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 December 29th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living, Words from the Wise

How I Fell in Love with Yoga

by Tommy Rosen Yoga was one of the practices I found in my first several years of recovery. Not only did it help me through the ups and downs of the early stages, but it also became a nonnegotiable staple in my life. How I found yoga—and fell in love with it—is somewhat serendipitous. Basically, […]

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Posted on December 24th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Teachers Corner, Words from the Wise, Yoga

The Teachings of Swami Kripalu

The Teachings of Swami Kripalu Swami Kripalu was a devoted yogi with an inquisitive mind who explored every facet of the yoga tradition. During his lifetime, he generated a large body of teachings that fall into two major categories: a universal set of teachings encouraging everyone to cultivate personal health, well-being, and a virtuous character; […]

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Posted on November 26th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Appreciation and Looking for the Good

While any time of year is a fine time to practice gratitude, this season seems to lend itself especially well to the acknowledgement of our blessings. Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador Stephen Cope says that year’s end is actually “a very good time to embrace contemplation and introspection, and to ponder the many gifts we […]

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Posted on October 20th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Unlocking the Stories Within

By Reyna Eisenstark When I started running a number of years ago, I tried doing my runs with music. But I found that no matter how often I changed it up, it didn’t feel right. I’d flip between songs, never satisfied. I’m not sure what made me go out that first time without any music […]

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Posted on September 29th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Four Little Words to Live By

by Tresca Weinstein For some people, it’s “What would Jesus do?” For some, it’s “Do unto others …” or “Live and let live.” The wise words I return to again and again are “Permission to be human.” I first heard that phrase from Tal Ben-Shahar, in the Certificate in Positive Psychology program at Kripalu. Tal […]

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Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise

Creative Expression for the Care of the Soul

By Dan Leven Sometimes my creative spirit is like a bear hibernating; at other times, it’s like a blossoming field of sunflowers. When I teach Kripalu Noon Dance, I often find myself in that field of sunflowers. This creative state is not just a frame of mind, it encompasses the body and breath as well. My […]

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Posted on August 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Words from the Wise

Breaking Free Of Our Daily Addictions

We live in a culture predicated on our addictions to things like coffee, sugar, our cell phones, checking e-mail, and plain old busyness. “From a Buddhist perspective, all beings are addicted, and that manifests in different ways,” says author Noah Levine, a founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Noah knows a thing […]

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Posted on June 16th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Free to Be You and Me

Sometimes I think you might be a better, more productive, more interesting person than me. You seem so confident. You know how to make whipped cream from scratch. Or maybe you can build a shed or name the members of the president’s cabinet. And you’re so good with kids. Last week, I went on a […]

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