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Kripalu Yoga teacher Melinda Atkins discovered that teaching yoga to middle schoolers is an enlightening experience. Read more.
a scientific way to study happiness
Positive Psychology focuses on individual and societal flourishing—on cultivating happiness, strengths, self-esteem, and optimism. Learn how to apply Positive Psychology tools and research in an 11-month on-campus and online certificate program with Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, one of the field’s leading experts, exclusively at Kripalu, starting February 24, 2014.

Hear how Tal and his students describe the program.

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As always, my stay at Kripalu was a unique experience. Each time, I grow and expand personally and professionally.
—Mary H., Rowley, Massachusetts
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This holiday season, gift yourself with what nourishes you most—whether it’s a mindful-hiking retreat, deep relaxation with yoga nidra, a meditation retreat, a solstice celebration of music and dance … there’s so much to choose from.

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embrace life after cancer
Life after cancer can be bold and beautiful. Start to craft an amazing future by learning tools and practices to reinvigorate mind, body, and spirit.

Radiance: Create an Amazing Life After Cancer, December 12–15.

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We’re about to hit the holiday season head-on, along with the expectations, anxiety, and relationship stress they tend to bring with them. But it’s not too late to change course—this year, why not take a completely different approach to the season? Our feature story is about mindful eating for the holidays, but the practices that help you make wise choices at the table can inform your decisions in other arenas as well. Slow down, savor the moment, and tune in to what you’re really hungry for. Maybe it’s time alone or with the people you’re closest to, a few smartphone-free hours, or some delicious self-care (hot stone massage, anyone?). We hope this issue of Kripalu Compass—and the programs and resources you’ll find at—will give you a jump on a truly happy holiday.
savor the season: mindful eating
for the holidays
by Bess Hochstein

It’s autumn in New England; the leaves are putting on their annual brilliant display before they flutter to the ground. There’s a chill in the air, the sunlight arrives later and departs earlier each day, and the phrase “pumpkin spice” is suddenly inescapable.

I’m already sifting through holiday recipes and thinking of upcoming feasts with friends and family. But I’m also thinking about the festive season’s habitual peril: adding extra pounds as the colder weather prompts a nearly primal pull toward heavier food and larger meals.

Read more.

right where you’re supposed to be
by Samantha Cullen
A few years ago, I moved from Massachusetts to Oregon. I had convinced myself that, in order to find happiness, I first needed to find a better place to live. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I was setting myself up for failure.
Read more.
awaken the yoga teacher within
This winter, immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle as you study with Kripalu’s expert faculty and guest teachers. Our 200-hour training format of two 12-day sessions offers you flexibility while giving you the opportunity to dive deeply into this unique experience.

Find out more about 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, December 1–13, 2013, and January 26–February 7, 2014.

kripalu kitchen recipes
Two ancient grains are the starring players in this very 21st-century recipe—a perfect holiday side dish for vegetarians, vegans, those who are gluten-sensitive, and anyone looking for a light and tasty dish that delivers fiber, protein, and calcium.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month: Amaranth and Quinoa Salad

spreading the word…
Your Brain on Grain
In his new book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, a Kripalu invited presenter, explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in bread and fruit, why the brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can encourage the growth of new brain cells at any age.

Listen to an excerpt from the Grain Brain audiobook.

A Creative Compass for Writers
According to Kripalu invited presenters Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and Sierra Prasada, there are five universal stages through which each writer must pass: Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share. The father-daughter team maps this creative journey in their new book, The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication.

Check out the book.

quote of the month
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
—Eckhart Tolle
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