Wake-Up Call

Kripalu contributors share a transformational experience in their lives that made them realize they needed to change.

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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Posted on December 1st, 2014 by in Wake-Up Call

You Can Heal Your Heart

by David Kessler and Louise Hay In this excerpt from their new book, You Can Heal Your Heart, coauthors David Kessler and Louise Hay address how grief after the loss of a loved one can be both sharpened and softened around the holidays. Holidays are about togetherness. When you’ve lost someone special, your world loses […]

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Posted on January 15th, 2014 by in Wake-Up Call

Finding Balance, Wherever You Are

by Kat Olson On November 25, 2012, I got on the Mass Pike in Boston and drove west for two hours, away from my college friends, the familiar city of Boston, and nearly everything I’d called home. The city landscape dissolved into trees, until I exited the Pike in Lee, Massachusetts, and had a minor […]

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Posted on October 24th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

An Excerpt from May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind

by Cyndi Lee An excerpt from May I be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. Every day I meet a woman who tells me how much she loves my gray hair and how much she wants to let her own hair go gray. She says that she thinks I am so […]

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Posted on September 19th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

The Yamas and Niyamas of Getting Out of a Speeding Ticket

When I was a kid, I was the first place debater in New Jersey. If you know New Jersey, you know that this says a lot. Because, man, these folks can argue. They argue about parking spots, which booth to sit in at the diner, whose irritable bowel syndrome is worse, and who’d win in […]

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Posted on August 26th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

Right Where You’re Supposed To Be

A few years ago, I moved from Massachusetts to Oregon. I had convinced myself that, in order to find happiness, I first needed to find a better place to live. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I was setting myself up for failure. Settling into a new city was hard work, not to […]

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Posted on August 24th, 2013 by in Meditation, Wake-Up Call

The Ability to Be With What Is

The Heart of a Revolution by Kimberly Jordan Allen A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to study with Noah Levine, the original maverick Dharma Punk, founder of the Buddhist community Against the Stream, and iconoclastic promoter of compassion, authenticity, and joy. Noah began the daylong intensive at Kripalu by discussing his background and […]

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Posted on July 25th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

Ditching Doubt and Embracing Amma, the Hugging Guru

I have a complicated relationship to gurus and so-called enlightened beings. The whole “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” thing seems to be a universal truth humanity just can’t get past—the rise and fall of the revered transcends boundaries of faiths, politics, and nations. And yet, in the spiritual world, it’s so tempting to […]

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