Reclaiming Faith

Reclaiming Faith

I’m struggling with a word right now –“faith.” Years ago, my life-changing, life-saving therapist would say to me, “Patience and faith, Jurian. Patience and faith.” She drummed it into me. This mantra sustained me through difficult moments for many years. “Hold...
Significance

Significance

Significance. This is me and Hamilton Pool (near Austin, TX) back in 2014. More correctly, this is Hamilton Pool and me. When this picture was taken back in 2014 I was struck by the contrast between the vast size and drama of this magnificent landscape and little ol’...
Lineage Holders

Lineage Holders

Many years ago, during another difficult transition in the institution’s journey, Danna Faulds, unofficial poet laureate of Kripalu, dedicated this beautiful poem, “Lineage Holders”, to all those who are part of its path…

We’re in the Sustaining Phase

We’re in the Sustaining Phase

We’re in the sustaining phase. If you’ve taken a 200-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (KYTT) in the last decade or two, chances are good that the word “sustain” may conjure up some pleasant (and perhaps not-so-pleasant) memories of a bridge pose that you held for 20,...
Don’t Touch Your Face!

Don’t Touch Your Face!

In the Vipassana tradition (a Buddhist meditation technique), there is something called “The Seat of Strong Determination.” For one hour of meditation you dedicate yourself to not moving. At all. If you have an itch, you don’t scratch it…

Speaking Our Truth

Speaking Our Truth

“Speak your truth.” It sounds straightforward enough. Not usually easy, though. Any number of things hold us back. Fear of rejection. Fear of confrontation. Fear it may make things worse. Fear of regret. Essentially…fear.