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sation at Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and check out posts like “Food as Medicine,” in which Kripalu faculty member Susan B. Lord, MD, explains how food can play in a critical part in treating illness.
outside our walls: a mother’s journey from trauma to a path of healing
    
In this edition of Outside Our Walls, Lorraine Cannatta describes how her son’s sudden health crisis put her on a path of healing that eventually led her to the Kripalu School of Ayurveda—and to unexpected places where she shared the wisdom of this ancient art and science.

Read Lorraine’s first-person story.

guest words
    
I love coming to Kripalu! It’s my home away from home. It’s so good to know it’s always here when I need it.
—Diana G., Newton, Massachusetts
did you know?
    
Kripalu’s program studying the effect of yoga on police cadets showed that regular practice consistently reduces stress. Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living conducts evidence-based research like this to determine the efficacy of yoga for a wide range of populations.

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relax and restore
    
Join Kripalu Yoga teacher Sudha Carolyn Lundeen as she leads you through an hour-long restorative yoga class. Start with gentle warm-ups, then move into restorative postures that support you as you let go of tension and effort.

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welcome
The month of October is a time of transition and transformation. As the last of the summer heat diminishes, and just before winter comes knocking, take this opportunity to check in with yourself. As the seasons transform, you too can transform your life. In this issue, Chip Conley offers tips for opening up to self-exploration and awareness. Plus, try a relaxing and restorative Kripalu at Home yoga class, read an inspiring Outside Our Walls story, and so much more.
the quest for authenticity
starts early
An excerpt from Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness and Success
by Chip Conley

With a successful career in the hospitality industry behind him, Chip Conley says he’s moved from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Emotions Officer. In his new book, Emotional Equations, Chip explores the idea of using math as a way to better understand and manage our emotions. Two of the biggest factors in Chip’s emotional equations are self-awareness and courage, as this excerpt explains.

Infants begin to gain self-awareness between eighteen and twenty-four months of age, when they start becoming conscious of their own thoughts, feelings, and sensations and how they are separate from other people and objects. From that time on, we struggle to fulfill Oscar Wilde’s famous advice “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Read more.

Chip Conley, MBA, founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality at the age of 26 and, as CEO for 24 years, expanded it into a collection of more than 35 award-winning hotels, restaurants, and spas. A veteran practitioner of emotional intelligence in business, Chip is a sought-after speaker and best-selling author. www.emotionalequations.com

Don’t miss Chip Conley at Kripalu: Emotional Equations: Simple Truth for Creating Happiness and Success, November 16–18.

turning point: q&a with rubin naiman
    
For Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dream specialist, life is more like a series of spirals than a straightaway. Find out why, and learn about Rubin's newest book.

Read the interview.

the art of unfriending, by alyssa giacobbe
    
I’ve always been an exceedingly devoted friend, so much so that, when I was in high school, my father, perhaps in a fit of frustration and almost certainly with unintended cruelty, informed me that my friends would never be there for me the way I insisted on being there for them.

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healthy living recipes
    
Olive oils are like wine, says Kripalu Executive Chef Deb Morgan—not all of them are equal. She likes to use a high-quality olive oil for recipes like this light yet hearty French Lentil Salad. Kripalu Lead Nutritionist Annie B. Kay explains why lentils in particular, and beans in general, are so good for us—and suggests some techniques for avoiding their less pleasant side effects.

Healthy Living Recipe of the Month
French Lentil Salad

spreading the word…
Mindful.org
At mindful.org—a media initiative of the Foundation for a Mindful Society—you can read a wealth of articles on mindfulness and how it relates to science, daily life, society, and health. The site’s mission is to give “voice, inspiration, guidance, and connection” to those looking to create a more mindful and caring home and world. You’ll find daily dispatches on mindfulness; articles on the science behind mindful practice; and ways to bring mindfulness into your life, from cooking to relationships.

Dig in to mindful.org.

My Happy Shirts
Founded by Eric Anderson, My Happy Shirts supports orphaned children through the sale of printed T-shirts for all ages. For every shirt purchased, a new shirt is given to a child in need, including children who are homeless, in orphanages, or displaced and living in temporary housing. My Happy Shirts also donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations such as Embracing Hope Ethiopa and One Child Campaign, which provide children with basic needs such as food and shelter.

Learn more about myhappyshirts.com.

quote of the month
In the end, all yogas lead to one great Yoga.
—Swami Kripalu
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