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 September 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

The Truth About Lying

Telling lies—to ourselves or to others—makes us feel icky, causes stress, and saps us of endless energy. In a recent edition of Goop, Dr. Habib Sadeghi talks about the importance of honesty. Habib, founder of Be Hive of Healing, says that if we’re not honest with ourselves, we’ll never be honest with others. Dishonesty isn’t [...]

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Posted on September 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Mindfulness for A Happier, Healthy Brain—and Life

Dr. Dan Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, has taken the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, or awareness, and tied it to the science of the brain. As a medical student, Dan found his professors taught medicine as if the mind didn’t exist. Frustrated by the lack of integration in [...]

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Posted on August 13th, 2013 by in Meditation

Mindfulness: The New Organic

Getting back to basics, whether it’s clearing our busy minds or eating fresh vegetables straight from the farm, helps us reconnect with ourselves and the natural world. And one of the most popular “new” tools for cultivating this sense of connectedness is the ancient Buddhist technique known as mindfulness. “Mindfulness is the new organic,” says [...]

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Posted on August 7th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Stay Cool the Ayurvedic Way

It’s hot out there! But maybe you don’t need to turn up the air conditioning just yet. Larissa Hall Carlson, Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, says that changing up your yoga routine; adding certain herbs, fruits and vegetables to your diet; and even wearing particular colors can minimize the risk of getting overheated. [...]

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Posted on July 27th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

How to Get Unstuck and Get Back to Your Practice

Getting stuck is normal. Whether it’s cheating on your healthy diet or struggling with writer’s block, it’s bound to happen. What matters is how we deal with it—can we get back up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again? Feeling like we’ve failed or can’t do anything right can take us to a place [...]

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Posted on July 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga’s Ethical Guide to Living: The Yamas and Niyamas

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger “By firmly grasping the flower of a single virtue, a person can lift the entire garland of yama and niyama.” —Swami Kripalu The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. They’re like a map written to guide you on your [...]

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Posted on June 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Getting the Love You Want

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger After 44 years of marriage, my parents, now in their 70s, recently got divorced. I’d assumed that at this stage they’d be taking cruises and gardening together, not saying goodbye. I didn’t see it coming and, honestly, I don’t think they did, either. The shock left me with a number of [...]

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Posted on May 22nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Creating a Life You Love

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger In her blog post “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” Australian nurse Bronnie Ware recorded the answers her patients gave regarding their greatest regret. At the top of the list was: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of [...]

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Posted on May 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation Boosts Your Brain’s Ability to Focus

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger New scientific research shows what Buddhist monks and meditators have known for centuries: a mindfulness practice greatly reduces stress and improves our ability to focus. And, it turns out, that can translate into higher test scores and a better memory. Mindfulness meditation, traditionally done sitting cross-legged on a cushion, uses the [...]

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

Why Failing Is Good for You

Life lessons on the yogic path by Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying anything.” —Woody Allen Nobody likes to fail. But whether it’s falling out of a headstand in yoga class, or trying a new recipe that ends up in the garbage, failure is inevitable—and it’s how we learn. We [...]

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