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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Yoga Poetry – You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 29, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers: middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve to slivers of sadness on your pillow, middle-of-life jolts compress the heavens into one streak of sleet, thawing into softer ground. Like the rain cycle that obscures the view, you can lose your way on old ground or forget the innate blue light in everything, ready again. The

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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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HCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 27, 2014 |

yoga-WCsliderHCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives Not long ago, a patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) confessed to the institute’s Wellness-Survivorship Center manager, Shelley White, that she accidentally missed her radiation appointment. The patient had spent the day going from appointment to appointment at the Wellness Center. She enjoyed herself so thoroughly in the Wellness Center that she simply forgot she had a radiation session scheduled for that day. And maybe

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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 29 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 A few items have lived in storage for much, much longer than two years, but they are not going anywhere, despite the fact that I don’t plan to wear them again. One such item is a pair of maroon-colored velour gym shorts I first saw more than 25 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday:  A golden-haired, blue-eyed Yoga student of several years walked

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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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