by Jess Frey There is more to life than increasing its speed. —Mohandas K. Gandhi Go-go-go. More-more-more. Faster-harder-better. We live in a culture of speed and disconnect—disconnect from self, others, and the world around us, which gradually takes us away from the natural rhythms and cycles of our body, nature, and life. Conditions such as […]
A Q&A with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen Sudha Carolyn Lundeen teaches Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu January 8–17, the first program in our new Yoga Teacher Specialist Training. We asked her about the benefits of restorative yoga and how teachers can use this skill to enhance their yoga business. What does a Specialist-level training offer […]
by Julie Balter I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much for me to feel out of balance. Sure, I have a regular yoga practice (most of the time). Yes, I eat healthy, breath mindfully, and meditate deeply (some of the time). Over the years, I’ve also experimented with Ayurveda, acupuncture, and daily […]
Sleep. While it seems about as natural as breathing, for 50 to 70 million Americans, it isn’t. Intermittent and chronic sleep problems are rampant and can potentially affect alertness, safety, and health. For some, medications or a medical condition could be interfering with sleep; for others, too much sugar or caffeine could be the culprit. […]
by Jillian Pransky Winter is nature’s time of hibernation, retreat, and contraction. As winter’s cold, wet, dark, and heavy qualities increase around us, they grow within us as well. Winter demands that we move inward for rest and replenishment, just as the earth stops producing in order to build a new reserve and be bountiful […]
According to Ayurveda, India’s system of traditional medicine, each season has its own group of qualities, and each quality has its antidote. Ayurvedic technology is based on being in relationship to yourself and the environment through the lens of these qualities. The changing of the seasons gives us an ongoing opportunity to be in relationship […]
by Bo Forbes According to clinical psychologist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes, the best tactic for overcoming fear and anxiety is to run toward them rather than away. What do we do once we catch up with our fears? As Bo explains in this article, the wisdom of tribal societies can offer a context and […]
A cancer survivor explores bold new directions
When I plopped into the Radiance program’s opening night welcome circle, I was exhausted. That morning, I had attended the memorial service for my dear friend, Dara, who had passed a week before. A couple hundred people gathered to share stories, laughter, tears, and outrage that this beautiful, lively, loving soul had left at age 40, from cancer.
And now, a train ride and time warp later, here I was in the branch-filled Berkshires, sitting in a back jack, meeting eight cancer survivors and our co-leader Maria Sirois. In that moment, “life after cancer” looked to me like throwing a rose on my friend’s coffin and hearing it thud. It looked like crying myself to sleep every night for the last two weeks.
But as I settled in and heard tales of diagnosis and survival, I remembered: Oh. We’re all still here. In my fellow workshoppers—eight people from their 30s through 50s—I saw stress and fear and bravery and resilience and resistance. I saw myself. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma seven years ago at age 31, I had almost been forgetting that I was a survivor, too.