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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Cat-Cow Stretch: The Divine Feline Asana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 8, 2012 |

cat-cowCat-Cow Stretches Awaken Your Spine Every morning as I begin to stir, the three felines that share my sleeping hours begin to mobilize along with me. The promise of breakfast, of course, is the great motivator, but before breakfast—before they do anything else—they do a little cat yoga. They begin with Downward Facing Cat. As their front paws stretch forward, I watch as the stretch ripples its way up to

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Diary of a New Yoga Teacher: Part 2

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 5, 2012 |

new yoga teacherWeek Three I’ve prepared even more than usual for this week with a special mix tape I created to go along with each stop on the road trip through the class. I have poetry to read at certain intervals, I’m wearing some of my favorite yoga clothes, and I even shaved my legs for no particular reason. I arrive early, light the candles, turn on the fountain, start the music.

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My Mula Bandha Moment

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on February 28, 2012 |

mula bandha“Come to Tadasana. Press down through your feet. Move your thighs slightly back. Mula bandha. Broaden across your collarbones. Now, inhale and lift your arms overhead…”  One of These Things Is Not Like the Other If you, like me, were like “thighs back … what?! What did she say after that?,” you’re not alone. I used to take a class where something along these lines was the instruction. And I

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Pursuit of Perfection

posted by Crystal Griffiths on February 27, 2012 |

perfectionPerfection is Overrated In a certain sense, perfection is a myth. Major growth, creativity and fulfilled living is possible when you realize that you are a human being and by default, imperfect. The wise see the perfection in their imperfection and have come to love that part of themselves. Part of being human is being fallible. No matter how “perfect” certain people may seem, it is just not true that

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Diary of a New Yoga Teacher: Part 1

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 21, 2012 |

new yoga teacher Week One Three people come, and I’m deeply grateful. This is a fairly new yoga studio on the western edge of town, a place where no yoga studios have yet ventured. We’re in a location where we’re both greatly needed and greatly not expected (translation: invisible despite our lovely sign, postcards here and yonder, and tweets about town). When I went to my first teacher meeting, I asked the other

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Your Path

posted by Crystal Griffiths on February 16, 2012 |

your pathTrust Your Path Don’t abandon your path when you face difficulty. That’s not what it’s about. The people who live the life of their dreams stay with their problems. They do not run from them. The nature of this world, or life, is change. Nothing lasts forever. Train yourself to be still, cool, calm and collected when things don’t go well. Sometimes the world is trying to get our attention

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Yoga for One: A Poem

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 8, 2012 |

yoga for oneYoga for One The room widens, the floor unfurling all directions. The air quiets on her arms and face. She sits in the center of the mat, hands on knees, and breathes in the wide light of the early afternoon, the walls breathing with her. She bows and waits, listens to the tone that chimes in the clearing in the center of whoever she is. When she stands, the golden

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 4, 2012 |

yoga for insomniaPerfect Rest:  Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two Last week I posted the first of a three-part series on dealing with insomnia. Part One talks about some of the reasons why we can’t sleep, especially the infamous monkey mind. Today’s installment talks about strategies for helping you wind down, some of the daily life culprits that can interfere with sleep, and what to avoid as you prepare for sleep. According to

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Are You a Yoga Show Off?

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 1, 2012 |

non-competitive yogaWalking Your Talk:  Teaching Non-Competitive Yoga One of the things I really loved about yoga practice from the get-go was the fact that it is not meant to be competitive. My early teachers were all quick to emphasize that comparing yourself to your neighbors is not helpful. As a decidedly Type B introvert, I found this to be a relief. We Type B introverts do not always fare well in

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Is Owning a Yoga Studio Your Dream?

posted by Barbara Denowh on January 31, 2012 |

yoga studioOpening a Yoga Studio:  An Adventure For the first year of my little studio, things were totally up in the air. I sublet and it was month to month. I never had any idea what the next month would hold. And while it wasn’t ideal, it was a start. Of course having a yoga studio was on that dream list—10 or 20 years down the road. After time to save

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