Sit up tall and close your eyes. Imagine a long plumb line running from the crown of your head to the tip of your tailbone. Soften your shoulders and broaden your collarbones. How does it feel to sit in alignment? What other parts of yourself can you bring into alignment?
Over the last decade, there has been a growing amount of research on the benefits of yoga. Studies on yoga’s impact on cancer, pregnancy, depression, and anxiety—to name just a few—have allowed yoga to move from the periphery of health care toward increased respect from scientists, mental-health clinicians, and medical practitioners. Yet, to date, the […]
by Tommy Rosen Yoga was one of the practices I found in my first several years of recovery. Not only did it help me through the ups and downs of the early stages, but it also became a nonnegotiable staple in my life. How I found yoga—and fell in love with it—is somewhat serendipitous. Basically, […]
The Teachings of Swami Kripalu Swami Kripalu was a devoted yogi with an inquisitive mind who explored every facet of the yoga tradition. During his lifetime, he generated a large body of teachings that fall into two major categories: a universal set of teachings encouraging everyone to cultivate personal health, well-being, and a virtuous character; […]
They say the first step is the hardest one. When you’re an absolute beginner peering into a yoga studio, it’s not unusual to be intimidated by the contortions some people’s bodies are capable of—but it’s a myth that you need to be as flexible as a rubber band to get on the mat. On the […]
When I was in my early 20s, a therapist told me I was very resistant—fighting suggestions, arguing insights, ignoring assignments. She was right, so I, of course, wanted to yell, “No, I’m not!” I’m not sure my resistance has diminished over the years, but I have gotten (slightly) better at working around it, like a […]
Early winter is a time of family, connection, and festivities. With so much going on, it can be tough to maintain the self-care routines that keep us grounded. Good rest, healthy eating, and exercise can fall by the wayside as we celebrate with late nights and rich food. We asked two Kripalu experts to share […]