kripalu perspectives podcast: everything’s zen, with karen maezen miller
    
In this edition of Kripalu Perspectives, Karen Maezen Miller, a Zen priest, teacher, and parent, discusses how to incorporate the straightforward wisdom of Zen into everyday life.

October 2014 podcast: Everything’s Zen (listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed).

Karen Maezen Miller teaches at Kripalu November 14–16.

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

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pause for gratitude
    
This year, spend Thanksgiving at Kripalu. During the week of November 23–28, our R&R Retreat program offers gratitude-themed workshops, a soulful Gratitude Hike, evening kirtan, and a scrumptious whole-foods Thanksgiving feast.

Find out more.

guest words
    
My stay at Kripalu was just what I needed to find peace and inner reflection.
—Rachel C., Weymouth, Massachusetts
sugar—sweet or scary?
    
Is sugar really a drug? And is it really as bad as some people say it is? Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member Lisa B. Nelson, MD, shares the latest research.

Read more.

Find out about the Kripalu Healthy Living program How Sweet It Is: Beating the Blood-Sugar Blues, November 2–7.

making an impact: a compassionate warrior finds yoga
    
J. L. Pizarro, a combat medic in the Vietnam War, used meditation, yoga, and mindfulness to recover from severe PTSD. Now, as a graduate of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, he wants to bring yoga to his fellow veterans.

Read J. L.’s story.

check out the kripalu blog
    
Read Thrive, the Kripalu blog, and stay connected! Check out posts on yoga, health, and wellness, like “The Blank Page,” by Dani Shapiro.

Check back each day for inspirational reading, and chime in!

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Ah, October! Color is everywhere. What could be more gorgeous than the glowing red of a turning maple leaf against the deep blue autumn sky? We hope you’ll come visit us soon—the Berkshires are in their glory in the fall! Speaking of color, this month we introduce our beautiful new logo, and you’ll see more of our new colors in the winter catalog, heading to your mailbox this week. In the meantime, enjoy your virtual visit to Kripalu with this month’s Compass, packed with reading, practices, and new ideas for living life to the fullest.
i don’t wanna do yoga: finding your way around resistance
by Valerie Reiss

When I was in my early 20s, a therapist told me I was very resistant—fighting suggestions, arguing insights, ignoring assignments. She was right, so I, of course, wanted to yell, “No, I’m not!”

I’m not sure my resistance has diminished over the years, but I have gotten (slightly) better at working around it, like a river streaming around a giant rock that’s going nowhere. I resist all the usual stuff: exercise, yoga, spiritual practice, work related to my calling, connecting with people I love, etc. Basically, I resist anything that feeds my soul and helps me feel great, self-actualize, and fulfill my life’s purpose.

Read more.

kripalu kitchen recipes
    
It’s easier than you think to cook up a pot of homemade pasta sauce. Our Tomato-Basil Sauce has only seven ingredients and takes just a little over half an hour to prepare.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Tomato-Basil Sauce

give your back a break
    
Been sitting a lot lately? Take a minute right now to stretch your back and open your hips, with the guidance of Kripalu Yoga teacher Michelle Dalbec.

Start stretching!

practicing progress, not perfection
    
by Portland Helmich
As an early adolescent, I spent a lot of time looking at Vogue magazine. I was especially taken by Brooke Shields and her high-fashion spreads.

Read more.

stress be gone!
    
Transform daily stress with these six tips from Susan B. Lord, MD.

Susan B. Lord teaches Transforming Stress: Mindful Living and the Art of Nourishment, October 26–31.

200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training
    
Two convenient 12-day sessions:
December 7–19, 2014, and January 25–February 6, 2015

Find out more today.

spreading the word…
Free Live-Stream Event!
October 9–12, 2014

Be inspired by today’s visionaries and leaders, including Gabby Bernstein, Sera Beak, and Kris Carr, in this live-stream of the main stage events at Emerging Women Live.

Sign up for the free live stream.

How to Eat, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book looks at what it means to eat as a meditative practice and why eating mindfully is important. This illustrated edition includes a collection of verses that help set an intention for each activity connected with preparing, serving, eating, and cleaning up after meals.

Find out more about How to Eat.

quote of the month
“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
—B. K. S. Iyengar
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