Yoga

Here, find insights, teachings, and explorations into all things yoga.

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Devotion

by Bhavani Lorraine Nelson The word yoga, for most of us, conjures up an image of a room full of people in intricate poses. That might be a valid picture, but it’s not the whole picture. In fact, hatha yoga (the yoga of asana, or postures) is only one of the limbs of Raja Yoga, […]

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Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by in Yoga

Chair Yoga for Well-Being

by Lakshmi Voelker Combining chair yoga and acupressure can relieve irritability, anxiety, fatigue, indigestion, and depression, as well as tension in the neck, back, and shoulders. It can also alleviate many of the discomforts associated with menstruation and menopause. Here are three simple, grounding practices to try. To relieve neck, back, and shoulder tension: Sit […]

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Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by in Yoga

Five Ways That Yoga Helps Prevent Cancer

by Tari Prinster “You have cancer.” About half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will hear those words in their lifetime. That’s 40 percent of us. We each hope it’s not us. But hope is not a plan. And if you’ve heard those three little words, as I did, […]

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Posted on October 16th, 2014 by in On and Off the Mat, Yoga

Pilgrims on the Path

By Julie Balter I am signing a new lease on life. I moved to the Berkshires from Miami last fall and it’s my one-year anniversary as a Kripalu staff member. After some deep reflection (the kind I’ve learned to do here), I’ve decided to stay on. I’m buying snow tires, and setting roots in these […]

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Posted on October 14th, 2014 by in Yoga

Behind the Peaceful Gaze: Biopic of a Yogi

by Shannon Sexton The life of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, wasn’t an easy one. A new biopic, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, gets behind the influential guru’s peaceful, penetrating gaze. Yogananda, who arrived in the United States in 1920, attracted thousands of attendees at his cross-continental lectures and made the ancient […]

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Posted on October 6th, 2014 by in Ask the Expert, Yoga

The Benefits of Gentle Yoga

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Rudy Peirce, a Kripalu Yoga teacher since 1983 and creator of The Gentle Series CD set, discusses the benefits of gentle yoga. What populations might benefit most from gentle yoga? Lots of people—it’s not limited by age or ability. There are teenagers who practice gentle yoga as well […]

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Chakras and the Mind-Body Connection

Some years ago, I was lying on a massage table in a dimly lit, lavender-scented room while a massage therapist kneaded my neck. It hurt. The pain caused me to flinch over and over again. “Wow—you’re really tight,” she remarked. Massage therapists work with a lot of necks, so I knew her comment meant my […]

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Posted on October 1st, 2014 by in Yoga

Finding the Yoga Teacher for You

by Amy Ippoliti There’s a reason why more and more doctors are recommending that their patients practice yoga. When yoga is performed safely, with awareness, it can help many common disorders and maladies, assist people to feel more alive in their bodies, maintain function, decrease health-care costs, and help us navigate physical and emotional circumstances. […]

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