2013
Posted on September 21st, 2013 by in Life Lessons

What Nature Can Teach Us About Happiness

by Dakota Sexton How often do you spend time in nature? There’s always something else we need to do inside: laundry, e-mails, housecleaning … and the list goes on, forever. But getting out into the wild is worth prioritizing: An unparalleled amount of research in the last decade shows that a walk in the woods […]

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Posted on September 20th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Black Bean-Vegetable Hash

Nature’s Weight-Savvy Nutrient: Annie Kay’s Commentary I often tell people working to manage their blood sugar and weight that fiber is nature’s secret weight-management nutrient. A comfort food like this Black Bean-Vegetable Hash can actually help you manage your weight. Black beans have a fiber-plus-protein makeup that helps them move though our digestive tract at […]

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Posted on September 19th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

The Yamas and Niyamas of Getting Out of a Speeding Ticket

When I was a kid, I was the first place debater in New Jersey. If you know New Jersey, you know that this says a lot. Because, man, these folks can argue. They argue about parking spots, which booth to sit in at the diner, whose irritable bowel syndrome is worse, and who’d win in […]

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Posted on September 18th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga to Loosen the Grip of Grief

Both of my grandmothers died about 10 years ago. I was especially saddened when the one I was closer to passed away, but I can’t say I was grief-stricken. She was nearing 90 years old and, while I kept in touch with her, it had been a few years since I’d last seen her. She […]

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Posted on September 17th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

To Everything There is a Season

The temperature was only 39 degrees this morning, the lowest it’s been in months. Walking the dogs at 6:00 am, I huddled into my insufficient fleece jacket, hands punched deep in my pockets. Where were my gloves? Scarf? Hat? It seems like only a few minutes ago that I put all those wintry things away. […]

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Posted on September 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living on Purpose

This summer, researchers at UCLA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that, when it comes to our genes, there’s a difference between happiness derived from feeling good and that which comes from doing good. According to the study, people whose happiness stemmed from having a sense of purpose and meaning in […]

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Posted on September 15th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Stillness

Take a moment of stillness to pause, to breathe, and to exhale. As we let go and head into a new day, set your intention for self-awareness, mindfulness, and inquiry.

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Posted on September 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

The Art of Non-Doing

by Steven Leonard In a culture moving faster and faster, it seems contagious and desirable to be in a constant mode of comparison, self-improvement, and achievement. Yet the ability to relax is essential for the overall health of the body and mind, as regulated by the nervous system. What can we do to bring ourselves […]

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Posted on September 12th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga Assists and the Power of Connection

by Alanna Kaivalya  We are not a touchy-feely culture. When we greet someone we don’t know well, we typically nod and smile, or maybe shake hands. How many people do you hug on a daily basis? How often do you experience physical touch given with intention and caring? I had a student who came to […]

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Posted on September 11th, 2013 by in Yoga

The Beginners Guide to Kirtan and Mantra

By Shannon Sexton Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in foreign tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, and Gurmukhi. They’re even chanting in English. And they’re taking kirtan out of the temples and the yoga studios, and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals, and other unexpected places. In the […]

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