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It’s Elementary: Connecting with Nature Year-Round, a Q&A with Kripalu faculty member Randal Williams.
august podcast: the yoga of voice, with jurian hughes
What is your authentic voice, and how can yoga help you uncover it? In this podcast, Kripalu Yoga teacher Jurian Hughes describes how, through postures, affirmations, chanting, and simply breathing, we can unlock the freedom that allows us to create more joy, ease, expression, and authenticity in our lives.

August 2013 podcast: The Yoga of Voice (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Jurian Hughes teaches at Kripalu November 3–6.

healing your heart with lifestyle change
One in three Americans have some kind of cardiovascular disease—if you’re one of them, come learn how to use diet, stress-management tools, and the latest research to change your health and your life.

Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease, October 6–11.

guest words
I come back from Kripalu such a happy person, at peace with things.
—Anne H., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
kripalu’s 22nd annual yoga teachers conference
More than a conference, this year’s gathering, titled Community, Philosophy, and Practice: What Is the Impact of Your Calling?, October 8–11, is a homecoming for yoga teachers of all backgrounds and traditions. Experience a rich tapestry of teachers and teachings that artfully weaves the nourishment of community with the heart of philosophy.

Find out more.

making an impact: roots, rhythm, and soul
Kripalu Yoga teacher Maya Breuer is on a mission to bring together people from all traditions, races, and backgrounds to celebrate the collective spirit of the human family.

Read Maya’s story.

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Have the dog days of summer slowed you down? If so, we hope this issue of Compass will act as a fresh, invigorating breeze! If you’ve ever felt that mainstream yoga wasn’t quite fit for your body, then this month’s feature article offers inspiration and encouragement. Our voices are as unique as our bodies, and, in our Kripalu Perspectives podcast, Kripalu Yoga teacher Jurian Hughes explores how we can access that authentic aspect of ourselves through yoga. We hear stories of self-discovery from Kat Olson and Jim PathFinder Ewing as well. Come on in—the water’s fine!
sizing up: yoga for larger bodies
by Bess Hochstein

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: Someone I meet for the first time is surprised to learn that I have a serious Ashtanga Yoga practice, simply because I don’t look like a svelte “yoga babe.” I’ve got curves, and I do yoga, and I’m fine with that, but even after decades of classes at shalas across the country, I can’t stop myself from scanning the room to see if there are others on the mat who don’t have that “yoga butt”—others, like me, who don’t conform to the stereotypical image of a yoga practitioner, the one we see again and again in the media. Read more.

turning point: q&a with jim pathfinder ewing
Falling out of a tree was the first step (so to speak) in a path that brought Reiki master and shaman Jim PathFinder Ewing to his true calling.

Read the interview.

Don’t miss Jim PathFinder Ewing at Kripalu: Reiki Shamanism, September 26–29.

a kripalu intern’s guide to mindful eating and surviving the dining hall, by kat olson
Living and practicing yoga in Boston for five years before accepting a yearlong internship with the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living in November 2012, the two things I heard most often about this yoga haven were “the Berkshires are so beautiful” and “the food at Kripalu is amazing.”

Read more.

healthy living recipes
Late summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the earth’s bounty and the transformative powers of fire with this nutrient-rich recipe from the Kripalu Kitchen.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Grilled Summer Vegetables

spreading the word…
Yoga Service Council’s Journal of Yoga Service
The Yoga Service Council has released its inaugural issue of the Journal of Yoga Service, focused on bringing yoga to underserved populations. The issue features articles on yoga and self-care, yoga’s impact on trauma survivors in Haiti, yoga in schools, yoga for crime prevention, and more.

Read the Journal of Yoga Service online.

Words of Wisdom from Ram Dass
A new book from Ram Dass, Polishing the Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart, compiles his guidance for living in the present, culled from five decades as a seeker and teacher. Topics include kharma yoga, bhakti yoga, practices for living and dying, and instruction in chanting and mantra.

Read an excerpt from Polishing the Mirror.

quote of the month
The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
—Natalie Babbitt
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