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outside our walls: regaining balance
After a bilateral mastectomy, Kripalu Yoga teacher Natalie Smith discovered that the breath and the mind-body connection were the keys to her recovery—and to getting back up on her paddleboard.

Read Natalie’s story.

yoga and fitness retreat
The ultimate getaway for active people. Tone your body and spirit while learning to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into your fitness routine.

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Kripalu changed my life. I feel connected to myself, my community, and the world around me, with the tools to promote beneficial change.
—Ariel A., St. Paul, Minnesota
a balanced approach
to detox
Join Kripalu’s Lead Nutritionist, Annie B. Kay, to explore the science behind detox and experience an integrated approach to cleansing the body.

Detox for Health and Healing, August 10–15.

Is a detox right for you? Find out more.

making an impact: the kripalu scholarship program
Kripalu is committed to making our programs accessible to those seeking to enhance their life and realize their full potential, regardless of background or financial status.

Find out more about the Kripalu Scholarship Program, made possible by the generosity of our donors.

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Summer is bountiful in so many ways. Take some time today to simply savor the gifts of the season: the warm sun on your face, the light that lasts late into evening, the taste of something freshly picked from your garden or the local farmers’ market. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” We hope this issue of Kripalu Compass will offer you more possibilities for growth, inspiration, and the simple, profound joy of being in the moment.
five steps to eating for better health
by Joan Borysenko

One diet does not fit all, says Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of the forthcoming book The PlantPlus Diet Solution. But there are a few smart food choices that most people can benefit from. In this month’s feature article, Joan looks at the confusion surrounding low-fat diets, explains the biology behind our individual dietary needs, and offers five principles for healthy eating that apply to just about everyone.

Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1961 and put on a low-fat diet, reducing dietary fat—while increasing carbohydrate intake—has become nutritional dogma, in spite of some sketchy research. Yes, the rates of heart disease have gone down, but experts don’t think that diet was involved. Less smoking, better emergency medicine, more long-term care, fewer cases of rheumatic fever, and healthier moms who bore higher birth-weight babies are the likely causes of the decrease in heart disease over the past 50 years.

Read more.

advance your teaching. deepen your practice.
Calling all yoga teachers! Come dive into the deeper dimensions of Kripalu Yoga’s core poses and learn how to offer your students creative variations and modifications for all levels.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 500-Hour Module: Advanced Techniques for Teaching and Assisting Asana, August 8–17, with Coby Kozlowski and Yoganand Michael Carroll.

managing the tension of relaxation
by Peter Bregman

Every time I go on vacation, I feel two distinct emotions: excitement and anxiety.

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kripalu kitchen recipes
Brighten up your day and your taste buds with a glass of freshly squeezed juice packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipe of the Month:
Carrot, Celery, and Apple Juice

spreading the word…
New handbook on mindfulness-based psychotherapy
Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, by Susan Pollak, Thomas Pedulla, and Kripalu presenter Ronald Siegel, is a hands-on guide to mindfulness-based psychotherapy—written for clinicians, by clinicians.

Read more about the book and download guided meditations.

More Meditation Made Possible
Kripalu faculty member and 30-year meditation teacher Bhavani Lorraine Nelson has released the next CD in her Meditation Made Possible series: Volume 2: The Body Scan and Walking Meditation. The CD features Bhavani’s simple, clear instructions for these two body-centered meditation practices, plus a bonus track offering notes on meditation posture.

Find out more.

quote of the month
“Simplify your life. You don’t grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual.”
—Steve Maraboli
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