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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Foot Yoga: Tap into the Power of Your Own Two Feet

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 15, 2015 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga: Take Care of Those Dogs! I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more than 20. It’s a privilege to move through life’s inevitable ups and downs with such a solid core of wise and wonderful humans. I met one of these students—I’ll call her Patricia—in the late ’80s. At that time she was in her

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #3

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 13, 2015 |

kale saladMeatless Monday: Kale Salad with Miso-Roasted Tofu As my backyard kale started to proliferate a few months ago, I posted a couple of kale salad recipes (here’s one and here’s the other). Even later in the season, I find that my fresh-picked, homegrown kale is much more tender than what I find at the store. Kale salads are a great way to use tender leaves, and this particular salad, that

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Sankalpa: Setting Your Intention

posted by Bruce Black on July 8, 2015 |

sankalpaSankalpa: Setting Your Intention “Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer Until I took a yoga class, I’d never heard anyone talk about “setting an intention.” Years ago my father encouraged me to set goals, make outlines, form plans, but he never spoke about setting an intention. What did my yoga teacher mean, I wondered, when he spoke about setting an intention? What exactly was an intention—was it the same

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Meatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 6, 2015 |

potato saladMeatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad with Marjoram and Pickled Onions Independence Day weekend may have just come and gone, but it is clearly not the end of potluck barbecue season. A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for tempeh skewers that lets vegetarians and vegans join the barbecue. Today I’m sharing a vegan version of another barbecue staple: potato salad. When I was a kid, I loved German potato

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Lightweight Sukasana Pillows Travel Easy

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2015 |

sukhasana pillowUse a Sukasana Pillow for Ease in “Easy Pose” In some ways you could call sitting meditation the ultimate vacation. When you make the effort to step away from your mind’s usual drama even for a few minutes, you can feel refreshed, energized and peaceful. So it’s ironic that when we go on vacation—unless we’re going on a yoga or meditation retreat—we often leave our practice behind. Part of the

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Yoga Straps: Forward Bend with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 30, 2015 |

paschi-carlaUse a Yoga Strap to Maintain a Healthy Spine in Seated Forward Bend Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as there are people. Dandasana, despite the fact that it looks simple, is challenging for almost everyone. At least, it’s

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A Meditation for Abundance

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on June 24, 2015 |

abundanceA Meditation for Abundance Often people ask me how they can create more abundance in their lives. My experience is that the Universe answers our requests so it’s important to be very specific about what we want an abundance of in our lives. After doing some asana (maybe some sun salutations) and pranayama, take a seat, make sure you sit in a comfortable fashion where your spine is upright and

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Meatless Monday: BBQed Veggie Skewers

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 22, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Join the Barbecue with Tasty Skewers In the decades since I stopped eating meat, people have often asked whether I miss eating hamburgers on the grill. I don’t. I actually don’t care for the smell of barbecued burgers, but I do like the taste of grilled foods. Barbecues and potluck picnics abound in the summer. Vegetarians can always partake of the meatless sides at an outdoor barbecue, but

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Supta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 17, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching There are many reasons people decide to start practicing yoga. For me, it was simple curiosity, at least at first. Many of my students come to yoga to bring some calm to their lives. Some want to increase flexibility. A healthy percentage of my students originally came to practice hoping to resolve a physical issue, especially back pain. Whatever your intention, practicing yoga can indeed confer

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Free Your Breath with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 11, 2015 |

yoga blocksPractice Prasarita Padottanasana with a Yoga Block Prasarita Padottanasana is one of yoga’s most balancing standing poses. Its symmetrical shape keeps your pelvis, sacroiliac joint and spine neutral and quiet, while the active rooting of your feet and legs allows your upper body to be soft and receptive. I like to settle into Prasarita in between standing poses to allow my body to ground and integrate. Practicing Prasarita Padottanasana confers

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