SAVOR SUMMER'S DELICIOUS TREATS

SAVOR SUMMER'S DELICIOUS TREATS

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.

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3 Short Practices to Instantly Lift Energy, Mood, and Circulartion

3 Short Practices to Instantly Lift Energy, Mood, and Circulartion

Yoga always places a high value on purification of body and mind at all levels, but especially in spring as we need to release the ‘sludge and heaviness’ of winter.  It is a time to stimulate and revitalize the liver and large intestines; to release toxins and brighten up. To do this, we can and incorporate warming flows, twists, side leans, and inversions. Build heat gradually to help generate sweat and detoxify our bodies. 

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Fire Up Your Digestion + Try This Agni Stoking Elixir

Fire Up Your Digestion + Try This Agni Stoking Elixir

Digestion, in Ayurveda, is a cornerstone of well-being. From the lens of Ayurveda, every disease is believed to arise from inefficient digestion. Agni, the fiery metabolic energy of digestion, allows us to assimilate food while ridding the body of wastes and toxins. Agni transforms dense physical matter into the more subtle forms of energy the body needs to be healthy, generate warmth, and also sustain a balanced mood and clear mind. 

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8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Organs

8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Organs

Spring is ruled by the organs of liver and gallbladder, our main organs for cleansing and processing toxins. Our liver processes allergens that come from pollen and pollution, but if our liver is taxed, it has a hard time working as smoothly. It's time to give these organs a little break. Think of it like an oil change for your body.

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Here Is How To Feel More Connected And Calm Right Now

Here Is How To Feel More Connected And Calm Right Now

To connect and check-in with my students, I have long began all of my yoga classes offering the general opening question,  "How are you today?"  When one student shares an answer, many others in the classroom agree that they feel similarly.

I am sure you will not be surprised to know that this month (season, year), responses often included sense of overwhelm. Last week, one student responded to my opening question, "I feel like I've been holding my breath for a really long time."

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Why It's A Good Time To Get Down (And Put Your Legs Up)

Why It's A Good Time To Get Down (And Put Your Legs Up)

It begins with some harmless flirting, as autumn lures us with brilliant colors, savory air, and delectable harvest treats. But quickly, autumn’s mission accelerates, unleashing more than just awe-striking beauty.  Autumn is infused with wind, the energy of movement that is called Vata.

Vata is the "air" element characterized by wind and movement as well as coolness, lightness, and dryness.  It is this energy that brings us through the elimination process and aging process overall.  In autumn and early winter, it is the dominant energy both around and within us.  Vata is the energy needed for change and re-creation.  And as the seasons and nature change, so do we.  And so should our yoga practice. 

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Hurry Up, Slow Down

Hurry Up, Slow Down

Even though you may feel like accelerating into September rush, it's actually a good time to also slow down and get more grounded.

It is a good time to nourish our roots, build our inner resources, like a tree pulling in sap. This will help preserve energy and boost our immune system for the eventual transition into winter.

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