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Yoga Products

Yoga products is a category that lists all of the discussions that surround the use of various types of products in all different kinds of yoga practices. Yoga products can be as familiar as mats or as exotic as bolsters and pillows and other forms of accessories.
  • Zafu and Zabuton: The Meditation Combination

    How you support your body in sitting meditation can make all the difference between feeling agitated and edgy or feeling calm and relaxed. The traditional combination of Zafu and Zabuton is the most popular, time-tested support for sitting practice.

    Sitting on a Zafu gives your hips extra height, allowing your pelvis to tilt forward and your spine to maintain its natural curves. When your spine is in its natural curves, it supports itself. There’s then no need to use muscular energy to sit up straight. When you have to exert a lot of effort just to maintain your posture...

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  • Tapas Travel Mat: Take Your Practice Anywhere

    Last summer, we published a blog on yoga practice for road trips. When you drive, you can easily pack your essentials without having to focus too much on bulk and weight. Air travel is a whole different animal.

    With ever-increasing baggage restrictions we need to be judicious about what we decide to take with us and what we have to leave behind. Bulky items take up precious space in our roller bags. All too often, our yoga mat has to stay at home.

    Back in the ’90s, some traveling yogis requested that we design a packable yoga mat...

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  • Why Use Yoga Practice Rugs?

    In most yoga classes, nonskid yoga mats are the standard. They can be thick, thin, patterned, solid, long, short, colorful, neutral, eco-friendly or not so much. What they have in common is that all these mats are patterned after our Tapas™ Original Mat, invented back in 1990. These mats have been a fantastic innovation for so many yoga practitioners, keeping all of us safe from sliding hands and feet.

    However, teachers in some traditions recommend practicing on a completely different surface. In Ashtanga Yoga, the style developed by the late Patabhi Jois, Yoga Practice Rugs are the standard. There...

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  • Junior Bolsters: Not Kids’ Stuff

    Hugger Mugger began making Standard Bolsters in the late 1980s. Since then we have developed and refined them to be the firmest, most stable and longest-lasting bolsters available. Our handmade bolsters are staples in studios and homes around the world.

    The design and dimensions of our Standard Bolsters are based on measurements we obtained 30 years ago from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, the place where yoga bolsters were born. Our Standard Bolsters still meet the same exacting criteria. This is because for most purposes in yoga practice, the Standard Bolsters fit pretty much every...

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  • V-Shaped Cushion for Sitting Support

    Most people learn pretty quickly that comfort is crucial when you practice sitting meditation. Maintaining your natural spinal curves in meditation is the key to ease in sitting. The key, even if your hips are very flexible, is making sure your pelvis is higher than your ankles.

    You can accomplish your perfect sitting position in many ways—by sitting on a Zafu, a Zen Pillow, Meditation Bench or a V-Shaped Meditation Cushion. Depending on the structure of your hip joints—which is unique to all of us—the V-Shaped Cushion may be a great, supportive choice for your sitting practice.

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  • 30 Years of Yoga at Hugger Mugger

    This month, Hugger Mugger will celebrate 30 years of providing quality yoga products to the worldwide yoga community with 30 days of giveaways. Each day during September, we’ll give one of our favorite products to a lucky participant (winners must be 18 and over and live in the USA). You can enter here. You need only enter once to be eligible to win during the entire month.
    In case you’re not familiar with the Hugger Mugger story, here’s a quick history:

    The Original Hugger Mugger Shorts

    In early 1986 Iyengar teacher Mary Dunn taught a...

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  • Cool Down: Restorative Twist

    Spinal twists may be the most-often-requested type of asana in my classes. Not only do they feel good, but they also help keep your core muscles supple and your spine mobile.

    While the lumbar spine is only capable of twisting about five degrees, the thoracic spine—the section of the spine connected to the rib cage—loves to twist. The thoracic spine also happens to be an area that tends to become less mobile as we age. So twisting helps that more stable area of the spine maintain its range of motion.

    In yoga, we practice spinal twists in standing...

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  • Spine-Healthy Forward Bends

    Forward bends are asana staples. In yoga practice, we bend forward while standing, sitting and even lying down. Actively lengthening back body muscles—especially the muscles of the hips and hamstrings—helps counteract the effects of sitting in chairs. Forward bending is inherently calming, as long as we approach it with an attitude of ease and curiosity, rather than an attitude of forcefulness.

    Keeping muscles of the hips and hamstrings supple can also be healthy for your back. Relaxed muscles in the hips and hamstrings help you maintain your spine’s natural “S” curves. Tight hamstrings can position the pelvis so that...

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  • Supported Fish Pose Eases Tension

     

    Matsyasana (Fish Pose) is one of yoga’s traditional poses. Because it expands the chest and throat, it is often practiced as a counter pose to Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand).

    In the traditional version of Matsyasana, the neck is placed in extreme extension as you bend the neck back and place the top of the head on the floor. I no longer teach the full version of this pose. In my opinion, it is difficult for most people to do it safely. Extreme extension of the neck, coupled with pressure on the the cervical spine, often causes dizziness...

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  • Try an Alternate Meditation Posture

    Sitting on a Round Bolster

    Do you find sitting meditation uncomfortable? You’re not alone. For many people, sitting cross-legged is not ideal. The good news is that cross-legged is not the only way to sit. Perhaps an alternate meditation posture can help create ease in your sitting meditation.

    If your knees are higher than your pelvic rim when you sit cross-legged, your back will naturally have to round. This means you will have to tighten your core in order to sit up straight. This is not a sustainable position and will likely cause you...

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