Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Life Coach, RYT

Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Life Coach, RYT

Aruni, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for the Kripalu Healthy Living programs, is a certified professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been teaching in a variety of diverse venues for more than 35 years and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. Author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope, and her latest book, Already Home: Stories of a Seeker, Aruni has also developed the Kripalu coaching methodology, based in presence and right action.
Posted on April 15th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

One Bite at a Time

It’s Friday morning and I’m on the scale. I weigh myself on Fridays—more frequently than that potentially feeds my obsession with my weight, but anything less than that tends to close me off in denial. I’m on the scale, and I’m not happy with the numbers. When my dog, Lucy, died a few months ago, [...]

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Posted on March 27th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Why Being Mean Doesn’t Work

Have you ever had success making sustainable changes in your life by being mean to yourself? Have you ever bullied yourself into change? Has white-knuckling it or an attitude of deprivation ever served you well? Let me guess your answer: Of course not. You might have been able to modify behavior for a time through [...]

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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Outliving Your Cravings

Like many of us, after dinner and before bedtime is the part of the day in which I might find myself hungry—not necessarily physically hungry, but wanting something to fill me up. As I trolled around my kitchen one night, some years ago, an extraordinary thing happened. I noticed that my hand was reaching, as [...]

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

A Christmas Memory

The ache of this memory is etched in time, reignited today in this cold December afternoon. It is of another cold winter afternoon in a long-ago December that I speak. I am 12 years old and I sit alone on the city bus in the fading light, heading up to the Hill Section and my [...]

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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Practice—An excerpt from Already Home: Stories of a Seeker

In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation. The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a [...]

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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 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 18th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Yoga of Change

Change is profoundly challenging. How many times in your life have you seen change rolling toward you, and deemed it unacceptable, not your plan? Found yourself working wildly to prevent or ignore it? Of course, it happened anyway. And how many times have you felt the urge, the deep internal pull, to change some lifestyle [...]

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Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Right Use of Will

Sustained, transformational change happens through the alchemy of mindfulness and the right use of will. In life, just as in yoga, you must start where you are before you can take the next step. Clearly, this is one of life’s greatest paradoxes, and it snags us every time. Our tendency is to work diligently to [...]

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Tools for Taking Yoga Off the Mat

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, life coach, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs, answers your questions about using yoga philosophy to address the challenges of everyday life. Are there tools you recommend for finding closeness with our partners in this hectic pace of modern life? I feel [...]

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