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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Grounding: How I Root Myself

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 4, 2012 |

groundingGrounding:  Strong, Solid and Free My feet don’t often touch the ground. Now, don’t me wrong; no one’s going to mistake me for David Blaine or anything. But that’s just because my illusion is even better than his. My feet are physically on the ground, but they’re definitely not always emotionally on the ground. Public Speaking and Me This has started to change for me a bit in the past

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The Novice Yogi Challenge

posted by Matthew on December 27, 2011 |

novice yogiA Novice Yogi Explores the Push-Pull of Practice The most difficult part of starting an exercise routine—millions of people know what I’m talking about—is sticking with the program. It’s easy to have good intentions and start. You buy the equipment, maybe get a new outfit and imagine yourself as a stronger, thinner, more flexible, toned, and happy you. But before you know it, there are more good excuses to miss

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Solstice Yoga: Restorative Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 21, 2011 |

solstice yogaSolstice Yoga Last night was the longest night of the year. When I drove to my yoga class yesterday morning, there was not even a hint of morning light in the sky. The dark days beckon us to hibernate, and yet, the holidays are some of our most socially scheduled days of the year. I love practicing Restorative Yoga in the winter. It’s a time when conscious rest is the

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The Yogic Solution to Holiday Stress

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on December 7, 2011 |

yoga for stressThe Gift of Presence:  Yoga for Stress The holidays are always quite the Catch-22, aren’t they? On the one hand, we look forward to them all year—the friends, the family, the festivities, heck—even the over-abundant yard displays. But on the other hand, they can often suck us into a vortex of stress—things to buy, gifts to wrap, food to cook, parties to attend, and seemingly more commitments with each passing

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Cat Meditation: Samtosha in Action

posted by Tabitha on December 6, 2011 |

cat meditationJihad Kitty Demonstrates Cat Meditation From Tabitha:  “Here is a pic of my kitty Jihad on a Hugger Mugger zafu. She likes to perch in seemingly uncomfortable places while experiencing Samtosha. I wish I had a picture of her with a lamp. She likes to sleep right next to light bulbs and then purrs. So not good for her, but she freaking loves it.” Editor’s Note:  Humans are not the

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The Kosmic Kula of KK Ledford

posted by jodi on November 29, 2011 |

KK Ledford and CoffeeThe Traveling Yogi Visits KK’s Kosmic Kula How to decide which yoga class to take, or studio to visit, or even which hand-poured coffee to drink when visiting San Francisco? One Sunday morning in June I made the difficult choice (ha) of drinking both Blue Bottle and Ritual Roasters coffee in Hayes Valley before heading to Shakti Church with KK Ledford. KK has a devoted following she calls the Kosmic

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On Being Grateful

posted by Crystal Griffiths on November 23, 2011 |

turkey-omLet’s Be Thankful We have an opportunity in this moment to go beyond all the conditioned thoughts of the world, our friends, our family and step into a world that we create from the inside out. We have an opportunity to heal from past wounds. Lessons in growth and beauty show us how to become more of who we really are. We have an opportunity to gain certainty that the

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Gratitude from Us to You

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 23, 2011 |

grateful yogaGrateful Yoga The people you talk to when you call Hugger Mugger are not simply helpful and friendly folks (although they are), they’re the way they are at least partly because they all love and practice yoga. We’ve been inventing and developing products that help yogis of all ages, sizes and ability levels since 1986. We believe in what we do, and are grateful to have met so many wonderful

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Want to Run 100 Miles? Yoga Can Help

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 22, 2011 |

Endurance RunningYoga, Meditation and Vegan Diet Keep Scott Jurek on Top It is a rare person indeed that would consider spending the better part of 24 hours running non-stop on grueling, high-altitude trails. Even more rare is the one who would do this many times each year, consistently coming in first and obliterating course records all the while. This takes not only extraordinary talent and a healthy heart, but also the

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Another Argument for Slow, Gentle Stretching

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 21, 2011 |

In Yoga classes, we hear and talk a lot about muscles—which muscles are stretching or contracting in a certain pose, how to stretch or engage muscles, how poses effect certain muscles, etc. This is because it is our muscles that move our bones via their paired contracting and stretching actions. As a teacher, it’s essential to understand how muscles move our skeleton. Having at least a cursory understanding of the

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