Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]

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Posted on December 1st, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Tranquility

Take a moment of tranquility to breathe. As we head into a new day, set your intention for awareness, compassion, and ease.

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Posted on November 30th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga Far From Home

by Jennifer Lang “Hi jai kow,” the teacher repeated a few times with an up-and-down lilt in her voice. I had no idea what the words meant, but I looked at the woman on my left and imitated her. “Inhale and sit tall. Exhale, stay,” the teacher continued in halting English. She counted five breaths, […]

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Posted on November 29th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Arugula Salad with Poached Pears, Walnuts, and Chevre with a Balsamic Fig Reduction

Another Boon for the Cardiovascular System. One of our favorite fall fruits is the pear. If you’re in the Northwest, you have a much better chance of visiting a pear orchard than here in New England. But whether they’re fresh picked or not, nothing beats a poached pear served with soft goat cheese, walnuts, arugula, […]

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Posted on November 28th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Gratitude

All of us go through tough times—breakups, divorce, major disappointments, sickness, the loss of people we hold dear. Sometimes that means we enter the holiday season less than joyful. And that’s okay. Yoga is about showing up as we are. It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going our way. The real work begins […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Human, Being

Have you heard about the MIT rats who got smarter by chilling out? In 2006, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed rats in a difficult maze to see how quickly they’d find their way through. The first group of rodents, once they’d made it to the cheese at the end of the […]

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Posted on November 26th, 2013 by in Meditation

Lessons from a Winter Walk

by Danna Faulds It was a cold morning, the Berkshire temperature hovering in the low teens. I had decided to take my usual morning winter walk despite the cold, and was striding briskly back from the gate on Kripalu’s East Drive, blowing into my hands to keep them warm. From somewhere on the hill to […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Breaking Up with Cake

I used to have a thing for cake. Who am I kidding? I still have a thing for cake. I don’t think you ever really get over cake. It’s like that summer fling you had when you were 18—you never forget the magic of it, but you also know that it might not be the […]

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