nutritional wisdom
Kripalu Nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift shares an important tip for healthy digestion: It starts not in your mouth, but in your head.

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Don’t miss Kathie Madonna Swift in upcoming Kripalu Healthy Living immersion programs!
fitness focus from janna delgado
This spring, shake off the lingering staleness of winter and try exploring new fitness territory! Test a new mode of transportation. Instead of driving, try hopping on a bike, walking, even in-line skating … whatever gets you there. As you transport yourself, notice what your senses pick up on. Take in the fresh sights, sounds, and smells that surround you. Chances are, you’ll appreciate the new experience—and stick with it.
mindful living with dr. susan b. lord
Neuroscience and ancient wisdom agree: We should cultivate acceptance, contentment, and gratitude. Softening the judgments of the mind rewires the brain and opens the heart to hope. No matter what, spring can always be just around the corner.
YoungJ11_webWelcome!

As I watch the natural world burst to life, I think how each season brings its own unique transformation and wisdom. I noticed green shoots appear almost overnight in my garden, and then coming home from work last week, I found beautiful tulips in vibrant purple, pink, and yellow had suddenly appeared. The potential of the flower was always there in the seed, waiting. Spring asks us , “What is inside of you longing to come out?” Perhaps it’s something that has been growing for a long time; or something you have ignored as impractical. What would spring be if all the seeds stayed hidden in the soil? What happens to a seed left to wither? Spring is fierce in her call to action. It’s not easy for the buds to push through the rock and soil, but they do, to be most authentically what they are. Let this spring be a calling to us—now is the time to tend to our inner gardens, to express more fully who we are.


Happy blooming,

Jennifer Young, Director, Kripalu Healthy Living immersion programs
 
nutrition notes have fun with flavor
By Annie B. Kay, Nutritionist
  
Play with the flavor palate of whole foods by thinking beyond sugar and salt and invigorate your favorite recipes.

There are classic flavor combinations that many foodies find exciting and most of us find satisfying: sweet walnuts, arugula, and pears; strawberries and balsamic vinegar; blueberries and lavender; and, here at Kripalu, spicy chutney with sweet Indian spices, to name a few.

Using taste as a tool to come back into balance is something that Ayurveda has taught us, and when it comes to plants, following your taste buds is a health-enhancing idea. The bold flavors and bright colors of pungent, zesty, or bitter herbs and vegetables are bursting with healing phytonutrients such as flavanoids, which protect against the imbalances that can lead to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. One way to play with flavors is to begin with a popular combination—say the lemon, mint, parsley, and olive oil at the heart of tabouli salad. Then create your own variation—try, for starters, that dressing on sautéed greens and quinoa, then as a marinade for tofu or fish. Find inspiration from the fresh herbs coming into season now; why not try Kripalu’s Cilantro Mint Chutney.

Enjoy the season and its many flavors!

life lessons do something different
By Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Senior Life Coach
  
Look out the window. How many ways can you notice the rebirth of the earth? Take in the color of the grass, the bright hues emanating from the flowers. Listen to the sounds of the birds rejoicing in life. We, too, are of this earth and share this capacity for renewal. Unlike the flowers and grass and birds, however, we need to consciously shift our behavior in order for renewal to unfold.

Here are some steps to help you cultivate that unfolding. These actions require focus and commitment, but as you take them, relax into the flow. Be the creator of your life. Generate circumstances that inspire you to come alive.

Approach something differently: Perhaps you can shake up your morning routine. If you usually get up and read the paper, try going for a walk or meditating instead. Eat breakfast outside instead of in your kitchen, or give yourself some time in the morning to write a poem. Break out of your weekend routine and plan an adventure—an excursion to the beach or a museum, a picnic with friends. Make a date with yourself to do it. Schedule it into your calendar. Create a perfect playful day for yourself.

Is there something creative that you’re interested in pursuing? Give yourself the time to explore it. Watercolors? Pottery? Find a class, and enlist a support group for yourself as you investigate this interest.

Let the renewal begin!

yoga practice let your inner wisdom flow: meditation in motion
By Janna Delgado, Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer
  
Sometimes in our yoga practice we strive so hard to “get it right”—mastering our alignment, coordinating our breath, focusing our attention—that we stifle our inner energy (prana). Meditation in motion, or, spontaneous posture flow, is a hallmark of the Kripalu Yoga approach. In this practice, the inner wisdom of prana is allowed to guide the body, as opposed to the will of the mind. By surrendering rather than striving, prana can flow freely throughout the body, allowing movement to become spontaneous and un-choreographed. Ready to try it on your own?

At the end of your next yoga practice, close your eyes for a minute. Take some long, slow, deep breaths to get in touch with prana. Then respond to what your body is asking you to do. Allow your mind to step aside so the breath can orchestrate the movement of your body. As prana begins to move, your mind can relax into witnessing and your movement may evolve into meditation in motion.

healthy living immersion program rejuvenate and reclaim life after 40
  
Midlife can get a bad rap, but rather than "the beginning of the end," midlife can be a powerfully creative time—a time to shed old habits, plan new adventures, and embrace new passions.

Spend five rich, transformational days with exceptional Kripalu faculty who help you take stock, reconnect to your dreams, address health concerns, and make important choices that will affect the rest of your life.

Join us to craft a meaningful, passionate, healthy life.

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healing arts highlight the ultimate in healing relaxation: shirodhara
  
Shirodhara is a deeply relaxing treatment using warm sesame oil poured in a gentle stream over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, and generally aids in the release of stress and tension.

Here, Ashley Winseck, one of Kripalu’s editors, describes her treatment:

I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced a more relaxing treatment than Kripalu’s Shirodhara (also known as Ayurvedic Relaxation Treatment, a very fitting name). As usual, I was unsure what to expect, as I’m still building my knowledge of Ayurveda. Any uncertainty I had was immediately relieved by the knowledgeable therapist.

Find out more about the Ayurvedic Relaxation Treatment and Kripalu’s other bodywork services (and read the rest of Ashley’s experience).

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