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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

My Yoga Mat

posted by Bruce Black on February 4, 2016 |

yoga matMy Yoga Mat The mat that I carry to my yoga class each week is falling apart. It was my wife’s mat originally. She bought it when she started taking classes, and then found a thicker, sturdier mat when she became serious about yoga. Using her old mat, I feel close to her when I practice, even if she’s not beside me. I take it to class even though it’s

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Mindful Eating, a Habit to Savor

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 1, 2016 |

mindful eatingHow Mindful Eating Can Change the Way You Enjoy Your Food On every silent Insight Meditation retreat I’ve attended—at The Last Resort in Southern Utah, or at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California—meals have always been always been the most reliable source of daily pleasure. This is partially due to the expertise and caring of the people who plan and prepare the meals, which are always wholesome, flavorful and

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Fire Log Pose: Ignite Your Inner Fire

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2016 |

fire log poseAgnistambhasana: Fire Log Pose Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient India, fire was personified by the two-headed fire god Agni. Stemming from the same root as the Latin ignire (to ignite), Agni was the force behind heat, light and will power. According to the Vedas, Agni fueled the sun, the stars and lightning. In

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Utah Food Bank Feeds Utah’s Families

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 27, 2016 |

utah food bankUtah Food Bank Fills in the Gaps In 2014, USA Today reported that 46 million Americans—one in seven—relied on food banks or meal services to provide for or supplement their nutritional needs. In Utah, 423,000 people—one in seven overall, and one in five children—live with the daily threat of hunger. Last year the Utah Food Bank, founded in 1904, distributed 37.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 31 million

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Meatless Monday: Red Velvet Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 25, 2016 |

Red Velvet Soup for Meatless Monday The sense of smell is said to be the sense most closely linked to memory. The fragrance of certain foods, along with the taste, can sometimes catapult me to another time and place. Such is the case with today’s recipe. I first tasted Red Velvet Soup a few weeks into a 30-day silent Insight Meditation retreat at The Last Resort in Duck Creek, Utah,

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Yogic Help for Headaches

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on January 21, 2016 |

yogic help for headachesYogic Help for Headaches Some of us suffer from minor headaches occasionally and we don’t always have or want to take something. This article is for you. Sometimes we know what’s caused our headache—fumes from the engine my son started in the garage, bright sunlight, someone close by wearing too much perfume—yet many times we do not. If you get consistent headaches, you might look at your diet, hormonal cycle,

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Raspberry-Almond “Torte” Cookies

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 18, 2016 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Vegan Sweets! I’ve been sharing meatless recipes on this blog for a little over a year now. I just realized that in all that time, I’ve shared only one dessert. That definitely needs to be rectified. Last weekend I made some cookies for a gathering of friends. The recipe is an old favorite of mine that I’ve been making for decades. It comes from a cookbook I’ve used

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Yoga for the Bendy — It’s Not What You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 13, 2016 |

yoga for the bendyYoga for the Bendy — Learning to Back Off My earliest recollection of being an über-bendy person is from when I took ballet lessons. I was about eight years old. The first time we went into side splits and bent forward, I was surprised to see that no one else in the class could rest her chin on the floor. My body could do it easily, with no resistance. That

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Meatless Monday: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 11, 2016 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Savory Kale, Mushroom and White Bean Stew Soups and stews are my wintertime go-tos. I love being able to make a meal and enjoy it again later after the flavors have integrated. Soups and stews fit that bill perfectly. Today’s recipe, Tuscan White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping, is warm and savory, but I especially enjoyed the crunch of the breadcrumb topping. I used Great Harvest Multigrain Sourdough

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Let Your Bare Feet Shine in Yoga

posted by Bruce Black on January 7, 2016 |

feetAhhh … The Joys of Bare Feet in Yoga Let’s face it. I’m not a big fan of bare feet. (Not mine, anyway.) Until I stepped onto the mat, I didn’t pay much attention to them. If you want to know the truth, I found my feet embarrassing. They were too small. Too pale. Too smelly. The nails on both big toes were discolored. And the little toes on each

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