In early 2012, Kripalu’s Healthy Living department held a series of lectures for the community on nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Because I focus primarily on the prevention of diabetes and other chronic disease, the topic of my talk was sugar. When I came up with the title—“Sugar: America’s Favorite and Most Dangerous Drug”—I was intending to be [...]
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We are a country of excess. Our desire for more and more is evident in the increasing size of our homes, cars, and meals over the last half-century or more. Our waistlines have followed suit. Two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese. But there’s more to it than that. Aruni Nan Futuronsky, who [...]
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.
by Tresca Weinstein Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni started swimming competitively when she was 10 years old—first following in her older sister’s footsteps, and then simply because she loved it. “I spent most of my childhood in a pool, practicing or competing,” she says. “The motivation always came from me. I fell in love with working [...]
By Reyna Eisenstark One Saturday morning not long ago, I was eating a toasted sesame bagel with butter and a big mug of coffee, when suddenly it occurred to me that maybe I was doing everything all wrong. This was the sort of ordinary breakfast that everyone used to eat, but now the idea of [...]
What is allostatic load? The phrase is relatively unfamiliar to most of us, but it’s well worth learning what yours is, pondering how to reduce it, and then taking action. According to Mark Pettus, MD, Chief of Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and a Kripalu invited presenter, allostatic load is the cumulative wear [...]
By Janet Arnold-Grych We all have the power to accept and offer kindness—probably much more than we typically allow ourselves. And kindness, received or given freely, is amazingly powerful. A single act can change the cast of an entire day. Strung together, acts of kindness, particularly selfless acts, can dramatically change us. Our universal connection [...]
Research shows that happiness is a choice, but did you know that resilience—the ability to bounce back, even from trauma—is something that can be learned? At the root of resilience is positive emotion, optimism, and the ability to adapt to change. It’s what fuels us to rebound from adversity, ward off stress, and fight depression. [...]
by Bess Hochstein Though I have been called a spa addict, I prefer to think of myself as a connoisseur of the healing arts. I love a deep massage, a rejuvenating facial, some relaxing craniosacral therapy, a powerful shiatsu session, a revitalizing Ayurvedic treatment … In my years as a spa writer, I’ve tried just [...]
Why do some people bounce back after a major tragedy or illness, while others seem derailed by life’s daily challenges? The answer, in a word, is resilience. At its core, resilience is the capacity to handle difficult moments. That could be a major trauma such as post-traumatic stress after a military deployment; a chronic source [...]