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category "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.

Yoga Mat History 101

posted by admin on June 10, 2014 |

yoga matEver Wondered Where Yoga Mats Came From? Here’s Yoga Mat History 101 Things in the Yoga world have not always been as easy as they are now. Back in the olden days of Yoga in the U.S., practitioners had to deal not only with the challenges inherent in practice, but also the added difficulty of sliding around on a variety of different types of floors. I liken it to how

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Save Your Wrists and Build Strength in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 28, 2014 |

crystal-dogSave Your Wrists and Hands in Dog Pose! Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine, stretches

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The Original Yoga Shorts: A Journey

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 12, 2014 |

Hugger Mugger's Lynae Hermansen models the original shortsThe Original Yoga Shorts Periodically, I undertake a major purge of my closets and drawers. Anything I haven’t worn in the past two years goes up for grabs. Most items go to good homes with good friends, where they will be much more likely to see the light of day than they did at my house. A few items have lived in storage for much, much longer than two years,

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Snuggle Up with a Yoga Bolster!

posted by admin on February 12, 2014 |

yoga bolsterWhy Our Yoga Bolsters Feel So Good … Meet Abraham Avelar. For more than eight years now Abraham has been Hugger Mugger’s prime bolster maker. It may seem like this would be a straightforward job, but in order to create just the right balance of inner firmness and outer softness, our yoga bolsters have to be sewn and stuffed just right. Abraham has learned the techniques well, and has invented

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Yoga Props: Bolsters and Blankets and Blocks, Oh My!

posted by admin on October 3, 2013 |

yoga propsOur Guide to Yoga Props Blankets and bolsters and blocks, oh my! Wedges and straps and mats, oh my! You’ve probably seen them all, in photos or in your local studio or gym. But what are you supposed to do with them? If you attend an Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Viniyoga or Restorative class, you probably have a good idea how to use at least some of them. Other classes, such

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Para Rubber Yoga Mats: It All Starts with the Tree

posted by admin on April 22, 2013 |

rubber yoga matsPara Rubber Yoga Mats Native to South America, rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) are tapped for their latex, the source material for all natural rubber products. While more than half the rubber used in manufacturing today is synthetic—from petroleum sources—we use only natural, tree-sourced, Malaysian rubber in our mats. Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats come in three earthy colors:  Tropical, Rainforest and River.  The mat’s surface sports a striated pattern that

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Being on the Ball

posted by Lynae on February 26, 2013 |

yoga-balls1Sitting on the Exercise Ball The creeping muscle and balance loss that can accumulate over the years from a sedentary, full-time job scares me. The body boredom I was experiencing with mine was making me anxious. I decided to incorporate an exercise ball into my desk furniture to add versatility to my day and rid myself of the slouchy, stagnant feeling I can get sitting at my desk. I have

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A Cotton Yoga Mat for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 28, 2012 |

cotton yoga matsA Cotton Yoga Mat for Restorative or Ashtanga Practice Before the advent of the sticky yoga mat in the 1980s, students and teachers of all styles of yoga used a hodgepodge of different types of padding to shield themselves from the coldness and hardness of floors while they practiced. I remember using towels, blankets and quilts, discontinued carpet samples and foam sleeping bag pads. Most of what passed for yoga

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Sattva Jute Mat: How It Works, How to Care for It

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2012 |

Sattva Jute Yoga MatJute Yoga Mats Combine Sustainability with Great Grip If you were around in the ’70s, you may remember macrame. A crafty pursuit consisting of elaborate knot tying, macrame plant hangers, wall hangings and jewelry were ubiquitous for a time. Jute was the perfect macrame fiber—strong, earthen-colored and a little bit rustic. I still have a roll of macrame-ready jute in my attic. Nicknamed the “Golden Fibre,” Jute is a natural

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Earth Elements Yoga Mat

posted by admin on September 13, 2012 |

earth elements yoga matEarth Elements Yoga Mats – We’ve Got Two Great New Colors! The first limb of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Yama, contains the seeds of sustainable living. The Yamas are precepts for ethical living, and the first of these precepts is ahimsa (non-harming). Add to that three of the other Yamas—asteya (non-stealing or taking only what you need), brahmacharya (wise use of life energy) and aparigraha (non-greed), and conscious, sustainable

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