Wake-Up Call

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

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 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 practice. As I listened, […]

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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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Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Wake-Up Call

My Digital Detox: A Month Without Facebook

What I learned from a Monthlong Facebook Hiatus Kat Olson, guest blogger Ah, spring has sprung! It’s time for rain, flowers, pollen, baby bunnies, and detoxes. Perhaps you come to Kripalu for your detox needs? Or, maybe you have been married to your juicer at home for the past five days. Whatever “detox” may look […]

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Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

Unplugging: People First, Things Second

An Excerpt from Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, by Renée Peterson Trudeau Parenting consciously and making decisions that mirror your heart and innermost values take guts, no matter what the issue is. They require an unwavering commitment to your family’s well-being, in both the short and long term, as well as weathering the disapproval […]

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