Is Integrated Yoga Therapy the Future of Healing?


Before Joseph Le Page became known as a leader in the field of yoga therapy, he was a Kripalu Yoga teacher. So the announcement late last month that Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health had acquired Le Page’s Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) program marked what is in some ways a homecoming for Le Page, the closing of a circle whose beginnings date back to his introduction to Kripalu Yoga in 1987 and his certification as a yoga teacher two years later.

But on a larger scale, the acquisition—a natural one for both entities, as Kripalu has hosted a portion of the IYT program for the past 20 years—signaled that the retreat center had definitively staked its claim in this emerging field. (“Emerging” in the Western world, that is; in India, yoga therapy is a centuries-old form of preventative medicine.)

“For Kripalu to create a home for yoga therapy to grow and flourish is a significant step,” says Micah Mortali, director of the Kripalu Schools, which now include the School of Yoga, the School of Ayurveda, and the School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. “We’re making a commitment to yoga therapy and to playing a part in the future of [the practice].”

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