Posted on August 26th, 2015 by in Conscious Living

A Ritual for Shedding the Past

by Alberto Villoldo In the southern hemisphere, home of the earth-based traditions of the Andes, the Southern Cross constellation occupies a prominent place in the psyche, as well as in the sky. The four stars in the Southern Cross orient the stargazer and symbolically reflect the progression through the four stages of the Medicine Wheel […]

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Posted on August 24th, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition, On and Off the Mat

Off the Mat: A Q&A with Kripalu Executive Chef Jeremy Rock Smith

Jeremy Rock Smith, Kripalu’s Executive Chef, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began his career in classical French cuisine, working in fine restaurants in the United States and abroad. In 2005, Jeremy’s love for teaching and natural foods led him to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, where he applied his classical training to […]

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Posted on August 21st, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Vegan Cocoa Berry Muffins

Makes 12 muffins 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour ½ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup sucanat or brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon sea salt 1 ⅓ cups unsweetened soy milk ½ cup sunflower oil 3 tablespoons applesauce 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup […]

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My Year as a Spiritual Gangster: A Step Forward, a Step Back, and an Apology

by Lisa Lampanelli Lisa Lampanelli is a professional comedian, writer, and actor who lives primarily in New York City. She began to call Kripalu her second home in mid-2014, when a family crisis led her on a quest to bring new meaning into her life. Since then, Lisa has attended programs and R&R Retreats at […]

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Why Getting Outside Is So Good For You

by Bess Hochstein I took a new job in California this year, and one of the best perks is the location of the company’s headquarters. The office sits in an old apple orchard, and every day, from my desk on the second floor, I watch a steady stream of my colleagues strolling along a path […]

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Posted on August 14th, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 12 cookies. ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup Earth Balance ¾ cup maple syrup 3 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla 1½ cup whole grain flour or flour combination (spelt, pastry, rice) 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1½ cup rolled oats Optional: ½ cup raisins ½ cup pepitas Preheat […]

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Posted on August 12th, 2015 by in Ayurveda, Nutrition

Ayurvedic Nutrition for Health and Well-Being

Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, offers empowering tools to help you make sound nutritional decisions. In Ayurveda, no food is off-limits; rather, moderation and mindfulness are key. Ayurveda helps us “peel back the layers in order to discover the truth of who we really are,” says Cat Pacini, Program Coordinator for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. […]

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Posted on August 7th, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Savory Baked Tofu

Serves 2–4 1 pound firm tofu 3 tablespoons tamari or natural soy sauce ½ cup water 3 tablespoons mirin or cooking wine 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated 1 tablespoon fresh basil ½ tablespoon fresh dill Pinch of cayenne Rinse tofu and cut into desired shape—cubes or cutlet style both […]

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