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 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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Posted on November 8th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Kripalu Kitchen

What to Buy Organic: An Easy Guide

How important is it to buy and eat organic produce? Does it really matter? According to nutritionist and Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, when it comes to certain foods, it’s essential. This is an issue I’ve often hemmed and hawed over—and, to be honest, when faced with the choice of cheap, […]

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Posted on October 8th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Yoga of Making Tough Decisions, Dance Breaks and All

Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all provide tools to help us get in touch with ourselves, so that we can make tough choices about how to create the life we want. While sitting on the cushion, in the flow of a great yoga class, or consciously adhering to yogic philosophy, such as ahimsa (refraining from violence […]

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Posted on October 5th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Detox and Eliminating Your Toxic Load

I recently spent a week at Kripalu for my first Healthy Living Program, a five-day Detox for Health and Healing. Months of not eating right, staying up late, and the overall stress of city living had left me exhausted, unmotivated, and overweight. Detoxification, the body’s natural cleansing system, is not just a function of the […]

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Posted on September 26th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Studies, News, and Trends

A Working Guide to Lasting Happiness

A recent study confirms what those in the field of Positive Psychology have been saying for years: Namely, happiness isn’t a state of being, but a process that must be worked at and practiced. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that focusing on the positive and using tools such as mindfulness […]

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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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