“Our body mind container must be strong and stable.

Then, we can fill it with energy from our practice and carry that energy everywhere we go as a heightened state of aliveness.”

Yoganand

The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts

Swami Kripalu was an ascetic yogi whose intensive practices led him to a very deep understanding of yoga, which he passed on to his students. His teachings were the inspiration behind Kripalu Yoga© as developed by Yogi Amrit Desai and taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The teachings of Swami Kripalu are also the inspiration behind Pranakriya Yoga. Pranakriya Yoga was developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll, a long time student of Amrit Desai, Swami Kripalu, and other teachers in Swami Kripalu’s tradition.


During his fifteen years as a resident of Kripalu Ashram and Kripalu Center, Yoganand dove deeply into the renunciate practices of Swami Kripalu. In 1989, he was initiated into the vows of Sannyasa and joined Kripalu’s Monastic order.

In 1994, after 14 years of intensive practice, he received Shaktipata initiation from Yogi Amrit Desai and began practicing the advanced yoga that Swami Kripalu himself had practiced for over 30 years. Under the guidance of Amrit Desai, Yoganand was instructed to pass on the deeper teachings to Kripalu practitioners as he felt appropriate.

In 1998, Yoganand became a director of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program, and later in the same year became the overseer for Kripalu Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

In 2003, Yoganand left his teaching position at Kripalu Center. He continued to study the teachings of the yoga tradition and to practice Hatha Yoga techniques from Swami Kripalu’s renunciate path as a householder living and working in the world. Many students gathered around him attracted to his approach which he refers to as a hybrid path: mostly householder living a sattvic lifestyle with a core of renunciate teachings and practices.

With the blessing of the current directors and developers of Kripalu Yoga, Yoganand gave name and expression to his understanding of the teachings of Swami Kripalu under the title of Pranakriya Yoga.

Pranakriya classes and programs hold true to the ancient tradition Swami Kripalu lived and taught, and adapted by Yoganand Michael Carroll for western students who have active lives in the world.

During Pranakriya YTT I learned how to teach poses, not just perform them.

The Pranakriya methodology instilled in me the confidence to lead classes that range from gentle to vigorous through the numerous practice teaching opportunities. Yet as much as I gained knowledge of the postures, I also discovered so much more about myself as a yoga practitioner on and off the mat. I changed both physically and spiritually, and will always be grateful for the connection to the Pranakriya lineage.
-Stacey Shulman

I feel fortunate to have discovered the Pranakriya 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

The program, rooted in tradition but applicable to modern Western practitioners, is well rounded, professional, and thorough.  Students significantly deepen their own practice while learning how to teach yoga, and the instructors are kind, wise, and accessible.  The training left me feeling well prepared to teach and eventually open my own studio.  It changed my life. You will gain lifelong friendships and personal growth beyond measure!
 
 -Kristen Mercado (Yoga Teacher and Owner of Solstice)

After completing the 200 hour teacher training program, I felt confident that I could walk into a class and lead students through a safe and supported practice.

Being able to practice teaching during the training was a wonderful way to begin to feel comfortable in the teacher role and it gave me the opportunity to observe different people and body types move through the postures.  We learned to teach three distinct types of classes, almost assuring that we would be prepared to lead several types of classes upon completion of the program.  Because of the thorough training, I was able to secure teaching jobs at local studios and put my skills to use immediately following graduation.  If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose this training.

– Stacee Johnson

I came to the Pranakriya 200 hour training with the intention of teaching yoga.

The Pranakriya teachers and community treated me with loving kindness and compassion. This community helped me to find parts of myself that I never knew existed – and an incredible light within myself that I had been unconsciously hiding for much of my life.
The training was extremely organized, and extremely thorough for potential teachers.  Not only did I leave feeling prepared to lead a class but I left feeling lighter in my soul. I continue to be grateful on a daily basis for the life I have as a yoga teacher – and grateful for my Pranakriya roots.
– Sarah Kleiner

Pranakriya training under William Hufschmidt deepened my practice, my strength and endurance, challenged my abilities, while expanding my body, mind, and spirit.

Pranakriya training under William Hufschmidt deepened my practice, my strength and endurance, challenged my abilities, while expanding my body,mind, and spirit. The Pranakriya breath work has impacted not only my yoga practice, but also my work with clients energetically.  It has been transformational in developing discipline, growth,  and self-awareness.
– Gayle Gross

When I decided to commit to YTT, I didn’t see myself teaching. I just wanted a deeper practice: what I got in return was so much more.

An awakening within, a renewed sense of belonging, a strong confidence to teach and a broad yet flexible training that I could apply anywhere and with various populations. What I know for sure is not all YTT’s are the same. I am glad that I studied with Pranakriya. As I’ve ventured out into the world to instruct those with sleep issues as well as military service members, veterans and their families, I know that I had one of the best yoga trainings around. It has definitely prepared me to work with specialized populations in a way that I didn’t see coming!

– Pamela Stokes Eggleston

 Our Mission

Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts offers teacher trainings, retreats, classes and workshops that explore the ancient practices of Tantra Hatha Yoga. We encourage all students to practice with focus at a level to both humble and inspire their lives. We work to foster an open and accepting community of growth, healing and transformation that invites all practitioners to listen deeply and to respectfully follow their own soul’s dharma. Our mission is to support humanity, become more fully alive and live attuned to Prana.

 

Find us in these states:

Connecticut • Florida • Georgia • Illinois • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New Mexico • North Carolina • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • Vermont • Washington

Contact

7 Avenida Vista Grande B7 #130 Santa Fe, NM 87508

Email:info@pranakriya.com

 

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YOGA WITH WILLIAM

Statement of Faith

If we are somehow endowed with participation of some kind of divinity, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with the respect and dignity this demands.

If, on the other hand, we are the accidental outcome of blind natural processes in a cosmos that is indifferent to us being here at all, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with a tenderness and respect befitting such serendipitous surprises.

by Frank Casper
Lay Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia © 2008