But the truth is over the past couple of months, I've had a hard time envisioning what a "50th" celebration for me should look like. While am feel happy and excited to mark this occasion, I have also been feeling more quiet and 'relaxed' than I expected. I've mainly just been counting my blessings - most specifically the blessings of my family, friends, and teachers - those who have supported me, and loved me through my day to day moments, transitions, celebrations and challenges... those who have helped me grow and create a deeper connection to myself and the experience of being alive.Read More
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Kripalu's Chef Deb Morgan writes: "Summer salad season is upon us! The popular, light salads below are easy to make, save well in the refrigerator, and are very versatile, not to mention nutritious. Serve any of these salads over a nice plate of field greens or even cooked greens with a light soup and/or your favorite whole grain bread. Leftovers can be used the next day to fill a whole wheat or vegetable wrap—just add fresh spinach or lettuce and roll it up. For a gluten-free treat, use a large lettuce or kale leaf as your wrap. Get together with some friends, make these salads together, sit outside—and enjoy.Read More
Explore the space between stimulus and response, where you can leave behind your habitual solutions and cultivate a living relationship with the present moment. As you learn to relax into this space—the pause—and see life and yourself more clearly, you can flow forward with more clarity, wisdom, presence, and wholeheartedness.Read More
Most spiritual masters recognize being out in nature as a means to cultivating this peace more effortlessly. In fact, walking in nature has long been a path of yoga - also known as Walking Meditation. Walking Meditation is easy, takes little time, requires no formal training, and offers amazing health benefits. It is particularly valued for its ability to refresh your mind, give you an emotional boost, and help you feel more in sync with nature’s cycles.Read More
I have always loved the slow of August. Somehow, more than any other time of the year, I give myself permission to put aside my list-of-things-to-do and choose experiences that allow me to connect more with nature and therefore myself.Read More
Find a place to sit down in a natural surrounding. If you can't be outside, sit by an open window.
Sit comfortably, relaxed; somewhere you feel safe, and where you won't have to get up for a few minutes. You can lay down if it's appropriate. You can choose to close your eyes or leave them open.Read More
Yoga and Ayurveda teach us that well-being is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. And harmonizing ourselves with nature is essential for health.Read More
I just finished up two amazing weeks leading my annual summer retreats at Kripalu titled on Learning To Pause.
In the Pause, the space, lies our growth and our freedom.
But for most of us, Pausing is a super human skill.Read More
In Summer time there is so much opportunity and invitations to run around and do more. It is easy to forget, that even when it is easy to be 'expansive' we still need to balance all the "doing" with some simply "being".Read More
Admittedly, I was once a master goal driver. One May, I ran my first five-mile course ever, and only a few months later, I ran a full marathon. I've always enjoyed proving myself. But soon after I began practicing yoga, I grew aware of how I've used my own strength to 'overpower' myself.Read More