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 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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Posted on December 31st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Trading New Year’s Resolutions for New’s Year’s Intentions

New Year’s is a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead—better health, losing weight, a new job, travel, or finding a relationship. But change is hard. It requires a real commitment, planning, and follow-through. A 2007 research study by psychologist Richard Wiseman found that 88% of people fail to achieve their […]

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Posted on December 28th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition, Studies, News, and Trends

Gluten and Your Gut

More and more doctors are looking at food sensitivities, not just full-blown allergies (think peanuts or shellfish), as a way to understand chronic digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Ninety percent of all food-related allergic reactions in the United States come from just eight foods. They are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and […]

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Posted on December 26th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

How to Handle Stress

Stress has been called “the silent killer,” because it’s linked to chest pain and heart disease, but its other symptoms are unfortunately all too visible—weight gain, depression, and exhaustion, to name a few. The feeling of being overwhelmed is common to many of us, according to Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who […]

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Posted on December 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga and the Year of the Selfie

There’s been a lot of talk this past week about President Barack Obama’s selfie at a memorial for Nelson Mandela. That moment, now frozen in time, shows Obama, Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and her British counterpart, David Cameron, posing like three giddy teenagers while first lady Michelle Obama appeared to scowl off to […]

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Posted on November 28th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Gratitude

All of us go through tough times—breakups, divorce, major disappointments, sickness, the loss of people we hold dear. Sometimes that means we enter the holiday season less than joyful. And that’s okay. Yoga is about showing up as we are. It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going our way. The real work begins […]

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Posted on November 18th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Changing Your Relationship with Food

What if food was your friend, not the enemy? A source of nourishment and pleasure, rather than angst and self-loathing? For many women and girls, that’s hard to imagine. Recent studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and 51 percent of 9- and 10-year-olds say they feel better on […]

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