check out the kripalu blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, like Three Tips to Succeed in Your Life’s Work, by career coach and Kripalu invited presenter Tama Kieves.
outside our walls:
down dog, up dog
    
Since she “em-barked” on a series of dog-and-people yoga classes—featuring postures such as Fire Hydrant and Upward-Facing Human (aka Mountain pose)—Kripalu Yoga teacher Stephanie Knox Cubbon has realized that our canine pals have much to teach us about yoga and life.

Read Stephanie’s story.

the wheel of awareness
    
Take a journey with Daniel J. Siegel, MD, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, and discover a powerful new paradigm for understanding the self and the world.

Strengthen the Mind: The Wheel of Awareness and the Integration of Identity, October 11–13.

deep clean for
the new season
    
Want a better understanding of what foods truly nourish your body and what foods deplete it? Join nutritionist and Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo for a deep cleanse to help you lose the metabolic clutter that’s sapping your energy.

Deep Clean Detox, October 11–14.

guest words
    
Kripalu is the place I go to get my head on straight, and the atmosphere where I feel most inspired.
—Kate S., Mystic, Connecticut
five tips to boost
your immunity
    
As the cold season approaches—as well as the season of colds—it’s the perfect time to build immunity-boosting practices into your daily routine. Ayurvedic Consultant Larissa Hall Carlson offers five simple and safe tips to try at home.

Larissa Hall Carlson teaches
Immunity-Boosting Yoga Retreat: Silence and Simplicity to Restore Vitality, October 27–30 at Kripalu.

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welcome
Ah, September! The landscape amazes with its bright burst of color, ushering in the cool, contemplative freshness of fall. As the temperatures drop and the layers go on, which layers can you choose to shed? In this issue of Compass, Senior Kripalu Life Coach Aruni Futuronsky shares a story of seeking, and essayist Danna Faulds talks about deep listening. Meanwhile, peace is spread, yoga is celebrated, and Vegan Pecan Bars are being made. Dive in and uncover!
practice: an excerpt from already home: stories of a seeker
by Aruni Nan Futuronsky

In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation.

The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a bone. Go get it! Gobble it up. Finish it. Do it and complete it. Check it off your list of to do’s. We certainly are a linear and goal-oriented bunch. This Western approach does not necessarily lend itself easily to an attempted lifestyle change or spiritual development.

Read more.

turning point: q&a with bo forbes
    
For clinical psychologist and yoga teacher Bo Forbes, teaching yoga to her 80-year-old father had a profound influence on her life and work.

Read the interview.

Bo Forbes teaches Yoga for the Nervous System: Healing Anxiety, Insomnia, and Chronic Stress, October 18-20 at Kripalu.

inner listening
    
by Danna Faulds
I’ve always had an affinity for the idea of a “still, small voice” within, a form of inner guidance that requires vigilance in order to hear its whisperings. The fact that it is both “still” and “small” suggests that I have to lean in, be intimate with that voice, and listen closely.

Read more.

healthy living recipes
    
Sometimes a dessert calls your name—and if you—re going to answer, it’s nice to know you’re ingesting healthy whole grains while satisfying your sweet tooth. Plan on making a double batch of the Kripalu Kitchen’s Vegan Pecan Bars.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
Vegan Pecan Bars

spreading the word…
Recovery 2.0 Online Conference
Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction, September 28–October 2, is a free, online conference spearheaded by Kripalu invited presenter Tommy Rosen. More than 30 top professionals and thought leaders, including Nikki Myers, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Rolf Gates, will speak on inspirational, spiritual, medical, and practical approaches to overcoming addiction and creating thriving in life. In March of this year, 16,000 people from 70 countries participated in the first Recovery 2.0 event, and twice as many participants are expected this month.

Register now.

International Day of Peace 2013
The International Day of Peace, founded in 1981 by the UN General Assembly, takes place this year on September 21. It’s an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date—from doing a good deed for a stranger to organizing a community event. Kripalu will recognize the day with a moment of silence at noon.

Get involved.

Sat Nam Fest, September 26–29
A four-day Kundalini Yoga and music festival in the Blue Ridge mountains of Pennsylvania, Sat Nam Fest is designed for total beginners as well as experienced yogis. Inspired by a strong sense of community and a vision of transformation, the festival merges Kundalini Yoga, sacred mantra, and meditation.

Find out more.

quote of the month
Completion comes not from adding another piece to ourselves but from surrendering our ideas of perfection.
—Mark Epstein
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