Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kripa stall at Vasai Janhit Trust Exhibition

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In accordance with an invitation from Vasai Janhit Trust, Kripa Vasai set up an exhibition stall at the St. Francis Xavier Church on 23rd October 2011.
The function was inaugurated by His Grace, Archbishop Felix Machado among other dignitaries present.
The stall was well decorated with banners, posters, pamphlets, brochures and a signature campaign. There was also a power-point show on Kripa Foundation; its activities, performance, facilities and extent of services in the field of addiction and HIV AIDS.
Many people visit the stall and interacted with the resource team. There was also a sale of work of diyas, yoga and meditation CDs.
Submitted by
Mozen H
Kripa Vasai

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Visit by Speaker of Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly

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On an official visit to the city of Mumbai Mr. Dharamlal Kaushik,the Speaker of the legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh visited the Bailica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra Mumbai, after which he visited Fr. Joe's office at the mount.

Mr. Francis Fernandes , Fr Seraphine and Bosco D'souza explained the work of Fr. Joe and Kripa to which Mr. Khausik was very impressed. accompanying Mr. Kaushik was Mr. Narayan Chandel , Dy. Speaker of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly and Mr. Devendra Verma, Secretary -Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly along with their families.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Letter of appreciation to Kripa Foundation, Oakville, Canada

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Jim Pope


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fr Joe teaching at the Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga Intensive, at Oakville, Ontario Canada.

Fr Joe teaching at the Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga Intensive, October 14 at Oakville, Ontario Canada.

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Jim Pope

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fr. Joe conducts a Yoga retreat in Mossejaw Saskatchewan

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Sandra & Ryan

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fr. Joe at Kripafoundation Intensive Yoga- Comox Valley

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Over a quarter century of service, Kripa Foundation has evolved a module of non-discriminating, supportive community living, empowering people to introspect and bring about a change in lifestyle. Rev. Fr. Joseph H Pereira is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which is devoted to the care, support and rehabilitation of those affected by Chemical Dependency and HIV & AIDS.
Father Joe travels the globe teaching yoga to raise funds to support the work of these rehab centres in India. There are now 64 Kripa Foundation centres that use the Twelve Step Program, yoga and meditation to help bring about necessary changes for healthy living.
Many people from Vancouver Island have studied Yoga with Father Joe. His classes, held in the Comox Valley for the past 14 years, have had wait lists for many years now. He often sings hymns from his spiritual tradition while his students practice the classical postures.
Father Joe teaches with an open hearted approach to yoga and Philosophy. The physical yoga that he teaches is challenging but tempered with a gentleness and a focus on the heart. He honours his teachers and draws on wisdom from his religion. Amongst his teachers he counts as one of the paramount influences as Mother Theresa who questioned her own religion and faith. Father Joe has studied with the Iyengar Family for over 43 years and though he has a gentle nature his methods are sometimes painfully challenging. We lay on wooden bricks for 10 -12 minutes to open our ribcage and used the edge of a chair to re-educate and stretch our cardiac muscles. This method of practicing yoga is not for everyone but has measurable benefits.
I found immediate and lasting change within my thoracic spine and ribcage after giving my trust over to this compassionate man. I can see that many conditions of our sedentary life can be reversed by this type of attention to areas of concern. The Iyengar Style of Yoga makes strong claims of rejuvenation and therapy whereas most modern yoga teachers are taught never to make claims that yoga can heal anything. I believe that faith is a component of yoga which Rev. Father Joe Pereira has integrated into his practice and teaching.

An experience as narrated by Kim LeDuc
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Vicky Catchpole

Sunday, October 9, 2011


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On 5th October 2011, a Navratri pooja was celebrated at Kripa Vasai amidst staff, In-house clients and Beneficiaries of VRACS.

This programme was followed by the 'Laying of the Stone', of the adjoining property that will be used as Kripa Training and Treatment Centre (KTTC). This was a much awaited event; a vision of many that has finally become a reality.

Fr. Andrew Jadhav, Resident Priest blessed the land with a prayer ritual followed by the traditional breaking of the coconut by Narendra Ambekar, Kripa Vasai.

Submitted by
Mozen Heredia
Kripa Vasai