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Kripalu Yoga Beginner's Tutorial Program (3 Week Series) Monday & Wednesday Evenings

  • Gardenalia 3709 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (map)

You’ve heard a lot about yoga and maybe have even tried a class once only to find that it was too fast paced, it was presented only in ways that your body doesn’t quite move in yet, or maybe you wanted to connect more with your inner being, but got an aerobics-style gym class instead. You may have left thinking that yoga isn’t for you. Well, yoga is for you! Maybe you just need to experience a different type of yoga, do it at slower pace and in a way that builds with each successive lesson.

If you can breathe and move in any way, you can do yoga. I’ll show you how.
— Michael Patrick

Kripalu Yoga is a gentler and slower-paced yoga. It meets your body where it is, recognizing and honoring abilities and limitations. Instead of forcing yourself to be something that you’re not, you can graciously celebrate yourself -- just as you are.  When we are able to meet, love and accept ourselves where we are, it is from there that we can grow and blossom. 

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.

The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.
— Swami Kripalu

Program Components

This program is designed for people who haven’t done yoga before or have had little experience with it and want to learn at a manageable pace.

Over the course of 3 weeks, six 75-minute tutorials introduce four breathing techniques, warm up exercises, 24 yoga poses and the principles of Kripalu Yoga.


  • How to Sit

  • Prop Use

  • Om Chant

Principles of Kripalu Yoga

  • Safety, Personal Responsibility, Observation of Self without Judgment

  • Stages of Kripalu Yoga - Will and Surrender

  • Being at the Edge of Sensation

  • Riding the Wave

Breathing Techniques (Pranayama)

  • Three-Part Breath (Dirgha)

  • Ocean-Sounding Breath (Ujjayi)

  • Alternate Nostril Breath (Nadi Shodhana)

  • Skull-Polishing Breath (Kapalabhati)

Yoga Poses

  • Boat (Navasana)

  • Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)

  • Child’s Pose (Garbasana)

  • Cobra (Bhujangasana)

  • Corpse (Shavasana)

  • Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • Eagle (Garudasana)

  • Gate (Parighasana)

  • Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

  • Half Shoulder Stand – Supported (Ardha Sarvangasana)

  • Head to Knee (Janu Shirshasana)

  • Knee-Down Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

  • Mountain (Tadasana)

  • Pigeon (Kapotasana)

  • Posterior Stretch (Paschimottanasana)

  • Seated Spinal Twist (Matsyendrasana)

  • Side Warrior (Parshva Virabhadrashana)

  • Standing Squat (Chair Pose) (Utkatasana)

  • Standing Wide Angle (Prasarita Padottanasana)

  • Symbol of Yoga (Yoga Mudra)

  • Tree (Vrksasana)

  • Triangle (Trikonasana)

  • Upward Boat (Urdhva Navasana)

  • Warrior (Virabhadrasana)

Program Schedule

  • Tutorial Session 1 - January 14, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Tutorial Session 2 - January 16, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Tutorial Session 3 - January 21, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Tutorial Session 4 - January 23, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Tutorial Session 5 - January 28, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Tutorial Session 6 - January 30, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM

In this Tutorial Program, Kripalu Yoga is introduced with detail. No experience with yoga or exercise is necessary. The program is accessible for all levels of fitness, especially beginners. Props, such as yoga blocks and cushions, are used to ensure safety and surety. Instruction will be done at a pace to allow absorption of the material and give time to practice. Attendees will be able to share what they experience with the group.

Those should attend who:  

    * Are interested in becoming more peaceful, grounded and embodied.

    * Want to explore yoga and are not satisfied with the offerings of mainstream yoga classes.

    * Want to become more aware of their bodies and their beings.

This is an indoor event.

This program is followed by the Kripalu Yoga three-week Personal Growth Program, which explores personal growth through the practice of yoga. It runs February 4, 2019 through February 20, 2019.

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.

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