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  • Going to a Yoga Festival? Here Are Some Tips

    Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets—or at least for practicing yoga all day and dancing all night. Yoga festivals have pretty much supplanted the yoga conferences of old. These celebrations combine all-day asana with evening music. It pays to be prepared. The days are long, and if you want to take advantage of as many classes you’ll be doing a whole lot of practice. A few weeks to a month before you go, you might want to ramp up your practice a bit. If you plan on going to every available class, you’ll want...

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  • How Yoga Sandbags Can Help You Deepen Practice

    Sometimes just the right adjustment from a trusted teacher brings about a breakthrough in your practice. A gentle tug on your shoulders in a back bend can open up new breathing space. Or a gentle weight on your upper thighs in Supine Hero’s Pose can relieve back strain. But our teachers don’t join us in our home practice. How can we enjoy the same kind of opening and release when we practice alone? Yoga Sandbags can help. Yoga Sandbags are a longtime staple in Iyengar Yoga practice. Like other familiar yoga props such as blocks, straps and bolsters, Yoga Sandbags...

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  • Three Ways to Sit on a Zen Meditation Cushion

    Finding your ideal meditation position can be harder than you’d think. We’ve all seen images of loincloth-clad yogis sitting in Lotus Pose—often touted as the “perfect” meditation position. Truth is, not everyone’s hips are capable of the external rotation required to do Lotus. And even if you have hips that can do Lotus easily, it can be hard on your knees. The good news is that there are alternatives to Lotus. These days, we recognize the need to vary our posture depending on each person’s needs. It’s important to explore your options. Sitting meditation isn’t easy, and it’s even harder...

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  • Trying Hot Yoga? Here Are Some Tips

    As the year comes to a close, most of us have one major priority: finding just the right gift for each person on our list. A close second could be finding a way to maintain fitness while navigating the season’s traditional celebration of copious amounts of food. The key is to remember to move our bodies, even as we enjoy our holiday treats. But the weather can be a bit nippy for a brisk walk. So why not warm up AND move your body by trying a Hot Yoga class? Most Hot Yoga classes take place in a room heated...

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  • Latex-Free Yoga Mats

    If you practice yoga, chances are good you’re practicing for yoga’s many health benefits. Chances are also good that you tend to look for ways to optimize your health in general. This includes good nutrition and exercise (such as yoga!) and steering clear of toxins in your food and your environment. Your choice in yoga supplies also likely reflects your desire to make healthy choices. Take, for example, your yoga mat. Natural rubber, from Malaysian rubber trees, is a popular choice among environmentally conscious yogis. But for people who are sensitive to latex, rubber mats can be problematic. We love...

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  • A Quality Life Community: Yogic Service for Cancer Survivors

    Yoga for Cancer Survivors at Sundance Resort October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From now until December 31st, your Hugger Mugger purchases will benefit A Quality Life Community (QLC). Founded as a resource for cancer survivors and their families, QLC provides complementary support—including free yoga classes at six different Utah locations. The organization’s founder, Amy Conn, sent us the message below, sharing her experience as a cancer survivor and her inspiration to found this wonderful organization: by Amy Conn A Quality Life Community celebrates our cancer survivors every day, but in October we get the opportunity to not only...

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  • Zafu and Zabuton: The Meditation Combination

    How you support your body in sitting meditation can make all the difference between feeling agitated and edgy or feeling calm and relaxed. The traditional combination of Zafu and Zabuton is the most popular, time-tested support for sitting practice. Sitting on a Zafu gives your hips extra height, allowing your pelvis to tilt forward and your spine to maintain its natural curves. When your spine is in its natural curves, it supports itself. There’s then no need to use muscular energy to sit up straight. When you have to exert a lot of effort just to maintain your posture, your...

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  • Tapas Travel Mat: Take Your Practice Anywhere

    Last summer, we published a blog on yoga practice for road trips. When you drive, you can easily pack your essentials without having to focus too much on bulk and weight. Air travel is a whole different animal. With ever-increasing baggage restrictions we need to be judicious about what we decide to take with us and what we have to leave behind. Bulky items take up precious space in our roller bags. All too often, our yoga mat has to stay at home. Back in the ’90s, some traveling yogis requested that we design a packable yoga mat for travel...

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  • Why Use Yoga Practice Rugs?

    In most yoga classes, nonskid yoga mats are the standard. They can be thick, thin, patterned, solid, long, short, colorful, neutral, eco-friendly or not so much. What they have in common is that all these mats are patterned after our Tapas™ Original Mat, invented back in 1990. These mats have been a fantastic innovation for so many yoga practitioners, keeping all of us safe from sliding hands and feet. However, teachers in some traditions recommend practicing on a completely different surface. In Ashtanga Yoga, the style developed by the late Patabhi Jois, Yoga Practice Rugs are the standard. There are...

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  • Junior Bolsters: Not Kids’ Stuff

    Hugger Mugger began making Standard Bolsters in the late 1980s. Since then we have developed and refined them to be the firmest, most stable and longest-lasting bolsters available. Our handmade bolsters are staples in studios and homes around the world. The design and dimensions of our Standard Bolsters are based on measurements we obtained 30 years ago from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, the place where yoga bolsters were born. Our Standard Bolsters still meet the same exacting criteria. This is because for most purposes in yoga practice, the Standard Bolsters fit pretty much every pose...

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