“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ―Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices Yogic breathing is a fundamental practice in the study of yoga. As one of the limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, yogic breathing, or pranayama, is defined as the […]
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A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a […]
by Shannon Sexton If you love yoga, you’re probably eager to share the gifts of healthy living, delicious food, spiritual wisdom, and the joys of practice with your family and friends. The good news: If they already have a practice—or are curious about starting one—you can give them meaningful gifts that reflect your values while […]
To read uplifting books or listen to spiritual discourses is good. But to practice even a little is of the utmost importance. The profound meaning of yoga is understood only by those who study it through regular and systematic practice. The day you start to practice, your true progress will begin. —Swami Kripalu Swami Kripalu […]
What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a […]
by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]
by Jennifer Lang “Hi jai kow,” the teacher repeated a few times with an up-and-down lilt in her voice. I had no idea what the words meant, but I looked at the woman on my left and imitated her. “Inhale and sit tall. Exhale, stay,” the teacher continued in halting English. She counted five breaths, […]