Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson 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 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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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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Posted on January 20th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

The Truth About Weight Loss

Americans are preoccupied with dieting—but weight loss isn’t just about what to eat and what not to eat. It’s about paying attention to how and why we make our choices. “You need to notice what you’re doing and be present with what is happening before you can make changes,” says Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Senior Life […]

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Posted on January 7th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Eating Your Way to Good Health

It wasn’t until I became interested in yoga that I realized that good nutrition and healthy eating habits are necessary in order to achieve a balanced lifestyle. During my most recent trips to Kripalu, I’ve spent less time focusing on asana and meditation, and more time seeking out programs that can help me build a […]

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