On and Off the Mat

Kripalu community members share moments when they’ve acted or thought in decidedly unyogic, unmindful ways — and how these moments brought new insights.

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by in Healthy Living, On and Off the Mat, Yoga

Five Steps for Taking Yoga off the Mat

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve probably had this experience: You’re holding a pose and the tension is more than you can take. Your muscles are reaching their pain and stamina threshold, but the instructor reminds you to breathe into the sensation. And, when you do, you notice that you can tolerate the […]

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Posted on February 26th, 2014 by in On and Off the Mat

Writing Without the Answers

by Laura Didyk For more than a year, I’ve been making lukewarm attempts to make progress on the memoir I’m writing, but a long list of “if onlys” have been standing squarely in my way. If only I had a place to write (my desk, which doubles as my kitchen table, is too high, and […]

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Posted on February 25th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, On and Off the Mat

Dreaming of Wildflowers

It’s seed catalog season and, here at Kripalu, we’re dreaming of spring. Our wildflower fields are expanding, as Kripalu Grounds Supervisor Kevin “Moose” Foran does his part to transform Kripalu’s expansive lawns into vibrant wildflower meadows.

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Posted on August 20th, 2013 by in On and Off the Mat

Re-Entry Post-Kripalu—Without the Burn

by Janet Arnold-Grych, guest blogger On the morning of my 49th birthday, I found myself captivated by the light streaming in through the windows of the Main Hall at Kripalu. Girish was seated a few rows in front of me, playing his guitar and softly singing a chant that floated up to meet the sunshine. […]

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Posted on August 10th, 2013 by in On and Off the Mat

An Ex-Addict and a Dog Named Sheba

Tommy Rosen, guest blogger I woke up with the vulture on the headboard. Negative thinking. Not sure why, doesn’t matter why. It was there. Negative thought bombardment draining my energy.  It makes no difference that I am in Maui teaching and loving it. The thoughts come anyway. Today is also a writing day. I’m writing […]

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Permission to Practice

Let me simply say that I didn’t just fall off the mat. Recently, confronted with life on life’s terms, I plummeted, plunged, and wildly tumbled, losing all foothold to the practices that give me perspective and trust. There is good news in this tale though I found my way back relatively quickly. But, in this breach, I endured much self-inflicted struggle and pain.

This story is canine-related. My dogs, Lucy Kay Doodle and Zac Joey Doodle, are gifts of love and growth for me. In their fuzzy, larger-than-life Muppet-ness, they bring me such lessons.They are shiny mirrors into which I see my behavior, recognize my strengths and growth, and see beyond my old patterns of limited thinking. Simply put, my dogs are my teachers. They help me grow.

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Posted on April 14th, 2012 by in On and Off the Mat

Falling off the Mat: It Only Takes a Moment

Micah Mortali, Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Guest Blogger

We all go through phases in our lives and in our yoga practice. People come to yoga for different reasons: to get fit, to de-stress, to quiet their mind, or to experience the sacred and feel closer to what they consider Divine. In most cases, there is a motivation to improve one’s self, to change habits, or to shift the current trend in one’s life toward something more authentic or positive. You may recall what it was that first drew you to yoga and how that has shifted during the span of your relationship to the practice. You see, as we change and grow our relationship to yoga does as well.

These days I have a full time job running the volunteer program at Kripalu, I am newly married with an eight-year-old stepdaughter and a 15-month-old baby boy. My practice is not the same as it was when I was a single yogi living in a house share and teaching yoga as a sub-contractor. I look back at those days sometimes and remember what my practice was like then: Waking up at 5:00 am, sitting on my meditation cushion with a single candle burning in the pre-dawn quiet, diving deep into my breathing practices and going on rich inward journeys that left me feeling light, inspired, and oh-so-very alive! I idealize those times now in my mind and sometimes I fail to remember the other side of the story, the moments of loneliness and longing that I felt to be a father and have a family.

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