check out the kripalu blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, like “What Does it Mean to be Resilient?,” a video with Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member Maria Sirois.
power in practice,
with bryan kest
    
In this edition of Kripalu Perspectives, Power Yoga innovator Bryan Kest discusses how a physically potent yoga practice is not just a great workout but also a profound mind-body experience.

February 2014 podcast: Power in Practice (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Bryan Kest teaches at Kripalu
April 25–27.

feeding your brain
    
You are what you eat—and so is your brain. James S. Gordon, MD, teams up with four leading clinicians in medical and culinary nutrition to share the latest in science-based practices to improve brain health.

Mind, Mood, and Food: A Food As Medicine Seminar, March 14–16.

guest words
    
Kripalu is one of my favorite places on earth. Every time I visit, I am reminded why.
—Brooke F., New York, New York
get more yoga in your life
    
New to yoga? Or looking to revitalize your practice? In this Kripalu Healthy Living program, you gain the tools and motivation you need to make yoga a regular part of your life.

Build Your Yoga Practice,
March 16–21.

making an impact
    
Samantha, a young woman with Down’s syndrome, has been an ongoing inspiration for Kripalu Yoga teacher Rochelle Jewell, who teaches yoga to developmentally disabled students with the help of a Teaching for Diversity grant.

Read Rochelle’s story.

Find out more about Kripalu’s Teaching for Diversity program, and watch a slide show of populations served.

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welcome
February might be the shortest month, but as we prove in this issue of Compass, it’s still brimming with endless possibilities! Brisk nature lessons, a hearty Kripalu Kitchen recipe, and an insightful feature story on getting unstuck are but a few of this month’s highlights. Stay warm and stay inspired!
p is for perfectionism, m is
for mindfulness: a guide to
getting unstuck
by Arnie Kozak

My basement was a disaster for months, a dumping ground for junk: empty boxes, retired appliances and gadgets, books, old LPs, outdoor gear. Each time I walked through the clutter, I felt anxious. I also felt stuck. And, because my studio is down there, no creative work was getting done.

Perfectionism can be a limiting force in our lives. When we’re not mindful of its effects, it can keep us stuck, disappointed, and frustrated.

Read more.

lessons from a winter walk, by danna faulds
    
It was a cold morning, the Berkshire temperature hovering in the low teens. I had decided to take my usual morning winter walk despite the cold, and was striding briskly back from the gate on Kripalu’s East Drive, blowing into my hands to keep them warm.

Read more.

do what you love
    
Study with expert faculty and guest teachers, practice yoga every day, read the ancient yogic texts, explore anatomy, practice teaching, and so much more.

Earn your 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teaching certification in a monthlong program, or in two 12-day sessions. Get the details.

kripalu kitchen recipes
    
This rich, flavorful broccoli and cheddar cheese pie will warm up a wintry evening, or serve as a great centerpiece for a vegetarian dinner party. You can substitute vegan options for the dairy ingredients, if you prefer.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month
Berkshire Pie

spreading the word…
One Track Heart
In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, sold all his possessions, and moved to the Himalayan foothills to study with an Indian guru. Today we know him as kirtan master Krishna Das, and the documentary One Track Heart, available on DVD, tells his story.

Watch the One Track Heart trailer.

The Teenage Brain
The brain changes in significant ways between the ages of 12 and 24. In his new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel J. Siegel, MD, illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Drawing on new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents bridge the generational divide.

Read more about Brainstorm.

quote of the month
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
—James Baldwin
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