by Janet Arnold-Grych Routine has a lot going for it. It allows critical aspects of our lives to flow more efficiently. It provides comfort and safety. It tethers us to the familiar while we reach for the unknown. But too much routine can whitewash experience, allowing the big things and the little things, the surprises and delights, […]
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: […]
Earlier this year, students from Pittsfield High School and educators from Monument Mountain Regional High School, both local schools, visited Kripalu and shared with us how the Yoga in the Schools program impacts their lives and their communities. The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program brings its evidence-based yoga curriculum to middle and high […]
Marsha Lucas, PhD, a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for more than 20 years. Her special interest is in the practice of mindfulness, and the neuroscientific research into its stimulation of the brain to develop new, more integrated circuits, which may be at the heart of well-being, […]
Over the last four and a half years, my life has literally turned upside down. After 18 years together, my husband and I sadly parted ways. While I’d lived on the East Coast my entire adult life, it no longer felt right to be there after our split. And so, a few years after the […]
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 […]
We often get caught up in thinking about what’s not working or what needs improving in our lives, especially when we face difficulties. This piece invites us to look within for hidden treasures and discover the amazing gifts we already have. Who can we become when we are at our most vulnerable? How do we […]
Scientists Offer an Explanation of Why Yoga Increases Well-Being
With the ever-growing amount of scientific studies conducted in the field of yoga research, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to get answers to the question: why, exactly, does yoga work? Research has shown that yoga improves symptoms of a variety of conditions, providing relief from depression and anxiety, diabetes, chronic pain, and even epilepsy. Recently, the National Institutes of Health awarded several large grants to the study of yoga.
One such grant, given to Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, explores the impact of yoga on the health of women with breast cancer. Another grant, awarded to Kripalu-affiliated researcher Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, supports a study to investigate whether Kripalu Yoga prevents or diminishes high school students’ use of illicit substances.