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The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

  • Yoga Poses Get You in the Door


    Yoga Poses Get You in the Door - Once You’re Inside There’s a Whole Lot More than You Bargained For
    When I first started practicing yoga, I was all about the poses. I mean, of course, right? I was 18 and obsessed with losing weight.

    I’m honestly not sure what else I even could have been focused on at that point, to tell you the truth.
    Getting There
    For the first several (okay, more like 10) years of my practice, I really, really wanted to achieve new poses. I wanted Wheel in my wheelhouse something bad.


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  • Yoga Dog - The Yoga of Living with a Big, Naughty Dog


    Yoga Dog - The Yoga of Living with a Big, Naughty Dog
    I love our dog Shay, who arrived at our front door a little over a year ago with a look on his face that clearly communicated, “You are my people.” At the same time, this dog drives me crazy. The crash that wakes me up turns out to be the compost bucket, its contents once against strewn across two rooms. Although Shay doesn’t eat banana peels, he eats just about everything else, like my husband’s pajama bottoms, which I grabbed away...

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  • Para Rubber Yoga Mats: It All Starts with the Tree

    Para Rubber Yoga Mats
    Native to South America, rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) are tapped for their latex, the source material for all natural rubber products. While more than half the rubber used in manufacturing today is synthetic—from petroleum sources—we use only natural, tree-sourced, Malaysian rubber in our mats.

    Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats come in four earthy colors:  Storm, River, Rainforest and Tropical.  The mat’s surface sports a striated pattern that makes each mat unique. Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats are equally sticky on both sides making them extra stable.
    Fun Fact:  How Rubber Got its Name
    Rubber's name comes from one of its...

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  • Kitcheree: Spring Cleaning for Your Body


    Kitcheree:  Spring Cleaning for Your Body
    From The Yoga Cookbook:  Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind

    People love kitcheree! This hearty, one-pot dish is widely eaten in India, especially by sadhus, who leave it to cook while they are meditating. Kitcheree gives strength and vitality, and is often used as a part of a body detox program (think spring cleaning), after kriyas (cleansing exercises) and upon breaking of a fast. In Ayurveda, kitcheree often plays a key role in nutritional healing. If you are doing a lot of pranayama or live in a cold climate, be sure...

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  • Boston Marathon: Remembering Our Buddha Nature


    Boston Marathon:  Remembering Our Buddha Nature
    When I heard the news of the Boston Marathon bombing on NPR yesterday, like most of us, I was horrified and saddened. I still can’t wrap my mind around why anyone would want to kill and maim innocent people who were there simply to celebrate a fun, venerated community event.

    I immediately thought of my friend and fellow musician, Cory Maxfield, a flutist I’ve played with regularly in the Salt Lake Symphony, a woodwind quintet and with whom I performed a duet for her master’s recital...

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  • TreeUtah and Hugger Mugger Plant Trees


    Hugger Mugger Joins TreeUtah in Restoring Redwood Nature Area
    Last summer we at Hugger Mugger chose the Utah nonprofit organization TreeUtah to be our beneficiary for the summer quarter. Now in its 23rd year, TreeUtah plants thousands of trees each year with the help of thousands of volunteers from around the state. On Saturday, April 13th, a group from Hugger Mugger hiked out to the Redwood Nature Area to help reforest the former wetland.

    The Jordan River used to flood the area every year, making it a natural wetland that was both a home...

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  • Ardha Chandrasana: Dynamic Balance

    Ardha Chandrasana:  Dynamic Balance
    Some schools of yoga teach that it’s best not to practice on the two ends of the moon’s cycle—the full and new moons. The theory is that because our bodies are mostly made of water, like the tides of the ocean, the tides of our cells shift with the phases of the moon. During the full moon, our energies tend to rise—have you ever had trouble sleeping on a full moon night? When our energies are higher, we are more likely to challenge ourselves to the point of injury. During the new moon, our energies tend to...

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  • Step Out of Your Own Way


    Step Out of Your Own Way
    So easy to forget how to walk through
    your thoughts, to let the weather in your head
    erase the weather threading itself, right now,
    through the trap lines of the wind, the tunnels
    of quiet between the rushing grasslands.
    So simple to stop seeing what time
    wants to show you.

    On the edge of the train’s calling, a whistle
    half lost in the merciful sweetness of the wind,
    you can hear the stories of sky as large
    as your heart, or what your heart can learn
    once you start walking this blonde-gray day,
    your being strong and fragile...

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  • The Yoga of Empowerment


    The Yoga of Empowerment
    I came to yoga right around the time I came to social justice work. For me, the two will always be inextricable—and that’s not because I was doing yoga while making calls on a phone bank.

    It’s because at the root of both, I see a desire to be fully embodied—accepted and free.
    What Yoga Has to Do With It
    When I first became an activist, my yoga always came second. I thought I had far more “important” things to do than make time for a yoga class—or even just...

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  • Wasatch Community Gardens: Building Community from the Ground Up


    Wasatch Community Gardens:  Building Community from the Ground Up
    After a pretty white winter, spring is finally edging its way into the Salt Lake valley. Gentle rains replace the several feet of snow that blanketed our valley from December through much of March. Sunny jonquils dot the landscape and tulips are about to burst forth.

    For me, it’s past time to plant lettuce, kale, chard, carrots, beets and spinach. I dug up my beds last weekend. Long before my plots were ready for new seeds, I visited Wasatch Community Gardens (WCG). By the end...

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