by Shannon Sexton Here’s a (literally!) shocking statistic: In a study published in Science in July, researchers at the University of Virginia found that 25 percent of women and 67 percent of men preferred to give themselves electric shocks over spending quality time with their own minds. Study participants were instructed to sit alone in […]
by Sharon Salzberg We would like to believe that attention is infinite, but it isn’t. That is why multitasking is a misnomer. The brain can focus only on one thing at a time. We take in information sequentially. When we attempt to focus on multiple tasks simultaneously, what actually happens is that we switch back […]
The Western beauty ideal has a flat belly and washboard abs. Clothes are designed to girdle the gut, or to hide it. We often try to make the belly simply go away, and many of us feel badly if our bellies do anything but. Controlling our bellies is our outward sign of self-control, and if […]
by Janet Arnold-Grych There’s something magical about mornings, particularly spring mornings. The soft blush of light and the easeful rhythm feel replete with grace. In his commentary on the Yoga Sutra, Swami Satchidananda noted that before sunrise, specifically between 4:00 and 6:00 am, is Brahmamuhurta, or Brahmic time, an auspicious period ripe with a unique energy. […]
by Janet Arnold-Grych One of my favorite stories about yogic luminary B.K.S. Iyengar is that, decades into teaching and practicing, he continued to tell his students that he hadn’t yet perfected Mountain pose. Mountain pose, for a man who did headstands into his 80s, was probably not physically challenging. But Iyengar knew that asserting mastery […]
Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni started swimming competitively when she was 10 years old—first following in her older sister’s footsteps, and then simply because she loved it. “I spent most of my childhood in a pool, practicing or competing,” she says. “The motivation always came from me. I fell in love with working hard, and trying […]
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.