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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Yoga Commentary"

Yoga is in the news all the time these days. When we read opinion pieces online, we like to jump into the conversation. Feel free to jump in too!

Another Way of Looking at Body Positive Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 28, 2014 |

body positive yogaBody Positive Yoga – Why Yoga Really is All About the Body “It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?” — B.K.S. Iyengar (Sparks of Divinity, Rodmell Press) When I first read this quote years ago I interpreted this

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Body-Positive Yoga: The Aging Yoga Body

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 1, 2014 |

Body-positive yoga is gaining ground. As we start to welcome all shapes, sizes, races and genders, here's a plug for celebrating our aging bodies too.

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In Praise of Older Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 18, 2013 |

older yoga teachersWhy Older Yoga Teachers Have a Lot to Offer—If You Take the Time to See It Truth be told, this post has been brewing in me for a while. But today when author and yoga blogger extraordinaire Carol Horton posted this blog on Facebook, I finally decided it was time. (Please note that Carol didn’t write this blog; she found it and posted it for discussion.) Let me start with

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Cheap Yoga Deals: How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 10, 2013 |

yoga dealsCheap Yoga Deals:  How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them? Everybody loves a deal—everybody. That includes me. I can easily be sucked into buying something I don’t need just because it’s deeply discounted. Who knows? I might actually need that discounted thing someday. Might as well get it now while it’s such a great price! About four years ago, the internet exploded with deals. Sites such as Groupon and

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Got Emotion? Yoga Can Help — But Not in the Way You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 20, 2013 |

emotionGot Emotion? Yoga Can Help — But Not in the Way You Think I feel fortunate. I got to grow up in a time and with a generation that has dominated Western culture since we were but wee sprouts. I’m part of the baby boom generation, and even though this vast swath of American culture is steadily and inexorably moving into senior status, I still feel very lucky. We had

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Yoga Selfies – What Do You Think?

posted by Nancy Alder on July 11, 2013 |

yoga selfieYoga Selfies – What Do You Think? Last week the New York Times published an article about the recent wave of yogis that are posting photos of themselves using apps such as Instagram. To say that the article has raised both ire and defenses is an understatement. Proponents and fans of the yoga “selfies” are putting up their dukes to proclaim they are wonderful, inspirational and encouraging others to get

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Please Don’t Denigrate Gentle Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 10, 2013 |

gentle yogaGentle Yoga Leads us to the Heart of Practice Throughout the past few years of the yoga boom, as I’ve become more familiar with the yoga blogosphere, I’ve been dismayed by some of the common, recurring themes. These include “yoga for weight loss” claims, the almost poetic praise of expensive yoga pants, the popularity contests among yoga stars, and especially, the pervasive belief that sweaty, fast-paced routines are for “serious”

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Spiritual Arrogance: The More People Doing [My Practice] the Better

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 26, 2013 |

spiritual arroganceSpiritual Arrogance:  The More People Doing [My Practice] the Better I have a neighbor who is perhaps the kindest, most generous and considerate person I have ever met. George spends a lot of time outside, working on his house and in his yard. I’m always glad to see him. Even if I don’t interact with him, I smile at his presence, knowing that it’s a good thing for the world

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Why I Teach Old-School Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 28, 2013 |

old-school yogaWhy I Teach Old-School Yoga I began practicing yoga in 1982 at a modest studio behind the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. The teacher was June Bains, a trim, 60-something woman whose studio space had pink, plush carpet and no yoga mats, music or art on the walls. Still, it was a dedicated yoga space, something that was quite rare in those days. What made me fall in love with

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Integrity Matters: Who is Your Yoga Teacher—Really?

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 15, 2013 |

integrity mattersIntegrity Matters:  Who is Your Yoga Teacher—Really? Last week I went to a funky roadhouse called The Garage on Beck to listen to some friends who play jazz there on Thursday nights. I happened to join a table that included a friend I hadn’t seen in years. This friend is a longtime Zen practitioner of 20 years, until the center where he practiced imploded in early 2011 due to sexual

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