Relationships

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

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by in Relationships

The Yoga of Partnership

This fall and winter, invited presenters at Kripalu seem to be arriving in pairs. We figured that teachers who are partners in life as well as work would have a few pearls of wisdom to share about how to keep the home fires burning—particularly since many of their programs focus on love and intimacy. So […]

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Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by in Relationships

The Three Keys to a Fulfilling Sex Life

Sex. The word itself piques our interest, whether or not we admit it. How can we not be sensitized to sexuality? Suggestive images are ubiquitous in advertising, and there’s no shortage of sexy characters jumping into bed on television and film. All around us, the message is clear: Everyone’s having really great sex. Not quite. […]

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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by in Life Lessons, Relationships

Leading with Love

When I was 19, I enrolled in a theater conservatory in Manhattan. I was hungry for the experience of living in a city and having everything at my fingertips. Unfortunately, I was 19, and full of fear and insecurity. I struggled to enjoy the opportunities that came my way daily. I felt swallowed by a […]

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Posted on July 15th, 2013 by in Relationships

Turning Point: Marsha Lucas

Marsha Lucas, PhD, a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for more than 20 years. Her special interest is in the practice of mindfulness, and the neuroscientific research into its stimulation of the brain to develop new, more integrated circuits, which may be at the heart of well-being, […]

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Posted on June 29th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

What If We’re All Doing the Best We Can?

Kim Childs, guest blogger In the past year, I’ve heard from two friends who were disappointed in me because I didn’t meet their expectations or show up in the ways that they wanted me to. In one case, the friendship was already fading and I took the opportunity to own up and disengage. The other […]

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Posted on June 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Getting the Love You Want

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger After 44 years of marriage, my parents, now in their 70s, recently got divorced. I’d assumed that at this stage they’d be taking cruises and gardening together, not saying goodbye. I didn’t see it coming and, honestly, I don’t think they did, either. The shock left me with a number of […]

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Posted on June 11th, 2013 by in Relationships, Studies, News, and Trends

The Science of Love

Love—it’s the supreme human emotion. Babies need it to survive, it can improve brain function and health, and it’s even essential for animals (one study showed that rats that were licked more often by their mothers grew up to be calmer and more curious than their less-pampered counterparts). Love may feel more like magic than […]

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Posted on February 14th, 2013 by in Life Lessons, Relationships

Communication 101: Talking and Listening, for Real

My man, Brad, and I have been practicing the Imago Dialogue since nearly the beginning of our relationship. Though the name sounds like a drama class exercise, it’s actually a simple map for communicating consciously that helps us each feel heard. About four months into dating Brad, I was covering a wellness conference and had full […]

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