Posted on December 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Nurturing Pleasure

Pleasure and gratitude are two of the most important ingredients to add to any meal. One compelling option for exploring pleasure in the kitchen is to sensually appreciate the foods themselves. A wonderful practice is to focus on one sense each day, deepening your perception of sight, touch, hearing, scent, taste, and essence. Really look […]

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Posted on December 8th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Facing the Dishes

by Myron Katz, Kripalu Steward Supervisor We all have situations in our lives that may appear overwhelming, times when an inner voice tells us “this just can’t be done” or “this is too much.” In the Kripalu dishroom, the possibility exists for that to become an ongoing universal chant! Imagine how daunting it is to […]

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Posted on December 7th, 2014 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment to Exhale

Take this moment to breathe in and breathe out. Take three long, slow deep breaths. Know that all is as it should be, in this moment.

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Posted on December 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Art of Awakening

By Jack Kornfield A story is told of the Buddha when he was wandering in India shortly after his enlightenment. He was encountered by several men who recognized something quite extraordinary about this handsome prince now robed as a monk. Stopping to inquire, they asked, “Are you a god?” “No,” he answered. “Well, are you […]

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Posted on December 5th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Kale with Pepitas

Nutrition-wise, kale needs no introduction. The health benefits of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) might be less well known, but they’re also nutrient-dense, most notably in zinc and magnesium. Nutritionist and Kripalu presenter John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, recommends that men eat pumpkin seeds or pumpkin-seed butter regularly to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. This week’s Kripalu […]

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Posted on December 4th, 2014 by in Relationships

Optimal Love

by Tal Ben-Shahar The course of true love never did run smooth. —William Shakespeare My favorite song is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” a close second. Of my top 10 all-time favorites, eight are love songs (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You […]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Ayurvedic Self-Care for the Holidays

By Erin Casperson Yes, I practice yoga and Ayurveda. I do postures, breathing, and meditation in the morning. Sipping hot water, scraping my tongue, and oiling my body are also daily rituals. I focus on clean eating and being in bed before 10:00 pm. I also have a full-time job, a full social life, and […]

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Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by in Yoga

Yoga for the Absolute Beginner

They say the first step is the hardest one. When you’re an absolute beginner peering into a yoga studio, it’s not unusual to be intimidated by the contortions some people’s bodies are capable of—but it’s a myth that you need to be as flexible as a rubber band to get on the mat. On the […]

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