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  • Spring Cleaning with Kichari

    Spring Cleaning with Kichari
    Spring is here! There’s nothing like the first time you open your windows and let fresh, spring air circulate through your house. The clean air, sunshine and new life all around us often inspires us to clear out the old and invite the new into our homes—and into our bodies too.

    There are, of course, many ways to clear out the remnants of winter. There are juice fasts, water fasts, detox fasts, detox baths, to name a few. One fast I particularly enjoy in early spring comes from Ayurveda. I like fasting for a few...

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  • Yoga Poetry

    Yoga 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 that seem to compress

    the heavens into one streak of sleet

    thaw into softer ground. Like the rain cycle

    that hides the light and obscures the view,

    you can lose your way on old ground or forget

    the innate blue light in everything, ready again.

    The surface of the tall grass spins in the breeze

    it swirls into existence...

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  • An Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers

    An Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers
    Yesterday was the last day of a yoga teacher training that began in September. Inspired by the group’s great courage and heart, I’ve written them an open letter that I hope will be of help to them and to anyone starting out on the path of teaching:

    Dear Friends,
    Let me begin by saying that being in your presence all these months has been a privilege beyond my highest expectations. When I reflect on where we—students and teachers—started in our travels together and where we are in this moment, I am both...

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  • Hugger Mugger Marketing Director: Yoga’s a Way of Life for Crystal Griffiths

    Crystal Griffiths Lives Her Yoga at Hugger Mugger
    If you ask Crystal Griffiths what she likes best about her job at Hugger Mugger, she’ll give you the best answer possible: “Yoga is my passion.” Crystal lives and breathes Yoga, at work and beyond.

    Crystal is Hugger Mugger’s marketing director and international sales rep. Since 2007, she has represented us at trade shows and conferences, handled web-based product promotions and email blasts, and kept our website up to date. Crystal is a creative artist with an uncanny talent for understanding what the larger yoga community values. At trade shows and...

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  • Full Expression: What is it Really, in the Context of Yoga?

    Full Expression in Supta Padanghustasana?

    Have you ever heard a yoga teacher invite you to take a pose to full expression? What comes to mind when you hear this? I’d wager that for most of us, we picture the most extreme expression of flexibility—one that we might see on Instagram or on the covers of yoga magazines. But given that yoga is not just about poses, in the larger context of Yoga, could “full expression” have another meaning?

    Of course, asanas are the face of what we think of as yoga, at least in...

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  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah Gives TLC to Thousands


    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...

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  • Garudhasana: How to Spread Your Wings

    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...

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  • Possession


    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...

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  • Are You a Yoga Visionary? Think Again


    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...

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  • Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind

    Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind
    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...

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