Kripalu Wellness Retreat

 
We have returned from a most informative and relaxing week at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath. The Healthy Living Immersion Program conducted in conjunction with the National Parkinson Foundation was absolutely amazing.

 

This wellness retreat for recently diagnosed PWP’s and their caregivers included sessions with a leading Movement Disorder Specialist, along with sessions about exercise, relationships, nutrition, and resilience led by experts in the field.  And we had various yoga, yoga dance and meditation sessions in addition to the yoga offered daily at Kripalu.  Oh and did I mention the food? We enjoyed wonderful healthy meals every day in the cafeteria all made from organic and local foods.

 

I will go into more detail in the next post, but first what is Kripalu?  Seems like a simple question but I don’t think you can fully understand the Kripalu experience until you spend some time there.   Here is part of the description from the Kripalu website:
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. (Emphasis added) It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

While it is definitely a center for the practice of yoga, the key statement is in bold above, “…teaching skills for optimal living for the whole person…”  As you will see throughout this series of posts, we learned much more than the benefit of yoga during our retreat.
One of the best things we learned during our retreat was we are not alone in dealing with Parkinson’s.  There were about 70 attendees and we and the instructors quickly bonded as a group even though we had never met before and each of us had different symptoms and different issues to deal with.  We left with a strong sense of community, a 5 page list of email addresses and phone numbers for staying in touch and lots of good information and ideas for dealing with Parkinson’s.

Without a doubt this was the best gift we could have given ourselves at this time in our lives.  I can’t say enough good things about our experience but I’ll try in the next post 🙂

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