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

Posted on July 9th, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

Loving My Body, Loving Myself

Kripalu Yoga teacher Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love, shares how yoga teacher training supports her mission to cultivate compassion and body acceptance.

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Posted on July 6th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Open Hips, Open Mind: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

by Reyna Eistenstark I was talking to a woman who has been practicing yoga daily for years when she said, as kind of an aside, “You know how hip openers can be really emotional for people.” This was not a question but a statement. She immediately moved on to something else, but that thought stayed […]

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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

Your Summer Reading List: Recommendations from Kripalu Faculty and Staff

This is the season when we give ourselves permission to read for pure pleasure. Maybe it’s a holdover from back when June meant “no more pencils, no more books”—time to swap out the algebra textbook for a juicy Danielle Steele novel. We asked Kripalu staff and faculty to share a few of their favorites to […]

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Posted on June 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Words from the Wise, Yoga

Fatherhood, Low-Back Pain, and Immortality

by Micah Mortali Before my wife and I had our first child, I had been a Kripalu Yoga teacher for about six years, and had been practicing yoga for a decade. I was passionate about my practice, and often woke before the sun and started my days diving deep within—with breath retentions and bandhas, followed […]

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Posted on June 8th, 2015 by in Yoga

Stress-Busting Yoga Tools for Teens

Being a teenager can be challenging, particularly when finals roll around—not to mention the stress of sports, parents, relationships, and your entire future looming before you with all its promise and potential pitfalls. Because yoga balances the autonomic nervous system and enhances integration of the brain, it can have an immediate positive impact—decreasing stress levels […]

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Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga and Groundation: Rituals for Reconnecting to Our Purpose

by Sienna Creasy Before reggae, ska, and rocksteady, there was Nyabinghi chant. The Jamaican Rastafarian culture of Jamaica combined these chants with ritual drumming to create a celebration known as groundation. Groundation expresses the connection of a culture to its roots and the connection of an individual to his or her tribe. It is a […]

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Posted on June 1st, 2015 by in Relationships, Yoga

Yoga to Strengthen the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I think of my mother in the years before multiple sclerosis confined her to a wheelchair, one image always comes to mind. It’s a memory of her, as a beautiful 40-something, standing outside her New York City hotel. She’s waving good-bye to me with tears in her eyes and I’m waving back with tears […]

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Posted on May 27th, 2015 by in Yoga

Why Teaching Yoga for Cancer Survivors Is Different

by Tari Prinster Why is teaching yoga to cancer patients and survivors any different than teaching yoga to healthy people? Based on my personal cancer journey, my experience teaching yoga to cancer survivors for more than 10 years, and my extensive research, I can identify some significant differences. I get asked about the benefits of […]

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