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sation at Thrive, the Kripalu blog. This month, why not try bringing more serenity into the holiday season with these tips for creating and maintaining a home practice. Then let us know how it goes!
outside our walls: yoga for the visually impaired
    
When she was growing up, Lauren-Victoria (Tori) Hellrung’s family raised guide dogs, so Tori has always been sensitive to the needs of people with visual impairments. Her yoga class in Montreal for legally blind adults is supported by a grant from the Kripalu Teaching for Diversity program.

Read about Tori’s class.

the new issue of impact is here
    
The 2012/2013 issue of Impact, Kripalu’s magazine for patrons and friends, features an in-depth look at yoga research at Kripalu, plus personal stories from Kripalu Yoga teachers serving people around the world, an update on our Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, and much more.

Read Impact online.

guest words
    
I love coming to Kripalu! It’s my home away from home. It’s so good to know it’s always here when I need it.
—Diana G., Newton, Massachusetts
celebrating swami kripalu
    
Join us in January for a unique R&R retreat commemorating the life and lineage of Swami Kripalu, who would have turned 100 next month. During this special weekend of workshops, lectures, yoga classes, and kirtan sessions, Kripalu faculty and founding community members will share their personal experiences with Swami Kripalu and celebrate his core teachings. (Many regular R&R retreat activities will also be offered.)

Find out more about Pilgrim on the Path of Love: A Centennial Celebration of Swami Kripalu’s Birth, January 11–13.

did you know?
Every time you’re here for a program, a training, or a few days of an R&R retreat, you’re helping to bring similar experiences of healing and transformation to those who sorely need them—including high school students at risk for depression and substance abuse, children in Title I schools, and people around the world who are facing difficult challenges.

Find out how you can support Kripalu's mission-driven outreach programs.

go with the flow
    
Ready for a good workout and a deeply restorative experience? Join Kripalu Yoga teacher Coby Kozlowski for an hour-long moderate yoga class that includes a variety of foundational postures (standing, seated, and on the floor) practiced in the vinyasa, or flow, style.

Start your practice.

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welcome
Another year has gone by, filled with triumphs and tribulations, memorable moments and unforgettable lessons. No matter what 2012 delivered (and what 2013 has in store), honoring our experiences can enhance our lives and foster a sense of gratitude that can help sustain us through the holiday season and beyond. This month’s feature article investigates how seeking solace and strength in ancient traditions may prepare us to step into the future. Also in this issue: a moderate yoga class to practice at home, an essay on yoga and self-acceptance, an upcoming celebration of Swami Kripalu’s legacy, and recipes to add some warmth to your winter.
ancient wisdom for the new year: exploring the power of ritual for times of transition
by Jonathan Ambar

In many spiritual traditions, the turning of the year is more than just an excuse to break out the bubbly—it’s an opportunity to cultivate gratitude, awareness, and intention. Jonathan Ambar spoke with practitioners of shamanism, Kabbalah, and yoga to find out how the shift from one year to the next can catalyze inner transformation as well.

So what are you doing this New Year’s Eve? Watching the ball drop over Times Square on television … again? For many of us, the typical New Year’s celebration can feel like old hat after a while. We start looking for more profound ways of honoring the space between letting go of the old and embracing the new. For those seeking a spiritual connection during times of transition, the world’s wisdom traditions—including Peruvian shamanism, Kabbalah, and yoga—offer rituals rich with meaning.

Read more.
turning point: q&a with janna delgado
    
In this edition of Turning Point, Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Janna Delgado shares her all-time favorite indulgence—and tells her story of learning to breathe again.

Read the interview.

Janna Delgado teaches at Kripalu January 13–15, 2013: The Pulse of Prana: Tapping Into Your Vital Energy.

tree of life: how yoga helped me learn to love my body again, by carly sachs
    
I remember shyly asking my classmates to take off their shoes, the school linoleum cold on our feet as we teetered and crashed into our desks and each other. The assignment for Ms. Rotar’s seventh-grade English class was to give a “how-to” speech. I had decided I wanted to teach my class to do yoga, despite the fact that I had never actually done yoga. Read more.
healthy living recipes
    
This month, Kripalu Executive Chef Deb Morgan serves up two recipes with hearty and delicious winter vegetables as the star. Perfect for cozy family dinners, they’re also special enough for the holidays. Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo gives us the lowdown on why they’re healthful, too.

Healthy Living Recipes
Roasted Vegetables with Dates
Baked Winter Squash with Honey Walnuts

spreading the word…
Green Gifts Guide
Observing the tremendous amount of waste involved in gift-giving at children's birthday parties inspired mother-of-two Amity Hook-Sopko to found the Green Gifts Guide, an online resource whose mission is to simplify special occasions by taking the stress and commercialism out of choosing and giving gifts. You'll find information on eco-friendly products, ideas for green gift wrapping, green giveaways, and more.

Visit GreenGiftsGuide.com.

Yoga Journal Conference San Francisco
Deepak Chopra discusses his new book on neuroscience, Super Brain, in one of several special events scheduled for the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco, January 17–21, 2013. The conference also features workshops and classes with 49 teachers, including frequent Kripalu invited presenters Bo Forbes, Tias Little, Richard Miller, and more.

Get conference details.

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi
In 1989, when he was a college freshman majoring in business, Brian Leaf—a self-described neurotic from New Jersey—found himself in an elective yoga class. The experience launched him on a transformative journey that led him to yoga studios across the country, Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Now a yoga teacher and massage therapist, Brian chronicles his discoveries in Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness.

Read an excerpt from Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi.

quote of the month
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —Dalai Lama
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