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Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, like
“Demystifying Detox: A Natural Approach,” by Healthy Living faculty member Annie B. Kay, and “Yoga for Emotional Balance: What Gets in the Way of Change?,” by Bo Forbes.
april podcast:
yoga and meditation for recovery, with rolf gates
    
Yoga and meditation have been shown to be effective allies to those recovering from addiction. In this latest edition of Kripalu Perspectives, Rolf Gates, a yoga teacher and former social worker trained in the field of addiction, tells us how these practices can help those in recovery reclaim and trust themselves again. April 2013 podcast: Yoga and Meditation for Recovery (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Rolf Gates is one of five invited presenters leading Kripalu’s Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conference, May 12–17, 2013. This unique event includes workshops on breathwork, the chakra system, innovations in holistic 12-Step recovery, and more.

guest words
    
Having the opportunity to be in a space that allows us to breathe freely and to detox from whatever we need detoxing from, whether it be a relationship, an anxious mind, or a long, dark winter, is an extraordinary thing.
—Chrisanne D., Westford, Massachusetts
calling all wild and wise women!
    
Celebrate your female power and grace in a multigenerational gathering with Kripalu Yoga teachers Megha Nancy Buttenheim and Diane Kovanda. Spend time in nature, dance your yoga, use creativity for self-care, and experience an evening fire ceremony and a transformational shamanic water ceremony.

Wild and Wise Women’s Festival: Let Your Yoga Dance®, May 17–19.

making an impact:
planned giving
    
Why put Kripalu in your will? Three longtime members of the Kripalu community—Stephen Cope, Director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living, CEO Richard Faulds (Shobhan), and his wife, Danna Faulds, made that decision.

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welcome
What does it mean to be present? One thing most of us can agree on: It’s easier in April, when the scents and sounds of spring saturate your senses, bringing you into the moment without effort. In this issue of Kripalu Compass, Tara Brach defines the qualities of presence, and the ways in which they filter into every aspect of our days. Sometimes presence means being open to what arises, even if it’s not what you expected, or even hoped for—our features this month with Terry Schaff, Rolf Gates, and Kim Childs explore different facets of that experience. Open your mind, heart, eyes, and ears, and dive in!
the qualities of presence
an excerpt from True Refuge, by Tara Brach

Presence is not some exotic state that we need to search for or manufacture. In the simplest terms, it is the felt sense of wakefulness, openness, and tenderness that arises when we are fully here and now with our experience. You’ve surely tasted presence, even if you didn’t call it that. Perhaps you’ve felt it lying awake in bed and listening to crickets on a hot summer night. You might have sensed presence while walking alone in the woods. You might have arrived in full presence as you witnessed someone dying or being born.

Read more.

Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, and popular teacher of Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana) meditation. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, and teaches meditation at centers throughout the United States. Tara has offered speeches and workshops for mental-health practitioners at numerous professional conferences, addressing the value of meditation in relieving emotional suffering and serving spiritual awakening. www.tarabrach.com and www.imcw.org.

Don’t miss Tara Brach at Kripalu: True Refuge, May 10–12.

turning point: q&a with terry schaff
    
Terry Schaff decided to take yoga teacher training because she wanted to learn more about yoga; she had no intention of becoming a teacher. But that changed when she discovered an unexpected skill.

Read the interview.

less is my new more, by kim childs
    
Last winter I bought my dream car, a used Toyota Prius, because my friend was selling it for a great price, and my 1998 Corolla was showing its age at 160,000 miles. I kept my new acquisition off the road for a few months in order to save on car insurance because I worked from home, my husband commuted by train, and we were managing just fine with one car at the time. At least that’s what I told myself each time I visited my pretty blue Prius in the garage.

Read more.

address diabetes with lifestyle change
    
Did you know that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, and in some cases even reversed through lifestyle change? Our Healthy Living experts have developed an immersion program that guides you in reclaiming your health through nutrition, education, yoga and meditation, and stress reduction. Take home a concrete plan and a new outlook on life.

Find out more about Preventing and Reversing Diabetes, May 19–24 and July 28–August 2.

healthy living recipes
    
Ever cooked with fennel root? Ever tasted it? In this month's recipe, this underrated vegetable is combined with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese for an Italian-style taste experience. Fennel is also chock-full of healthy phytochemicals, as Kripalu Nutritionist Mel Sotos explains.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

spreading the word…
Meditation for Yoga Lovers
A new book by Kripalu invited presenter Lorin Roche offers an approach to meditation tailored for those looking for a balance of stillness and motion in their practice. Meditation for Yoga Lovers offers guidance for freeing the breath, expanding body awareness, and savoring your full experience.

Find out more.

National Women Build Week
Habit for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, held in the week leading up to Mother’s Day (May 12 this year), creates awareness of Habitat’s vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat builds affordable homes and works alongside homeowners to rehabilitate existing houses.

Get details about National Women Build Week.

quote of the month
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
—William Shakespeare
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