Kripalu Yoga

(Northboro, MA)

The world is one family.

Let your heart touch your student’s heart.

Swami Kripalu



Pat Lebau teaches Kripalu yoga classes in the Northborough, Massachusetts area. Pat trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in January, 2008. She has deepened her training with two of four additional 10 day Kripalu trainings towards her 500 hour certification. She also has a B.S and M.S. in Biology. Prior to teaching yoga, she worked in Environmental Planning including wetlands consulting, Hazardous Waste Management, and the Big Dig Environmental Impact Statement. When her boys entered school, Pat began her second career working with autistic children in local schools. When her boys left for college, yoga called and Pat answered joyfully. “Teaching Yoga is like finding an oasis along the journey,” says Pat. “It is a beautiful, health enhancing, delightful feature on the landscape of life.” Find out more about available group and private yoga at:


What is Kripalu Yoga? Kripalu yoga embraces many styles and teaches you to find the practice that best suits you. Classes can be gentle, moderate or vigorous depending on what the person practicing needs. It honors your individuality. Kripalu yoga also teaches you to take your yoga off the mat and out into your daily life. It helps develop habits that lead to skillfulness in action on and off the mat. It is a powerful wellness practice that strengthens body, mind and spirit. And it feels so good and is so fun!

Why practice Kripalu Yoga? For your body – stretch and tone muscles, release chronic tension, de-stress and refresh. For your mind – calm restless thoughts, cultivate concentration, support mental clarity and confidence. For your spirit – encourage self-acceptance, honor inner wisdom, invite deep peace.

What should you expect in a Kripalu Yoga class? Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare you for Yoga postures. The heart of each class is a varying sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Class levels range from gentle to vigorous.

Why Kripalu yoga as opposed to the other styles out there? This style of yoga allows you to tailor your practice to your particular life situation. Do you want to work hard and sweat? There is a vigorous practice for you. Are you caring for some tenderness from old or new injuries? There is a gentle/moderate practice that will allow you to modify postures and care for those aspects of self while still moving, stretching and strengthening safely. Are you in a life situation that requires deep self care? There is a practice that beautifully complements medical care. People working with M.S., cancer, fibromyalgia, thyroid, autism, exhaustion, pain, stress, depression, etc. find yoga to be powerfully helpful. At Kripalu we learn that yoga is an exploration; a scientific process of trying various postures, breath work and meditation to see how they interact with your unique body at this unique time of life. Find what works for you! After all, you are totally and completely unique. Just like everybody else!

Yoga is different from most other exercise. Yogis say, “You are as young as your back is flexible.” Yoga works the spine and organs in the torso. You bend forward and back, side to side, and twist. This is very different from running/biking/skiing/walking which are all good but keep the torso in one position. Yoga moves the torso in postures standing, sitting, lying down, and for some people, on the head! The endocrine organs get a firm smoosh and send their hormones out; the adrenals (endocrine organs atop the kidneys) get pressed and cleared of “fight or flight” blockages and old build up like squeezing a sponge. The fresh, oxygenated blood from all the breathing and moving flows in like a spring flood and clears sluggish systems. The deep breathing calms the nervous system and also strengthens the diaphragm. All of the fascia (tissue surrounding muscle groups) of the body systems get stretched, lubricated and toned. The joint capsules (tissue surrounding each joint) produce synovial (lubricating) fluid but only do so when moved, so every joint in the body gets lubed. The practice leaves you strong, supple and balanced in mind, body and spirit.

Pat offers private lessons at your home or her studio space.

Visit her web page for class and contact info.

What is Kripalu Yoga all about?

It's your very own experience.

It's finding inner peace. That calm place inside. In one breath you are there. It's strengthening. Stretching.Breathing. Relaxing. Feeling each tiny little place in your beautiful body as it miraculously moves. It'slearning how your body/ mind/ emotional/ spiritual self works. By direct personal experience. Tapping into athousands year old wisdom tradition based on a scientific exploration of the workings of the human condition. Read more about it at the Kripalu website library,

May you feel protected and safe

May you feel contented and pleased

May your physical body support you with strength

May your life unfold smoothly with ease

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Apr 10, 2015
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by: Carrie T. Banks

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Mar 19, 2013
great way to explain Kripalu yoga
by: Renee

This is a great description of Kripalu yoga. I haven't had the pleasure of the Kripalu experience, but am hoping to get there some day.

I have usually had difficulty with relaxing during yoga. I haven't done it in a long time, but know that if I can get in the zone, it's very beneficial.

Mar 19, 2013
by: Michelle

That was very wonderfully written. I feel like I just went through a short yoga class. The relaxing tone of your voice makes me want to do yoga right now. I love it. If I was in your area I'd be doing yoga with you for sure.

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