About the Center

Eileen Muir (Parsvakonasana)
Doug Raneri (Caturanga Dandasana)

Mission

The mission of Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts is to create community and promote healing through yoga and the healing arts. We are available to people of all abilities, ethnicities, and genders.

Our Space

Many people have commented on the special quality of our studio space. A 1900 square foot room with maple floors and a 30-foot domed ceiling, it was originally designed by the Freemasons employing sacred geometry. The atmosphere of the room has been enhanced by its many years of use as a space for yoga, healing and meditation. The nature of our space supports the work we do.

Karuna is located on the third floor of 25 Main St.; there is an elevator available (no freight/equipment allowed in the elevator).  Karuna has a coat closet in which you may leave your non-valuables (please bring your valuables with you and leave them at the back of the studio during class).  Karuna does not have a changing room, but the building has restrooms available.  Please note that there is no water fountain in the building, so please bring water with you if you would like it.  We have props and mats available for use during class (free of charge); you are also welcome to bring your own.

Please note:  Very occasionally Karuna may hold classes at the Upstairs Studio, which is only accessible via staircase.  If you have a question whether your class will be held at the Upstairs Studio, please contact us at info@karunayoga.com or 413-584-5054.

About Classes

Daily Schedule     Class Levels     Costs     Instructors

Parking in Northampton, MA

  • Downtown Parking Lots
  • Parking Garage
  • Metered on-street parking is available on both sides of Main St. and adjoining streets
  • Free parking behind the courthouse is generally available after 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. (See signs at parking lot for  information.)
  • Free parking is available on the street next to the Northampton Historical Museum
  • Metered on-street parking is free between 6pm and 8am on weekdays and Saturdays, and free on Sundays

What is Yoga?

Yoga means union of body, mind and spirit. Many people in the West know of yoga as a collection of physical postures to be performed. In fact, yoga is one of the six major classical Indian philosophies, and it is a method for reducing suffering in all aspects of one’s life.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many benefits. It promotes strength, flexibility, healthy breathing, relaxation, a sense of inner peace, increased mental focus, and healing from physical injuries and emotional pains. Whatever one’s primary reason for studying yoga may be, the longer one continues to practice yoga, the more its positive effects deepen, strengthen and multiply, bringing one into closer harmony with one’s true nature.

Scent-Free Environment

Many people at Karuna have a sensitivity to perfumes and scented products and some are allergic to the chemicals in these products, which can set off a severe reaction. As Director, I would like to make the space welcoming to everyone. I invite you to refrain from using these unnaturally scented products while practicing at Karuna.

Accreditation

Our Teacher Training Program is in compliance with the standards of the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. Our 5 Element Shiatsu Program is an AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia). Karuna is a NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education Provider for our 150 hour Five Element Shiatsu Program.

Chant / Invocation to Patanjali

Yogena cittasya padena vacam, malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena, yopakarottam pravaram muninam, patanjalim pranjalir anato’smi, abahu purusakaram, sankha cakrasi dharinam, sahasra sirasam svetam, pranamami patanjalim

Translation to English: I humbly bow to Patanjali, the greatest of sages, who removed the imperfection of the mind by yoga and that of speech by grammar and that of the body by medicine.  I bow to Patanjali whose upper body is of human form, who holds a conch, disc, and sword, who is thousand headed and white.

Props

We have props and mats available for use during class (free of charge); you are also welcome to bring your own.