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november podcast: core strength from the inside out, with sadie nardini
Core strength is about more than just having firm abs. In this edition of Kripalu Perspectives,
Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, shares her insights on how connecting to our core—both physically and emotionally—can help guide us into a life of authentic self-expression.

November 2012 podcast: Core Strength from the Inside Out (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Sadie Nardini teaches at Kripalu January 11–13, 2013.

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Kripalu Healthy Living programs offer you an integrated approach to health. Check out all of our newest programs in our Healthy Living catalog, out this month.

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an elegant pause
Need a quick yoga pick-me-up? Take a pause from your day’s demands with this excerpt from Moderate Kripalu Yoga, one of the four discs featured in our new Kripalu Yoga Collection. Here, Jovinna Chan gracefully guides you through a revitalizing backbending sequence that connects you to all aspects of your being.

Take a few moments to revitalize.

making an impact: a soldier gives herself permission to be human
During her three years on active duty with the U.S. Army, Audra Jamai White strived to be the perfect soldier—but, inside, she was struggling. With the assistance of a Kripalu scholarship, Audra experienced what it felt like to let go of perfectionism within the circle of a supportive community.

Read Audra’s story.

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This month's feature article is targeted toward a very small fraction of our readers: those who have experienced fear and anxiety. Yes, that's a joke. We've all been there—which means we can all benefit from the approaches and insight that psychologist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes offers. This issue also provides you with a few additional tools for calming mind and body: wisdom from yoga teacher Sadie Nardini on connecting with your core, a revitalizing pause excerpted from our new Kripalu Yoga DVD Collection, inspiring first-person stories, and a fabulous cilantro pesto recipe. It's all right here—settle in and relax!
rituals of transition: a shamanic approach to moving beyond fear and anxiety
by Bo Forbes

According to clinical psychologist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes, the best tactic for overcoming fear and anxiety is to run toward them rather than away. What do we do once we catch up with our fears? As Bo explains in this month’s feature article, the wisdom of tribal societies can offer a context for moving forward.

Have you ever attempted to fight off your fear but, no matter how hard you try, it still defeats you? Have you tried to outrun your fear and thought you’d left it in the dust, only to have it overtake you just as you’re starting a new creative project? Or have you felt so paralyzed by fear that you can’t make the smallest move forward, even toward self-care? If so, you’re not alone.

Read more.

Bo Forbes, PsyD, E-RYT 500, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist in the Boston area. She is the founder of the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics and author of Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Relieve Anxiety and Depression. Bo collaborated with the be present clothing company to design the Restore Hoodie to benefit the Arthritis Foundation of America. and

Don’t miss Bo Forbes at Kripalu: Rejuvenate Your Mind-Body Network Through Yoga and Ayurveda, December 7–9.

turning point: q&a with barbara biziou
A family tragedy brought spiritual practice and rituals into Barbara Biziou’s life. Today, she specializes in creating custom ceremonies, global rituals, and celebrations of all life’s passages.

Read the interview.

my first spiritual liaison, by lori shridhare
One late evening in August 1990, I sat alone in the Bologna train station in northern Italy, frustrated that I had missed my overnight train to France. I was winding down my summer of backpacking through Europe and my last year as a teenager. Hot and sweaty, I had no choice but to take a local train with no sleeping cars for the hour-long journey to Milan, then several more hours to Lyon.

Read more.

healthy living recipes
This month, Kripalu Executive Chef Deb Morgan offers a twist on traditional pesto, substituting cilantro for basil and flaxseeds for pine nuts. Excellent on rice, pasta, tofu, chicken, and more, this alernative pesto is also a detoxification superfood, as Kripalu Lead Nutritionist Annie B. Kay explains.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Spicy Cilantro Pesto

spreading the word…
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey on DVD
After her mother died of cancer, filmmaker and former journalist Suzanne Bryant turned to yoga as a way to heal. Inspired by her study of yoga and Ayurveda in India, she set out to interview well-known Western teachers and students, from Cyndi Lee and Dharma Mittra to Russell Simmons and Christy Turlington Burns. This 2011 documentary is now available on DVD.

Find out more about Yoga Is.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Cancer survivor and best-selling author Kris Carr teamed up with chef Chad Sarno for her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, which serves up 150 plant-based recipes, from everyday basics to gourmet dishes. The book reviews Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (the topic of her last book), offers tips on stocking your pantry and finding the best kitchen tools, and uses handy symbols to designate recipes as soy-free, gluten-free, raw, kid-friendly, and more.

Watch a video about the making of Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

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If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. —J. M. Power
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