Scholar-In-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador
Stephen Cope, MSW, is a psychotherapist, a national best-selling author, and Kripalu Yoga teacher. During the summer of 2005, he launched a pioneering music and consciousness program in conjunction with the Tanglewood Institute to study the effects of yoga and meditation on performance anxiety, physical health, and states of optimal performance.
Stephen is the founder and former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and the author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life?, and The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living. He was named by Yoga Journal as one of the top 25 innovators in yoga in America in the last quarter of a century.
The Second Pillar: "Do It Full Out"
An excerpt from The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling In his new book, the Director of Kripalu’s Institute of...
The Wisdom of Yoga: The Spirit of the Strivers
Steven Cope, MSW, investigates the wisdom tradition of yoga.
Yoga Research: The Power of Possibility
Nine years ago, we at Kripalu made an exciting decision: to undertake a serious yoga research program.
The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey of Your True Calling
Excerpt from the Book, The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope. I see my own concerns about fulfillment played out nearly every day of my...
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...
Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow: The Practice of Being Present
The next time you’re confronted with a difficult moment, give this a try. Find a quiet place to sit, then launch in. Breathe. Relax. Feel. Watch. Allow.
Coming Home to How It Is
As a teacher, I’m often asked to give an explanation for the deep sense of well-being that arises in yoga.
The Gift: Living a Life of Purpose and Meaning
Each of us is born with a unique gift—and a sacred duty to fulfill its promise. Do you have a clear sense of your purpose in life? I’m asking all my friends...
Can I Live A Fulfilled Life?
Where we look for answers to this question can make all the difference between fantasies and dreams come true. I’ve been teaching at Kripalu for more than...
Loving My Imperfect Self
Loving my imperfect self, I feel somehow better and less alone.
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
An excerpt from The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards Drawing from both scientific research and esoteric wisdom, William J. Broad’s The Science of...
Appreciation and Looking for the Good
Each day we can choose to look for the good and appreciate what we have.
There's No Sound Like Om
Ommm. Om is often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean?
Kripalu Perspectives: Generosity and Yoga with Stephen Cope
Portland Helmich talks with Psychotherapist, senior Kripalu Yoga teacher, and author Stephen Cope who discusses how yoga practice goes beyond physical gain to create states of well-being, happiness, and generosity.
Finding Your Sacred Calling
Caught up in e-mails, work deadlines, getting to the gym, and an active social life, we can lose sight of our sacred calling, our highest purpose in life.
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