In its truest, classical forms, yoga goes beyond exercise.In Kripalu yoga, postures are not an end in and of themselves, but rather tools for learning to be present in each moment, and thus to experience life to its fullest.
The Ayurvedic principles we utilize in our yoga classes can be especially helpful in reducing imbalances in the body. In Ayurvedic philosophy, imbalances are the root cause of disease. This system uses postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), and meditation to reduce these imbalances, which in turn leads to a reduction in stress, removal of toxins, calming of the nervous system, and improvement in digestion. We seek to reduce stress on the mind, body, and spirit by integrating Ayurvedic practices into our yogic flow. This takes into account individual constitutions, seasonal rhythms, and unique stages of life.
Why practice Kripalu Yoga?
For your body
- Stretch and tone muscles
- Release chronic tension
For your mind
- Calm restless thoughts
- Cultivate concentration
- Support mental clarity
For your spirit
- Encourage self-acceptance
- Honor inner wisdom
- Invite deep peace
What to expect in a Kripalu Yoga Class
Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare you for yoga postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Class levels range from gentle to vigorous.
Denise is an exceptionally fine yoga instructor. She is accommodating and creative in her approach to teaching, encouraging and always available to give individualized solutions to particular problems.
We feel very fortunate to have Denise Karsen teaching her Kripalu style yoga classes for Spectrum Health. Denise’s kindness and generosity to all fosters a sense of compassion and community. I regularly hear her students remark about how positive the experience is. She teaches in a way that makes everyone feel welcome and she supports them whatever their yoga level may be. With Denise anyone can do it. Participants report reduced stress, and they always leave feeling more relaxed and restored. The technique she uses moves you through poses in a fluid and easy to follow way while she guides you through breath work and introspection ending with an inspiring reading. Her classes are gentle, yet extremely effective for strengthening the body and relaxing the mind. She always strives to make her classes better and better. You can’t imagine how much better you’ll feel.
If you're looking for a yoga class that nurtures your spirit and caters to people of every fitness level and ability, the Friday Breathe Healing Arts yoga class at Central Reformed Church is for you. Denise Karsen, is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor with many years of experience and a welcoming personality, teaches this class. Her teaching style is nonjudgmental, empowering and gentle, a perfect reflection of Kripalu philosophy. Denise also does a great job of giving people with mobility limitations alternatives to traditional yoga poses and she continually reminds students to listen to their own bodies and do what is comfortable. An uplifting experience and a great way to end the week!”
The classes are appropriate for anyone and Denise is always helpful and conducts classes that cover all parts of the body. Since attending these classes I have noted much improvement in flexibility, strength and balance. All so important! In addition Denise is a highly qualified Thai-Shiatsu massage therapist and I can speak from personal experience about the benefits I have received her massages. I encourage anyone to try the classes or to get a massage.
Wanted to share a wonderful yoga class I'm taking. It is restorative yoga through Spectrum Health (downtown campus) with Denise Karsen. The class includes mindful breathing, awareness of the body and gentle flowing yoga movements. This is done in a very peaceful, supportive atmosphere where community tends to be created. You do not need any experience to join the classes. I'm grateful to be participating in this restorative, mindful class and practice. It helps bring me back to center. It stays with me.... Namaste