Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health marks 50 years in Stockbridge

It’s not yet the dark ages of winter, but it is late fall and the time of year when light is fading from either end of the day. When getting up early isn’t accompanied by summer’s bright light, but of the thin white light of the moon. As it is right now, at 6 a.m.  

Six a.m. seems more a time for curling up deeper under the covers and sleeping some more rather than getting dressed and getting going. After all, this is a retreat in the Berkshires and this is not a go-to-work day, not in the usual sense at least. 

Visitors participate in a yoga class in a large hall.

Certainly, the idea of awaking and throwing on some stretchy gear and attending yoga, which for some might be routine, seems like downright self indulgence to me. Because at 6 a.m. I am usually imbibing enough coffee to jumpstart the work day, and if this isn’t a workday then surely it’s a rest day, not a get up at 6 a.m. day. 

Even with the idea that what I am doing is absurd, I remain resolute: It’s on the schedule, let’s get there and get it done. Besides, I have to defer to the folks here at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, who surely know what they are doing. It is, after all, the nation’s largest and among its oldest yoga retreats, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary, 

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