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Reflections on Troubled Times

Essays and Q&As from our faculty and presenters on challenges, grief, growth, and learning in uncertain times.

May 13, 2020

Loneliness and Solitude in Self-Isolation

Feelings of loneliness don’t necessarily depend on whether or not you are alone. Kripalu Yoga teacher Tiffany Chan explores how we can work toward a sense of...

May 12, 2020

Finding Equanimity in Challenging Times: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, who offers a live, online Kripalu program beginning May 26, talks about meditation, loving-kindness practice, and why he loves to teach.

May 11, 2020

Elizabeth Gilbert and Rachel Cargle on Empathy and Compassion

The best-selling author and the social justice advocate discuss the difference between these two concepts and how they inform both creativity and activism.

May 10, 2020

Small Things About Mothering

Between “What’s for dinner?” and “What have I failed to teach them?,” can we hold onto a sense of the privilege bestowed to us in caring for the well-being...

May 05, 2020

Gratitude for Everything That Is Going More Than All Right

The advice to still be thankful for whatever blessings we do have can feel flimsy or clichéd in the face of disruption and malaise. Yet the most reliable...

May 03, 2020

Why Laughter and Crying Are Good for Us

Finding yourself riding the waves of some intense emotions lately? Here's why both tears and belly laughs can lift your mood, relieve stress, and even...

Apr 26, 2020

What Buzz the Bird Taught Me About Prayer

Kripalu Legacy Faculty Aruni Nan Futuronsky reflects on the near loss of her cockatiel companion, and how it shaped her relationship with prayer.

Apr 25, 2020

How Life Coaching Can Support You in Finding Joy, Even Right Now: A Conversation with Izzy Lenihan

Many of us are seeking support in finding answers to big questions: How do I find peace amid the uncertainty? How do I let go of fear? What can I contribute?

Apr 16, 2020

The Blessings of a Crisis

Every crisis contains the seeds of opportunities for growth, learning, healing, and previously unrecognized possibilities, write relationship therapists...

Apr 13, 2020

Say No to Good Vibes? The Dangers of Spiritual Bypass

What should those of us in “wellness” communities do to act responsibly? How do we strike a crucial balance between self-care and community care? Writer Lara...

Apr 08, 2020

Grief, Darkness, Light

In a time when the markers of our days have been upended and tossed aside, we must feel what we feel, giving ourselves permission to be present to what is lost.

Apr 01, 2020

How Kripalu’s Core Values Can Guide Us Through Challenging Times

The teachings we have been given, the lifestyle we have experienced, the compassion we have shared, are exactly what we need to find our way through this...

Mar 31, 2020

Accessing Contentment in a Season of Uncertainty: The Niyama of Santosha

Santosha is sometimes described as being able to hold two things equally and at once—accepting what is, while also knowing that things will eventually change.

Mar 25, 2020

Kindness, Compassion, and Community in the Time of Corona

Looking for a way to help? Here are things that can you do right now that will make a difference, while boosting your own well-being.

Mar 18, 2020

Creating a Daily Rhythm in the Face of Adversity

Developing a rhythm can support us in being homebound and navigating close quarters with family members. The best way to start is by creating an intention.