Years ago, when I was in my 30s, I conducted a television interview with a Zen Buddhist priest about the transformative power of meditation. At the time, I’d dabbled with various types of meditation, but certainly didn’t practice it regularly and couldn’t attest to its benefits. While I really liked the priest and everything she […]
Discover ways that meditation allows you to stop, breathe, and pay attention to both your inner world and your active mind.
Some years ago, I was lying on a massage table in a dimly lit, lavender-scented room while a massage therapist kneaded my neck. It hurt. The pain caused me to flinch over and over again. “Wow—you’re really tight,” she remarked. Massage therapists work with a lot of necks, so I knew her comment meant my […]
by Lorin Roche Lorin Roche’s book The Radiance Sutras is a contemporary interpretation of the 112 contemplative meditations known as the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, one of the earliest teachings on yoga meditation. The first written version appeared in Kashmir around 800 AD, and was likely handed down orally for generations before that. In this […]
Today, many yoga classes focus on postures and skip meditation in favor of Savasana (Corpse pose) or a quick om. But asana was originally intended to warm up the body in preparation for seated meditation. At Kripalu, the daily 4:15 p.m. yoga class includes 90 minutes of postures and 30 minutes of silent, unguided meditation. […]
We live in a culture predicated on our addictions to things like coffee, sugar, our cell phones, checking e-mail, and plain old busyness. “From a Buddhist perspective, all beings are addicted, and that manifests in different ways,” says author Noah Levine, a founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Noah knows a thing […]
Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Larissa Hall Carlson shares a breathing practice to refresh both the physical body and the mental body. Stay cool during these hot summer months and cultivate time to find balance.
I recently saw a therapist who works with crystals to help clients gain insight into the qualities they’re looking to augment in themselves. Apparently, when asked to select a crystal that calls to us, we choose the one whose core qualities we need the most. I chose a piece of watermelon tourmaline, which apparently means […]