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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.

Parvrtta Sukhasana: Ease with a Twist

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 11, 2013 |

sukhasanaParvrtta Sukhasana: Ease with a Twist I recently had the good fortune to sit a 10-day silent Insight Meditation retreat. A friend once compared these sitting marathons to extreme sports, calling them “extreme sitting.” It’s kind of true. All in all, at this particular retreat, we sat for almost eight hours every day, alternating with five hours of walking meditation, in 45-minute increments. In 1988, when I first started going

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Jathara Parivartanasana: Expand your Elixir Field

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 21, 2013 |

jathara parivartanasanaJathara Parivartanasana:  Expand your Elixir Field If you plant a garden, you know that August is your garden’s most bounteous month. Squash, eggplant, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, peppers, and of course, succulent tomatoes—an altogether different fruit from the mealy, pinkish orbs in the grocery store—are plentiful and at their juicy best. Late summer is the time we harvest and assimilate Earth’s bounty, the fruits of our labors. It’s likely no

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Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose: The Yogic Snake Dance

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 8, 2013 |

bhujangasanaCobra Pose – The Yogic Snake Dance Few members of the animal kingdom elicit more passionate reactions than snakes. Mostly known for their stealthy, slithery sinews and the venomous bites of some species, snakes have largely gotten a bad rap over the centuries. The truth is, as snake-a-holic David E. Jensen pointed out in the June Catalyst (“Confessions of a snake-a-holic”), most snakes are harmless. Snakes are stealthy and swift,

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Shoulderstand: How to Invert Safely

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 1, 2013 |

sarvangasanaSalamba Sarvangasana:  Bloom a New Perspective 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. The world hasn’t fundamentally

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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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