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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Yoga Pose of the Month"

Poses are a mainstay of yoga. We look to provide you with insight into the various poses, their origins and their value to your yoga practice.

Urdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 6, 2014 |

urdhva mukha prasarita padottanasanaUrdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana: Hugging the Earth I’d like to propose an inevitability to accompany death and taxes: gravity. In fact it’s arguable that gravity is more consistently inevitable than taxes, because there are ways to get around paying taxes if you can afford it. None of us escapes gravity. Gravity is responsible for keeping us from floating off the surface of the Earth. It is also responsible Earth’s orbit

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Hanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 14, 2014 |

hanumanasanaHanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap A while back, I recounted the story of Anjaneya, a child prodigy—part monkey, godson of the wind god Vayu, and reincarnation of Shiva—that got himself into trouble for making a giant leap for the sun without the sun god’s permission. Long story short, Anjaneya was not only absolved of his crime, after some wrangling with the sun god, but even elevated to god status. Dubbed

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Baddha Konasana – Barre to Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 9, 2014 |

baddha konasanaBaddha Konasana: Barre to Blankets During grade school, my sisters and I took ballet classes. We studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory with a lovely young dancer named Donna Ficker. A year or two into our lessons we had to find a new teacher when Donna’s mother moved the family to New York, where her younger sister Suzi changed her name to Suzanne Farrell and joined George Balanchine in the New

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Revolved Lunge – Settle In

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 9, 2014 |

revolved lungeRevolved Lunge aka Chaise Lounge Pose Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), Anjaneya had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. His godfather was Vayu, the wind god. Anjaneya was considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. His auspicious pedigree made him a bit of a star among mortals. According to legend, Anjaneya once mistook the sun for a glowing piece of

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Chaturanga Dandasana: Help from Your Hyoid

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 24, 2014 |

chatturangaChaturanga Dandasana:  Help from Your Hyoid What’s an eight-syllable name that, when spoken by a yoga teacher, elicits fear (or at least, a groan) in roughly half the population that practices yoga? The same phrase evokes a feeling of invincible awesomeness in many others. The answer:  Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose). Chaturanga looks like a push-up, but it’s not a push-up. It is primarily practiced as a transition pose in

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Bridge Pose: Get Out of Your Chair

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 13, 2014 |

bridge poseBridge Pose: The Best Anti-Sitting Pose We all do it. Every day. Hunched over a computer, grasping a steering wheel, slouched on the couch or settled onto a meditation cushion—we all sit, sometimes for hours at a time. We take sitting in chairs for granted. It’s the go-to position for pretty much everything we do on a regular basis. Like standing and lying down, it’s something most of our bodies

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Hasta Padangusthasana – Time to Fly

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 7, 2014 |

hasta 2Hasta Padangusthasana – Take Off! Last month I wrote about Garudhasana (Eagle Pose), a pose that honors Garuda, the eagle god whose 40-mile wingspan caused hurricanes and dried up the oceans whenever he took flight. Garudhasana spreads our wings (shoulderblades) and our deep hip rotators, preparing us for flight. In a sense it is a jumping-off point for the expansion that April—derived from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”—

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Garudhasana: How to Spread Your Wings

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 9, 2014 |

garudhasanaGarudhasana: How to Spread Your Wings As gods go, Garuda is gargantuan. When he was first hatched from a giant egg, the half-man, half-eagle’s monstrous size so frightened the other Hindu gods that they implored him to shrink himself, which he happily did. Who knew that even gods have size issues? Garuda is known for his ability to grow and shrink in size at will, and to appear and disappear.

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Utthita Parsvakonasana: Face the Freeze with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 5, 2014 |

parsvakonasanaUtthita Parsvakonasana:  Face the Freeze with Ease It’s sunny and 14 degrees outside. The basement office in my 1917 bungalow is probably sub-60 degrees. I’ve been wearing layers indoors for more than a month. Every time I remember to pay attention, I find my shoulders ever-so-slightly hunched up and pulled forward, my body reflexively trying to guard against the cold. But here’s the thing. Hunching up and pulling in doesn’t

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Ardha Supta Virasana: The Courage to Open

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 6, 2014 |

supta virasanaArdha Supta Virasana: The Courage to Open What do skiing and sitting in chairs have in common? Well, not much in terms of musculoskeletal engagement, adrenal activity and sensory delight. However, there is one thing that both have in common. When you sit and when you ski, your hip joints are in a flexed position, i.e. you are bent forward at the hips. There’s nothing wrong with flexing at the

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