Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by in Yoga

Breath, Body, and Mind: The Physiology of Pranayama

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ―Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices Yogic breathing is a fundamental practice in the study of yoga. As one of the limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, yogic breathing, or pranayama, is defined as the […]

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Posted on January 1st, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Choice of an Open Heart

An excerpt from Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness There are moments in life when the forces that be hit us over the head and say, “Here. Now. Pay attention. This is important.” Infants arrive, towers fall, homes burn, lost ones return, illness erupts, children die—such moments carry […]

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Posted on December 31st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Trading New Year’s Resolutions for New’s Year’s Intentions

New Year’s is a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead—better health, losing weight, a new job, travel, or finding a relationship. But change is hard. It requires a real commitment, planning, and follow-through. A 2007 research study by psychologist Richard Wiseman found that 88% of people fail to achieve their […]

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Posted on December 30th, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

Pranayama for Riding the Wave

A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a […]

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Posted on December 29th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Serenity

Take a moment to pause and find serenity. As we inhale and exhale into this moment, set your intention for self-care, connection, and inquiry.

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Posted on December 28th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition, Studies, News, and Trends

Gluten and Your Gut

More and more doctors are looking at food sensitivities, not just full-blown allergies (think peanuts or shellfish), as a way to understand chronic digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Ninety percent of all food-related allergic reactions in the United States come from just eight foods. They are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and […]

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Posted on December 27th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: White Bean Italiano with Greens

This beans-and-greens dish is ideal for helping the body eliminate toxins. First, the most important component of any detox-assisting food or meal is soluble fiber. Cannellini beans offer considerable soluble fiber, and the greens, depending on the variety, can offer even more. Next, the mineral magnesium, found in significant amounts in both the greens and […]

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Posted on December 26th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

How to Handle Stress

Stress has been called “the silent killer,” because it’s linked to chest pain and heart disease, but its other symptoms are unfortunately all too visible—weight gain, depression, and exhaustion, to name a few. The feeling of being overwhelmed is common to many of us, according to Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who […]

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