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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health offers more than 800 programs a year in yoga, holistic health, personal growth, and spirituality. A non-profit educational organization, Kripalu’s mission is to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. These holistic immersion programs integrate principles and practices from yoga and the world’s wisdom traditions, as well as recent developments in the health sciences and the psychology of human development. The result is a program curriculum that is contemporary, accessible, and profound, with an emphasis on providing participants with tools they can use in their daily lives. Kripalu has served people of all backgrounds for more than 40 years and is located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, less than three hours from Boston and New York City (scholarships are available). Kripalu is also the home of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda and the Institute for Extraordinary Living, which conducts research on the science and benefits of practicing yoga. More information is available at or 800-741-7353.

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Weight Management

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:58 AM

By Portland Helmich

We are a country of excess. Our desire for more and more is evident in the increasing size of our homes, cars, and meals over the last half-century or more. Our waistlines have followed suit. Two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese.


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Healing and the Power of Yoga

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:39 PM

By Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Statistics show that people in the United States and abroad are practicing yoga in ever-increasing numbers. Some call it a fad that will eventually fade away. Yet the profound physical and psychological benefits that so many experience lead me to think otherwise. As medical...

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Healthy Weight, Healthy Choices

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Americans are preoccupied with dieting -- but 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.

"You need to notice what you're doing and be present with what is happening before you can make...

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Yoga in Schools: Phys Ed for the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:51 AM

By Jennifer Mattson

From Encinitas, California, to Baltimore, Maryland, educators, legislators, and activists are doing their part to bring yoga into the schools. We've seen this movement growing, and Kripalu is working with school educators and wellness experts to help share the calming effects of yoga to children...

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Yogic Breathing: The Physiology of Pranayama

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 7:54 AM

By Angela Wilson, MA, RYT

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. -- Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

Yogic breathing is a fundamental practice in the study of yoga. As one of the...

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Resilience and Change

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:04 AM

By Janet Arnold-Grych

Routine has a lot going for it. It allows critical aspects of our lives to flow more efficiently. It provides comfort and safety. It tethers us to the familiar while we reach for the unknown. But too much routine can whitewash experience, allowing the big things and...

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Selfies and Yoga

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:26 PM

By Jennifer Mattson

There's been a lot of talk this past week about President Barack Obama's selfie at a memorial for Nelson Mandela. That moment, now frozen in time, shows Obama, Denmark's prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and her British counterpart, David Cameron, posing like three...

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The BRFWA Process

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 7:15 AM

By Valerie Reiss

Often in the yoga world, you'll hear directions like, "Let it go," "Relax," "Breathe into it." These all sound lovely, but when I'm in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying. Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I'll...

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The Meaning of Om

(9) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 9:05 AM

By Valerie Reiss

Ommm. It's often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean? Perhaps you've heard it defined as "the sound of the universe" -- but what does that really mean?

Turns out, a lot -- and yet,...

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Creating Space for 'Non-Doing'

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:38 PM

by Steven Leonard

In a culture moving faster and faster, it seems contagious and desirable to be in a constant mode of comparison, self-improvement and achievement. Yet the ability to relax is essential for the overall health of the body and mind, as regulated by the nervous system....

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Loving-Kindness Meditation and Change

(8) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:58 AM

By Angela Wilson, MA, RYT

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing oneself 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...

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Being With What Is

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 7:36 AM

By Kimberly Jordan Allen

The Heart of a Revolution

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to study with Noah Levine, the original maverick Dharma Punk, founder of the Buddhist community Against the Stream, and iconoclastic promoter of compassion, authenticity, and joy. Noah...

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Choosing Solitude

(5) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 10:45 AM

By Samantha Cullen

As a single woman living on my own, I often feel the need to fill my time. I pack my days with friends, outings, activities -- even when those things aren't really what I want to be doing. Lately, I'm challenging my tendency to overschedule...

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Yoga and the Art of Accepting Change

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:23 AM

Change is profoundly challenging. How many times in your life have you seen change rolling toward you and deemed it unacceptable, not your plan? Found yourself working wildly to prevent or ignore it? Of course, it happened anyway. And how many times have you felt the urge, the deep internal...

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Yoga and the Science of Sleep

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 8:15 AM

By Amanda LoRusso

Despite years of research, advances in medicine, and the possibility of a cure for cancer within the next decade, we still don't know the exact function of what we spend one-third of our lives doing: sleeping. National Geographic quotes William Dement, cofounder of the Stanford...

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Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 11:16 PM

By Angela Wilson, MA, RYT

One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu called self-observation without judgment "the highest form of spiritual practice." Likewise, if you go to any yoga or...

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Overcoming Trauma With Yoga

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:11 PM

By Janna Delgado, BFA, RYT 500

On Monday, Dec. 16, 2012 -- exactly two days after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary -- I stood outside the doors of Pittsfield High School (PHS) in Pittsfield, Mass. As I waited for the receptionist to buzz me in,...

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Kripalu Presents Jack Kornfield: Why Meditate?

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Meditation can be the doorway through which we enter into a deeper connection with the world within and around us. At the beginning of his five-day retreat at Kripalu, The Wise and Loving Heart, Jack Kornfield reflects on the benefits and blessings of meditation.

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Meditating for Sleep: Beditation 101

(7) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 9:24 AM

By Valerie Reiss

When I did a nine-day vipassana meditation retreat a few years ago, as you might guess, we pretty much meditated all day. We either sat on cushions, all 60 of us in a hall, or we sat in our rooms -- on our...

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Happiness as the Ultimate Currency

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 8:30 AM

By Tal Ben-Shahar

If we wanted to assess the worth of a business, we would use money as our means of measurement. We would calculate the dollar value of its assets and liabilities, profits and losses. Anything that could not be translated into monetary terms would not increase...

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