Ask the Expert

Have a question about yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, or another wellness related topic? Here, you can get an answer. Send it to us and we’ll ask a Kripalu expert to address it in a future article. Send your questions to kima [at] kripalu [dot] org.

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by in Ask the Expert, Meditation, Yoga

The How, What, and Why of Meditation

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds. faculty members for the Kripalu School of Yoga, share their wisdom on the topic of meditation. There are so many people right now who are practicing yoga consistently. But the practice of meditation on a regular basis can reap great rewards. How important […]

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Posted on February 12th, 2014 by in Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Alignment and Surrender

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Priti Robyn Ross, a faculty member for the Kripalu School of Yoga, and Kripalu Yoga teacher for more than two decades, deconstructs Warrior I (yes, the knee bone is connected to the hip bone!), discusses hip openers, and offers tips for easing into Savasana. Q: Can you recommend […]

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Posted on June 14th, 2013 by in Ask the Expert, Studies, News, and Trends

Is Your Diet Making You Anxious or Depressed?

Jenny Sansouci, guest blogger We all wake up in a bad mood once in a while. It’s part of life’s journey to experience ups and downs—but if you often feel anxious or depressed and can’t seem to shake it, there’s a chance your diet may have something to do with it. Food and mood are […]

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Posted on April 13th, 2013 by in Ask the Expert

Life as a Practice

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Coby Kozlowski, a life coach, expressive-arts therapist, and faculty member at Kripalu, answers questions about trusting your instincts, making big decisions, and finding the right life coach for you. I’m feeling stuck in my job. Any tips on how to figure out if this is a good time […]

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Posted on April 1st, 2013 by in Ask the Expert

Making Space to Just Be—And To Get Moving!

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Coby Kozlowski, a life coach, expressive-arts therapist, and faculty member at Kripalu, talks about how to create space in your life—and how to get up and get moving! As a busy mom, wife, full-time employee, and budding yogi, I’m having a hard time finding space for myself lately. […]

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Tools for Taking Yoga Off the Mat

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, life coach, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs, answers your questions about using yoga philosophy to address the challenges of everyday life. Are there tools you recommend for finding closeness with our partners in this hectic pace of modern life? I feel […]

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Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by in Ask the Expert, Meditation

Ask the Expert: Meditation for Beginners

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Angela Wilson, a senior Kripalu faculty member and Project Leader for the Institute for Extraordinary Living’s Frontline Providers program, answers questions about the health benefits of meditation, the best time to meditate, and more. Does meditation have any actual health benefits? What does meditating do for my parasympathetic […]

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Posted on August 13th, 2012 by in Ask the Expert, Yoga

Ask the Expert: Movement and Meditation

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Cristie Newhart, yoga advisor for Kripalu’s Healthy Living programs, deconstructs two foundational postures—Triangle and Standing Forward Fold—and explains why meditation doesn’t just have to happen on the cushion.

When I practice Standing Forward Fold, I tend to hyperextend my legs. Any recommendations for practicing this pose safely?

There are many reasons why people hyperextend the knees, and most of the reasons are due to the relationship of hamstrings to the quads. It’s important to practice in such a way that the muscles around the knee protect and stabilize the knee. In most cases, it’s helpful to lift the quadriceps muscles in the front of the leg. Also, remember to lengthen the front of the body as you fold. The top of the pelvis tilts forward as you bend at the hip crease—think of the way an old-fashioned Rolodex flips forward. Don’t be overly concerned with your torso coming to your thighs—instead think in terms of spinal length. Be aware of the support of abdominal muscles below the navel. This support allows for greater flexibility in the lumbar spine. If your arms don’t reach the floor, try resting them on blocks rather than letting them dangle. Pressing the hands into a stable surface can help you find more length in the spine. Please do not be afraid to practice this posture with bent knees until you have strengthened your hamstrings.

I don’t have time to meditate for more than 5 or 10 minutes early in the morning. Is that enough?

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