Kripa FIY

KRIPAFOUNDATION IYENGAR YOGA- A BLEND OF THE EAST AND WEST

a “runner’s high”, in Yoga the creation of Nitric Oxide in the brain helps activate positive neurotransmitters such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. The Kripa Model of Recovery is based on the self-help programme of the AA. This programme has two dimensions of healing the addict. The first is psycho-spiritual and the second psycho-social. These dimensions make the person find the common golden thread of faith and love in all the twelve steps. However, as St. Paul Said, “I know what is good and know what is bad; yet I end up by doing the bad that I hate”. Merely the study or understanding of recovery makes many get into a relapse-syndrome. This is mostly because the body often does not respond to the sublime teachings of the Programme. As Jesus said. “the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Hence in Kripa we introduced this element called the “Wisdom of the Body” as acknowledged by the Physician Dr. Walter Canon. This latent wisdom in the body can be explored in a manner that gives the person in recovery an experience of what in Yoga is called “cellular consciousness”. We all know that the body never tells lies. So often we claim to have faith and profess our faith with our lips and voice, however our bodies are expressing fear, anxiety depression and lack of Trust in God. For an addict this path to recovery through the Body becomes an experience of authentic sense of wellbeing. While it is well known that a runner gets what is called

In Yogic terms it is the “Ananda-maya Kosha” called the “Blissful Brain”.  The Harvard Medical School along with Dr. Herbert Benson has said in the Medical journal Lancet, “Yoga and Meditation can change a type A personality into a type B personality.” This is the goal of recovery from Addiction; not just staying away from the chemical of one’s choice but to have a change of life-style. The Eleventh step of the AA states, “sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, praying only for the knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.” In Yoga, Meditation is the seventh limb called Dhyana. This method of mediation has been adopted as the contemplative prayer that WCCM (world community for Christian meditation) practices as per the teaching of Dom John  Main, who originally got his inspiration from Swami Satyananda of Kuala lumpur. All the centres of Kripa have this method of prayer along with the practice of Iyengar Yoga which helps to prepare the body for an authentic experience of healing.  Addiction is a frustrated thirst for God. A satanic energy tricks the addict by a false sense of Love and Joy. Hence Dr. Jung said that addiction can only be healed by the formula, “Spiritus contra spiritum”.  In Iyengar Yoga we reverse the urge of self-gratification with the practice of self-denial.  In and through the body the addict is made to live the teaching that true discipleship is a matter of “denying one’s self”, taking up the cross of Reality and being faithful in following the programme one day at a time.

In the field of health and especially in the context of Healing Addiction the specific kind of scientific study and research on Iyengar Yoga is promising  the Kripa Model of Recovery to become the most effective in the world.  This  blend of Jungian insights and the Iyengar Yoga is now available in the co-authored book by Dr. Ashok Bedi and Fr. Joe Pereira, “The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction”. KFIY   is indeed the blend of the East and West .

Fr. Joe Pereira,

Founder-Trustee , Kripa Foundation