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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.

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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Downward Dog Pose for the Dog Days of Summer

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 26, 2012 |

Downward Dog PoseDownward Dog for the Dog Days Feeling dog tired? Hankering for a little shuteye in the shade? You’re likely just feeling the sultry, energy-sapping swelter of the dog days of summer. Ancient Greeks and Romans first identified the dog days. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, they run from July 3rd to August 11th, although other sources say they begin as early as June 23rd and end in September. During

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Anjaneyasana: Reach for the Sun

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 9, 2012 |

anjaneyasanaAnjaneyasana:  Lunge for the Sun As a child, Anjaneya was a tad over-confident. Considering his origins, this is hardly unexpected. Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), he had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. On top of all that, he was godson to the wind god, Vayu, and was considered to be a reincarnation of Lord Shiva. So when he gazed upward

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Prasarita Padottanasana: Breathe Like a Starfish

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 4, 2012 |

prasarita padottanasanaPrasarita Padottanasana:  Expanding from Your Core April is the month of emerging buds, unfurling leaves and wide-open windows. Originating from the Latin word “aperire,” meaning “to open,” April is named for nature’s annual “opening” of blooms and buds. April is the perfect time to let our own bodies blossom as well. Last month’s set of feline-inspired poses mobilized the core of the body— including its large postural muscles and smaller

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Cat-Cow Stretch: The Divine Feline Asana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 8, 2012 |

cat-cowCat-Cow Stretches Awaken Your Spine Every morning as I begin to stir, the three felines that share my sleeping hours begin to mobilize along with me. The promise of breakfast, of course, is the great motivator, but before breakfast—before they do anything else—they do a little cat yoga. They begin with Downward Facing Cat. As their front paws stretch forward, I watch as the stretch ripples its way up to

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