Tag Archives: holidays
Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Give Like a Yogi

The holidays can be challenging for those of us who want to celebrate the season of giving in a way that feels authentic, and doesn’t center on expensive gifts. How can we show appreciation for our loved ones in a mindful way that’s aligned with how we want to live our lives? Kripalu life, career, […]

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Posted on December 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Nurturing Pleasure

Pleasure and gratitude are two of the most important ingredients to add to any meal. One compelling option for exploring pleasure in the kitchen is to sensually appreciate the foods themselves. A wonderful practice is to focus on one sense each day, deepening your perception of sight, touch, hearing, scent, taste, and essence. Really look […]

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Posted on December 1st, 2014 by in Wake-Up Call

You Can Heal Your Heart

by David Kessler and Louise Hay In this excerpt from their new book, You Can Heal Your Heart, coauthors David Kessler and Louise Hay address how grief after the loss of a loved one can be both sharpened and softened around the holidays. Holidays are about togetherness. When you’ve lost someone special, your world loses […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2014 by in On and Off the Mat

Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude

Cultivating gratitude is something we can practice year-round, according to Kripalu Yoga teacher Devadas Gregg Day, who says that when he is “paying attention, gratitude just (naturally) bubbles up.” Studies find that showing gratitude helps lower stress and depression. In The How of Happiness, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explains that “grateful thinking promotes the savoring of […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Eight Tips for Self-Care During the Holiday Season

Early winter is a time of family, connection, and festivities. With so much going on, it can be tough to maintain the self-care routines that keep us grounded. Good rest, healthy eating, and exercise can fall by the wayside as we celebrate with late nights and rich food. We asked two Kripalu experts to share […]

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Posted on November 7th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Baked Winter Squash with Honey Walnuts

Try experimenting with this Kripalu Recipe—it works wonderfully with a variety of squashes, including butternut, buttercup, kabocha, and delicata. This is a great go-to recipe for holiday dinners. Serves four to six. ¾ cup walnuts 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon rapidura or sucanat 6 cups winter squash, peeled and cut into large cubes 2 tablespoons […]

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Posted on December 24th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Presence Over Presents

In recent years, I’ve become a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to holiday gifts. It’s not that I don’t want to give to the people I love, I just dislike the whole shopping scene and the enforced buying of things that I’m not sure they’ll even like. Lately, I’ve been trying something else: […]

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

A Christmas Memory

The ache of this memory is etched in time, reignited today in this cold December afternoon. It is of another cold winter afternoon in a long-ago December that I speak. I am 12 years old and I sit alone on the city bus in the fading light, heading up to the Hill Section and my […]

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