Free Healthy Living Lecture Series at Kripalu

This spring, from April 3 to May 15, join us for our free weekly Healthy Living lecture series every Tuesday at 7:00–9:00 pm at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Led by expert Healthy Living faculty, these seven evenings of education and inspiration can help turn your health around. These lectures are packed with information on the latest nutritional science and insights from age-old wisdom, empowering you to make stronger, smarter choices regarding the health of your mind, body, and spirit. Register by 5 pm the day before the lecture to enjoy a nutritious Kripalu dinner for only $10; meals must be purchased when registering. Please note, meal tickets will not be available the day of the lecture.

Due to overwhelming popularity, the remaining lectures are sold out.

Thank you for your support!

Raffle! Each registered participant will be entered to win a free five-night Healthy Living Program of their choice in 2013.


Tuesday, April 3
Achieving Health for Life: A New Paradigm for Wellness
Mark Pettus, MD

Mark Pettus, MD, presents a new paradigm for understanding the origins of health and disease. He explains groundbreaking research in the fields of epigenomics and nutrigenomics. In these fields, health is examined as a by-product of gene-environment interactions over the course of one’s life. The importance of lifestyle and behavioral interventions is reviewed, and participants learn information such as:

  • DNA is not our destiny—in fact, it can be expressed in various ways, depending upon our environmental inputs
  • Optimal health can be achieved by aligning one’s lifestyle and behaviors.
  • Most chronic c diseases emerge from inflammation.


Tuesday, April 10
The Origins and Evolution of the Human Diet
John Bagnulo, PhD

This lecture outlines the development of the human diet over the past several thousand years and describes how some of these changes have been responsible for numerous chronic diseases. Participants learn suggestions on how to base their nutritional choices on foods that are compatible with their unique physiology. Some of these suggestions include:

  • Ways to experiment with going flour-free and tips for limiting grain consumption
  • How replacing meat and dairy with fish, nuts, and seeds can bolster your health.


Tuesday, April 17
Sugar: America’s Favorite (and Most Dangerous) Drug
Lisa B. Nelson, MD

This talk provides a brief history of this country’s love affair with sugar, and explains the damaging effects of sugar on the body. In particular, we explore the role of sugar in the development of chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and mood disorders. We also discuss simple strategies to overcome our addiction to sugar, and learn how exercise and stress- reduction techniques can be powerful tools in reversing sugar’s toxic effect on our lives. Participants learn:

  • How sugar creates the craving for more sugar, and undermines our ability to feel satisfied after eating
  • How exercise can regulate blood sugar and prevent sugar’s damaging effects in the body.


Tuesday, April 24
Healing the Gut Naturally
Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD

Are you troubled by stomach problems? Searching for natural solutions to an irritable bowel? Join us for a guided tour of digestion and learn some sound nutritional strategies for digestive health. Discover how

  • Sleep has a beneficial effect on your “gut clock” and influences hormones that make for a healthy belly
  • Certain foods can help or hinder your digestive wellness, and how keeping a food journal can be useful for exposing foods that trigger digestive distress.


Tuesday, May 1
Alive and Thriving: Mindful Living for Busy People
Susan B. Lord, MD

The secret to living a balanced, sustainable lifestyle is learning how to change negative patterns and bolstering healthful habits. If will power hasn’t worked for you, try mindfulness.  Mindfulness can change your brain, change your thoughts, and change your life.  In this lecture, you

  • Discover how your “second brain” has just what you need to break the cycle of stress
  • Learn the practical steps of mindful living to bring more joy into your life.


Tuesday, May 8
Natural Weight Loss
Annie B. Kay, MS, RD, RYT

Finding a natural, healthy weight doesn’t have to mean sacrificing foods you love. The key is to work with your body by enjoying whole foods that support lifelong health—and help you find peace in your struggles with weight. Some of the things you learn in this lecture are:

  • Fruits and vegetables are healers, and most of us consume well below the 9–13 servings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations. Begin where you are, and ease your way up by adding one serving at a time.
  • Plant-based proteins also contain fiber, which animal proteins don’t. The combination of fiber and protein is paramount in maintaining a healthy weight, so begin by replacing some of the animal protein you eat with nuts, beans, and whole grains.


Tuesday, May 15
The Science of Mind and Body: Allostatic Load and Health Outcomes
Mark Pettus, MD

Mark Pettus, MD, reviews the provocative science of neuroplasticity, which focuses on how our brains can transform structure and function throughout life. He introduces the concept of allostatic load, which emerges from an accentuated fight-or-flight response and how this response can be modulated through mindfulness-based stress-reduction strategies. The tips participants leave with include:

  • Ways to connect health and quality of life with greater balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Lifestyle and behavioral strategies to achieve balance and reduce allostatic load
  • The “freeze-frame” meditation technique.