The very real benefits of practice

Kripalu's Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL) has produced some pretty amazing research in its nine years -- looking at the benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness on school communities, with first responders, veterans struggling with PTSD, college students, musicians, and more. The benefits of this research to all of us are a much deeper understanding …

Summer Days

Practice takes many forms. For some, it is yoga movement, mindfully moving the body and attending to the breath to bring body and mind to stillness. For others, it is sitting quietly to attend to breath and gently coax the mind's activity to calm. For others, it's a long bike ride, hike or kayak, feeling the …

Be Love!

"The major characteristic of love is the absence of conflict. When conflict is born and increases daily, true love gradually diminishes. Where conflict finds fault, love sees virtue. When love increases daily, its flower blossoms fully, spreading its sweet fragrance everywhere." Swami KripaluAs we turn the calendar to February, we welcome more light into our …

The Benefits of Yoga, Starting the Day You Begin!

(reprint from Huffington  Post, Carolyn Gregoire, 10/28/13) AFTER YOUR FIRST CLASS: Improved Brain Function..  Just 20 minutes of yoga can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic …