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The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

  • Teaching From Your Intuition

    I started teaching in 1990. I didn’t know much about reading the energy of the room or listening to intuition.

    In my first position, I worked with some very challenging young people and cried most days. My principal told me that if I could teach there, I could teach anywhere, and he was right.

    As the years passed, the students didn’t get easier yet my ability to handle anything that came up got better and easier. Eventually I became a mentor teacher; I realized that it was imperative for teachers to connect with their intuition and trust what...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

    Happy Halloween!

    Perhaps one of the scariest things about Halloween is that it is the unofficial start of the holiday pig-out season. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a lot of fun to dress up and be someone or something else for a day. (When I was in college at Indiana University, Halloween was much more than a day; it was an actual season.) But for kids, it includes the awesome addition of tons of free sweets.

    In the interest of keeping things fun—but somewhat healthy—I’m sharing a recipe for vegan pumpkin muffins in honor of Halloween. This recipe...

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  • Latex-Free Yoga Mats

    If you practice yoga, chances are good you’re practicing for yoga’s many health benefits. Chances are also good that you tend to look for ways to optimize your health in general. This includes good nutrition and exercise (such as yoga!) and steering clear of toxins in your food and your environment.

    Your choice in yoga supplies also likely reflects your desire to make healthy choices. Take, for example, your yoga mat. Natural rubber, from Malaysian rubber trees, is a popular choice among environmentally conscious yogis. But for people who are sensitive to latex, rubber mats can be problematic.

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  • In Harmony: Yoga for Musicians

    If you play a musical instrument—including your own voice—you probably know that practicing can take a toll on your body. But practicing is the heart of the matter. You can’t get to that inspiring state of feeling the music flow through you and out your instrument—a sort of musical Samadhi—without a foundation of lots of practice. Every musician knows that this state represents thousands of hours of wood-shedding.

    All that practice can be hard on your body. Each instrument has its unique ergonomic quirks. Violinists and violists often experience neck and shoulder pain. Same for flutists. Other woodwind players...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Pizza Time!

    My backyard tomatoes are no longer ripening on the vine. But they’re in no danger of freezing, so I’m still picking them fresh.

    Because they’re still sweet, I prefer not to make them into sauce just yet. So I decided to make a dinner pizza this week with kale/basil pesto as the base, and put the tomatoes on top. The slight roasting they get as the pizza cooks makes the tomatoes even that much sweeter.

    You can use any kind of pesto as a base. Here’s a vegan version I published a few weeks ago. I used the...

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  • Protect Your Wrists in Chaturanga

    I remember the first time I was able to hold myself up in Chaturanga Dandasana. After spending a year struggling with lifting my body off the floor, it was truly thrilling. Later on, I can remember being amazed that I could make it through 108 jump-through sun salutations without crashing and burning.

    Now, 30-some years later, I still practice it, but I’m much more focused on quality than quantity.

    The thrill of Chaturanga does not come without possible pitfalls. Chronic wrist pain has emerged as a common yoga-related injury. Chaturanga requires that our wrists support a significant percentage...

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  • The Hugger Mugger Catalog: A History

    Back in 1986, when Sara Chambers founded Hugger Mugger Yoga Products, she couldn’t have predicted its future. From its humble beginnings of a single strap and pair of shorts, the company has cultivated a worldwide community.

    In order to build that community, Sara knew she had to get the word out. Back then, the flagship for any mail-order business was their catalog. But how to begin?

    Sara and I knew each other from public classes she attended and I assisted. At the time, my day job was as a darkroom technician for a photographer, Butch Adams. Sara enlisted...

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  • Meatless Monday: Warm Kale Salad

    What do you do with a burgeoning bounty of backyard kale as autumn arrives? Of course, there are many wonderful ways to cook kale. But when you have a LOT of it, and it’s fresh and tender, kale salad is the best.

    While I love raw foods in the summer, when it gets cooler, they don’t provide the internal heat my body needs. So today’s kale salad uses a hot cider vinaigrette to wilt the kale slightly, and make the salad more warming.

    I prefer Tuscan kale (aka Lacinato kale) for salads—not just because it is abundant in...

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  • A Quality Life Community: Yogic Service for Cancer Survivors

    Yoga for Cancer Survivors at Sundance Resort

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From now until December 31st, your Hugger Mugger purchases will benefit A Quality Life Community (QLC). Founded as a resource for cancer survivors and their families, QLC provides complementary support—including free yoga classes at six different Utah locations. The organization’s founder, Amy Conn, sent us the message below, sharing her experience as a cancer survivor and her inspiration to found this wonderful organization:

    by Amy Conn

    A Quality Life Community celebrates our cancer survivors every day, but in October we...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Pesto

    The basil harvest is an annual marker for me. It means that the garden is winding down. There’s still a bounty of kale, tomatoes and herbs, but I’m turning toward preserving what’s left.

    For some reason, basil does really well in my yard. I pretty much always have enough to make three or four batches of pesto. And that’s saying a lot, because it takes a hefty amount of basil to make a single batch.

    But that’s okay. Pesto has such an intense, concentrated flavor that very little is needed in any recipe to make a lasting impression.
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