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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog


posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 14, 2012 |

half-moon Half-Moon Alone in the bedroom or at the back of the large yoga class, against the wall or balanced alone in the shaking steadiness of this phase of the moon, I reach past the compressed sadnesses of one broken story or another, my arms, my legs spanning height and width, a new dream following the shining heart, lifted and leading. Past the night of staccato sleep, past the twisted arcs

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Anjaneyasana: Reach for the Sun

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 9, 2012 |

anjaneyasanaAnjaneyasana:  Lunge for the Sun As a child, Anjaneya was a tad over-confident. Considering his origins, this is hardly unexpected. Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), he had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. On top of all that, he was godson to the wind god, Vayu, and was considered to be a reincarnation of Lord Shiva. So when he gazed upward

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No More Homeless Pets: The Fix is In

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 7, 2012 |

no more homeless petsSpay & Neuter on the Go Even if you don’t qualify for a free fix, anyone can get a four-legged fixed with a low-cost voucher, at the NMHPU’s clinic in Orem, Utah. If you prefer not to travel, you may want to check out the schedule for NMHPU’s Big Fix, a mobile spay and neuter clinic that provides low-cost services in different locations. Every Monday through Wednesday, the Big Fix

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On Retreat

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 2, 2012 |

on retreatOn Retreat:  Heading to the Woods Once every year, I go to the woods, to a small Catholic retreat center in northeast Kansas, which may not seem like the likely place you would find a Jewish girl from New York and New Jersey, but it is the perfect place. I arrive on a Thursday at Shantivanam: Forest of Peace where, after greeting the caretakers of this center, I head out

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Slow Yoga: Feeling Your Practice

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on May 1, 2012 |

slow yogaSlow Yoga Practice I’ve been getting into a slower yoga practice lately. I’m talking tortoise of the tortoise-and-the-hare fame. Since I’m not actually in a race, though, I’m not sure my story will turn out quite as cutely as the same children’s tale. (But I’m mostly okay with that.) Life in Slow Motion Ever since my dad passed away, I’ve just been taking everything slowly. Now don’t get me wrong,

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No More Homeless Pets: Adopt a Furry Friend!

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 25, 2012 |

no more homeless petsNo More Homeless Pets:  Three Easy Ways to Adopt a Furry Companion Each quarter Hugger Mugger Yoga Products chooses a non-profit organization to support with a percentage of our sales. Through June, we are supporting No More Homeless Pets of Utah, an organization that aims to end euthanasia of healthy animals in shelters. It’s kitten and puppy season. Right now. Every spring, animal shelters take in bundles of furry babies—feline

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Creating a Safe Container: Being on Time

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 18, 2012 |

Surya Namaskar ClockA few years ago I was invited to guest teach Yoga Nidra to a group of teacher trainees at a local studio. As is my habit, I arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled class time. When I arrived, the studio’s weekly free introductory class was still in progress and would end just before my class was to start—or so I thought. In actuality the teacher continued the class for another

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A Quality Life Community: A Mountain Retreat

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 17, 2012 |

quality life communityA Quality Life Community:  Yoga for Cancer and So Much More The Uinta Mountains are a little-known jewel in northeastern Utah. Eclipsed in popularity by the far more popular Wasatch Range, home to such iconic ski areas as Snowbird, Alta and Deer Valley, the Uintas are actually the largest east-west running mountain range in the U.S. The Uintas are home to Utah’s highest mountain, King’s Peak. Largely undeveloped, the Uintas

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Yoga as Sabbath

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 16, 2012 |

sabbath yogaSabbath Yoga — Taking Time for Yourself Years ago, I read that if you don’t make time for your sabbath—or shabbat in Judaism—it will be made for you. In the middle of six grueling and adventurous months of chemotherapy at the time, I gasped in recognition. My cancer had felt all along like a kind of spiritual sabbatical after years of pushing myself too hard without taking care of my

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Impermanence: Of Tulips and the Transitory (Part 2)

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2012 |

impermanenceThe Reality of Impermanence The reality of impermanence was one of the first insights I had when I began meditation practice. As my mind began to quiet I could see for myself that the physical/mental/emotional sensations I felt were all in constant flux. As I learned the freedom of letting go, phenomena in my present reality, whether physical, mental or emotional, began to pass through with even greater speed. I

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