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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah Saves Lives
If you live in Utah, you may have traveled to the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge in February to spend time with the 800-1,500 bald eagles that winter there every year. You’ve probably also heard about the West Nile virus outbreak that claimed 27 of these magnificent raptors this season. Or maybe you’ve been following the Willard Bay beavers, six animals—one adult and five young ’uns—who were badly injured during a Chevron oil spill in March 2013. All these beings spent time in the... read more
Garudhasana: How to Spread Your Wings
As gods go, Garuda is gargantuan. When he was first hatched from a giant egg, the half-man, half-eagle’s monstrous size so frightened the other Hindu gods that they implored him to shrink himself, which he happily did. Who knew that even gods have size issues?
Garuda is known for his ability to grow and shrink in size at will, and to appear and disappear. The Buddhist version of Garuda is said to have had a 40-mile wingspan. When he flaps his wings, Garuda dries up the waters of the ocean in order to expose sea monsters...read more
Have the sun right there in the west on its own time,
ready to fall away exactly when it should.
Have the cello late at night between your legs, your right arm aching
as you try to press one note into another.
Have the waltz in your mind. Have the orange in the large grey bowl,
your fingers holding its scent of new light and promise.
Have the walls clean for a day after painting before the kids come
with their expressive hands. Have yourself stretching low, washcloth in hand.
Have the paper, blank and abundant, the easy glow of black blue
at night, the morning fog lifting as...read more
What 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 if these teachers had not studied with a particular mentor or small group of mentors and therefore, had no one...read more
Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mindread more
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 and movement is one of the most important factors that sets asana apart from other physical practices. The yoga poses many of us practice are not intended to be gymnastic feats...
How 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 of the crib and cried until she threw up, they had to come hold her, at least lift her up to clean the crib and change her pajamas.
She threw up in...read more
Need 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 eight years. The department, which includes herself and her assistant, Keith, ships an average of 80 orders each day, including retail orders from individuals, wholesale orders from studios, and monster orders from...read more
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 and peace, our true Self. In Savasana, the boundaries between the body and the atmosphere around it disappear, while the mind stays awake and aware, settled back, observing thought bubbles...read more
Why 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 a few himself.
We cut, sew and stuff our bolsters all in our Salt Lake City-based facility. We started making bolsters back in the 1980s...read more
Yoga 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. The fact that she is exploring yoga as a possible way to alleviate her symptoms is certainly positive. But when my friend told me that...read more