Life Lessons

Kripalu life coaches share their experiences and pearls of wisdom.

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by in Life Lessons

Kindness is a Strength

Back when I was single, I created a few personal profiles for online dating sites. When asked to name my religion, I wrote “Kindness.” While it sounded kind of flirty, it’s also what I truly believe in and try to practice. Kindness touches the soul, transcends language, and connects people on a primal level. Growing [...]

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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Practice—An excerpt from Already Home: Stories of a Seeker

In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation. The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a [...]

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Posted on September 30th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Goodbye, Inner Critic—Hello, Inner Coach

Recently, I received some unexpected news—the lovely condo I rent is being put up for sale. The fact that I have to move has me questioning whether I want to pack up my life on the West Coast and head back East. When I’m faced with making major life decisions, it’s not pretty. I ruminate [...]

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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by in Life Lessons, Relationships

Leading with Love

When I was 19, I enrolled in a theater conservatory in Manhattan. I was hungry for the experience of living in a city and having everything at my fingertips. Unfortunately, I was 19, and full of fear and insecurity. I struggled to enjoy the opportunities that came my way daily. I felt swallowed by a [...]

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Posted on September 24th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Baby Steps to Self-Renewal

A few years ago I had my dream job.  I was the host and executive producer of a national television talk show about natural health, wellness, and alternative ways to heal the body and mind. But I was a total hypocrite: Here I was interviewing well-regarded experts from a plethora of disciplines about the importance [...]

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Posted on September 21st, 2013 by in Life Lessons

What Nature Can Teach Us About Happiness

by Dakota Sexton How often do you spend time in nature? There’s always something else we need to do inside: laundry, e-mails, housecleaning … and the list goes on, forever. But getting out into the wild is worth prioritizing: An unparalleled amount of research in the last decade shows that a walk in the woods [...]

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Posted on September 17th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

To Everything There is a Season

The temperature was only 39 degrees this morning, the lowest it’s been in months. Walking the dogs at 6:00 am, I huddled into my insufficient fleece jacket, hands punched deep in my pockets. Where were my gloves? Scarf? Hat? It seems like only a few minutes ago that I put all those wintry things away. [...]

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Posted on September 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

The Truth About Lying

Telling lies—to ourselves or to others—makes us feel icky, causes stress, and saps us of endless energy. In a recent edition of Goop, Dr. Habib Sadeghi talks about the importance of honesty. Habib, founder of Be Hive of Healing, says that if we’re not honest with ourselves, we’ll never be honest with others. Dishonesty isn’t [...]

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Posted on March 11th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

My Son, the Pratyahara Detector

Micah Mortali, guest blogger, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and manager of the Kripalu Volunteer Program Pratyahara, or turning inward, is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and it has always been an important part of my practice: diving deep and exploring my internal landscapes, observing what can be seen when the eyes close and the [...]

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Posted on March 4th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Open Your Heart

It’s easy to lose connection with our feelings. In this fast-paced world, with all the responsibilities that we carry, we are often exhausted by the day’s end. Self-connection is pushed to the side in the face of our busyness and the time devoted to others. This is the moment to consider getting in touch with [...]

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