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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

Digestive Demons on the Loose: When You Suddenly Get Sick in the Middle of Teaching Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 8, 2014 |

suptabaddhakonasanaWhen Digestive Demons Spring to Life in Your Yoga Class I had just led the class in the opening Sun Salutations when it hit: a fast-moving stomach flu that made me almost sink to my knees. Luckily, I could, telling the students we were going to do some seated poses. I kept my eyes steady as the waves roared diagonally through my torso. While I didn’t need to rush to

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Hasta Padangusthasana – Time to Fly

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 7, 2014 |

hasta 2Hasta Padangusthasana – Take Off! Last month I wrote about Garudhasana (Eagle Pose), a pose that honors Garuda, the eagle god whose 40-mile wingspan caused hurricanes and dried up the oceans whenever he took flight. Garudhasana spreads our wings (shoulderblades) and our deep hip rotators, preparing us for flight. In a sense it is a jumping-off point for the expansion that April—derived from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”—

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What’s Normal Range of Motion?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 3, 2014 |

ROM of Major JointsAnd how does understanding range of motion help us in our Yoga practice? Have you ever wanted to get into an intermediate or advanced class and been told that you had to be able to do Lotus Pose, or do Upward Bow with straight arms? I’ve never been a fan of this type of classification, partly because it takes into consideration only one small part of a person’s Yoga experience.

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How Important is Daily Practice?

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 1, 2014 |

daily yoga practiceHow Daily Practice Can Change Your Life You know what they say about the chicken and egg situation, right? No, seriously. I don’t have an answer; I want to know what they say. I never could seem to figure out which came first. Which is why I’m in the quandary I’m in. Writing Practice In November, I did a 30-day practice of writing every day. My goal was just to

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Spring Cleaning with Kichari

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 26, 2014 |

kichariSpring Cleaning with Kichari Spring is here! There’s nothing like the first time you open your windows and let fresh, spring air circulate through your house. The clean air, sunshine and new life all around us often inspires us to clear out the old and invite the new into our homes—and into our bodies too. There are, of course, many ways to clear out the remnants of winter. There are

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Yoga Poetry

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 25, 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 that seem to compress the heavens into one streak of sleet thaw into softer ground. Like the rain cycle that hides the light and obscures the view, you can lose your way on old ground or forget the innate

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An Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 24, 2014 |

new yoga teachersAn Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers Yesterday was the last day of a yoga teacher training that began in September. Inspired by the group’s great courage and heart, I’ve written them an open letter that I hope will be of help to them and to anyone starting out on the path of teaching: Dear Friends, Let me begin by saying that being in your presence all these months has

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Hugger Mugger Marketing Director: Yoga’s a Way of Life for Crystal Griffiths

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 19, 2014 |

hugger muggerCrystal Griffiths Lives Her Yoga at Hugger Mugger If you ask Crystal Griffiths what she likes best about her job at Hugger Mugger, she’ll give you the best answer possible: “Yoga is my passion.” Crystal lives and breathes Yoga, at work and beyond. Crystal is Hugger Mugger’s marketing director and international sales rep. Since 2007, she has represented us at trade shows and conferences, handled web-based product promotions and email

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Full Expression: What is it Really, in the Context of Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 17, 2014 |

Full Expression in Supta Padanghustasana?What is Full Expression in the Context of Yoga? Have you ever heard a yoga teacher invite you to take a pose to full expression? What comes to mind when you hear this? I’d wager that for most of us, we picture the most extreme expression of flexibility—one that we might see on Instagram or on the covers of yoga magazines. But given that yoga is not just about poses,

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah Gives TLC to Thousands

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 11, 2014 |

wildlife rehabilitationWildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah Saves Lives If you live in Utah, you may have traveled to the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge in February to spend time with the 800-1,500 bald eagles that winter there every year. You’ve probably also heard about the West Nile virus outbreak that claimed 27 of these magnificent raptors this season. Or maybe you’ve been following the Willard Bay beavers, six animals—one adult and

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