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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

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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Intellect and Yoga: Help or Hindrance?

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 16, 2011 |

Intellect and Yoga - Partners in Awakening?In the past two days, I’ve enjoyed reading two posts on the role of the intellect in Yoga practice. One, by Ed and Deb Shapiro, posted in the Huffington Post is titled Why Your Intellect is an Obstacle in Yoga is an The other, posted today by Carol Horton on elephant journal is titled Why Your Intellect is (or Can Be!) an Integral Part of Yoga. Two totally different things,

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Heidi (“Almighty”) Wirtz on Climbing and Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 14, 2011 |

yoga climbingWhat do rock climbing and Yoga have in common? Well, just about everything. According to Heidi Wirtz, a professional climber and yogi, both climbing and Yoga both improve coordination, dexterity, range of movement, balance; and both build and tone muscles, core strength, and mental and physical focus. The only difference is that climbing takes place in the vertical world, while Yoga inhabits the horizontal plane. Wirtz—dubbed “Heidi Almighty” by fellow

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The Yoga of Dance, the Dance of Yoga

posted by Lynae on November 8, 2011 |

LynaedanceI began dancing when I was three years old with a singing and dancing studio in Utah. I was initially interested in Yoga to improve flexibility for dance and to expand my knowledge in health and fitness. Aside from increased flexibility and knowledge of physiology, Yoga influenced my dancing most by transforming my interior life. I introduced myself to Yoga when I was in 7th grade with an MTV Power

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Virasana: Warm and Rooted

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 7, 2011 |

virasanaVirasana:  Warm and Rooted The Huangdi Neijing, (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) is a 2,000-year-old text on traditional Chinese medicine. Organized as a Q&A between the Yellow Emperor and Taoist master Qi Bo, one exchange between the two involves longevity. The emperor asks:  “I am told the people in ancient times could all survive to more than 100 years old, and they appeared to be quite healthy and strong, but

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