Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer is a journalist, writer, yogini, and kirtan junkie. A former volunteer resident at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, she’s a former broadcast news producer for CNN and National Public Radio. Her reporting and writing have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, USA Today and the Women’s Review of Books.
Posted on November 11th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Conscious Living

Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Soothing the Mind

Ayurveda promotes mental well-being by bringing the body and mind back into balance through following the rhythms of nature. “When the body becomes exhausted from living again the stream, we don’t have the energy, so we become anxious,” says Kripalu presenter and Ayurveda expert John Douillard. “And when we become totally exhausted, we become depressed.” […]

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Posted on October 28th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Not All Detoxes Are Created Equal

Most people associate the idea of a detox with a restrictive juice or water fast. My first detox, a monthlong fast, was just that—all I ingested was a concoction of water, grapefruit juice, molasses, and cayenne pepper. By the time it was over, I vowed never to go on an extreme diet like that again. […]

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Posted on October 15th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Secret to Creating a Resilient Life

One of the common myths about resilience is that some people are simply born with it, while the rest of us aren’t. The good news is that anyone can build the skills necessary to cope and even thrive in difficult times. The first step is recognizing that resilience is a choice,” explains Kripalu faculty member Maria […]

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Posted on September 10th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Asana as Meditation

Today, many yoga classes focus on postures and skip meditation in favor of Savasana (Corpse pose) or a quick om. But asana was originally intended to warm up the body in preparation for seated meditation. At Kripalu, the daily 4:15 p.m. yoga class includes 90 minutes of postures and 30 minutes of silent, unguided meditation. […]

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Posted on August 28th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Five Healthy Living Tips for Achieving Balance

When it comes to getting healthy, self-care is the first step, according to Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs. “I like to think of the ‘four pillars of self-care’—nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and sleep—as the doorway to transformation,” she says. Start with your weakest link, then try […]

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Posted on August 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Words from the Wise

Breaking Free Of Our Daily Addictions

We live in a culture predicated on our addictions to things like coffee, sugar, our cell phones, checking e-mail, and plain old busyness. “From a Buddhist perspective, all beings are addicted, and that manifests in different ways,” says author Noah Levine, a founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Noah knows a thing […]

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How to Use Food As Medicine

To what extent should we be using food to maintain our health and heal our body? According to nutritionist and Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, “Food—not supplements—should be where you get 98 percent of your nutrients.” Like John, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, an integrative clinical nutritionist who teaches at […]

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Posted on August 5th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Summer Foodie

One of my favorite things about summer is eating fresh produce in season. After a long, grueling winter and a rainy spring, this summer’s harvest is producing a gorgeous variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This time of year, I like to spend late afternoons or weekends in search of local produce at farmers’ markets […]

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