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 April 21st, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Living in a Shame-Free Body

I recently read an article about our nation’s obsession with body image and how it manifests itself in unhealthy ways—for example, on television shows such as The Biggest Loser. In the article, the writer talks about how we judge ourselves and others for being overweight, yet find it impossible to climb our way out of […]

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Posted on April 12th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Eight Things You Need To Know About Sleep

Although we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, most people still don’t know how to get a good night’s rest and how important it is. Sleep is a good indicator of someone’s overall health says Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who teaches the Healthy Living program Transforming Stress at Kripalu. “If […]

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Posted on April 9th, 2014 by in Studies, News, and Trends, Yoga

Yoga for Your Health

Many of us have experienced the immediate results of practicing yoga: less stress and a sense of calm. But what you might not know is that regular practice could yield long-term heath benefits. Research from the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that practicing yoga, along with regular exercise, can help relieve back pain, high […]

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Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by in Nutrition

Spring: The Season of Detox

Spring is a natural time to clear away toxins so the body can reboot after a long, sluggish winter. “A detox diet is a way to clean house inside and out,” says Kripalu presenter Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, a plan that eliminates sugar, processed foods, grains, dairy, […]

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Posted on March 29th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Cooking: Self-Care in the Kitchen

The truth is, I’ve only recently started to cook. In my twenties and thirties, I wore my lack of domesticity as a badge of pride, a sign that I was a busy, independent woman. During those years, I worked late and often picked up takeout on the way home. That habit stayed with me for […]

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Posted on March 1st, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Yoga in Schools: Phys Ed for the 21st Century

From Encinitas, California, to Baltimore, Maryland, educators, legislators, and activists are doing their part to bring yoga into the schools. We’ve seen this movement growing and Kripalu is working with school educators and wellness experts to help share the calming effects of yoga to children and adolescents. Through learning breathing practices, yoga postures, deep relaxation, […]

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Posted on February 27th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Kripalu Video

Take A Happiness Dance Break [VIDEO]

Having a rough day? If you have a few minutes, Pharrell Williams’ music video “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack is an instant happiness booster. Studies have shown that dancing can actually increase one’s ability to find resilience and experience the feeling of being happy. I should know. For the past week, I’ve been […]

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Posted on February 1st, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

Four Ways To Become More Resilient

Research shows that happiness is a choice, but did you know that resilience—the ability to bounce back, even from trauma—is something that can be learned? At the root of resilience is positive emotion, optimism, and the ability to adapt to change. It’s what fuels us to rebound from adversity, ward off stress, and fight depression. […]

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