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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.

Supta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 17, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching There are many reasons people decide to start practicing yoga. For me, it was simple curiosity, at least at first. Many of my students come to yoga to bring some calm to their lives. Some want to increase flexibility. A healthy percentage of my students originally came to practice hoping to resolve a physical issue, especially back pain. Whatever your intention, practicing yoga can indeed confer

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Parsvakonasana: Finding Continuity

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 9, 2015 |

parsvakonasanaParsvakonasana: Finding Continuity Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) is a pillar among standing poses. It combines strong grounding with expansion and spinal rotation. It looks like a lateral stretch, and may even feel somewhat like one, but it’s not. In a true lateral stretch, your pelvis is not moving in the same direction as your spine (think Parighasana or Gate Latch Pose). In Side Angle Pose, your legs, pelvis, spine

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Talasana: Sway Like a Palm Tree

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 7, 2015 |

palm tree poseTalasana: Palm Tree Pose January signifies new beginnings, a fresh, new, canvas on which to paint our intentions. The new year often inspires a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, including caring for our bodies, stimulating our minds and seeking new, revitalizing experiences, or experimenting with balancing what we already do with practices that complement our lives. The key is patience. Changes, big or small, take time. It takes time

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Instant Maui – Your 20-Minute Vacation

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 9, 2014 |

instant mauiTake a Midwinter Break in Instant Maui It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, rehearsals (for those of us who play holiday concerts) and gifting take us out of our usual routines. At a time when our schedules are stuffed to capacity, often the first things to get knocked off our to-do list are those niceties we do to take care of ourselves.

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Shoulderstand – Save Your Neck with Yoga Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 5, 2014 |

sarvangasanaHow Using Yoga Blankets in Shoulderstand Can Save Your Neck Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally. Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different.

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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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