check out the kripalu blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, like “The Truth About Weight Loss,” featuring Kripalu Healthy Living faculty Aruni Nan Futuronsky and Annie B. Kay.
outside our walls: the high school brain on yoga
    
As Program Leader for the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) project, Iona M. Smith has seen firsthand how yoga affects adolescent brains, which are still in development. Read more.

Find out about our upcoming KYIS Teacher Training, June 27–July 4.

Are you involved in the yoga-in-the-schools movement? Join researchers, teachers, school administrators, and yoga instructors for the first-ever Yoga in the Schools Symposium, April 23–25, hosted by Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living.

guest words
    
Small miracles seem to happen when I’m at Kripalu, and I always leave feeling a deeper connection to self and Spirit.
—Carol P., St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada
flourish no matter what
    
Build a foundation for optimal living—even in times of stress, loss, and sudden change—through the study of resilience and the science of happiness. A combination of on-site and online classes provides a unique and supportive learning experience.

Crafting the Resilient Life, March 17–July 2.

the kripalu approach to nutritional wellness
    
Two inspiring nutrition immersions:

Nutrition Intensive for Health Professionals, April 6–11, focuses on the science, art, and practice of nutritional health, and is ideal for physicians, nurses, nutritionists, registered dietitians, and other health-care professionals looking to find both personal and professional inspiration.

Nutrition and Cooking Immersion, April 13–18: For everyone who wants to eat healthier and feel more comfortable in the kitchen. Learn the latest nutritional research and the best ways to prepare food to ensure that you get the most out of your meals.

did you know?
    
Kripalu’s Teaching for Diversity (TFD) fund is taking the healing power of yoga where it’s needed most. TFD grants have helped teachers bring yoga to thousands of students facing severe challenges—including seniors with Alzheimer’s, flood victims, cancer survivors, and many more.

Learn more about Teaching for Diversity.

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This month’s feature story isn’t an easy read, but we wanted to share it with you because it’s a powerful, authentic story of real transformation. Few of us have borne witness to the kind of suffering that Bhava Ram (Brad Willis) has, but many of us can identify with the need to escape trauma, fear, and pain in any way we can. Read his inspiring story, and then reflect on your next step toward health. Perhaps it’s time to immerse yourself in the study of resilience and happiness in our new on-site and online Healthy Living program, Crafting the Resilient Life. Or maybe you’d like to discover new and better ways to cook and eat, or how to incorporate Ayurveda into your daily routine to shake off the winter blahs. We hope this issue of Compass helps you chart your path toward greater well-being.

finding my inner warrior
by Bhava Ram (Brad Willis)

As a foreign correspondent for network news, I witnessed tragedy firsthand, over and over: Afghan children with missing limbs, faces ravaged by shrapnel, bodies burned by napalm. Drug-addicted kids living in holes dug into dry riverbeds in Bolivia. Young girls forced into Thailand’s sexual slavery trade. Starvation in Africa. Scores of innocents killed in the Persian Gulf War.

As a journalist, I felt I was making an important contribution by raising awareness about the horrors of war, poverty, and exploitation, but, for the last seven years of my career, I was also keeping a deep secret.

Read more.

I am judging you, by brian leaf
    
I’m having lunch at an Indian buffet in New Jersey. A guy at the next table is eating gulab jamun. That’s the little Indian donut holes soaked in sugar syrup. He has two on his plate, a very sensible portion. But these things are all dairy and gluten and sugar, so I am disgusted and appalled. Read more.
ayurveda to beat the winter blahs
    
As we move toward spring, it’s time to clear out the lethargy and inertia of the cold months. To counteract the sluggishness, try incorporating three simple Ayurveda and yoga routines into your morning.

Find out more about our upcoming School of Ayurveda trainings, including our off-site Foundations of Ayurveda training in New York City, beginning May 1.

kripalu kitchen recipes
    
Whenever the Kripalu Kitchen serves these scones for breakfast, there are tons of requests for the recipe. We use vegan ingredients, and you can substitute gluten-free flour if you wish. Enjoy!

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Ginger Scones

spreading the word…
Introduction to Yoga and Meditation with Megha
Perfect for newcomers as well as seasoned yogis looking for a more relaxing practice, Introduction to Yoga and Meditation is a new DVD by Kripalu faculty member Megha Nancy Buttenheim.

Find out more.

Kripalu discount for Yoga Journal’s NYC event
Experience the best of Kripalu with some of our top yoga and Ayurveda teachers at Yoga Journal’s New York City event, April 24–28. Register before March 28 using promo code KP14 and save up to $170.

Get details.

quote of the month
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
—Arthur Ashe
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