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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Dog Poses from an Expert

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 1, 2011 |

yoga dogsHumans are not the only ones who can enjoy Yoga. Our animal companions are in fact the inspiration for many traditional asanas. Think Dog, Cobra, Tortoise, Eagle, Cow, Cat, Pigeon, Rabbit, Crow, etc. Last month we posted a photo of Pushkin the orange tabby demonstrating a Savasana sandwich. At that time we sent out a call for photos of your animal companions practicing Yoga. Mary Wilburn sent us some photos

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Mukta Spike Mat: Instant Acupressure

posted by Lynae on October 26, 2011 |

spike matAt first sight, you may look at a spike mat and think, “Ouch!” Initially it may feel that way, but give it a moment and the discomfort will dissolve into heat and unfolding relaxation. It turns the distressed into the de-stressed … The ideas behind the spike mat (Mukta Mat) come from the ancient art of Chinese acupressure and the Hindu “bed of nails,” both of which have numerable restorative

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Trance Dance: Shaking Up the Inner Fire

posted by jodi on October 21, 2011 |

trance danceTrance Dance:  Shaking Up the Inner Fire Sometimes you just need to get away. Last April my friend Danielle and I drove to Moab, Utah, for the last two days of Shiva Rea’s desert retreat. We talked the whole way down, effortlessly, as we meandered down the highways of Utah, stopping to take pictures along the way–of deer antler heaven, decrepit houses and barns, yoga altars, and gorgeous majestic red

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Setting Intention: The Work Behind the Work

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 19, 2011 |

yoga practiceby Amy Putney Conn Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true merciful generous or honest. ~ Maya Angelou Before practicing Anusara yoga, our teacher will often set an intention or “heart theme” for the practice of that particular day. Our work on the mat most assuredly settles our minds, but what our work on the mat accomplishes also translates into work performed

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A Quality Life Community: Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Loved Ones

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 13, 2011 |

Yoga for Cancer Survivors at Sundance ResortSometimes a single moment can change everything. You’re going along, living a life of seemingly mundane concerns—job, family, home maintenance, etc. Then one day everything changes: a car accident, a family tragedy, a cancer diagnosis. Suddenly you long for a life of the precious mundane. Instead of wishing for the extraordinary you believe is happening anywhere else but your own life, you realize the extraordinary gift of something as ordinary

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New Kid on the Yoga Block: Savasana Interrupted

posted by Matthew on October 11, 2011 |

by Matthew Coles My first time at Yoga was more strenuous than I anticipated in many ways. Though I never broke a sweat, my muscles were challenged and stretched. They were so stretched that I had to modify several of the moves to keep them from snapping right off the tendons. My tight hamstrings were yelping and I felt their protests for a couple days to come. Despite my constant

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Paschimottanasana: Storing Your Vital Energy

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 10, 2011 |

paschimottanasanaFall is the beginning of the yin cycle, a time when the sun’s yang energy begins to wane as its angle shifts and the days shorten. Yin is quiet, rooted earth to yang’s bright, expansive heaven. In autumn, we harvest hearty root vegetables and colorful hard squash for winter storage. We naturally move inward in autumn. Ancient practitioners of Chinese medicine advised people to “retire early at night and rise

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A Quality Life Community: Beginning

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 3, 2011 |

yoga for cancerThis post will kick off our October blog. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve chosen to feature periodic posts this month that focus on yoga for cancer survivors, caregivers, and their families and friends. The author, Amy Putney Conn, teaches Yoga as an integral part of free community classes cancer patients and survivors. Her non-profit organization, A Quality Life Community, offers a complete healing and wellness program for

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Do Your Animal Companions Practice Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 29, 2011 |

Send Us Your Photos! I often say my cats are my greatest Yoga teachers. That first looooonnnggg stretch they do when they get up from a nap looks like it feels oh so good. They don’t worry about form. They just move naturally, with precision and grace, kind of … well … catlike. My cats are great fans of Yoga props. A bolster on the floor is an invitation to

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New Kid on the Yoga Block

posted by Matthew on September 26, 2011 |

by Matthew Coles “New Kid on the Yoga Block” is a new series written by writer, designer and Yoga novice, Matthew Coles. Matt’s column will follow his experiences in beginner yoga. Please welcome Matthew to our stable of bloggers. “Can you touch your toes?” I’ve been asked many times over the years. I reach and reach and don’t usually get past mid-shin. Sometimes, I hear laughter or I’m asked if

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