Life Lessons

Kripalu life coaches share their experiences and pearls of wisdom.

My Year as a Spiritual Gangster: A Step Forward, a Step Back, and an Apology

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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I Love Me, I Love Me Not: The Practice of Unconditional Self-Love

by Kim Childs In June, I gave myself a 30-day challenge to look in the mirror each morning and say, “I love you.” It seemed like a simple practice. But as the saying goes, simple does not always mean easy. I’d heard about this exercise from author Louise Hay, who advocates positive self-talk and affirmations […]

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Posted on August 5th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise

Aging as A Spiritual Catalyst

by Janet Arnold-Grych Joseph Campbell suggested that it’s not the meaning of life we seek as much as “the rapture of being alive,” the ability to experience life in all its richness and depth. As we age, a natural pivot occurs. We are drawn to look inward, to assess our experiences, actions, and impact. Have […]

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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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