Kripalu Yoga is also called the Yoga of consciousness. Kripalu puts great emphasis on proper breath, alignment, coordination of breath and movement, and "honoring the wisdom of the body" – meaning that you work according to the limits of your individual flexibility and strength. Alignment follows awareness. Students learn to focus on the physical and psychological reactions caused by various postures to develop their awareness of mind, body, emotion and spirit. There are three stages in Kripalu Yoga. Stage One focuses on learning the postures, proper breathing, and exploring your body's abilities. Stage Two involves holding the postures for an extended time, developing concentration and awareness of your thoughts and emotions. Stage Three is like Meditation in motion, in which the movement from one posture to another arises unconsciously and spontaneously while you are in a meditative state.

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