Posted on February 27th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise, Yoga

Waking Up Is Hard to Do

The following excerpt is taken from Stephen Cope’s well-known book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. In it, he guides the contemporary reader through the philosophies and practices of yoga in a thoughtful way that demystifies them and brings us to a greater understanding of ourselves. You see, I want a lot. 
Perhaps I […]

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Posted on February 26th, 2013 by in Meditation

Kripalu Presents Jack Kornfield: Why Meditate?

Meditation can be the doorway through which we enter into deeper connection with the world within us and around us.  At the beginning of his five-day retreat at Kripalu, The Wise and Loving Heart, Jack Kornfield reflects on the benefits and blessings of meditation.

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Posted on February 25th, 2013 by in Meditation

Chanting, Awakening, and Kundalini Yoga: Snatam Kaur

It’s a simple fact, one that I often resist. If I want my life to change for the better, then I have to change.  To expect more peace, joy, and love to enter my life without any shifts on my part is kind of like expecting that my meals are somehow going to taste different […]

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Posted on February 24th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Quiet

Take a moment to pause, to breathe, and to exhale into the day. As we let go and head into a new week, set your intention for self-care, connection, and inquiry.

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Posted on February 23rd, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights

Natural Flu Prevention

While the media frenzy about the flu season we’re facing this year has ebbed, we are still in the midst of cold and flu time. There are various things you can do every day to boost your body’s immunity and preventive health naturally. Here are just a few things to keep in mind. Plants are […]

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Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Vegan Pecan Bars

Sometimes a dessert calls your name loudly and clearly—maybe it’s about when you eat it (at a celebration or when you’re in an especially good mood) or maybe it’s just that perfect mixture of sweetness and texture. For at least one of our guests, the magic combination of ingredients in our Vegan Pecan Bars elicited […]

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Posted on February 21st, 2013 by in Medical Insights, Yoga

Yoga and Positive Emotions

In 1998, researcher Barbara Fredrickson published a paper called “What good are positive emotions?” The paper discussed, in detail, the importance of positive emotions on cognition, action, and interpersonal relationships. While at the time it was arguably a risky scientific article, it turned out to be pivotal. Prior to this, most research focused almost exclusively […]

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Posted on February 20th, 2013 by in Yoga

Falling in Love with My Ankles

Rebekah L Fraser, guest blogger I have fallen in love with my ankles. This is weird, because I’ve never really noticed them before, except for that time I rolled my left foot so far over that I broke the fifth metatarsal and pulled all the ligaments in my ankle, like tree roots from the ground. […]

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Posted on February 19th, 2013 by in Medical Insights, Nutrition

Gluten-Free for All?

For years, the medical community as a whole has resisted recommending a gluten-free diet to patients who have not tested positive for celiac disease, a digestive ailment that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients as a result of eating gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. At the same time, […]

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Posted on February 18th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Narrative Medicine: Relationships, Stories, and Healing

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, guest blogger A medical doctor trained at Stanford University School of Medicine, Lewis Mehl-Madrona has pioneered the conscious intregration of Native American approaches to healing with 21st-century health care. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native American culture has to offer […]

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