pace. The practice can be made more challenging by sustaining the poses for longer periods of time or with expanded expressions, but this is invited as skill and experience gradually develop

Yoga is the practice of being close to yourself, no matter what is happening within or around you.
— Elena Martin Bower

One feature that characterizes Centered Presence, Ltd.’s yoga classes is the opportunity to explore “meditation in motion” near the end of the class. This allows the mind to make sense of and integrate the new awareness that yoga has brought during the session. This is a key element in harnessing the power of transformation that yoga can foster.

Kripalu Yoga encourages practicing yoga both on and off the yoga mat. Adapting to the yoga practice becomes a metaphor for adapting to life; indeed, concepts transfer in broader ways. For example, safely being at the edge of physical sensations that may arise while in the postures, observing them, feeling them, breathing with them, watching what happens and allowing it to happen has parallels to being with emotions that arise in everyday life and applying the same approach.

Kripalu Yoga is great for those who have not found the right fit in other yoga classes, because classes may be too vigorous, too fast paced or overwhelming.

In this program, the principles of Kripalu Yoga are introduced and practiced. Six 75-minute classes lead participants through essential components of embodied personal growth through the practice of yoga. Each class segues into the next, building a foundation upon which to grow in the practice of yoga.

About the instructor:

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Professional Coach and former Scientist, I bring all the gifts of who I am to my work. Driven by the desire to elevate others, my career initially spanned the biotech industry, interdisciplinary research and laboratory safety. Over the past decade, it evolved to wellness and now I work in my own company, Centered Presence, Ltd. As a presenter, my workshops are characterized by elements of touch, intimacy, authenticity, embodiment, grounding, presence, spiritual practice and cultivation of inner awareness, which result in personal growth and empowered movement forward.

Learn more at www.centeredpresence.com