April, 2013
Posted on April 30th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Samantha Cullen Human beings have been telling stories since the dawn of civilization—sharing our own or listening to another’s. We love to get lost in stories: Through a film, a book, or a play, we’re drawn into the lives of characters whose heartbreaks and triumphs reflect our own. As a kid, I loved to watch […]

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Posted on April 29th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation

Your Brain on Mindfulness Meditation

One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu called self-observation without judgment “the highest form of spiritual practice.” Likewise, if you go to any yoga or meditation class you‘re likely to hear words like mindfulness and nonjudgmental awareness repeated throughout […]

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Posted on April 28th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Serenity

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 April 27th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

A Gentler, Kinder Spring Detox

Spring has sprung! Kind of, sort of—well, just enough to get me in the mood to clear out the old, stale, winter energy and usher in some fresh air. This means combing through closets, the pantry, and recirculating stuff that no longer serves. It also means cleaning out me. Winter is an inherently stiller time—that […]

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Posted on April 26th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Spring Greens

Spring, glorious spring, with its air of fresh possibilities, is the perfect time to do some cleaning and cleansing. Gather up everything green you see in the grocery store and make yourself a big pot of Spring Greens Gumbo. You’ll have so much energy that the spring housecleaning will feel like a summer breeze. Spring […]

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Posted on April 25th, 2013 by in Yoga

The ABCs of Yoga

Shakta Khalsa gives kids tools for life. Yoga for children, says teacher trainer Shakta Khalsa, isn’t just a scaled-down version of yoga for adults—it’s a whole different animal. For example, a teacher might lead postures by asking children to “make a mountain” with their bodies (that would be Downward Facing Dog) or become a “fearless […]

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Posted on April 24th, 2013 by in Nutrition

Un-Junk Your Food

Maryelaine “Mel” Sotos, MS, RD, LDN, Kripalu nutritionist and guest blogger All calories are not created equal. Some self-proclaimed weight-loss experts and personal trainers might argue with that statement (an image of a buff drill sergeant–like trainer on a popular prime-time show comes to mind), but no matter who or how famous my critics may […]

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Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by in Teachers Corner

The Art of Dynamic Language

An excerpt from the guide “Dynamic Language and Heart Opening Themes” on Danny Arguetty’s website: Nourish Your Light. When we, as teachers, use varied language, creative words, and clear instructions, there is a more complete quality to the practice at hand. Our language supports students in remaining more present to their own internal experience while […]

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Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Eating

Almost right away, our teacher asks us to draw a “memorable food experience.” Nothing gets adults past their fear of anything, even drawing, faster than food. Gripping crayons passed around in paper cups, we sketch elaborate Thanksgiving tables, giant pots of comforting stew, and quite a few lobsters. When our teacher, Kripalu nutritionist Kathie Madonna […]

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Posted on April 21st, 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 day, set your intention for self-care, connection, and inquiry.

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