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Posted on May 17th, 2014 by in Yoga

I’d Love to Do a Yoga Teacher Training, But …

A Kripalu Yoga Teacher Dispels the Myths Are you a dedicated yoga practitioner who’s thinking about enrolling in a teacher training program—but you’re questioning if it’s the right choice for you? Maybe you can’t do a headstand, or not sure if you’re teacher material? Perhaps you’re wondering if anyone older than age 35 is teaching […]

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Posted on November 4th, 2013 by in Teachers Corner

Yoga, Seva, and Naps

with Micah Mortali, Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda What brought you to your current role at Kripalu? I came to Kripalu for teacher training in 2004. After graduation, I went back to my life in outdoor education, but something in me had shifted dramatically, and I knew I had to come […]

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Posted on May 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Volunteering for a Longer Life

When I think about improving my overall health and increasing my longevity, I suspect I’m not that different from most. I imagine making physical adjustments: practicing yoga or another form of fitness more regularly, eating more vegetables and less sugar, drinking more water, taking those trusty fish oil supplements, and getting enough sleep. But I […]

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Posted on May 15th, 2013 by in Outside Our Walls

Yoga for Girls in South Africa

Kripalu Yoga teacher Alex Singer was thinking about moving to Thailand to immerse herself in yoga and Eastern culture when she heard about the nonprofit organization She WinS (Sports Helping to Empower Women in South Africa), founded by Cindy Burns. Burns was recruiting young women to serve as role models in an after-school program in […]

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Posted on April 9th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Less Is My New More

Last winter I bought my dream car, a gently used Toyota Prius, because my friend was selling it for a tempting price and our ‘98 Corolla was aging rather ungracefully. I kept my new acquisition off the road for a few months in order to save on car insurance, because I worked from home, my […]

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Posted on November 1st, 2012 by in Healthy Living, Life Lessons

Election 2012: Can We Agree to Disagree?

In the late ‘60s, feminists coined—and very often employed—the phrase “the personal is political,” and never before has it rung truer. The recent party conventions were deeply personal, with moving onstage tales of hardship that ranged from growing up black in the South to delivering babies prematurely. Social media, meanwhile, lets us express our views—and hear about others’—more explicitly and aggressively than ever before. Views with which we don’t agree often come as a shock, if not a personal blow: I have a friend who thinks that?

“What is it about politics that hits us so emotionally?” asks Aruni Nan Futuronsky, a certified life coach and program advisor in Kripalu Healthy Living programs. While we may be used to—and even welcome—differences of opinion among family and friends in other arenas, politics often seems to warrant a less accepting view. We get defensive and argumentative. We feel very strongly. We try to convince others to see our side—and we often fail. That’s where the philosophies we learn in our yoga practice come into play, says Aruni. “Yoga teaches us to take action and to express our truth, but not get stuck on the outcome,” she says. That is, speak your mind—but don’t expect to change someone else’s.

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