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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

First, this is a very large facility. There are a lot of different trainings going on so there can be a lot of people especially at lunchtime. I stayed in the new annex in one of the double rooms. Getting to the room the first couple times was a little unnerving because you either walk outside and around to get to the building or you go to the basement which feels like you shouldn't be down there. The way they connected the annex to the existing building is a little strange. The room itself was VERY small for two people. The room was very modern and chic, but you have to be comfortable being in such a small space with another person that you don't know. The cafeteria had a wide variety of food and they have the most amazing apple cider! I have no complaints about the food. The coffee is not free and is only sold in the little cafe on the main level. There would be a line of people in the morning for coffee and they never quite had enough brewing in the morning, so they would always run out so if you weren't the first few people in line, you would have to wait for the second batch of coffee. Annoying, and it was Starbucks prices only if you kept your cup, you got a discount on the coffee, but that means you have to carry your empty cup around all day. Enjoyed my training and they have so many different classes it was worth the trip, but the facility is not a spa, there are a lot of people so it's not quiet and quaint. I would return, but pay extra for a single room and prepare myself for the coffee situation. The view is amazing especially in the morning. We took several walks around the facility and it was gorgeous. They have outdoor picnic benches that we used for lunch and dinner just to get out of the noisy cafeteria. I didn't use any of the spa facilities, but a friend did and she said it was worth the money and very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank YogaGirl201550
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KripaluGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2013

So glad to hear you enjoyed your training! Sorry we missed an opportunity to show you a nicer way to the Annex - it is connected to the main building so you don't have to go outside or to ground level unless you need elevator access. We are excited to be adding an additional elevator soon for even more ease of access. We are also redesigning our cafe for a quicker morning coffee experience! Hope to welcome you back soon and hear what you think of the upgrades. -Erin P

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

One of the best experiences of my life. Stayed a month for yoga teacher training. I did not expect a resort but simple accommodations and food, so my expectations were not "five star." The area is lovely, many trails in the beautiful surroundings( it helped that the weather was particularly good for the entire month of October and into the first week in. November). The food was fabulous, having the choice of vegetarian or just healthy cuisine. There was so much variety. In the month there were only a few repeat meals for lunch and dinner. I thought for sure I gained weight but in the end, I lost 4-5 pounds.

Accommodations were spartan as expected but it helped that there was a sink in the room to wash my face and brush my teeth. The showers were relatively clean and although weekends were crazy busy I never had trouble with enough hot water or having to wait to shower. Maybe because I got up at 5 am, not sure.

I took advantage of healing services, sunroom, meditation room, weekend yoga classes, performances, lectures and long walks. Everything was great and I will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank MarkTwainElmira
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

I was very excited about visiting Kripalu, based on reviews here as well as their website. I was travelling alone and participated in the Restorative yoga program.
As you may know, the facility is spartan - do not go expecting a spa like resort. I had a room in the main building on the 3rd floor, no bathroom (shared hall bath). Fortunately, it does have a sink and the room was immaculate. All bedding is provided. I would of preferred a private bath, but wanted to keep costs down. Bathroom was updated and very clean. I noticed that the 4th floor bathrooms were not updated.
The program itself was excellent. Attending a program does allow for participating in other activities such as noon dance, etc...But certainly if you wish to have complete control and flexibility over your time there, you should choose R&R.
The food - WOW. It was so wonderful, I miss it already. I am a vegetarian, so to have so many non meat options at each meal was very nice. All organic, healthy, unique and very very good. I even purchased the cookbook in the giftshop.
Going alone - I think in the future I would prefer to attend with a friend. It seemed that most people there were together, most of them women. Especially since there is no TV, radio, it would have been nice to have company in the evenings.
Grounds - beautiful for hiking, walking, just experiencing. The autumn leaves and crisp clear weather helped of course!
I would definitely return, most likely for R&R and with a friend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Pelotongirl
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Kripalu has created a sanctuary in an institutional building, a former monastery set in the Berkshires. It's a strange juxtaposition, of cement block walls, and extreme "chill" in terms of what and who is offered there. The food is absolutely superb, I suggest going there for the food alone. It ranges from macrobiotic to vegan, vegetarian, and they do serve some poultry luncheon meats. CAVEAT, they do not serve coffee in the cafeteria, which I rue. They sell coffee downstairs in the gift shop, it's too strong, I don't like it, and since meals are included, this ticked me off. However, see if there's a class there you might enjoy, or just go for massage, meditation, meditation on one of their rest and relaxation retreats. They're offering 1 free night if you pay for 2 with their midweek "R&R" retreats. I've always taken a class while I was there. Their new wing is stunning, and I look forward to staying in this modern, Scandinavian design influenced dorm. I've stayed in their bunk bed dorms, and this was ok too, if you're on a budget.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

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!

Stayed: November 2013
13  Thank Jenni M
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KripaluGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2013

I am sorry this was your experience. While what we offer at Kripalu may not be for everyone, we are proud of our services, our staff, and our mission. We are grateful for all feedback and it would be helpful to have more context for some of your comments. I invite you to contact me at guestservices@kripalu.org. I hope to hear from you. Kindly, Erin P.

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