Kripalu takes a compassionate approach with an emphasis on how you practice as much as how you live your life. Kripalu Yoga promotes a common sense practice accessible to everyone and encourages you to listen to your body, the ultimate authority. In my experience this practice places a large focus on Pranayama, dynamic flowing movement (creating "meditation-in-motion") and building postures beginning with the pelvis. An intermediate or advanced Kripalu class may have little to no instruction, the students flow freely through their personal practice receiving adjustments when appropriate. At the end of class, some Kripalu teachers say jai bhagwan instead of namaste. The two terms have essentially the same meaning, but the former is in Hindi and the latter in Sanskrit. Kripalu Yoga, stemmed from the teachings of Swami Kripalu and was brought to America in the 1960s by his disciple Yogi Amrit Desai. Amrit was later asked to leave Kripalu, and I'm not a gossip so you can google him and read the details for yourself. "Kripalu" has become more renowned for their yoga Ashram in Massachusetts than for the actual style. Kelly Brookbank with Yoga Fox Vinyasa is a certified Kripalu instructor and has had a huge influence on my teaching style and my personal practice.