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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Yoga Practice"

When it comes down to it, yoga is all about practice—the day-to-day experience that eventually makes yoga our own. Here are tips, musings and commentary on the practice we all love!

My Yoga Mat

posted by Bruce Black on February 4, 2016 |

yoga matMy Yoga Mat The mat that I carry to my yoga class each week is falling apart. It was my wife’s mat originally. She bought it when she started taking classes, and then found a thicker, sturdier mat when she became serious about yoga. Using her old mat, I feel close to her when I practice, even if she’s not beside me. I take it to class even though it’s

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Mindful Eating, a Habit to Savor

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 1, 2016 |

mindful eatingHow Mindful Eating Can Change the Way You Enjoy Your Food On every silent Insight Meditation retreat I’ve attended—at The Last Resort in Southern Utah, or at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California—meals have always been always been the most reliable source of daily pleasure. This is partially due to the expertise and caring of the people who plan and prepare the meals, which are always wholesome, flavorful and

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Fire Log Pose: Ignite Your Inner Fire

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2016 |

fire log poseAgnistambhasana: Fire Log Pose Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient India, fire was personified by the two-headed fire god Agni. Stemming from the same root as the Latin ignire (to ignite), Agni was the force behind heat, light and will power. According to the Vedas, Agni fueled the sun, the stars and lightning. In

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Yogic Help for Headaches

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on January 21, 2016 |

yogic help for headachesYogic Help for Headaches Some of us suffer from minor headaches occasionally and we don’t always have or want to take something. This article is for you. Sometimes we know what’s caused our headache—fumes from the engine my son started in the garage, bright sunlight, someone close by wearing too much perfume—yet many times we do not. If you get consistent headaches, you might look at your diet, hormonal cycle,

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Yoga for the Bendy — It’s Not What You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 13, 2016 |

yoga for the bendyYoga for the Bendy — Learning to Back Off My earliest recollection of being an über-bendy person is from when I took ballet lessons. I was about eight years old. The first time we went into side splits and bent forward, I was surprised to see that no one else in the class could rest her chin on the floor. My body could do it easily, with no resistance. That

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Let Your Bare Feet Shine in Yoga

posted by Bruce Black on January 7, 2016 |

feetAhhh … The Joys of Bare Feet in Yoga Let’s face it. I’m not a big fan of bare feet. (Not mine, anyway.) Until I stepped onto the mat, I didn’t pay much attention to them. If you want to know the truth, I found my feet embarrassing. They were too small. Too pale. Too smelly. The nails on both big toes were discolored. And the little toes on each

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Supta Baddhakonasana: Your Holiday Season Go-To Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2015 |

supta baddhakonasanaSupta Baddhakonasana Can Ease Stress—and Holiday-Induced Indigestion I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely had time to breathe in the past few weeks. Between holiday rehearsals and performances—Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Messiah—and the usual holiday preparations and parties I’ve barely been at home other than to sleep. Not to mention the time and energy I’ve spent shoveling the plentiful famous Utah powder that’s been falling for

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Got Text Claw? Asana for Your Hands

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 17, 2015 |

text clawHand Stretches to Alleviate Text Claw and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries A few weeks ago I wrote about Text Neck, neck pain that develops as a result of looking down at our tech devices. Less known and talked about, but likely just as common, is Text Claw: pain in the hands, wrists and forearms that comes from plinking out texts and surfing the web on your smart phone. When we

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Yoga Bolster Love: Enjoy the Ultimate Savasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 10, 2015 |

yoga bolsterWhat’s Better Than a Yoga Bolster in Savasana? How About Two? There’s nothing easier than lying down on the floor for Savasana, right? In many cases, the answer is yes. But in some ways, Savasana demands more of us than yoga’s more active asanas. Other asanas can create a fair amount of sensation, making it easy for our minds to focus on the moment. Savasana, on the other hand, with

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Let’s Redefine Advanced Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 3, 2015 |

advanced yogaRedefining Advanced Yoga In 30 years of teaching, I can’t even begin to relate how many times I’ve heard people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. Similarly, I wish I had a dollar for all the times I’ve heard a longtime student declare himself/herself to be “just” a beginner because in all these years he/she has never touched toes in a forward bend or done Upward

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