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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Lifestyle"

Yoga off the mat. This is the place to find articles about yoga for everyday life.

Mindful Living: Just This Task

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 7, 2013 |

mindful livingMindful Living:  Being Present in Your Daily Life Mindfulness has become a buzzword in the yoga world. I read a lot about mindful living, mindfulness practice. In fact I’ve practiced mindfulness over the past 27 years. Sometimes it’s been a challenge to make time in my schedule to do formal practice, although in recently years I’ve committed to getting up early to fit in at least 30 minutes of sitting

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New Year’s Resolutions: Making New Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 2, 2013 |

habitsNew Year’s Resolutions:  Making New Habits Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, have you made them yet? How do they usually pan out for you? I’ve never been much for the ceremony of making New Year’s resolutions. I’ve found that my resolve is not strong enough to form a new habit simply because the calendar has turned. My inspiration to change a habit—and the ability to effectively do

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Closet Purge: A New Holiday Tradition?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 26, 2012 |

closet purgeCloset Purge:  A New Holiday Tradition? How was your Christmas day? My December 25th—and the weeks leading up to it—was a harmonious combination of the warm and familiar, and the adventuresome new. On the side of tradition, I got to play the 1951 made-for-TV opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a production I watched every year as a child and whose music was woven into my birth family’s culture. For

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Relax with Lavender Flowers

posted by Nichole on September 25, 2012 |

lavenderThe Calming Fragrance of Lavender Flowers Lavender is the perfect herb to place in the spotlight for autumn. Lavender is known for its amazing healing properties, the ability to uplift an individual’s mood and to promote relaxation. There are many different types of lavender available on the market today. I recommend trying a few of the ideas that I have listed below to determine which type of lavender will work

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Grounding: How I Root Myself

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 4, 2012 |

groundingGrounding:  Strong, Solid and Free My feet don’t often touch the ground. Now, don’t me wrong; no one’s going to mistake me for David Blaine or anything. But that’s just because my illusion is even better than his. My feet are physically on the ground, but they’re definitely not always emotionally on the ground. Public Speaking and Me This has started to change for me a bit in the past

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Cat Meditation: Samtosha in Action

posted by Tabitha on December 6, 2011 |

cat meditationJihad Kitty Demonstrates Cat Meditation From Tabitha:  “Here is a pic of my kitty Jihad on a Hugger Mugger zafu. She likes to perch in seemingly uncomfortable places while experiencing Samtosha. I wish I had a picture of her with a lamp. She likes to sleep right next to light bulbs and then purrs. So not good for her, but she freaking loves it.” Editor’s Note:  Humans are not the

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Dog Poses from an Expert

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 1, 2011 |

yoga dogsHumans are not the only ones who can enjoy Yoga. Our animal companions are in fact the inspiration for many traditional asanas. Think Dog, Cobra, Tortoise, Eagle, Cow, Cat, Pigeon, Rabbit, Crow, etc. Last month we posted a photo of Pushkin the orange tabby demonstrating a Savasana sandwich. At that time we sent out a call for photos of your animal companions practicing Yoga. Mary Wilburn sent us some photos

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Do Your Animal Companions Practice Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 29, 2011 |

Send Us Your Photos! I often say my cats are my greatest Yoga teachers. That first looooonnnggg stretch they do when they get up from a nap looks like it feels oh so good. They don’t worry about form. They just move naturally, with precision and grace, kind of … well … catlike. My cats are great fans of Yoga props. A bolster on the floor is an invitation to

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Honoring Autumn

posted by Nichole on September 21, 2011 |

As summer slowly comes to a close, I am inspired to honor autumn. Although the official first day of fall is September 23, 2011, I find that I begin to acknowledge this seasonal change with the beginning of a new academic school year. Many of us are eager for this transition, while others may be more resistant. I internally associate autumn with gratitude, change and relaxation. I allow myself to

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Food, Water, Shelter, Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 23, 2011 |

Today, Rosanne Harvey of the wonderful blog, It’s All Yoga, Baby, posted this news story from Denver. It seems that Yoga teachers and studios in the Denver area actually see an increase in attendance at their studios when the economy is unstable. While many Yoga studios charge upwards of $100 for a monthly pass, students find the stress relief worth paying for. Here’s the news story. I tend to fall

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