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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Yoga Mat History 101

posted by admin on June 10, 2014 |

the original high performance yoga matEver Wondered Where Yoga Mats Came From? Here’s Yoga Mat History 101 Things in the Yoga world have not always been as easy as they are now. Back in the olden days of Yoga in the U.S., practitioners had to deal not only with the challenges inherent in practice, but also the added difficulty of sliding around on a variety of different types of floors. I liken it to how

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What to Do When Your Yoga Class Falls Asleep

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on June 9, 2014 |

kitty savasanaWhat To Do When Your Whole Yoga Class Falls Asleep They fell asleep, every last one of them. I could tell people were dozing off when I led them through a guided imagery in Savasana, telling them about the need for rest and replenishment as the seasons changed. They obviously took me at my word. Snoring abounded. Slow, deep breathing took over. Some people’s eyelids fluttered just a bit; others

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Quick and Tasty Dinner – Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 5, 2014 |

romaine saladRomaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms I’ve been eating garden lettuce for several weeks now. My Romaine is not quite as big as what you’ll find in grocery stores, but it’s so tender and fresh. I’ve been enjoying this lively salad for the past few days. It’s especially fun to make this salad at the moment because my backyard chives are in bloom and the blossoms make

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Yoga Poetry – You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 29, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers: middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve to slivers of sadness on your pillow, middle-of-life jolts compress the heavens into one streak of sleet, thawing into softer ground. Like the rain cycle that obscures the view, you can lose your way on old ground or forget the innate blue light in everything, ready again. The

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Save Your Wrists and Build Strength in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 28, 2014 |

crystal-dogSave Your Wrists and Hands in Dog Pose! Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine, stretches

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HCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 27, 2014 |

yoga-WCsliderHCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives Not long ago, a patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) confessed to the institute’s Wellness-Survivorship Center manager, Shelley White, that she accidentally missed her radiation appointment. The patient had spent the day going from appointment to appointment at the Wellness Center. She enjoyed herself so thoroughly in the Wellness Center that she simply forgot she had a radiation session scheduled for that day. And maybe

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Experienced Yoga Teachers – What You Don’t Know Counts

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 21, 2014 |

yoga blocksWhy Beginning Teachers are More Confident than Experienced Yoga Teachers Yesterday morning one of my students asked me how my teaching has changed over the last 28 years. A few things came to mind: I no longer feel an ego need to demonstrate show-off poses. I no longer interpret “beginning,” “intermediate,” or “advanced” through the lens of what a person’s body can or can’t do. But most important, I’m a

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Cultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 19, 2014 |

appreciationCultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache A while back some nasty bacteria set up camp around my lower right wisdom tooth. The sensation was one I’d never felt before. Swollen gum tissue had displaced the tooth, so much so that the only teeth that articulated in my entire mouth were the infected one and the upper one opposite it. And when those two teeth came together, shock waves

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Bridge Pose: Get Out of Your Chair

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 13, 2014 |

bridge poseBridge Pose: The Best Anti-Sitting Pose We all do it. Every day. Hunched over a computer, grasping a steering wheel, slouched on the couch or settled onto a meditation cushion—we all sit, sometimes for hours at a time. We take sitting in chairs for granted. It’s the go-to position for pretty much everything we do on a regular basis. Like standing and lying down, it’s something most of our bodies

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The Original Yoga Shorts: A Journey

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 12, 2014 |

Hugger Mugger's Lynae Hermansen models the original shortsThe Original Yoga Shorts Periodically, I undertake a major purge of my closets and drawers. Anything I haven’t worn in the past two years goes up for grabs. Most items go to good homes with good friends, where they will be much more likely to see the light of day than they did at my house. A few items have lived in storage for much, much longer than two years,

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