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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

The Yogi’s Guide to Giving

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 […]

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Posted on December 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga and the Year of the Selfie

There’s been a lot of talk this past week about President Barack Obama’s selfie at a memorial for Nelson Mandela. That moment, now frozen in time, shows Obama, Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and her British counterpart, David Cameron, posing like three giddy teenagers while first lady Michelle Obama appeared to scowl off to […]

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Posted on December 7th, 2013 by in Yoga

Kripalu: A Person, a Place, a Tradition

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 […]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

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 […]

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Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

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 […]

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Posted on November 30th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga Far From Home

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, […]

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Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools

Earlier this year, students from Pittsfield High School and educators from Monument Mountain Regional High School, both local schools, visited Kripalu and shared with us how the Yoga in the Schools program impacts their lives and their communities. The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program brings its evidence-based yoga curriculum to middle and high […]

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Posted on November 13th, 2013 by in Yoga

Practice as the Portal to Growth

Through the sincere, disciplined practice of yoga, we can each have a direct experience of ourselves and the world. Practice—whether it’s asana, mantra, meditation, or pranayama—can be the portal to this firsthand knowledge, giving us a deeper understanding of the ways in which we navigate through our daily lives. Rather than asking us to sign […]

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