check out the kripalu blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, such as “The Art of Letting Go,” by Rolf Gates.
kripalu perspectives podcast: heart wisdom and kundalini yoga, with kia miller
    
In this month’s podcast, Kia Miller discusses heart connection and self-realization through Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

April 2014 podcast: Heart Wisdom and Kundalini Yoga (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Kia Miller teaches at Kripalu May 30–June 1.

r&r retreat—create your personalized kripalu experience
    
Want to take it slow in a serene retreat environment—or maybe you like more structured getaways? Looking to do lots of yoga, or learn more about optimal health and wellness? Or do you want to simply nurture yourself with great food, Healing Arts sessions, and time outdoors? R&R Retreat offers you all of the above options, and more. Choose from classes, workshops, outdoor activities, evening events—create an experience as unique as you are!

Kripalu your way: R&R Retreat.

Read about one couple’s “His and Hers R&R” experience.

guest words
    
I loved every moment. The peacefulness that I took from there is still with me.
—Lana B., Port Huron, Michigan
lose weight, find inspiration
    
Kripalu’s groundbreaking 5-day weight-loss program is now enhanced with six weeks of online learning. Get extended support from Kripalu faculty and your peers as you learn why diets don’t work, find out what does, and discover a compassionate relationship with your body.

Meet the faculty for Integrative Weight Loss: Living a Transformed Life, and choose your start date (May 26, July 7, or August 18).

making an impact: taking yoga everywhere
    
From cancer survivors to teenage moms to children in inner-city schools, people who might not ever have discovered yoga are reaping its benefits with the help of Kripalu’s Teaching for Diversity program. Since 2002, we’ve awarded more than $360,000 in grants to teachers who are passionate about sharing yoga with underserved populations in their communities.

Find out more about the Teaching for Diversity program, and learn about the people it’s reached across the country and around the world.

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welcome
There’s something about spring that makes us want to shed not only the layers we’ve been wearing for months, but also the ones we’ve been carrying around for years. In this month’s essay, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, developer of our Integrative Weight Loss program, explores what it’s like to let go of cravings. Rolf Gates looks at letting go of self-judgment. And our feature article examines how Western medicine is letting go of the conventional paradigm and recognizing yoga instructors as powerful partners in health care. It’s time for spring cleaning—what are you ready to let go of?
from the mat to the clinic: yoga enters mainstream medicine
by Bess Hochstein

It’s tax time, and as I go through my records (basically a box of receipts), I pull one out and set it aside. It’s a receipt for yoga classes and, thanks to my forward-thinking health insurance plan, I’ll be reimbursed for the cost.

That’s a relatively new-to-me benefit. Gym memberships have commonly been reimbursable through some insurance plans, but yoga doesn’t often qualify. I see this as a significant change—many health insurance companies have expanded their perspective to encompass wellness rather than just rote fitness in terms of preventive measures. and they’ve also begun to see the beneficial effects of yoga on the overall well-being of their plan members.

Read more.

outliving your cravings, by aruni nan futuronsky
    
Like many of us, after dinner and before bedtime is the part of the day in which I might find myself hungry—not necessarily physically hungry, but wanting something to fill me up. As I trolled around my kitchen one night, some years ago, an extraordinary thing happened.

Read more.

ayurveda and the city
    
We’ve all got stress, but urban living brings its own particular brand of intensity. Kristen Rae Stevens, faculty member for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, offers five nourishing self-care routines that are beneficial for everyone, but especially city dwellers.

Find out about our non-residential Foundations of Ayurveda training in New York City, May 1–September 21.

coming this fall: symposium on yoga research
    
This year, Kripalu hosts the West’s foremost academic yoga research conference. This unique learning opportunity, designed for researchers, health-care professionals, yoga therapists, and educators, showcases the best new research and offers opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts, and professionals in the field.

Symposium on Yoga Research, September 24–26.

kripalu kitchen recipes
    
This easy one-pot dish, a standard offering at the Kripalu Buddha Bar, is a great source of high-quality protein and carbohydrates.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month
Red Lentil Soup

spreading the word…
Kripalu’s got Wanderlust!
Experience Kripalu with some of our top yoga teachers and Ayurvedic experts at the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont, June 19–22.

Get ready to wander!

John Holland releases new Oracle Deck and App
Kripalu presenter John Holland’s new Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle Deck and interactive app explores how relationships of all kinds can be opportunities for soul growth.

quote of the month
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
—Chinese proverb
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