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 January 23rd, 2014 by in Words from the Wise, Yoga

The Second Pillar: “Do It Full Out”

An excerpt from The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling In his new book, the Director of Kripalu’s Institute of Extraordinary Living uses Krishna and Arjuna’s dialogue in the Bhagavad Gita, as well as the stories of “ordinary” and “extraordinary” lives as lenses through which to explore […]

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Posted on January 4th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Resilience and the Art of Breaking Routine

by Janet Arnold-Grych Routine has a lot going for it. It allows critical aspects of our lives to flow more efficiently. It provides comfort and safety. It tethers us to the familiar while we reach for the unknown. But too much routine can whitewash experience, allowing the big things and the little things, the surprises and delights, […]

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

A Christmas Memory

The ache of this memory is etched in time, reignited today in this cold December afternoon. It is of another cold winter afternoon in a long-ago December that I speak. I am 12 years old and I sit alone on the city bus in the fading light, heading up to the Hill Section and my […]

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Posted on December 17th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The Art of Letting Go

by Rolf Gates An excerpt from Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga Do everything with a mind that has let go. —John Chan I rarely teach a class that doesn’t include at least one student who is brand-new to yoga. Working with beginners affords me an excellent opportunity to observe […]

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Posted on November 19th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The BRFWA Prescription

Often in the yoga world, you’ll hear directions like, “Let it go,” “Relax,” “Breathe into it.” These all sound lovely, but when I’m in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying—Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I’ll get right on that. And breathe into what? But my Kripalu Yoga […]

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Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

Climbing Mount Everest Page by Page: The Risks of the Writing Life

by Dani Shapiro As I write this, I’m somewhere between L.A. and New York, sitting next to my sleeping husband. It’s the first time ever that we’ve taken a flight together, without our son. We’ve each taken countless flights solo, and we’ve flown together as a family (the crazy thinking being that if we go down, […]

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Posted on July 27th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

How to Get Unstuck and Get Back to Your Practice

Getting stuck is normal. Whether it’s cheating on your healthy diet or struggling with writer’s block, it’s bound to happen. What matters is how we deal with it—can we get back up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again? Feeling like we’ve failed or can’t do anything right can take us to a place […]

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Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The Book I Didn’t Want to Read

Lara Tupper, guest blogger “There’s a book I want you to read,” says my cousin Becky. She’s been saying this for months and I haven’t been listening—it’s 2009 and this particular book is everywhere. I pretend to enjoy dreary literary galleys instead, which I occasionally review for a clever literary magazine for about .0001 cent […]

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