I had read from a brochure how relaxing Kripalu was and how great the yoga experience would be. Upon arriving, nothing was clear or explained to us. The check in process was crowded and very confusing. I had hoped that our room in the Annex would at least be nice for the price $500. Once we walked in the room to my surprise everything is made with concrete slabs and very cold and dismal, almost depressing. The bed was hard and my husband and I froze all night because you cannot adjust the thermostat.
The next day I attended a moderate yoga class, again I was highly disappointed. In an hour and 30minute class we did 3 poses. I myself am a yoga instructor and I was hoping to gleam some knowledge or improve my own yoga skills, instead I didn't even break a sweat.
The food was horrible and tasted like it was left in a wet bucket all day. No fresh fruit anywhere, except bananas. Coffee had to be paid for and it certainly wasn't worth $2.
Everyone seems to be in a zombie like state. What happened to "free thinking?" If this is really a spiritual place and experience then why are the majority of people, staff included rude and impatient? Isn't the path to God and enlightment about how we treat others?
The facility is old, sweat and musty smelling. I preferred to be outdoors and hiking climbing the mountain far away from this prison like facility. Save your money and time . Please do not allow yourself to be brain washed. The best gift is the freedom to think for yourself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kripalu is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. Located in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Kripalu offers weekend R&R retreats and more than eight hundred 3-5-day programs each year featuring world-class teachers, thinkers, authors and presenters in yoga, meditation, holistic wellness and self-discovery. Kripalu's sprawling campus features multiple hiking trails, beach and kayak access to the Stockbridge Bowl, wildflower and butterfly gardens, a labyrinth, and scenic country roads for walking and running. Voted Best Fall Yoga Retreat by Conde Nast Traveller ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kripalu Center For Yoga And Health
- Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health Hotel Stockbridge
- Kripalu Yoga Center