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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Are You a Yoga Visionary? Think Again

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 3, 2014 |

visionaryWhat is a Yoga Visionary Anyway? This morning Maya Devi Georg, a blogger on Brahmaloka or Bust and Yoganonymous, posed an interesting question on Facebook: “Why do some teachers never acknowledge their own teachers? They’ll refer to themselves as ‘visionaries,’ ‘philosophers’ and ‘enlightened.’ But no mention of training, education, or the teachers that helped the along the way. What is that about?” A spirited discussion has ensued. Some commenters wondered

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Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 26, 2014 |

neti washingNeti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind In yoga classes, we talk a whole lot about the importance of the breath. We exhort our students to breathe deeply as they move into, hold and move out of asanas. Some types of yoga, such as Ashtanga and other forms of vinyasa, instruct practitioners how and when to move with each inhalation and exhalation. It’s arguable that this coordination of breath

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How Yoga Heals – The Girl Who Threw Up and The Woman of Light

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 19, 2014 |

yoga propsHow Yoga Heals – The Girl Who Threw Up and the Woman of Light The girl who threw up all the time came to it naturally. Rejecting what rejected her, she started as a baby. As per the fashion of the time, her parents left her alone in her crib to cry it out, but she never got to the end of the crying. If she held onto the bars

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Hugger Mugger Shipping Goddess Gets the Job Done

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 19, 2014 |

hugger muggerNeed a Hugger Mugger Mat ASAP? Alishia Can Do It Ask her anything. More specifically, ask her the weight of any of Hugger Mugger’s hundreds of products and she will tell you instantly to a fraction of an ounce. Standard Bolster? 5 pounds. Piccolo Eyebag? .2 pounds. Bamboo Yoga Towel? 1.5 pounds. Alishia DeHorney’s brain stores information like a computer. Alishia has headed the Hugger Mugger shipping department for almost

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What Your Savasana Can Tell You

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 18, 2014 |

savasanaWhat Your Savasana Can Tell You I’ve heard it many times, and said it many times: “Savasana is the most important pose. All the other poses we do in our asana practice prepare us for Savasana.” For most students of yoga, this is good news. For most, Savasana is a welcome respite, a chance to unwind the body and simply be. Savasana provides a window into formlessness, into universal vastness

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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 Heals — Most of the Time

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 10, 2014 |

yoga healsYoga Heals — Most of the Time A yoga teaching colleague recently related a story about a student at her studio who suffers from a rare neurological condition that causes tremors. Yoga, with its ability to smooth out your nervous system ought to be the perfect solution, right? In this case, not so much. The student’s condition had actually been worsening, causing suffering for herself, and distracting her fellow students.

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Utthita Parsvakonasana: Face the Freeze with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 5, 2014 |

parsvakonasanaUtthita Parsvakonasana:  Face the Freeze with Ease It’s sunny and 14 degrees outside. The basement office in my 1917 bungalow is probably sub-60 degrees. I’ve been wearing layers indoors for more than a month. Every time I remember to pay attention, I find my shoulders ever-so-slightly hunched up and pulled forward, my body reflexively trying to guard against the cold. But here’s the thing. Hunching up and pulling in doesn’t

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Yoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on January 30, 2014 |

Sun_beams_through_cloudsYoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything Always just to your right, an angle at sunset or slashing down from the pilot light of the clouds, the slant of everything. Sometimes, no danger, just heat lightning and crickets to echo the humidity. Sometimes everything lifted on one sudden breeze, surprisingly cold as it slants through the summer opening between day and night. The golden west calls past the horizon ahead.

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2014 |

yoga for insomniaYoga for Insomnia Part 1:  Taming the Monkey Mind It’s after 3:00 am. You’re wide awake, mind racing. You might be worried about paying your mortgage. You might be puzzling over something someone said to you and rehearsing your response. Maybe an upcoming project has you feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you are excited, on the cusp of an event you’ve long anticipated. Each minute that ticks by brings you closer to

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