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

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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Posted on September 27th, 2014 by in Yoga

Getting Back on the Mat After Injury

By Bess Hochstein I used to be an Ashtanga warrior. It’s not for nothing that Beryl Bender Birch called her book on Ashtanga Power Yoga; during the heyday of my practice, I felt powerful and invincible every morning when I hit the mat. As someone who started yoga later in life, near 40, I recognized […]

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Posted on September 25th, 2014 by in Outside Our Walls, Yoga

Compassionate Warrior

A combat veteran charts a new course as a yoga teacher by J.L. Pizarro I never believed anything bad could happen to me. I was raised in a middle-class suburb near San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was going to be a doctor, just as my parents wanted me to. As a pre-med student, I had […]

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Posted on September 10th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Asana as Meditation

Today, many yoga classes focus on postures and skip meditation in favor of Savasana (Corpse pose) or a quick om. But asana was originally intended to warm up the body in preparation for seated meditation. At Kripalu, the daily 4:15 p.m. yoga class includes 90 minutes of postures and 30 minutes of silent, unguided meditation. […]

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