Like many people I know, I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety at various points in my life. We’re not alone. The World Health Organization has stated that by the year 2030, depression and anxiety will be our number-one global disease burden, second only to AIDS. It’s a staggering statistic. To cope, some turn to psychotherapy […]
Here, find insights, teachings, and explorations into all things yoga.
Do you sit at a desk all day? The dangers of sitting have been in the news a lot lately, so practice self-care during the day by taking breaks to move. Kripalu Yoga Teacher Michelle Dalbec shares stretches for opening your hips and nurturing your lower back.
by Jennifer Lang When I first began practicing yoga almost two decades ago, there was little to no chanting in class. On a rare occasion, a teacher led a call-and-response or an “om.” Class after class, year after year, I bowed out. With my eyes closed, I sat and listened. Part of me envied my […]
A Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work attempts to integrate mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. A frequent Kripalu presenter, he is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, […]
A Kripalu Yoga teacher and cancer survivor gets back on her paddleboard by Natalie Smith Waking up in the hospital, I couldn’t do anything for myself. Even breathing was a chore. I had just undergone a bilateral mastectomy to treat breast cancer, and I felt frustrated and powerless. Before my illness, I was a Kripalu […]
by Amy Weintraub There are specific yoga practices that can help lift the mood and sustain a positive outlook. Here are two practices to balance mood. Smiling Heart Pose This simple restorative pose, recommended in my book Yoga for Depression, helps calm the nervous system and build energy. Place two folded blankets, a bolster, or […]
By Rolf Gates It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. —Seneca The moment satya (truthfulness—one of the five yamas, or ethical guidelines, of yoga) is brought up at a workshop, a heated discussion about truth always ensues. What if […]
By Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga plays an important role in detoxification. It cleanses impurities and restores balance to both body and mind. It’s vital that you supply your body with proper nutrients before and after yoga. Before Yoga When you do yoga first thing in the morning, practice on an empty stomach. Or you can take […]