Posted on March 21st, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Barley Mushroom Soup

This week’s Kripalu recipe is a hearty and nourishing option for any meal of the day. Makes about eight cups. 1 cup pearled barley, rinsed well 1 cup celery, sliced 3 cups large white mushrooms, sliced 1 cup white onion, sliced 1 cup leeks, sliced ¼ cup carrot matchsticks 4 cups vegetable stock ¼ extra […]

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Posted on March 20th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Yoga Nidra: The All-Natural Sleep Aid

Sleep. While it seems about as natural as breathing, for 50 to 70 million Americans, it isn’t. Intermittent and chronic sleep problems are rampant and can potentially affect alertness, safety, and health. For some, medications or a medical condition could be interfering with sleep; for others, too much sugar or caffeine could be the culprit. […]

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Posted on March 19th, 2014 by in Nutrition, Yoga

Making Each Meal Count: Guidelines for Good Nutrition

by Tiffany Cruikshank Because every person is so unique, I don’t advocate one specific diet. Instead, I advise a diet of whole foods with plenty of variety. I do highly recommend eating small meals every three to four hours to stoke the metabolic fire while not overloading the digestive system. Usually the hardest part is […]

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Posted on March 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Difficult Task of Taking Compliments

By Janet Arnold-Grych There are only a few things that make me really squeamish—nasty cuts, complete disorganization… and compliments. According to the Yoga Sutra and other teachings on personal growth, we’re meant to cultivate qualities like non-stealing and non-grasping. Stepping up to compliments can feel a little like moving into dangerous territory. The question is, How […]

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Posted on March 17th, 2014 by in Yoga

Yoga and Strengthening the Self-Compassion Muscle

In Chinese astrology, I’m a Snake. We Snakes apparently prefer mental activity to physical activity. We’re the kind of people who don’t mind being curled up all day with a good book. I don’t know that I possess every characteristic that the ancient Chinese deemed Snakes to have, but that one—the fact that I typically […]

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Posted on March 16th, 2014 by in Moment of Quiet

Breathe.

Take a moment to breathe and simply be. Notice your breath and let it guide your mind to a state of quiet calm.

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Posted on March 15th, 2014 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda and the City: Five Tips for Thriving in an Urban Environment

by Kristen Rae Stevens Let’s face it—regardless of where you live, stress will be a part of your life. But city dwellers often experience a particular brand of stress that emerges from sensory overload, a sense of compressed time, and the pressure to go, go, go! As a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher, I arrived […]

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Posted on March 14th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Ginger Molasses Cookies

This week’s Kripalu Recipe is a warming treat that’s delicious any time of year. 5 ounces butter (or vegan alternative) 1 cup sucanat (unrefined cane sugar) ²⁄3 cup molasses 3¼ cups all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoon ginger ½ tablespoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 tablespoons water 1 egg (or egg replacement) The […]

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