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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Why There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher

posted by Nancy Alder on August 6, 2013 |

good yoga teacherWhy There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher I have a confession to make:  I am a yoga teacher who has no yoga teacher. I can attend classes, watch videos or participate in online practices, but I do not have a main yoga teacher with whom I practice. Frequently students or friends ask me for recommendations of videos or online classes to take if they are unable to make

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Yoga Poetry – Do You Know Where You’re From?

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 30, 2013 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry Do You Know Where You’re From? Blue falling off its ledge the expanse collapsing into pale rain or nothing but sun. Do you know where you’re from?   The sea-shaped gullies break or gap. The herd lost in the woods that should be in the field. The scalloped rises formed by wind or its absence. Do you know where the motion originates in a field of big bluestem,

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Silent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2013 |

silent yoga mindSilent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos I just returned from 10 days of silence on an Insight (Vipassana) Meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. This is not the first time I’ve done such a radical thing. In fact, it was the 15th time I’ve sat in silence for anywhere from a week to a month since I stepped onto this path in 1988. There are so many things

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Starting a Meditation Practice: Rituals Work!

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 17, 2013 |

ritualsStarting a Meditation Practice:  Rituals Work! I’ve never been much for formality. It’s a familial thing. My parents’ spiritual proclivities—if they had them—were very much their own personal business. Even though I haven’t gone in for institutionalized rituals, if I’m honest with myself, I realize that I’ve formed my own personal rituals around all kinds of things—my morning routine, my bedtime routine, and my meditation practice, among others. Meditation is

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Yoga for Everybody: The Language of Bodies

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 15, 2013 |

yoga for everybodyYoga for Everybody:  The Language of Bodies Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I use words to describe bodies of various sizes and shapes, thinking catalyzed by excellent questions posed as part of the Curvy Yoga certification I’m doing with Anna Guest-Jelly. I realized that when it comes to bodies that don’t look at those regularly seen on the cover of yoga magazines, I’m wandering through a language

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Yoga Selfies – What Do You Think?

posted by Nancy Alder on July 11, 2013 |

yoga selfieYoga Selfies – What Do You Think? Last week the New York Times published an article about the recent wave of yogis that are posting photos of themselves using apps such as Instagram. To say that the article has raised both ire and defenses is an understatement. Proponents and fans of the yoga “selfies” are putting up their dukes to proclaim they are wonderful, inspirational and encouraging others to get

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Please Don’t Denigrate Gentle Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 10, 2013 |

gentle yogaGentle Yoga Leads us to the Heart of Practice Throughout the past few years of the yoga boom, as I’ve become more familiar with the yoga blogosphere, I’ve been dismayed by some of the common, recurring themes. These include “yoga for weight loss” claims, the almost poetic praise of expensive yoga pants, the popularity contests among yoga stars, and especially, the pervasive belief that sweaty, fast-paced routines are for “serious”

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Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose: The Yogic Snake Dance

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 8, 2013 |

bhujangasanaCobra Pose – The Yogic Snake Dance Few members of the animal kingdom elicit more passionate reactions than snakes. Mostly known for their stealthy, slithery sinews and the venomous bites of some species, snakes have largely gotten a bad rap over the centuries. The truth is, as snake-a-holic David E. Jensen pointed out in the June Catalyst (“Confessions of a snake-a-holic”), most snakes are harmless. Snakes are stealthy and swift,

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Mindful Yoga Practice: Teaching Independence On and Off the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2013 |

vir100Mindful Yoga Practice:  Teaching Independence Some years ago, I took a weekend vacation to the Southern Utah desert. I planned to leave right after my Thursday morning Yoga class, which meant I would miss my Thursday evening class. Several weeks before my mini-vacation, I called a teaching colleague who agreed to substitute teach the class. After my vacation I arrived home to the usual slew of messages on my voice

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Shoulderstand: How to Invert Safely

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 1, 2013 |

sarvangasanaSalamba Sarvangasana:  Bloom a New Perspective Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally. Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different. The world hasn’t fundamentally

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