What Students Say About Positive Psychology
    
Practical. Meaningful. Exciting. Relevant to work, family, and personal growth. Focused on what works. That’s how students in Kripalu’s Certificate in Positive Psychology describe what they’re learning.
Hear it in their own words.

Find out more about the Certificate in Positive Psychology program, beginning February 9.

Desktop Wallpaper
    
Enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires every day with Kripalu’s desktop wallpaper.

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We Wish You a Resilient New Year
    
Achieve your goals and build a foundation for optimal living in 2015 with two groundbreaking on-site and online Kripalu programs. The Kripalu Approach to Diet: An Integrative Weight-Loss Program, February 16–April 3, offers powerful, practical tools to help you shift into a balanced relationship with your body. Crafting the Resilient Life, February 23–June 3, guides you in cultivating practices and attitudes that can help you flourish, no matter what.
Do This Now: Child’s Pose
    
Spend a few moments in Child’s Pose, opening to the deep nourishment and comfort of this posture. Begin by kneeling on the ground. Separate your knees, bringing your big toes to touch, and sink your pelvis back toward the heels. Extend your arms out, palms down. Let your spine lengthen and soften. Surrender and allow the earth to support you.

Brand-new to yoga? Check out Yoga for the Absolute Beginner, January 18–23.

Making an Impact: Kripalu Yoga in the Schools
    
Kripalu’s Yoga in the Schools Symposium, February 17–19, brings together school leaders, yoga program administrators, and researchers, with the ultimate goals of empowering young people and creating thriving schools and communities.
Check Out the Kripalu Blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out articles on yoga, health, and wellness, like “Putting a New Spin on Your Story.”

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The Care and Feeding of Your Brain
A Q&A with Kathie Madonna Swift

What does your brain need to thrive? We asked Kathie Madonna Swift, a registered dietitian nutritionist working in the field of integrative and holistic nutrition, for the latest thinking on nutrition for optimal brain health, the subject of this spring’s Food As Medicine seminar at Kripalu, March 13–15. A Healthy Living faculty member at Kripalu, Kathie is author of The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight and Get Rid of the Bloat and The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health.

Q What exactly is brain health? How do you know if your brain is healthy?

A The brain weighs approximately three pounds. It’s 60 percent fat and it uses 20 percent of our body’s fuel. It’s the command center of the body. When you’re in a state of optimal functioning, the brain is processing new information, accessing memories, focusing, making decisions, and experiencing emotions. When the brain is less healthy, that’s when you get everything from mood disorders and memory loss to addiction and neurodegenerative disease.

Read more.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipes
    
Nutrition-wise, kale needs no introduction. But have you heard about pepitas? This month’s Kripalu Recipe is a simple, delicious way to enjoy both of these nutrient-dense foods.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Kale with Pepitas

Ayurveda to Boost Your Immunity
    
Imagine your immune system as an invisible, protective force field that you can fortify using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Pump up your immunity and your ojas (“vigor” in Sanskrit) with five simple tips from Larissa Hall Carlson, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
Yoga Teacher Training, Two Ways
    
Launch your new career this year: Choose from total immersion in a monthlong 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, or two 12-day modules. Either way, you’re guided by our expert faculty and guest teachers as you study asana and pranayama, explore yoga philosophy, learn anatomy, practice teaching, and so much more.

Learn more about the Kripalu School of Yoga.

His & Hers R&R
    
by Amy Herring and Chris Newbound

Since I’m fairly adverse to anything that seems touchy-feely, I thought it would be instructive, on my first morning at Kripalu, to force myself to attend the Share Circle, a workshop that’s regularly offered during R&R Retreats. Read more.

Through February 13, stay for two midweek nights of R&R Retreat and get one free. Or, stay three midweek nights and get two free.
Find out more.

Explore the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu in a unique R&R Retreat, Pilgrim on the Path of Love, January 23–25.

Quote of the Month
“Train yourself to be in awe of the subtle, and you will live in a world of beauty and ease.”
Rodney Yee
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