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Join the conversation at Thrive, the Kripalu blog. Read posts on the latest findings in yoga research, like
“The Science of Breath,”
examining the physiological effect of different pranayama practices.
february podcast:
chanting, awakening, and kundalini yoga, with Snatam Kaur
Snatam Kaur, best-selling chant artist and Kundalini Yoga teacher, sings the praises of sacred chanting in this edition of Kripalu Perspectives. She reveals how chanting can help us listen more deeply—to our inner voice and to those around us; discusses its physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits; and explains how it can help sustain us in yoga postures.

February 2013 podcast: Chanting, Awakening, and Kundalini Yoga (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Snatam Kaur teaches at Kripalu May 31–June 2.

guest words
Kripalu has been a cornerstone for me, a sanctuary, and a vacation all together. In finding Kripalu, I found a place of peace.
—Lin W., Vieques, Puerto Rico
doctor of yoga
After studying for a year with B. K. S. Iyengar, Loren Fishman returned to the United States to earn a medical degree—in part, so he could understand how yoga works. Today, he’s considered a pioneer in the field of yoga therapy.

Read a Q&A with Loren Fishman, MD.

Don’t miss Loren Fishman at Kripalu: Yoga Rehab: Simple Ways to Relive Joint Pain, May 3–5.

did you know?
The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools program has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the impact of yoga in curbing substance use and substance-use risk factors during adolescence.

Find out how you can support mission-driven programs like this.

stoke your inner fire
Join Kripalu Yoga teacher Devarshi Steven Hartman for an hour-long moderate/vigorous class that includes a variety of foundational postures, longer holding, and breathing exercises, providing a good workout and deep restoration.

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Yoga: one word, many definitions. It may mean something different for different people, at different times of the year, or at different stages of life, as this month’s feature article illustrates. In this issue of Compass, we invite you to explore multiple expressions of yoga. Interested in the science of yoga? Read our Q&A with Loren Fishman, MD, who’s spent his career in medicine studying the ways in which yoga heals. For an understanding of how yoga and sacred chanting are linked, listen to this month’s podcast with chant artist Snatam Kaur. And follow one woman's journey toward touching her toes (or not) in Danna Faulds' essay “My Imperfect Forward Bend.” We hope this issue will inspire your own quest to uncover what yoga means to you, in this moment, just as you are now.
yoga across the ages
How does yoga impact our lives? Its purpose, benefits, and significance tend to evolve as our practice changes and as we grow, age, and learn. We asked nine yogis from different decades of life—including husband-and-wife teaching team MC Yogi and Amanda Giacomini, Kula Yoga founder Schuyler Grant, Dharma Mittra, and Tao Porchon-Lynch—what yoga means to them.

Read more.

turning point: q&a with tommy rosen
In this month’s Turning Point, Tommy Rosen tells us about two significant milestones: entering drug and alcohol rehab and, 14 years later, meeting his life teacher.

Read the interview.

my imperfect forward bend, by danna faulds
My first yoga teacher introduced me to the Forward Bend in the summer of 1983. Until that afternoon, I’d never paid much attention to my hamstrings, but I quickly made their acquaintance. If I kept my spine elongated and rotated my hip joints as my teacher, Sue, instructed, I could barely come forward at all.

Read more.

get certified in the science of happiness
Learn the scientific way to cultivate happiness, self-esteem, strengths, and optimism. The Certificate in Positive Psychology program with Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, offered exclusively through Kripalu, combines on-campus and online programming over 11 months, beginning April 8.

Learn more about the Certificate in Positive Psychology and watch a video of what students are saying.

healthy living recipes
A recipe for a flavorful plant-based burger is always in demand, and this month Kripalu Executive Chef Deb Morgan shares hers. Lead Nutritionist Annie B. Kay spotlights the nutritional gifts of one of the Mushroom Nut Burgers’ star ingredients.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Mushroom Nut Burgers

spreading the word…
Early-bird special for Yoga Journal’s NYC Conference
Experience the best of Kripalu with some of our top yoga teachers at Yoga Journal Conference New York, April 4–8. Register before March 1 and save up to $210.

Get the details.

Cyndi Lee releases new memoir
May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, by OM Yoga founder and Kripalu invited presenter Cyndi Lee, chronicles her quest to move past her lifelong self-judgment about her body. Her journey of self-discovery took her from India to the epicenter of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, as she sought the counsel of wise women, both friends and strangers.

Order a copy of May I Be Happy.

quote of the month
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
—John Steinbeck
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