In these reflections on connections, teachers and students share ways to deepen and explore personal connections, from family and friends to sexual relationships.

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 1st, 2015 by in Relationships, Yoga

Yoga to Strengthen the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I think of my mother in the years before multiple sclerosis confined her to a wheelchair, one image always comes to mind. It’s a memory of her, as a beautiful 40-something, standing outside her New York City hotel. She’s waving good-bye to me with tears in her eyes and I’m waving back with tears […]

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Posted on February 11th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Deepening Intimacy and Connection with Tantra

by Prana Regina Barrett There is a cultural longing for more connection and intimacy in relationships. There is also a call for sacred and spiritual connections. People of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations are feeling the need for a place to connect with their body, mind, and spirit in community. Tantra offers ways to […]

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Posted on January 7th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

The Power of Sisterhood

by Renée Peterson Trudeau I once spoke at a girls’ empowerment conference, to a group of 300 10- to 13-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a group of four 12-year-olds talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired […]

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Posted on December 4th, 2014 by in Relationships

Optimal Love

by Tal Ben-Shahar The course of true love never did run smooth. —William Shakespeare My favorite song is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” a close second. Of my top 10 all-time favorites, eight are love songs (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You […]

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Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by in Relationships

How to Reconnect in Your Relationship

by Sarajean Rudman At the beginning of a relationship, you’re often in a whirlwind of excitement and joy. You might spend the first few months of courting in a state of blind bliss—smiling at strangers for no reason, getting lost in daydreams, and herding the army of butterflies that have taken up residence in your […]

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Posted on September 13th, 2014 by in Relationships

Relationships as Spiritual Practice

Not long ago, a student asked me, “What do you think has been the most healing experience of your yoga practice?” The question gave me pause. My mind started scrolling through a list of my favorite practices. Was it nadi shodhana? Asana? Meditation? My experience of Ayurveda? Slightly stumped, I replied that it was probably […]

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