Kripalu and Pranakriya Yoga

Debra Risberg opened Main Street Yoga Studio in January of 1996 after completing her certification at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA.  Since 1996 Main Street Yoga has developed a comprehensive program that includes yoga classes for all levels, meditation and the deeper practices of yoga, teacher training at the 200 and 500 level, and a healing arts center offering Therapeutic Massage, BodyTalk, and Ayurveda. Main Street Yoga now offers 15 different classes for beginners to advanced students.

Main Street Yoga is a professional yoga teacher training center offering certification at the 200 and 500 hour level.

We have Therapeutic, Gentle and Beginner yoga classes for those who are starting out and for people dealing with injuries or other physical limitations. Moderate classes are more vigorous and our Vinyasa class has a faster pace and keeps the muscles and cardiovascular system working at a high level.  We currently have 6 certified Kripalu and Pranakriya Yoga teachers at the studio and 7 teachers at our corporate classes for State Farm Insurance Company.  Main Street Yoga has two beautiful yoga studios in Historic Downtown Bloomington.

Our studios are quiet, clean and comfortable providing students with an ideal environment for deep practice and relaxation. A class length of 75 – 90 minutes allows time for a complete yoga experience including: postures, breathwork, deep relaxation and meditation. We also provide blankets, straps, blocks and bolsters to make your experience as comfortable and effective as possible. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, without competition or pressure.

Pranakriya Yoga is based on the Hatha Yoga teachings of Swami Kripalu. Swami Kripalu was an ascetic yogi whose intensive practices led him to a very deep understanding of yoga, which he passed on to his students. His teachings were the inspiration behind Kripalu Yoga© as developed by Yogi Amrit Desai and taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The teachings of Swami Kripalu are also the inspiration behind Pranakriya Yoga. Pranakriya Yoga was developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll, a long time student of Amrit Desai, Swami Kripalu, and other teachers in Swami Kripalu’s tradition.

During his fifteen years as a resident of Kripalu Ashram and Kripalu Center, Yoganand dove deeply into the renunciate practices of Swami Kripalu. In 1989 he was initiated into the vows of Sannyasa and joined Kripalu’s Monastic order. In 1994, after 14 years of intensive practice, he received Shaktipata initiation from Yogi Amrit Desai and began practicing the advanced yoga that Swami Kripalu himself had practiced for over 30 years. Under the guidance of Amrit Desai, Yoganand was instructed to pass on the deeper teachings to Kripalu practitioners as he felt appropriate. In 1998, Yoganand became a director of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program, and later in the same year became the overseer for Kripalu Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Through his practice and study, Yoganand discovered that many of Swami Kripalu’s valuable teachings had lost emphasis in the development and delivery of Kripalu Yoga. In some instances, teaching had been lost all together.

In working to revive these lost teachings, Yoganand found that the vehicle of Kripalu yoga as it exists today was too limited. With the blessing of the current directors and developers of Kripalu Yoga, Yoganand gave name and expression to his understanding of the teachings of Swami Kripalu under the title of Pranakriya Yoga.

For more information you can visit Yoganand Michael Carrol’s website at: