Posted on February 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Living a Creative Life

When I was growing up, my mother encouraged me to watch old black-and-white movies with her. None of my peers was familiar with Rebecca, Mildred Pierce, or All About Eve, but I was. Mom would also play Broadway show tunes in the house, from musicals like Mame and Cabaret. I remember going to the art […]

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Posted on February 5th, 2014 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Listening to Your Body in the Winter

by Sarajean Rudman The cold months, coupled with a heavier, acidic diet, often induce feelings of lethargy and inertia. To counteract the sluggishness (which might be seen as a kapha imbalance through the lens of Ayurveda), try incorporating three simple routines into your morning. Regular practice will pacify the heavy kapha elements of earth and […]

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Posted on February 4th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

What’s Your Allostatic Load?

What is allostatic load? The phrase is relatively unfamiliar to most of us, but it’s well worth learning what yours is, pondering how to reduce it, and then taking action. According to Mark Pettus, MD, Chief of Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and a Kripalu invited presenter, allostatic load is the cumulative wear […]

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Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

Karma Yoga: What We Practice, We Become

By Janet Arnold-Grych We all have the power to accept and offer kindness—probably much more than we typically allow ourselves. And kindness, received or given freely, is amazingly powerful. A single act can change the cast of an entire day. Strung together, acts of kindness, particularly selfless acts, can dramatically change us. Our universal connection […]

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Posted on February 2nd, 2014 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Mindfulness

Take a moment of mindfulness to pause and to breathe. As we let go and head into a new week, set your intention for mindfulness.

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Posted on February 1st, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

Four Ways To Become More Resilient

Research shows that happiness is a choice, but did you know that resilience—the ability to bounce back, even from trauma—is something that can be learned? At the root of resilience is positive emotion, optimism, and the ability to adapt to change. It’s what fuels us to rebound from adversity, ward off stress, and fight depression. […]

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Posted on January 31st, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Red Lentil Soup

This easy one-pot dish, a standard offering at the Kripalu Basics Bar, follows a simple formula: sauté onion and spaces to bring out their maximum flavor, then add vegetables and liquid. Since spices are fat soluble, combining them with olive oil brings them to life. Red lentils are a great source of high-quality protein and […]

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Posted on January 30th, 2014 by in Yoga

Meditation, Resistance, and the Practice of Compassion

by Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) When I’m sitting with a group of people who are brand-new to meditation, I ask them to close their eyes and call out words that come to mind when they think of meditating. Often they come up with words like bliss, ecstasy, no thoughts. And then there’s one person in the […]

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