I was drawn immediately to the idea of using diet and lifestyle as medicine—it’s so practical and logical.
INVESTING IN POSITIVE CHANGE
Jenny is a Kripalu donor and a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
I first visited Kripalu during a time of transition in my life, not long after my divorce. I had decided that, every year, I was going to do something I’d never done before. So, in 2011, I came here for an R&R Retreat, and ended up going to several workshops and talks on Ayurveda. I was drawn immediately to the idea of using diet and lifestyle as medicine—it’s so practical and logical. I came back for two programs with John Douillard, and he was so fascinating and approachable that I was inspired to enroll in the Kripalu School of Ayurveda to earn my Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification. My plan is to start a consulting practice.
Since I started integrating Ayurvedic practices into my daily life, it’s completely changed the way I eat and how I feel. I cook with the seasons, and use healthy spices and coconut oil. I have lots more energy, I sleep more, and I don’t get sick as often. My mind is clearer and calmer, and I’m more understanding and open with others, because I realize that we each have our own paths and challenges. I have two daughters, ages seven and 12, and, every week or so, we do a little Ayurveda-inspired ceremony at night. We rub oil on our feet, light a candle, and write in our journals about what we’re grateful for. It’s a beautiful way to connect and wind down the day.
I choose to donate to Kripalu because it’s become such a safe, warm, and welcoming place for me. The knowledge of the faculty and presenters is amazing. What I’ve learned here has opened up so many new areas for me; I’m much more aware of who I am and what I can do for myself and my girls to make our lives happier and healthier. Kripalu has given me so much, and it’s important to me to give back so that others can have this experience, too.
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