Tag Archives: yoga philosophy
Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by in Life Lessons, Yoga

Your Summer Reading List: Recommendations from Kripalu Faculty and Staff

This is the season when we give ourselves permission to read for pure pleasure. Maybe it’s a holdover from back when June meant “no more pencils, no more books”—time to swap out the algebra textbook for a juicy Danielle Steele novel. We asked Kripalu staff and faculty to share a few of their favorites to […]

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Posted on August 23rd, 2014 by in Yoga

Remembering B. K. S. Iyengar, a Man Who Was Once the “Anti-Advertisement for Yoga”

by Shannon Sexton Fierce. Kind. Creative. Iconical. These are some of the words used to describe B. K. S. Iyengar, who until his passing on August 20 in Pune, India, was regarded to be one of the greatest living yoga masters. Why? Because back in the 1950s—long before 20 million Americans were practicing yoga and […]

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Posted on July 19th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Finding Your Sacred Calling

One of the most basic questions we humans will eventually ask ourselves (if we live long enough) is, “Why am I here? What’s the purpose of my life?” We live in a society that’s so externally focused that it’s easy to forget we might be walking the planet for a deeper reason than to make […]

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Posted on October 31st, 2013 by in Yoga

How My Yoga Practice Got Me Hired

I’ve applied and interviewed for many jobs. There have been the “bread jobs,” as my acting teachers called them (those that are all about the paycheck); acting gigs; teaching jobs; and an array of others. Recently, I’ve found myself in two job interviews in which the subject of yoga arose. I believe it was those […]

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Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the […]

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Posted on March 11th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

My Son, the Pratyahara Detector

Micah Mortali, guest blogger, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and manager of the Kripalu Volunteer Program Pratyahara, or turning inward, is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and it has always been an important part of my practice: diving deep and exploring my internal landscapes, observing what can be seen when the eyes close and the […]

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Posted on February 27th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise, Yoga

Waking Up Is Hard to Do

The following excerpt is taken from Stephen Cope’s well-known book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. In it, he guides the contemporary reader through the philosophies and practices of yoga in a thoughtful way that demystifies them and brings us to a greater understanding of ourselves. You see, I want a lot. 
Perhaps I […]

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Posted on February 13th, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

The Power of Kirtan

As yoga becomes increasingly popular in the United States, the ancient practice of kirtan (KEER-tahn), or yogic chanting, is gaining interest. The call-and-response format of chanting is a type of yoga in itself and has many of the mind-calming benefits of a yoga class or sitting meditation. For those who find meditation difficult, kirtan, which […]

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