Posted on May 21st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Practice of Writing

Lara Tupper, guest blogger I used to teach writing full time at a huge state university. A lot of writers teach; a lot of writers, when not teaching, actually write. I was not one of them. I spent my free time either commenting on student work (“Why does this character choose to go to this […]

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Posted on May 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Inner Listening

Danna Faulds, guest blogger I’ve always had an affinity for the idea of a “still, small voice” within, a form of inner guidance that requires vigilance in order to hear its whisperings. The fact that it is both “still” and “small” suggests that I have to lean in, be intimate with that voice, and listen […]

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Posted on May 19th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Balance

Find balance in your breath and take a moment to pause 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 May 18th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda’s Eight-Fold Examination: What to Expect from an Ayurvedic Consultation

Erin Casperson, guest blogger Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine, is believed to be around 5,000 year old, and is considered to be the longest continuously practiced system of medicine. Long before blood tests, MRIs, CAT scans, EKGs, and x-rays, there was the eightfold examination process called ashtavidha pariksha. (Ashta means eight, vidha means fold […]

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Posted on May 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Volunteering for a Longer Life

When I think about improving my overall health and increasing my longevity, I suspect I’m not that different from most. I imagine making physical adjustments: practicing yoga or another form of fitness more regularly, eating more vegetables and less sugar, drinking more water, taking those trusty fish oil supplements, and getting enough sleep. But I […]

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Posted on May 15th, 2013 by in Outside Our Walls

Yoga for Girls in South Africa

Kripalu Yoga teacher Alex Singer was thinking about moving to Thailand to immerse herself in yoga and Eastern culture when she heard about the nonprofit organization She WinS (Sports Helping to Empower Women in South Africa), founded by Cindy Burns. Burns was recruiting young women to serve as role models in an after-school program in […]

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Posted on May 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation Boosts Your Brain’s Ability to Focus

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger New scientific research shows what Buddhist monks and meditators have known for centuries: a mindfulness practice greatly reduces stress and improves our ability to focus. And, it turns out, that can translate into higher test scores and a better memory. Mindfulness meditation, traditionally done sitting cross-legged on a cushion, uses the […]

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Posted on May 13th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Meditation

In Through the Outdoors: The Gifts of Mindful Walking

“Everything—yourself, your community, your environment—is in a constant state of give and take,” says Steven Leonard in his R&R retreat workshop In Through the Outdoors. What better way to bring home that sense of interconnectedness than a mindful walk in nature? That’s the simple, powerful experience that Steven offers in this workshop—one that’s easy to […]

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