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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.

Vasisthasana: Balancing Outside Your Comfort Zone

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 21, 2013 |

vasisthasanaVasisthasana:  Balancing Outside Your Comfort Zone If you practice yoga, you probably favor some poses over others. Most of us like the poses that are easy for us as well as the ones that show off our strengths. The others, not so much. At some point in my 30 years of practice, almost every pose that’s been within my reach has held favorite status for me, at least for a

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Ardha Chandrasana: Dynamic Balance

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2013 |

ardha chandrasanaArdha Chandrasana:  Dynamic Balance Some schools of yoga teach that it’s best not to practice on the two ends of the moon’s cycle—the full and new moons. The theory is that because our bodies are mostly made of water, like the tides of the ocean, the tides of our cells shift with the phases of the moon. During the full moon, our energies tend to rise—have you ever had trouble

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Utkatasana: Awaken Your Inner Fire

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 11, 2013 |

utkatasanaUtkatasana:  Not a Chair Pose Have you ever seen the famous paintings of ancient Indian yogis sitting in chairs meditating? Me neither. Over the millennia, the vast majority of sadhus who committed themselves to the yogic life owned little more than the minimal clothing they were wearing, along with a bowl and utensils for collecting their daily alms of rice. Most of them likely never saw a chair, let alone

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Viparita Karani: Legs Up the Wall

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 7, 2013 |

legs up the wallIt’s National Viparita Karani Week:  Stop What You’re Doing and Get Those Legs Up the Wall The yoga blog, it’s all yoga, baby, just tipped us off that this week—February 4-10—is National Legs Up the Wall Week. Apparently Toronto-based yoga teacher, David Good, feels that taking a load off your busy legs and your busy life is worth designating a week for. We agree. It’s a genius idea, actually. In

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Malasana: How to Know Squat

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 6, 2013 |

malasanaMalasana:  How to Know Squat One of my favorite things about writing about asana practice is that in the process of researching poses each month, I often learn something new. Even as I head into my 32nd year of practice, I’m well aware that I know only a small fraction of what there is to know about yoga. So I’m always delighted when I uncover something that helps me understand

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Restorative Bridge Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 11, 2012 |

restorative bridge poseRestorative Bridge:  Relax and Replenish December 21st was my dad’s favorite day of the year. While he was definitely of the yang, high-energy, non-stop activity camp—not a fan of the short winter days—he loved the fact that after Winter Solstice, the days would begin to lengthen. For my dad, it was all uphill after December 21st. As a culture we’ve chosen to fill the year’s darkest days with a relentless

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Janu Sirsasana: Moving Inward

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 19, 2012 |

janu sirsasanaMoving Inward:  Janu Sirsasana The end of the year inspires reflection: What has transpired over the past year? What haven’t we completed? Where do we intend to go in the next year? Forward bending poses express introspection. I like to practice them toward the end of a yoga session—and the end of a year. As we fold our bodies forward, we internalize and integrate the benefits of whatever poses came

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Hanumanasana: Leap into Fall

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 17, 2012 |

hanumanasanaHanumanasana:  A Flying Leap A few months 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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Dhanurasana: Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 5, 2012 |

dhanurasanaDhanurasana:  Bow Pose Over the centuries, the bow and arrow has symbolized everything from birds in flight to a phallus to the path of a sadhu, the most direct and efficacious route to enlightenment. A bow’s combination of tautness and flexibility is a metaphor for the Indian philosophy of balance in the Universe. Plato said, “The harmony of the ordered world is one of contrary tensions, like that of the

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Supported Matsyasana: Floating on Earth

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2012 |

matsyasanaSupported Matsyasana:  Floating on Earth My fourth grade teacher, Miss Hazen, loved to travel. She had visited what seemed like every single state in the U.S. As she taught us about all the states and their capitals, she told us little tidbits about each state she’d gleaned from her travels. One of these little morsels struck a deep chord in me:  Miss Hazen talked about a curious lake out west

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