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The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

  • How Yoga Heals - The Girl Who Threw Up and The Woman of Light

    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.


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  • Hugger Mugger Shipping Goddess Gets the Job Done

    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...

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  • What Your Savasana Can Tell You

    Savasana … Ahhhh

    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...

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  • Snuggle Up with a Yoga Bolster!


    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...

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  • Yoga Heals — Most of the Time


    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...

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  • Utthita Parsvakonasana: Face the Freeze with Ease

    Utthita Parsvakonasana:  Face the Freeze with Ease
    It’s sunny and 14 degrees outside. The basement office in my 1917 bungalow is probably sub-60 degrees. I’ve been wearing layers indoors for more than a month. Every time I remember to pay attention, I find my shoulders ever-so-slightly hunched up and pulled forward, my body reflexively trying to guard against the cold.

    But here’s the thing. Hunching up and pulling in doesn’t help. It doesn’t make me even a fraction of a degree warmer. All it does is create tension and stress and restrict my breathing.

    I explored this on...

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  • Yoga Poetry - The Slant of Everything

    Yoga Poetry - The Slant of Everything
    Always just to your right, an angle at sunset

    or slashing down from the pilot light of the clouds,

    the slant of everything. Sometimes, no danger,

    just heat lightning and crickets to echo the humidity.

    Sometimes everything lifted on one sudden breeze,

    surprisingly cold as it slants through the summer

    opening between day and night. The golden west

    calls past the horizon ahead. The shimmering east

    loses its heat and stillness. The moment transparent,

    the air thin so that what you know and don’t...

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  • Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

    No Insomnia Here

    It’s after 3:00 am. You’re wide awake, mind racing. You might be worried about paying your mortgage. You might be puzzling over something someone said to you and rehearsing your response. Maybe an upcoming project has you feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you are excited, on the cusp of an event you’ve long anticipated. Each minute that ticks by brings you closer to rising time. This knowledge gives you something else to worry about.

    I began experiencing insomnia when I was five years old. My earliest instance of sleeplessness left a bold imprint...

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  • What’s the Secret to Life? Breathing!

    What's the Secret to Life? Breathing!
    When I set out on the path to become a doctor, I really didn’t have any idea just how much stress I was inviting into my life. Fortunately, I had the good sense to marry a well-trained Yoga instructor. Before my wife introduced me to Yoga, I always thought it was some sort of stretchy self-torture. In fact, I’m still not 100% convinced that it wasn’t developed as a torture method. Either that, or it started as a game of Twister that went horribly wrong. Over time, I realized that the real treasure of...

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  • Back to the Roots: Warming Veggies to Take the Chill Off

    Hearty Roots

    Warming Veggies to Take the Chill Off
    Much of the U.S. population has been inundated with snow or shivering in subzero temperatures for more than a month. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from the inside.

    Of course exercise, including certain yoga poses, can be really helpful. Standing poses such as Warriors I and II; core strengtheners...

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