Life Lessons

Kripalu life coaches share their experiences and pearls of wisdom.

Stop Performing, Start Experiencing

by Peter Bregman The night before our wedding, Eleanor and I stood awkwardly in the center of a large room, surrounded by our family and our closest friends. There was no particular reason to be uncomfortable; this was just a rehearsal. Still, we were in the spotlight and things weren’t going smoothly. Neither the rabbi […]

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Posted on July 9th, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

Loving My Body, Loving Myself

Kripalu Yoga teacher Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love, shares how yoga teacher training supports her mission to cultivate compassion and body acceptance.

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My Year as a Spiritual Gangster: A Voice from Long Ago

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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Meeting Desire on the Spiritual Path

by Angela Wilson There’s a word I want to bring back to my spiritual vocabulary: desire. Recently, I was asked to take on a new project, which offered an opportunity to serve as lead teacher. I was thrilled—or horrified. I hadn’t shifted through my internal sensations yet when my boss asked me, “Do you want […]

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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

Your Summer Reading List: Recommendations from Kripalu Faculty and Staff

This is the season when we give ourselves permission to read for pure pleasure. Maybe it’s a holdover from back when June meant “no more pencils, no more books”—time to swap out the algebra textbook for a juicy Danielle Steele novel. We asked Kripalu staff and faculty to share a few of their favorites to […]

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Posted on June 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise, Yoga

Fatherhood, Low-Back Pain, and Immortality

by Micah Mortali Before my wife and I had our first child, I had been a Kripalu Yoga teacher for about six years, and had been practicing yoga for a decade. I was passionate about my practice, and often woke before the sun and started my days diving deep within—with breath retentions and bandhas, followed […]

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Posted on May 20th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise

Taking the Long Way: Missteps That Lead Us Forward

by Lara Tupper It’s a common conundrum, feeling stuck on a trajectory that doesn’t feel right. I know, because I spent a sizable percentage of my 30s waiting for trains in New York City’s Penn Station. In that oddly scented dungeon, I came to appreciate the lilting female voice of the New Jersey Transit announcer, […]

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Posted on May 13th, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

My First Time on the Mat

by Reyna Eisenstark A few years ago, a yoga studio came to my town and changed my life forever. This is totally true, but it wasn’t obvious to me at first. As with many important decisions in life, it came to me almost accidentally. For months, I took a weekly Pilates class at the studio, […]

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