Words from the Wise

Sometimes a seemingly simple gesture, phrase, mantra, or anecdote inspires us to pause and take note. Here, we share such tidbits from the Kripalu community.

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Meditation, Words from the Wise

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

by Tara Brach After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and global violence, a wonderful and well-known Cherokee legend went viral on the Internet: An old grandfather is speaking to his grandson about what causes the violence and cruelty in the world. “In each […]

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The Kripalu Approach

The Kripalu Approach has been developed over decades, in workshops off the mat and in yoga classes on the mat. Thousands of students and classes later, our approach to living emerges as unique, specific, and profoundly transformational; it informs our way of being in the world. Rooted in the idea of Self-Observation Without Judgment, our […]

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Posted on April 6th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise

Running Too Fast: My Road Back to Balance

by Ashley Vanasse A little over a year ago, I made a change and started on a path toward a healthier lifestyle. It was a somewhat belated New Year’s resolution, if you will. I’d never had an issue with my weight. I am, by all definitions, fairly thin. Not super model thin, but thin in […]

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Posted on March 30th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise, Yoga

Finding Sanctuary in Kripalu Yoga

by Micah Mortali It was the darkest time of my life. I was a 26-year-old therapeutic wilderness counselor for at-risk youth, living in the rugged mountains of North Carolina with a group of 10 boys, ages 11 to 17. The winter had been cold, our shelters weren’t insulated, and the group dynamics were dysfunctional, to […]

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Posted on March 25th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise

Man, Alive: Redefining Masculinity in the 21st Century

What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? Limited ideas of masculinity, propagated by the media and socio-cultural norms, can be stifling for men who want to explore their spirituality and discover new ways of expressing themselves. To create a shift, men are banding together to question old paradigms and find support […]

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Posted on March 23rd, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise

Clutter vs. Creativity: Clearing the Stuff That Holds Us Back

by Reyna Eisenstark I’ve been wanting to write about clutter for days now … but there’s a huge pile of papers on my desk. Every time I sit down to write, I look at that pile, and suddenly I want to be just about anywhere else. But, a little while ago, I straightened out the […]

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Posted on March 11th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise

Trusting Grief

It’s uncomfortable to admit this but, in the past, when I’d see someone grieving for longer than I thought was warranted, I’d wonder, “Why don’t they just get over it?” While my compassion was abundant, it had an expiration date. That was before the year in which I ended my marriage, lost two dear uncles […]

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Growing Your Garden

In this excerpt from her book Wave Rider, Kripalu Yoga teacher trainer Coby Kozlowski offers reflections that encourage us to pursue life with intention and openness. You can cultivate the garden you want to live in. Start with the idea—the seed—of what you want to cultivate in your life, take the steps to create the […]

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