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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Yoga Philosophy"

Asana, the physical practice, is just one small part of the yoga tradition. In this category, we discuss all aspects of yoga. Feel free to contribute!

How Mindfulness Can Help Your New Year Resolutions Stick

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 31, 2015 |

new yearMindfulness for a New Year I want to say at the outset that I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that resolving to change old habits and develop new ones is not a worthy endeavor. It is, and I think it’s the most important work of our lives. It’s just that doing it simply because it happens to be the beginning of a new year seems a

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Santosha: A Different Holiday Yoga Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 25, 2015 |

santoshaHow Practicing Santosha Can Bring the Magic Back I’m not sure when the winter holidays began being equated with stress, but I think I know why. When I was a child, holidays were well-orchestrated events. My parents loved to surprise us with special, unexpected gifts we hadn’t asked for, and loved to set a cozy and festive stage for the ultimate event, the opening of gifts. They got a huge

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How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 14, 2015 |

yoga matPracticing Asana with Ahimsa Most who practice yoga these days have at least heard of the word ahimsa. We might even have read some of the in-depth literature on it, or practiced incorporating the idea of ahimsa—non-harming—into our lives. Translated as “dynamic peacefulness” by Alistair Shearer, it is arguable that ahimsa is the foundation of the entire practice. Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, the first of yoga’s Eight

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The Season of Generosity

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2014 |

generosity’Tis the Season of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn’t

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The Yoga Sutras: Learning Through Experience

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 24, 2013 |

yoga sutrasThe Yoga Sutras:  Learning Through Experience Not long ago, I found a link to a short autobiographical account of B.K.S. Iyengar’s journey into yoga. He began his journey into yoga at age 14. After only two years of study with T. Krishnamacharya, Iyengar was told by his guru to go out into the world to teach. The rest of his yoga journey of almost 80 years has been spent studying

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Cultivating Everyday Karma

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 17, 2012 |

everyday karmaEveryday Karma in My Garden A few years ago, I dug up the sod in my front yard and parking strip to replace it with drought tolerant plants. While my yard is quite small, six years of drought—and even more years of minimal watering—had rendered my soil, particularly the dense, sun-cured ground in my parking strip, positively adamantine. The excavation process required many hours with my modest shovel, piercing the

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