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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!

Just Sitting

posted by Bruce Black on September 23, 2015 |

just sittingJust Sitting Our lives are so busy, so rushed. Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to sit still. It’s one of the reasons that I love yoga. The moment I unroll my mat and sit down, the strains of my day seem to melt away. (Writing in my journal provides the same sanctuary from the daily rush of life.) But sometimes just sitting isn’t easy. Even though I’ve set

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Why Practice Yoga and Mindfulness?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 8, 2015 |

mindfulnessWhat Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anything? Patricia has been coming to my yoga classes for more than 15 years. Last week while we were in the midst of practicing a quadriceps stretch at the wall she said, “I have to say how much I appreciate the work we do in this class.” Patricia and her husband had spent the previous week hiking in Glacier National Park. They met

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Bound Angle Pose: Support Your Spine with a Yoga Strap

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 3, 2015 |

yoga strapBound Angle Pose: Use a Yoga Strap to Support Healthy Sitting I was first introduced to poses associated with yoga in grade school, when my sisters and I took ballet lessons. I remember practicing Baddha Konasana—called “Butterfly” in girls’ ballet classes—every day. With ballet’s emphasis on turnout, Butterfly is one of its important warm-up exercises. Practicing Baddha Konasana requires and develops outward rotation of the hip joints—that is, if the

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How to Relieve Knee Pain with Yoga Blocks

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2015 |

yoga blockYoga Blocks Alleviate Knee Discomfort Having spent most of my yoga teaching life in Utah, the place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth,” I’ve hosted a lot of dedicated skiers in my classes with various knee issues. Movement restrictions tend to fall into two camps: those whose knees don’t flex very far and those whose knees feel painful when the knees are flexed and the thighbones are externally rotated

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Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 25, 2015 |

ardha padmasanaSupta Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced yoga teachers and body workers from all over the world. During the training we questioned teaching methodologies that shoehorn students into a one-size-fits-all model. One misconception we talked about was the perceived necessity of practicing what is probably yoga’s most emblematic pose: Padmasana (Lotus

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Entering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on August 19, 2015 |

IRHA BanquetEntering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide Last summer I was at an amazing workshop taught by Rod Stryker on his book, The Four Desires. His work is a yogic style of Desire Mapping. Not only was I learning how to excavate and manifest my heart’s desires in a new way, I was moving more deeply into an asana practice that yes, helped me to understand and love

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De-stress Your Shoulders, Chest and Neck with a Sukasana Pillow

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 18, 2015 |

Simple, Supported Backbend with a Sukasana Pillow Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our lives bending forward, often to the detriment of our neck and shoulders. Yoga has many antidotes for this, of course.

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Moving Abroad: How Yoga Can Help

posted by Anna Johnson on August 11, 2015 |

moving abroadStaying Calm While Moving Abroad If you are among the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, language, food and lifestyles. How does one maintain balance in the midst of such disorder? By releasing all of the built-up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your

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Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 30, 2015 |

ardha matsyendrasanaYoga Block for a Happy Spine Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes) is one of yoga’s ancient poses. Named for the sage, Matsyendra, it is one of the relatively few yoga asanas written about in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is said to have been Matsyendra’s favorite yoga asana. In the article “Heroes, Saints, and Sages” at, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake: “Matsyendra appears to

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Use a Yoga Strap for Happy Hamstrings

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana with a Yoga Strap Supta Padangusthasana is hands-down my favorite pose for addressing tight hamstrings. It’s also the safest in that it’s the least likely to irritate cranky low backs. Lying down to stretch your hamstrings gives you a constant reference point (the floor) to ensure you’re maintaining healthy spinal alignment. Using a Yoga Strap lets you to find the perfect angle for your leg that allows you

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