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Posted on December 11th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Flexing Your Mental Muscles

We all know that exercise can help keep our bodies strong and healthy, but can it affect brain function as well? A recent story on NPR highlights research that explores the benefits of physical exercise for mental wellness. Among the findings, scientists have discovered that exercise can contribute to everything from relieving depression to alleviating […]

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Posted on December 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Paying Attention

by Reyna Eisenstark For the past several years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same: to pay attention. This sounds pretty straightforward, until you really think about what it means. To me, paying attention means trying to notice everything, and sometimes this means noticing things you don’t want to see. We tend to ignore […]

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Posted on December 9th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Five Ways to Find Rest this Holiday Season

By Renée Peterson Trudeau Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us. We felt overscheduled and overworked, and we rarely got the chance to unplug. We navigated big career and life […]

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Posted on December 8th, 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 December 7th, 2013 by in Yoga

Kripalu: A Person, a Place, a Tradition

To read uplifting books or listen to spiritual discourses is good. But to practice even a little is of the utmost importance. The profound meaning of yoga is understood only by those who study it through regular and systematic practice. The day you start to practice, your true progress will begin. —Swami Kripalu Swami Kripalu […]

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Posted on December 6th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Good Fiber, Good Fats Cauliflower is a sulfur-containing vegetable that boosts detoxification and provides about a third of your daily fiber needs in one 100-calorie serving. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats; in one study, participants who used olive oil exclusively as their fat source cut their risk of coronary heart disease nearly in half. Antioxidants […]

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Posted on December 5th, 2013 by in Outside Our Walls, Teachers Corner

Nurturing our Teachers

by Helene McGlauflin As a school counselor, I know firsthand that teaching in a public elementary school is incredibly demanding on the physical, intellectual, and emotional levels. Teachers are exposed to and frequently catch colds, flus, and other illnesses. They’re expected to serve, perform, and multitask at high levels. They need to be loving, kind, […]

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Posted on December 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Separation: An excerpt from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

by Charles Eisenstein Charles Eisenstein’s writing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution have generated a vast following. In this excerpt from his new book, he explores the idea that our society is at a moment of transition—between a system that no longer works and a potential renaissance in which everything must […]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a […]

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Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]

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