Life Lessons

Kripalu life coaches share their experiences and pearls of wisdom.

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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Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Meditation, Words from the Wise

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

by Tara Brach After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and global violence, a wonderful and well-known Cherokee legend went viral on the Internet: An old grandfather is speaking to his grandson about what causes the violence and cruelty in the world. “In each […]

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Posted on March 11th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise

Trusting Grief

It’s uncomfortable to admit this but, in the past, when I’d see someone grieving for longer than I thought was warranted, I’d wonder, “Why don’t they just get over it?” While my compassion was abundant, it had an expiration date. That was before the year in which I ended my marriage, lost two dear uncles […]

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Posted on May 19th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons

Eight Reasons You Should Be #1 On Your To-Do List

by Renée Peterson Trudeau Sometimes I feel like a broken record, constantly advocating the benefits of self-care and how this practice has transformed my life over the last 15 years. But this past week confirmed for me that this message is one we all need to hear, again and again. I recently led a workshop […]

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