Aruni Nan Futuronsky

Aruni Nan Futuronsky, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and life coach, has been teaching in a variety of venues for more than 35 years, and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. She is author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope; Already Home: Stories of a Seeker; and Not Over Yet: Simple Strategies to Struggle Less and Savor More. Aruni developed the Kripalu coaching methodology based in presence and right action. Her experience is rooted in a long-term commitment to a Twelve-Step program and the practice of living yoga.

Upcoming Programs

  • November 4–6, 2016
  • Friday–Sunday: 2 nights
  • November 6–11, 2016
  • Sunday–Friday: 5 nights
  • December 8–11, 2016
  • Thursday–Sunday: 3 nights


  • Let Your Inner Child Come Out and Play

    Summer and fun go hand-in-hand. The richness of the season gives us permission to open up and to let go, in body, mind, and spirit. So this is the perfect...

  • The Kripalu Approach

    The Kripalu Approach model has two primary pillars: radical compassion and the right use of will. Practiced together, they can create sustainable life change...

  • A Christmas Memory

    The ache of this memory is etched in time, reignited today in this cold December afternoon. It is of another cold winter afternoon in a long-ago December...

  • The Grounding Power of Gratitude

    Gratitude can ground us effortlessly in the moment.

  • The Power of Pause

    Yogic philosophy teaches us that there is inherent balance between the body, the mind, and the spirit. This unity is our birthright. Unfortunately, as we ...

  • Four Practices for Navigating in Times of Change

    The times truly are a’changin’ once more, and Bob Dylan’s words are as relevant now as they were when he first wrote them.

  • Living from the Inside Out

    I look in the mirror. I meet my gaze. A soft hum of criticism begins in my brain. Then John Lennon’s poignant song, “Look at Me,” comes into my mind: Look at...

  • Summer's End as a Doorway to Transition

    Labor Day opens the door into much change as we move from summer into autumn.

  • The Balancing Act

    The inherent balance of body, mind, and spirit is our birthright, our natural default, and is always available to us. And what a blessing that is! Consider...

  • Transformation Happens: The Yoga of Change

    Change is profoundly challenging. How many times in your life have you seen change rolling toward you, and deemed it unacceptable, not your plan?

  • Outliving Your Cravings

    Like many of us, after dinner and before bedtime is the part of the day in which I might find myself hungry—not necessarily physically hungry, but wanting...

  • Five Simple Ways to Open Your Heart

    It’s easy to lose connection with our feelings. In this fast-paced world, with all the responsibilities that we carry, we are often exhausted by the day’s...

  • A Simple Practice to Strengthen Connection

    Here is a simple and elegant system of conscious communication called co-listening.

  • Outliving a Food Craving

    We all experience food cravings. How we respond to these cravings can have a profound effect on our sense of self.

  • To Everything There Is a Season

    It’s the time of letting go. I choose to relax, to breathe, and to imagine the best about what might be. And, as I relax, everything becomes possible.

  • The Gift of Abundance

    Do you find yourself focusing on what isn’t happening in your life? Perhaps you find yourself stressed out about something that hasn’t even taken place yet,...

  • Articles of Faith

    In this excerpt from her new book Already Home, Kripalu Life Coach Aruni Nan Futuronsky offers guidance for the unknown, reminding us to remember what was and practice the yoga of faith as we face what is to come.

  • Why Being Mean Doesn’t Work

    Being mean to yourself never works. For sustainable, lasting change, you must practice self-awareness and self-compassion.

  • The Right Use of Will

    Sustained, transformational change happens through the alchemy of mindfulness and the right use of will. In life, just as in yoga, you must start where you...

  • The Practice of Being Present

    Yoga teaches us how to reestablish the innate balance that exists between body, mind, and spirit. When our minds get out of balance, they overextend,...

  • Body Image and Self-Acceptance

    For how many years have I wanted my body to be different? As I sit here in the middle of my sixth-and-a-half decade, I look back and remember … Refusing to...

  • Practice: An Excerpt from Already Home: Stories of a Seeker

    In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in...

  • Falling Off the Mat: Permission to Practice

    Let me simply say that I didn't just fall off the mat. Recently, confronted with life on life’s terms, I plummeted, plunged, and wildly tumbled, losing all...

  • Occupy Yourself

      I'm beside myself with worry. I can see my mother standing at the kitchen sink in our childhood house, her hands immersed in soapsuds, proclaiming this. It...

  • How to Savor the Holidays Mindfully

    Ah, the holidays hover! And inherent in them is the potential for indulgence and imbalance, along with celebration and joy.

  • One Bite at a Time

    It’s Friday morning and I’m on the scale. I weigh myself on Fridays—more frequently than that potentially feeds my obsession with my weight, but anything...

  • The Yoga of Change

    How can you work with the yoga of change? Practice mindfulness. Develop conscious awareness through yoga, meditation, any contemplative practice

  • How to Heal from the Loss of a Pet

    We conveniently forget that we will most likely outlive our pets as we develop deep bonds with these affectionate, innocent creatures.

  • When It Comes to Politics, 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...

  • Eight Tips for Self-Care During the Holiday Season

    Practicing self-care is particularly important during the holiday season so we can show up at our best.

  • Observing Weight through Witness Consciousness

    Often, a client comes to me wanting to lose weight, plops down in my office, and says, “When I’m good, I eat this, and when I’m bad, I eat that.” This report...

  • His and Hers R&R

    A husband and wife come to Kripalu for R&R, and remember that we’re all in it together.

  • A Vision for the New Year

    New Year's is a time of transition, when we’re teetering on the verge of new opportunities and possibilities. Simultaneously, we’re experiencing the tail...

  • Stop and Smell the Roses

    In the age of over-busy, what does it mean to make every minute count? A recent op-ed in the New York Times entitled “The ‘Busy’ Trap”—in which writer Tim...

  • Five Healthy Living Tips for Achieving Balance

    When it comes to healthy living, self-care is the first step.

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Weight Loss

    Yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools for weight loss, because it cultivates body awareness.

  • Why Failing Is Good for You

    Life lessons on the yogic path by Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger “If you're not failing, you're not trying anything.” —Woody Allen Nobody likes to fail. But...

  • Can Having Friends Help Ease Physical Pain?

    A recent study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience seemed to prove that...

  • Making Critical Conversations More Compassionate

    Wrapping messy but critical conversations in a compassionate approach makes them larger, and offers the opportunity for greater openness and impact.

  • Living in a Shame-Free Body

    This kind of mindful shift in perspective can be a powerful first step in the journey toward a healthy, shame-free body awareness.

  • The Truth About Weight Loss

    Weight loss isn’t just about what to eat and what not to eat. It’s about paying attention to how and why we make our choices.

  • Resolution Recovery

    Already bailed on your goals for the new year? It’s okay—really. Studies estimate that 80 percent of resolutions made for the new year fail within six months, and...

  • What, Us Worry? Better than Anyone

    In his new memoir,Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith describes a life spent in near- constant panic. He’d have recurring nightmares about premature death. He’d...

  • Finding Fellow Travelers on the Journey

    Your fellow travelers are often people you would never know in your actual life, but you meet them on the journey and form strong connections.

  • Five Steps for Taking Yoga off the Mat

    If you’re human, you’ve probably also had this experience: You leave the sanctity of yoga class, and life starts throwing you stressors.

  • How to Get Unstuck and Get Back to Your Practice

    How to Get Unstuck and Get Back to Your Practice

  • The Politics of Emotion

    In the days after the election, millions of people around the world watched as President Obama delivered a heartfelt—and teary—speech to his campaign staff....

  • When to Trust the Still, Small Voice of Intuition

    How do we recognize the voice of intuition? The trick is discerning it from that of our calculating mind.

  • Trusting in Moderation

    Having a self-connecting practice is essential to developing self-acceptance, which can help apply healthy moderation.

  • Losing Weight the Mindful Way

    I thought I’d won the battle once and for all. After consuming no more than 1,300 calories a day and working out six days a week (three of them at a very...

  • Break the Cycle: How Yoga and Meditation Can Help Heal Addiction

    What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. —Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now While there are a...

  • Organic—and Ornery

    A recent study conducted by researchers at Loyola University New Orleans looked at how food related to morality: how and...

  • No Shame

    Acceptance and appreciation are much more powerful catalysts to making positive shifts than shame and guilt.

  • From Doing to Being

    I’ve always been a doer. Not one to wait for things to come to me, I’m the type to take action, pick up the phone, initiate the project, ask the guy out...

  • The Yoga of Recovery

    Research shows that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are powerful tools for recovery in healing from addiction.

  • Navigating the Darkness: Self-Care and Connection in the Wake of Tragedy

    How can we, as mindful people, make our way through senseless and unimaginable loss?

  • Riding the Waves

    Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Michael Dawes How can we suffer less when faced with tough situations? Think about those times when things don’t go as planned...

  • Practicing Progress, Not Perfection

    Integrative Weight Loss is not just about transforming your body. It’s about giving yourself full permission to practice progress and not perfection.

  • Karma Yoga: What We Practice, We Become

    By Janet Arnold-Grych We all have the power to accept and offer kindness—probably much more than we typically allow ourselves. And kindness, received or...

  • Tools for Taking Yoga Off the Mat

    In this edition of Ask the Expert, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, life coach, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs, answers your...