January, 2013
Posted on January 21st, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

by Tresca Weinstein, guest blogger There’s a well-known story about a sitar player (in some versions, it’s a lute player) who was discouraged with his meditation practice and went to the Buddha to ask for instruction. “What happens when you tune your instrument too tightly?” the Buddha asked. “The strings break,” the musician replied. “And [...]

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Posted on January 20th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Quiet

Take a moment to pause, to breathe, and to exhale into the day. As we let go and head into a new week, set your intention for self-care, connection, and inquiry.

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Posted on January 19th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga in the New Year

The New Year is a time of transition, when we’re teetering on the verge of new opportunities and possibilities. Simultaneously, we’re experiencing the tail end of 365 days filled with defining, transformative moments, and the imprints of these experiences—be they gains, losses, successes, setbacks—can be most palpable when we reflect upon them this time of [...]

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Posted on January 18th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Chefs of Love

Last weekend several hundred people gathered at Kripalu to honor the life of Swami Kripalu, who would have turned 100 years old in January. I like to think of Swami Kripalu as the energetic founder of Kripalu, even though he did not directly have a to-do list that included any of the typical to-dos one [...]

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Posted on January 17th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Managing the Migraine Monster

It’s said by many spiritual folks that we choose everything in our lives, from relationships to accidents to riches to illnesses. Depending whom you ask, we choose things for reasons unconscious (we’re trying to heal a childhood wound); metaphysical (we’re working out a past-life issue); psychological (we’re looking for power/safety/validation/etc.); or all of the above. [...]

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Posted on January 16th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ready, Set, Reset

Three years ago, I went on vacation and suffered a horrible bout of food poisoning that left me with a relentless and debilitating intestinal problem. I was lethargic, I gained weight, and I had to go to the bathroom constantly. I went from doctor to doctor looking for a solution, to no avail. I tried [...]

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Posted on January 15th, 2013 by in Yoga

As the Yogi Turns: Yoga Teacher Training and the Art of Self-Awareness

By Rebekah L. Fraser, guest blogger The author is a freelance writer and video producer who is currently participating in Kripalu’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  This is the first of a series of blog posts she will write for the Kripalu blog, Thrive. After an hour of shifting and fidgeting in the darkness, I’m finally starting to [...]

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Posted on January 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

When Yoga Meets Positive Psychology

Susanlee Mascaro, guest blogger As yoga teachers, we learn the postures with an eye for fine-tuned alignment. We are passionate about absorbing all the many facets of yoga: pranayama, meditation, yama and niyama, yoga nidra. The space we teach in becomes sacred space, and we treat it with a quiet reverence. We each bring our [...]

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Posted on January 13th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment for Quiet

“Go on giving love to your loved ones until they are fully satisfied. Then they also will never leave you unsatisfied.”—Swami Kripalu

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Posted on January 12th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights, Yoga

The Science of Breath

In his book Light on Pranayama, B. K. S. Iyengar writes: “Prana is the breath of life of all beings in the universe.” It’s no surprise, then, that pranayama, or the regulation of breath, is an essential part of yoga practice. In fact, it’s unusual to enter into a yoga class that doesn’t have at [...]

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