January, 2014
Posted on January 31st, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Red Lentil Soup

This easy one-pot dish, a standard offering at the Kripalu Basics Bar, follows a simple formula: sauté onion and spaces to bring out their maximum flavor, then add vegetables and liquid. Since spices are fat soluble, combining them with olive oil brings them to life. Red lentils are a great source of high-quality protein and […]

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Posted on January 30th, 2014 by in Yoga

Meditation, Resistance, and the Practice of Compassion

by Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) When I’m sitting with a group of people who are brand-new to meditation, I ask them to close their eyes and call out words that come to mind when they think of meditating. Often they come up with words like bliss, ecstasy, no thoughts. And then there’s one person in the […]

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Posted on January 29th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Healing Arts Etiquette: Ten Tips for Beginners

by Bess Hochstein Though I have been called a spa addict, I prefer to think of myself as a connoisseur of the healing arts. I love a deep massage, a rejuvenating facial, some relaxing craniosacral therapy, a powerful shiatsu session, a revitalizing Ayurvedic treatment … In my years as a spa writer, I’ve tried just […]

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Posted on January 28th, 2014 by in Yoga

Why Yoga Increases Feelings of Connection

While many people turn to yoga to reduce stress, an equal number go to yoga class in order to experience a greater sense of connection—with themselves and with each other. We come in to class feeling separate, disconnected, even resentful (Why did she put her mat so close to mine?). We leave smiling, warmed by […]

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Posted on January 27th, 2014 by in Life Lessons

Kindness is a Strength

Back when I was single, I created a few personal profiles for online dating sites. When asked to name my religion, I wrote “Kindness.” While it sounded kind of flirty, it’s also what I truly believe in and try to practice. Kindness touches the soul, transcends language, and connects people on a primal level. Growing […]

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Posted on January 26th, 2014 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Stillness

Take a moment of stillness to pause and to breathe. As we let go and head into a new week, set your intention for mindfulness.

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Posted on January 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Chakras and the Power of Connection

I’m a very grounded person. People use that word to describe me all the time. I’m down-to-earth, practical, not easily swayed by trends. I have a strong sense of self. While I appreciate my inner sturdiness, I know that my spiritual muscles, so to speak, are weaker. I don’t feel a strong connection to that […]

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Posted on January 24th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Butternut Squash and Spicy Cilantro Pesto with Shrimp or Tofu

The fabulous flavor combo of cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and squash adds bounce to shrimp or tofu. Cilantro is rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, and has shown anti-diabetic, cholesterol-lowering, and anti-inflammatory effects in early studies. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of minerals and trace minerals, most notably zinc and magnesium. Enjoy today’s Kripalu recipe! […]

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Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by in Words from the Wise, Yoga

The Second Pillar: “Do It Full Out”

An excerpt from The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling In his new book, the Director of Kripalu’s Institute of Extraordinary Living uses Krishna and Arjuna’s dialogue in the Bhagavad Gita, as well as the stories of “ordinary” and “extraordinary” lives as lenses through which to explore […]

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Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Five Things Resilient People Do

Why do some people bounce back after a major tragedy or illness, while others seem derailed by life’s daily challenges? The answer, in a word, is resilience. At its core, resilience is the capacity to handle difficult moments. That could be a major trauma such as post-traumatic stress after a military deployment; a chronic source […]

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