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Ask the Expert: Holding the Pose, in which Janna Delgado answers questions on yoga class etiquette, Upward Facing Dog, and more.
outside our walls: yoga on the big day
    
Kripalu Yoga teacher Maureen Cotton has discovered that yoga and wedding photography are, well, a perfect match.

Read Maureen’s story.

labor, love, and life—the healthy living way
    
The transition from summer into fall is the perfect time to discover new tools for finding peace and thriving. This Labor Day weekend, join an expert team of Kripalu faculty, and learn how to restore your energy and vitality through mindfulness, lifestyle changes, conscious communication, and self-care.

Labor, Love, and Life, August 30–September 2.

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Kripalu has encouraged me to open up to new experiences, to move into the unknown with more ease.
—Cynthia B., Brooklyn, New York
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The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools program has developed a curriculum that empowers adolescents to shape their own existence with skillful-living tools such as self-regulation, self-inquiry, and self-care.

Watch a video about Kripalu Yoga in the Schools, and find out how you can help.

fine-tune your yoga: kripalu posture clinics
    
Get simple tips to make your postures soar with Kripalu School of Yoga faculty members Devarshi Steven Hartman and Jovinna Chan. This month, we focus on Yoga Mudra.

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Ah, July! The summer days seem to stretch before us in long, lush strokes, offering up a vibrant canvas that we can fill with our richest aspirations. Renowned life coach and Kripalu invited presenter Martha Beck offers some inspiration to go with your aspiration in a Q&A brimming with insights on finding the practical magic in everyday life. Micah Mortali, author of this month’s essay, finds magic in parenting, Maureen Cotton finds it in serving brides and grooms on their big day, and Marsha Lucas finds it deep within the human brain. All that—plus a refreshing Carrot-Cashew Spread recipe and other feature stalwarts—makes this edition of Kripalu Compass a must-read.
practical magic
A Q&A with Martha Beck

Martha Beck earned three Harvard degrees before deciding to spend her life helping others tap into the deep, wordless wisdom already within them. A New York Times best-selling author, she has been referred to as “one of the best-known life coaches in America” by Psychology Today, USA Today, and NPR. In this interview with Kripalu Compass, Martha talks about why we need life coaches, what we can learn from ancient cultures, and how to take the first step toward a life that’s all rest and play.

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to spend a weekend with Martha Beck at Kripalu: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, August 16–18.

turning point: q&a with marsha lucas
    
Neuropsychologist Marsha Lucas has been fascinated by the relationship between the body and the brain since she was nine years old. She believes that we can change our brains, and our lives along with them.

Read the interview.

Don’t miss Marsha Lucas at Kripalu: Rewire Your Brain for Love: Using the Science of Mindfulness to Create Vibrant Relationships, August 16–18.

my son, the pratyahara detector,
by micah mortali
    
Pratyahara, or turning inward, is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and it has always been an important part of my practice: diving deep and exploring my internal landscapes, observing what can be seen when the eyes close and the inner eye opens. But things have shifted ever since I became a father.

Read more.

healthy living recipes
    
Ever wonder why bunnies are so healthy? And why they can see so well? The answers lie in the unique nutritional profile of the carrot. Annie B. Kay explains, and the Kripalu Kitchen offers a delicious way to get your Vitamin A.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Carrot Cashew Spread

spreading the word…
Sounds True Wake Up Festival, August 14–18
Join more than 30 leading spiritual teachers, healers, authors, musicians, poets, dancers, and yogis for a five-day celebration of awakening in Estes Park, Colorado. The Wake Up Festival, presented by Sounds True, takes place in a retreat-like setting in the Rocky Mountains, and features presenters Jonathan Foust (Sudhir), Anne Lamott, Jack Kornfield, David Whyte, Matthew Fox, Mark Nepo, and many more. Pre-festival intensives are scheduled for August 12–14.

Find out more at www.wakeupfestival.com.

New memoir from the Chopra brothers
Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, by Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, traces the brothers’ journey from their childhood in a newly liberated India to their arrival in the United States, where each became a leading expert in his field.

Watch a video about the book at www.deepakchopra.com.

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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
—Henry James
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