Meditation

Discover ways that meditation allows you to stop, breathe, and pay attention to both your inner world and your active mind.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Embracing Beginner’s Mind

by Janet Arnold-Grych One of my favorite stories about yogic luminary B.K.S. Iyengar is that, decades into teaching and practicing, he continued to tell his students that he hadn’t yet perfected Mountain pose. Mountain pose, for a man who did headstands into his 80s, was probably not physically challenging. But Iyengar knew that asserting mastery [...]

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Posted on March 11th, 2014 by in Meditation

The Healing Power of Meditation

By Erin Casperson Meditation. How many of us know that it’s good for us, but avoid the experience like a root canal? I avoided it for years. I would practice asana, chant, do pranayama, anoint my body with oil according to Ayurveda teachings, cook all-organic meals, study classical yoga and Ayurveda texts, but meditation … [...]

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Posted on March 1st, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Yoga in Schools: Phys Ed for the 21st Century

From Encinitas, California, to Baltimore, Maryland, educators, legislators, and activists are doing their part to bring yoga into the schools. We’ve seen this movement growing and Kripalu is working with school educators and wellness experts to help share the calming effects of yoga to children and adolescents. Through learning breathing practices, yoga postures, deep relaxation, [...]

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Posted on January 11th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Malas: The Power of 108

by Janet Arnold-Grych The mala I hold in my hand connects me to a lineage of seekers who held one in theirs. Malas are aligned to the Vedic tradition and thought to originate around 800 BCE. In the sixth century BCE, the use of malas was promoted by no less than the Buddha. It’s said [...]

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Posted on December 30th, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

Pranayama for Riding the Wave

A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a [...]

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Posted on December 25th, 2013 by in Meditation

Life as Meditation

by Bhavani Lorraine Nelson If you were to ask someone on the street, “What is yoga?,” you’d probably get a description of hatha yoga, the yoga of asanas, or physical postures. But yoga is an immense field of study with a broad spectrum of practices, enabling us to explore the full potential of human development [...]

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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

The Yogi’s Guide to Giving

By Shannon Sexton If you love yoga, you’re probably eager to share the gifts of healthy living, delicious food, spiritual wisdom, and the joys of practice with your family and friends. The good news: If they already have a practice—or are curious about starting one—you can give them meaningful gifts that reflect your values while [...]

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Posted on November 26th, 2013 by in Meditation

Lessons from a Winter Walk

by Danna Faulds It was a cold morning, the Berkshire temperature hovering in the low teens. I had decided to take my usual morning winter walk despite the cold, and was striding briskly back from the gate on Kripalu’s East Drive, blowing into my hands to keep them warm. From somewhere on the hill to [...]

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Posted on October 17th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation: A Dance Between You and Life

Meditation is a dance between you and life—a rhythm of body, breath, nature, emotion, infinite space, and everything in between. It’s an unfolding of what you are, what you came from, and what you’re becoming. The point is not to achieve a particular experience—the point is to recognize more of what you already are: unique, [...]

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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by in Meditation

Defy the Lies and Serve the Truth! A Spiritual Revolutionary Manifesto

Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and author Noah Levine’s approach to spiritual practice is a radical one—he goes straight to the root of our beliefs, our society, and our humanity. In this provocative essay, he delivers a wake-up call, encouraging us to eschew oppressive systems for a direct, personal experience of awakening and the freedom that it [...]

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