Healthy Living

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Posted on August 28th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Five Healthy Living Tips for Achieving Balance

When it comes to getting healthy, self-care is the first step, according to Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs. “I like to think of the ‘four pillars of self-care’—nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and sleep—as the doorway to transformation,” she says. Start with your weakest link, then try […]

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Posted on August 26th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Ayurveda for Your Summer Sunburn

by Sarajean Rudman With summer fun comes the summer sun, and with the summer sun can come sunburn. According to Ayurveda, burns and inflammation represent imbalances in the pitta (fire) dosha. In order to restore balance, Ayurveda treats with opposites; the qualities that balance the heat of pitta are cool and sweet. Here are a […]

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Posted on August 16th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Why Bacteria is Good for You

Benefits of the bacteria in our digestive tract, also referred to as gut microflora, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community lately—and therefore the professional nutrition and supplement communities as well. The science is fascinating, but what does it really mean for you? First, what is gut microflora? Also known as gut […]

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How to Use Food As Medicine

To what extent should we be using food to maintain our health and heal our body? According to nutritionist and Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, “Food—not supplements—should be where you get 98 percent of your nutrients.” Like John, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, an integrative clinical nutritionist who teaches at […]

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Posted on August 6th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Ayurveda for Your Summer Vacation

My wife, Gwen, loves to travel during the summer—the more exotic the better. Her ideal trip: a walking tour across China. She’d try every new food. She’d thrive on the unfamiliar experiences and days of interminable rambling. She’d end the trip feeling younger and more fit than ever. I would probably accompany my wife on […]

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Posted on August 5th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Summer Foodie

One of my favorite things about summer is eating fresh produce in season. After a long, grueling winter and a rainy spring, this summer’s harvest is producing a gorgeous variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This time of year, I like to spend late afternoons or weekends in search of local produce at farmers’ markets […]

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Posted on July 12th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Practicing Progress, Not Perfection

As an early adolescent, I spent a lot of time looking at Vogue magazine. I was especially taken by Brooke Shields and her high-fashion spreads. She and I were the same age, yet she had pencil-thin legs and a mostly flat chest. By age 13, my body was already quite developed. I looked years older […]

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Posted on June 28th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

Yoga Nidra: The Antidote to Modern Life

I was not the type of child who enjoyed staying up late. Whether I was at home or at a slumber party, when I began to feel the Sandman calling, off to bed I went. I knew the intense discomfort I’d experience the next day if I hadn’t slept enough. My eyes would be heavy; […]

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