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Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, such as “Yoga Making Waves,” about how stand up paddleboard yoga cultivates inner and outer balance.
kripalu perspectives podcast: retreat into relaxation, with jennifer reis
In our latest podcast, Kripalu Yoga teacher Jennifer Reis discusses how tools such as yoga nidra can nourish the whole being through slowing down, letting go, and tuning in.

June 2014 podcast: Retreat into Relaxation (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

the front line of yoga research
The Symposium on Yoga Research, September 24–26 at Kripalu, showcases some of the best new research and offers ample opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts, and professionals in the field.

Register by July 4 to receive an early-bird discount.

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I loved every moment. The peacefulness that I took from Kripalu is still with me.
—Lana B., Port Huron, Michigan
learn why diets don’t work. find out what does.
If you want to learn and adopt a whole- body approach to weight loss—including the role of nutrition, stress, exercise, and positive body image—our on-site and online Integrative Weight Loss program is for you. Choose from four start dates, in July, August, September, and November.

Read an FAQ and watch a video with faculty member Aruni Nan Futuronsky:

living with parkinson’s? take charge of your health
Are you or someone you love living with Parkinson’s disease? Get the latest information on research, medication, and lifestyle changes that can improve quality of life for you and your loved ones, in this Kripalu program offered in collaboration with the National Parkinson Foundation.

A Wellness Retreat for People Living with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners, June 15–19.

get credit for your stay

Kripalu is an NBCC-approved continuing education provider with the National Board for Certified Counselors. To see a list of programs that were recently approved for clock hours with NBCC, visit

making an impact: yoga in schools isn’t just for kids
After a 36-year career in education, Kripalu Yoga teacher Jane Rosen (at left) began sharing yoga in the classroom—and discovered how teachers benefit as well as their students.

Read Jane’s story.

Want to learn a scientifically validated yoga curriculum for teens, and get practical guidance on how to partner with high schools, nonprofits, and after-school programs to teach yoga?

Find out more about the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher Training, June 27–July 4.

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Yoga can be a powerful therapeutic tool. In this month’s feature article, clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk discusses his research on the effects of yoga in treating trauma. Our podcast with Jennifer Reis, creator of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, explores how this guided deep meditation technique promotes rest, relaxation, and balance. Yoga teacher Jennifer Lang discovers that, even in a foreign language, practicing yoga universally translates to inner peace. And warmer days invite us to get outside, and get outside our comfort zone—stand up paddleboard yoga, anyone? Welcome, summer!
befriending your body: how yoga helps heal trauma
a q&a with bessel van der kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work attempts to integrate mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. A frequent Kripalu presenter, he is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, NCTSN; and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he was principal investigator of, thus far, the sole grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder using yoga. His forthcoming book, The Body Keeps the Score (Viking Press), examines how trauma affects the brain and body, and looks at a variety of treatments, including yoga. Kripalu Compass spoke with him recently.

Q What is yoga therapy?
A I don’t use that term. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no special thing called yoga therapy. Yoga is simply a wellness practice that can help people blossom and restore health and peace of mind.

Q How does yoga practice impact people who have experienced trauma?
A When people think about trauma, they generally think of it as a historical event that happened some time ago. Trauma is actually the residue from the past as it settles into your body.

Read more.

kripalu’s 23rd annual yoga teachers conference: the power of yoga therapy
Take your teaching to a whole new level with yoga therapy techniques for addressing specific conditions. Choose from more than 20 workshops and keynotes with experts in the field, including yoga for mood regulation, post-traumatic stress, pregnancy, eating disorders, chronic illness, and more. Mark your calendar for October 14–17.

Read about workshop presenters and descriptions.

food as medicine: a feast of science and wisdom
Created by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Food As Medicine is an acclaimed professional training program in medical nutrition therapy that provides the foundation you need to integrate nutrition effectively into your practice—and your life.

Food As Medicine: A Feast of Science and Wisdom, September 17–21.

i’d love to do a yoga teacher training, butӎ
Are you a dedicated yoga practitioner who’s thinking about enrolling in a teacher training program—but you’re questioning if it’s the right choice for you?

We asked Kripalu Yoga teacher Katie Hagel to address a few of the most common concerns we hear from prospective students.

Read more.

yoga far from home, by jennifer lang
“Hi jai kow,” the teacher repeated a few times with an up-and-down lilt in her voice. I had no idea what the words meant, but I looked at the woman on my left and imitated her. Mosquitos buzzed in my ears as we stood in Warrior I, and the sweat began to drip down the sides of my body in the early-evening heat.
kripalu kitchen recipes
This easy-peasy Indian-Thai fusion dish uses coconut oil, known for improving heart health, boosting metabolism, promoting weight loss, and supporting the immune system.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Indian Chickpeas in Coconut Curry Sauce

spreading the word…
Refuge Recovery, by Noah Levine
Refuge Recovery, a new book by Buddhist teacher and Kripalu presenter Noah Levine, details a systematic approach to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction based on Buddhist principles, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Read more about the book.

Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, by Brian Leaf
Brian Leaf, author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, is back with a heartfelt and humorous take on the trials and rewards of parenting.

Read an excerpt from Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting.

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