Tag Archives: self-awareness
Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Human, Being

Have you heard about the MIT rats who got smarter by chilling out? In 2006, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed rats in a difficult maze to see how quickly they’d find their way through. The first group of rodents, once they’d made it to the cheese at the end of the […]

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Posted on November 24th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Gratitude

Take a moment for gratitude. As we head into a new day, set your intention for awareness, compassion, and ease.

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Posted on November 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Playing With Scissors

by Lara Tupper Not long ago, I found a sad, peat-colored mug in Mom’s cupboard and remembered: In junior high, I loved Art Club for the plain joy of making a mess and doing something crafty with my hands. My glaze was off-color, my papier maché was lumpy, my seashell mobile tilted, but no one […]

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Posted on November 19th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The BRFWA Prescription

Often in the yoga world, you’ll hear directions like, “Let it go,” “Relax,” “Breathe into it.” These all sound lovely, but when I’m in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying—Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I’ll get right on that. And breathe into what? But my Kripalu Yoga […]

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Posted on November 18th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Changing Your Relationship with Food

What if food was your friend, not the enemy? A source of nourishment and pleasure, rather than angst and self-loathing? For many women and girls, that’s hard to imagine. Recent studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and 51 percent of 9- and 10-year-olds say they feel better on […]

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Posted on October 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Forging an Edge, or How to Audition for The Voice

Prior to attending yoga classes, The Edge, to me, was a quiet Irish man who played reverb-y guitar, no one I had to worry about confronting. My yoga instructors think differently: the edge is a place for mindful exploration, like Yosemite or the Everglades, where we can stretch ourselves into new territory, bit by bit. […]

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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Practice—An excerpt from Already Home: Stories of a Seeker

In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation. The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a […]

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Posted on October 8th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Yoga of Making Tough Decisions, Dance Breaks and All

Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all provide tools to help us get in touch with ourselves, so that we can make tough choices about how to create the life we want. While sitting on the cushion, in the flow of a great yoga class, or consciously adhering to yogic philosophy, such as ahimsa (refraining from violence […]

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Posted on September 30th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Goodbye, Inner Critic—Hello, Inner Coach

Recently, I received some unexpected news—the lovely condo I rent is being put up for sale. The fact that I have to move has me questioning whether I want to pack up my life on the West Coast and head back East. When I’m faced with making major life decisions, it’s not pretty. I ruminate […]

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