Tag Archives: Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living
Posted on October 1st, 2013 by in Studies, News, and Trends

Can Yoga Defeat the “Silent Killer”?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in three Americans. Known as the “silent killer” because its symptoms often go undetected for years, high blood pressure is correlated with numerous health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. Typically, the go-to solution is medication, but meds for high blood pressure often come with negative […]

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Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the […]

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Posted on August 5th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga in the Schools

by Kat Olson One of the biggest perks of my yearlong internship with the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program (an initiative of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL)) is the fieldwork—going into our participating schools to interact with the kids, and working side-by-side with our amazing teachers and researchers. This past January, I […]

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Posted on July 29th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga to Heal the Healer

by Kelly Brooks Stressed out on the job? You’re not alone: 83 percent of Americans feel pressure from work, according to a recent Work Stress Survey. Among the most stressful occupations are doctors, nurses, therapists, and others at the front lines of health care. “These are super-stressful jobs with long hours, unpredictable schedules, and very […]

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Posted on June 11th, 2013 by in Relationships, Studies, News, and Trends

The Science of Love

Love—it’s the supreme human emotion. Babies need it to survive, it can improve brain function and health, and it’s even essential for animals (one study showed that rats that were licked more often by their mothers grew up to be calmer and more curious than their less-pampered counterparts). Love may feel more like magic than […]

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Posted on May 27th, 2013 by in Studies, News, and Trends

The Science of Sleep

Amanda LoRusso, guest blogger Despite years of research, advances in medicine, and the possibility of a cure for cancer within the next decade, we still don’t know the exact function of what we spend one-third of our lives doing: sleeping. National Geographic quotes William Dement, cofounder of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, on the mystery […]

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Posted on May 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation Boosts Your Brain’s Ability to Focus

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 breath to help us […]

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Posted on March 25th, 2013 by in Outside Our Walls, Yoga

Healing Trauma with Yoga

On Monday, December 16, 2012—exactly two days after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary—I stood outside the doors of Pittsfield High School (PHS) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. As I waited for the receptionist to buzz me in, I wondered what to expect in my high school yoga class that morning. I was still reeling. My niece […]

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