Kripalu Perspectives Podcast: Yoga for the Absolute Beginner, with Cristie Newhart
Want to try yoga but don’t know where to begin? Kripalu faculty member Cristie Newhart offers insights on how to feel confident as you begin to do yoga at home, or in a class.

December 2014 podcast: Yoga for the Absolute Beginner (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Cristie Newhart teaches at Kripalu December 14–19, 2014, and January 18–23, 2015.

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Illuminate from Within This Holiday Season
What do you need to end 2014 on a high note? Our Holiday R&R Retreat offers a rich selection of workshops and activities, and our special Healthy Living program, Living Out Loud, helps you create heartfelt intentions to cultivate joy and authenticity for the new year.

Learn more about Holiday R&R Retreat, December 19, 2014–January 2, 2015 and Living Out Loud, December 28, 2014–January 2, 2015.

Making an Impact: Kripalu Scholarships
Scholarships are a vital part of Kripalu’s mission. We award $500,000 in scholarships each year for our programs and trainings.

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Check out the Kripalu Blog
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out articles on yoga, health, and wellness, like “Body Image and Self-Acceptance.”

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Optimal Love
by Tal Ben-Shahar

The course of true love never did run smooth.
—William Shakespeare

My favorite song is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” a close second. Of my top 10 all-time favorites, eight are love songs (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” somehow found their way onto that list). I love love. For as long as I breathe and my eyes can see, I will be moved by Shakespeare’s words of devotion, and I will stay up, sleepless in Cambridge, watching Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks unite.

Read more.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipes
Here’s a go-to holiday recipe that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Baked Winter Squash with Honey Walnuts

Achieve Your Health and Weight-Loss Goals
Cultivate lasting change in the new year with our groundbreaking online and on-site program, The Kripalu Approach to Diet: An Integrative Weight-Loss Program. Plan effective, realistic weight-loss strategies and quick, delicious meals; find strength and connection with peers and faculty; and explore movement and fitness classes that bring you joy.

According to Kripalu Lead Nutritionist Annie B. Kay, “One small shift practiced over time is the route of transformation.” Read more.

Yoga School Is In
Do you love yoga? Do you work with youth? Join us at the Yoga in the Schools Symposium, February 17–19, 2015, to build inspiration, understanding, and collaboration as we work toward the shared goal of bringing the transformative practice of yoga to as many young people as possible.

Learn more.

Say Yes to Growth
Resilience and happiness aren’t just traits you’re either born with, or not. They’re qualities you can cultivate as you build a life you love and use your strengths to navigate change.

Read “The Secret to Creating a Resilient Life.”

Make the choice to cultivate resilience: Crafting the Resilient Life, February 23–June 3, 2015.

The Power of Simply Looking, by Reyna Eisenstark
At some point in our lives, we all find ourselves confronted with the following question, often posed in the context of superheroes: Would you rather be invisible or would you rather be able to fly? For me, the answer was always obvious. Read more.
Quote of the Month
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
—Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield returns to Kripalu February 1–6, 2015, during our annual Contemplative Week, which offers more introspective programming, silent meals, and quieter spaces.

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