“Wise Selfish”: Cultivating Compassion

by Daniel Goleman Some years ago, my wife and I had an unexpected bit of downtime with the Dalai Lama while he waited for an event to start in Mon­treal. He told us he had just come from Austria, where he had spent some time shopping. That was startling—the Dalai Lama rarely shops. My wife […]

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Posted on November 19th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

Spinning Tales into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir Writing

by Portland Helmich I consider myself fairly self-aware. I’m relatively in touch with my feelings and can put words to them. I have a good sense of my strengths and weaknesses. I know where I trip myself up. And yet, I’m never as aware of what’s really going on inside me, of what I really […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living, Meditation, Yoga

Slow Down: Restoring Pathways to Connection

by Jess Frey There is more to life than increasing its speed. —Mohandas K. Gandhi Go-go-go. More-more-more. Faster-harder-better. We live in a culture of speed and disconnect—disconnect from self, others, and the world around us, which gradually takes us away from the natural rhythms and cycles of our body, nature, and life. Conditions such as […]

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Posted on November 12th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Inner View, Life Lessons

The Transformative Power of Difficult Emotions

by Janet Arnold-Grych I am charmed by Ria, the 78-year-old Dutch grandmother captured on video taking her first airplane flight with 71-year-old An. An’s paralyzing fear of flying had kept her grounded. Ria hadn’t flown because her deceased husband had been afraid as well. In the end, both women have the trip of a lifetime. […]

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Posted on October 28th, 2015 by in Inner View, Life Lessons

It’s Written in Stone: Death as Part of Life

by Lara Tupper When I feel stuck at my writing table, I walk through the local cemetery. I stroll the length of a tree-lined path and read the stones for clues. It’s like eavesdropping—so many suggestions of stories in the engravings. There’s a hierarchy (big graves versus little graves). There are decorations and decay. The […]

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Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Pumpkin Pie with Cardamom Whipped Cream

The flavors of this pie integrate nicely overnight, so you can bake it the day before serving. Makes one 9-inch pie. For pecan crust ½ cup pecan meal ¾ cup gluten-free oat flour ¼ cup buckwheat flour ½ teaspoon cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon baking powder ⅛ teaspoon salt ¼ cup sunflower oil ¼ cup maple syrup […]

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Posted on October 19th, 2015 by in Ask the Expert, Teachers Corner, Yoga

Rest, Relax, Renew: The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

A Q&A with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen Sudha Carolyn Lundeen teaches Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu January 8–17, the first program in our new Yoga Teacher Specialist Training. We asked her about the benefits of restorative yoga and how teachers can use this skill to enhance their yoga business. What does a Specialist-level training offer […]

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Posted on October 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

Holiday Helpers: Practices for Staying Grounded in the Season of Celebration

The holidays are upon us, a season that for many brings joy, celebration, and gratitude, warm hearths on chilly days, and the heartening pleasures of exchanging gifts while reconnecting with loved ones. But, as much as the holidays can elevate our spirit, they can also tax our system. There are travel arrangements to be made, […]

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