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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!

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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Cooling Ayurvedic Tips for Hot Summer Days

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on July 21, 2015 |

ayurvedic tipsCooling Ayurvedic Tips: Dos and Don’ts for the Dog Days We’re in the midst of the hottest days of the year now, the so-called Dog Days. Keeping our cool, through diet, exercise and self-care is important in helping us maintain balance in life, at work and in relationship with others. Stay Cool • Avoid midday sun. Keep covered when it’s unavoidable. • Exercise earlier or later in the day. We

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Foot Yoga: Tap into the Power of Your Own Two Feet

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 15, 2015 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga: Take Care of Those Dogs! I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more than 20. It’s a privilege to move through life’s inevitable ups and downs with such a solid core of wise and wonderful humans. I met one of these students—I’ll call her Patricia—in the late ’80s. At that time she was in her

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Sankalpa: Setting Your Intention

posted by Bruce Black on July 8, 2015 |

sankalpaSankalpa: Setting Your Intention “Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer Until I took a yoga class, I’d never heard anyone talk about “setting an intention.” Years ago my father encouraged me to set goals, make outlines, form plans, but he never spoke about setting an intention. What did my yoga teacher mean, I wondered, when he spoke about setting an intention? What exactly was an intention—was it the same

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Lightweight Sukasana Pillows Travel Easy

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2015 |

sukhasana pillowUse a Sukasana Pillow for Ease in “Easy Pose” In some ways you could call sitting meditation the ultimate vacation. When you make the effort to step away from your mind’s usual drama even for a few minutes, you can feel refreshed, energized and peaceful. So it’s ironic that when we go on vacation—unless we’re going on a yoga or meditation retreat—we often leave our practice behind. Part of the

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Yoga Straps: Forward Bend with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 30, 2015 |

paschi-carlaUse a Yoga Strap to Maintain a Healthy Spine in Seated Forward Bend Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as there are people. Dandasana, despite the fact that it looks simple, is challenging for almost everyone. At least, it’s

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