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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!

Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You Deepen Your Upward Bow

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2015 |

upward bowUse a Yoga Wedge to Deepen Your Upward Bow Upward Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana) is one of the emblematic yoga asanas. “Exhilarating” is probably one of the best descriptors for Upward Bow. It ain’t easy, though. Upward Bow requires a bendy spine; shoulder joints constructed to allow for a fair amount of extension; and elastic quadriceps muscles. Not everyone is born with shoulder joints that can extend easily or bendy spines,

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Bolster Your Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2015 |

supta baddha konasanaRestore Your Energy with Supta Baddha Konasana Sometimes Restorative Yoga is just the thing. Most of us live very busy lives. Our to-do lists are ever growing and we often have to run from one place to the next. Sometimes we even find ourselves running to get to our next yoga class! Restorative Yoga aims to give us time to relax and renew our energies. You needn’t spend hours relaxing

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Expand Your Half Moon Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 2, 2015 |

half moon poseHow to Use a Block to Expand Half Moon Pose Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) balances strong, active rooting with lightness and expansion. Ardha Chandrasana strengthens your legs and abdomen, while it stretches your hamstrings, calves and shoulders. It strengthens and lengthens the spine. It is therapeutic for stress, digestive issues, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Half Moon Pose builds balance and stability. If you look at the photo, it’s

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How Discipline Sets You Free

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on March 25, 2015 |

Create Healthy Rituals: The Freedom of Discipline “Some regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews I agree with Julie Andrews wholeheartedly! I have always been a list maker and checker-offer. As I have gotten older, I sometimes lose my lists, yet the list is still a big part of my day. I find my electronic

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Grounding in Malasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 13, 2015 |

malasanaUse a Wedge to Root in Malasana In India, where Yoga began, squatting is a go-to pose for many of life’s daily tasks. Before there were chairs, counters and tables, women squatted on the ground to prepare and cook meals. Some still do. Malasana supports apana, the downward-flowing energy that governs elimination. Apana energy grounds agitation, making Malasana a great counterpose for stress. Malasana also relieves constipation. In addition, it

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Are Yoga and Western Medicine Incompatible?

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 9, 2015 |

yoga and western medicineWhen Yoga and Western Medicine Can Work Together In the past few days, an article by a yoga teacher named Hemalayaa has been making the Facebook rounds via bloggers such as it’s all yoga, baby, YogaDawg and Linda-Sama Karl, among others. The author of the article expresses shock and disappointment at the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications by yoga teachers who, she opines, are just taking a “happy pill”

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Teaching Yoga: On Hip Joints and Humility

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 5, 2015 |

teaching yogaTeaching Yoga: The Wisdom of Humility For the past two years I’ve had the privilege of attending retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center led by Joseph Goldstein. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Goldstein has written or co-written—with the likes of the Dalai Lama, among others—11 classic books on mindfulness practice. His voice has been a constant in my three decades of mindfulness practice. On silent vipassana retreats with my

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Balasana: Bolster Your Child’s Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 3, 2015 |

balasanaBalasana: Practicing Child’s Pose on a Bolster Few things in life are more comforting than curling up in Balasana (Child’s Pose). Balasana quiets the mind and restores spent energy. Among its many benefits, Balasana focuses the breath into the back body and supports the natural outward expansion of the lungs on each inhalation. Like all forward bends, Child’s Pose turns our focus inward. But for some people, especially yogis whose

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Feeling Sick? To Teach or Not to Teach Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 23, 2015 |

suptabaddhakonasanaHow to Know Whether to Teach Yoga When You’re Not Well Yesterday morning I woke up with a sensation that’s all too familiar, a little scratchiness at the back of my throat. That’s how a cold/flu/sinus infection always starts for me. I’ve been throwing some herbal defenses its way and it doesn’t seem to be getting worse, but it’s not getting better either—yet. By far the most stressful part of

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Why Listening to Your Body Might Not Be Enough

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 11, 2015 |

listening to your bodyListen to Your Body, but Also, Find an Experienced Teacher If you practice yoga, you’ve probably heard the entreaty, “Listen to your body.” It’s good, sound advice. When you embark on any physical practice, it’s important to know and respect your body’s limits. Those limits can change over time, of course, but tuning in and listening to what your body is telling you each time you practice is essential not

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