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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Experienced Yoga Teachers – What You Don’t Know Counts

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 21, 2014 |

yoga blocksWhy Beginning Teachers are More Confident than Experienced Yoga Teachers Yesterday morning one of my students asked me how my teaching has changed over the last 28 years. A few things came to mind: I no longer feel an ego need to demonstrate show-off poses. I no longer interpret “beginning,” “intermediate,” or “advanced” through the lens of what a person’s body can or can’t do. But most important, I’m a

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Cultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 19, 2014 |

appreciationCultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache A while back some nasty bacteria set up camp around my lower right wisdom tooth. The sensation was one I’d never felt before. Swollen gum tissue had displaced the tooth, so much so that the only teeth that articulated in my entire mouth were the infected one and the upper one opposite it. And when those two teeth came together, shock waves

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Bridge Pose: Get Out of Your Chair

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 13, 2014 |

bridge poseBridge Pose: The Best Anti-Sitting Pose We all do it. Every day. Hunched over a computer, grasping a steering wheel, slouched on the couch or settled onto a meditation cushion—we all sit, sometimes for hours at a time. We take sitting in chairs for granted. It’s the go-to position for pretty much everything we do on a regular basis. Like standing and lying down, it’s something most of our bodies

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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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Growing a Yoga Community

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 7, 2014 |

yoga communityYour Yoga Community:  Does Size Matter? The photos are everywhere. Yoga classes depicted in mainstream media often show an endless sea of mats, their occupants performing mirror-image poses of one another. Sometimes finding the microphone-adorned teacher is akin to playing “Where’s Waldo?” These photos, while they may depict reality for some of the yoga world’s best-known teachers, are not reality for the thousands of teachers across the country that teach

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Offers Comprehensive, Compassionate Care

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 5, 2014 |

huntsman cancer instituteHuntsman Cancer Institute Improves Lives of Cancer Survivors and their Families By the time I graduated from high school, the mothers of two friends fell victim to cancer, my uncle died from pancreatic cancer, and my aunt miraculously survived aggressive, bilateral breast cancer. Since then—quite a few years now—I couldn’t begin to count the number of people in my life who have succumbed to cancer and the even greater numbers

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Kundalini Yoga: More Than Just Asana

posted by Crystal Griffiths on May 1, 2014 |

kundalini yogaWhat is Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has been practiced in the United States for only a short time. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO (the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization), which was created to introduce Kundalini to a broader population. At that time Kundalini had not been taught to the public, and Yogi Bhajan felt that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy its

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Healthy Yoga Practice: Does Your Practice Feed You?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 28, 2014 |

What is Healthy Yoga Practice? More than 20 years ago I decided that I would ingest only foods that would contribute to my health and well-being, and avoid “non-foods” that have no nutritional value, things like chemical-ridden processed foods and zero-nutrition soft drinks. I haven’t eaten meat since 1978, and spent about 12 years on a vegan diet before returning to eating occasional eggs and goat yogurt and chevre. I

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Finding the Moon

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 28, 2014 |

moonFinding the Moon Did you stop now that you found the moon almost full, floating west across a small clearing between the clouds? Did you still yourself in the lawn chair on the deck, and give up waiting for one desire to name itself, or another to dissipate?   Where have you been, the beautiful world asks. Wind furrows your hair. The moon folds under a cloud the size of

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Earth Day Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 22, 2014 |

earth1Earth Day Yoga – Every Day is Earth Day Today is the day that we celebrate this beautiful planet that sustains us all. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the devastation of a California oil spill a year before and by the energy of the anti-war movement, felt that Americans should mobilize around protecting our environment. He conceived the day as an opportunity for a “teach-in” about

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