2013
Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Guacamole and Refried Beans

Avocados—Not All Fat Is Bad It’s hard to imagine a combination of Kripalu recipes that offers more benefits for the cardiovascular system than this guacamole and the refried beans below. Both avocados and beans are incredible at lowering blood lipids (cholesterol), blood pressure, and blood sugar. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and plant sterols, [...]

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Posted on August 1st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Summer’s End as a Doorway to Transition

I never was happy with summer’s end and the onset of Labor Day.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m a big fan of the Labor Movement, the people who brought us the weekend. I love my weekends. But Labor Day marked the end of so much—of summer, of expansion, of shorts and bikes and swimming and outdoor [...]

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Posted on July 31st, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

The Joys of Solitude

As a single woman living on my own, I often feel the need to fill my time. I pack my days with friends, outings, activities—even when those things aren’t really what I want to be doing. Lately, I’m challenging my tendency to overschedule my life by consciously basking in my moments of alone time, whether [...]

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Posted on July 30th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Everything’s Coming Up Ayurveda!

by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern With the growing season comes opportunities to plant, sprout, and grow—in our lives and in the earth. The Ayurvedic herb garden at Kripalu is a sacred space that provides a container for both literal and metaphorical growth. Each year, the graduates of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda’s [...]

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Posted on July 29th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga to Heal the Healer

Kelly Brooks, guest blogger Stressed out on the job? You’re not alone: 83 percent of Americans feel pressure from work, according to a recent Work Stress Survey. Among the most stressful occupations are doctors, nurses, therapists, and others at the front lines of health care. “These are super-stressful jobs with long hours, unpredictable schedules, and [...]

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

Moment of Quiet

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

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Posted on July 27th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

How to Get Unstuck and Get Back to Your Practice

Getting stuck is normal. Whether it’s cheating on your healthy diet or struggling with writer’s block, it’s bound to happen. What matters is how we deal with it—can we get back up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again? Feeling like we’ve failed or can’t do anything right can take us to a place [...]

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Posted on July 26th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Kitchen-Sink Curry

A Bowlful of Digestive Health The flavor profile of our Kitchen-Sink Curry is the taste of digestive health. Let’s begin with cumin, a spice traditionally associated with healthy digestion: Research now suggests that cumin stimulates the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. A teaspoon of cumin has 15 percent of your daily iron needs, along with [...]

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Posted on July 25th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

Ditching Doubt and Embracing Amma, the Hugging Guru

I have a complicated relationship to gurus and so-called enlightened beings. The whole “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” thing seems to be a universal truth humanity just can’t get past—the rise and fall of the revered transcends boundaries of faiths, politics, and nations. And yet, in the spiritual world, it’s so tempting to [...]

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Posted on July 24th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Healing Chöd: Do Nothing, Feel Everything

If you’re the kind of person who makes to-do lists (I am), you might feel that self-care—cooking healthy, practicing yoga, even meditating—is just another chore to check off your list  (I sometimes do).  So when a friend invited me to participate in an ancient Buddhist ritual that literally involves doing nothing, I was intrigued. It’s [...]

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