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The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

  • Meatless Monday: Barley-Squash Soup

    Soothing Soup for Meatless Monday
    Okay. I know it’s Tuesday, but yesterday Hugger Mugger was unveiling a newly organized website, so the site was offline at precisely the time I would have posted my Meatless Monday recipe. Even though it’s Tuesday, this recipe will still taste great no matter when you make it.

    Do check out Hugger Mugger’s new website. It’s slick and clean and even easier to navigate than before.

    Here’s yesterday’s post:

    My mother was not a cook-from-scratch kind of person. She always provided balanced meals for us, but cooking was not her thing...

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  • Bringing Your Yoga Home: Tips for Developing a Home Yoga Practice

    Tips for Developing a Home Yoga Practice
    Yoga class is great, isn’t it? It relaxes you, invigorates you, and grounds you. It helps you recoup after a busy day or sets the tone for the day ahead. But what about those days where you can’t make it to a yoga class? What then?

    One if the most common things I hear from my yoga students is that they don’t know how to practice yoga on their own. They feel insecure or at a loss of what to do once they get to their mat.

    If you can relate...

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  • Yoga Practice: 7 Ways to Counter the Effects of Sitting

    Parsvakonasana

    Some say that sitting is the new smoking. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to make this claim, but as a person with a part-time job that requires sitting at a desk and typing out blogs, I certainly support the idea that prolonged sitting seems to be less than ideal.

    Effects include foggy brain due to poor circulation, weakened abdominal and gluteal muscles, neck problems from too much flexion (aka text neck), hypertension, heart disease and even possibly colon cancer. The Washington Post published a chart that goes into more detail.
    ...

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  • Meatless Monday: Black Bean Quinoa Soup

    Meatless Monday: Black Bean Quinoa Soup
    I love soup in the wintertime. Slow cooking a pot of soup on the stove seems to warm my drafty, old house. The fragrance lingers for hours afterward. A pot of soup makes more than one meal, relieving the cook of the responsibility of planning and cooking at least one meal later in the week. And the best part: leftovers are even better than when the soup is freshly made, after the flavors have had time to integrate.

    I love all vegan and vegetarian soups from scratch. But I especially like to find...

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  • My Yoga Mat

    My Yoga Mat
    The mat that I carry to my yoga class each week is falling apart.

    It was my wife’s mat originally. She bought it when she started taking classes, and then found a thicker, sturdier mat when she became serious about yoga.

    Using her old mat, I feel close to her when I practice, even if she’s not beside me.

    I take it to class even though it’s pale purple, the color of lilacs, because it’s lighter and smaller than the mat that I use for my home practice.

    I know that I could...

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  • Mindful Eating, a Habit to Savor

    On every silent Insight Meditation retreat I’ve attended—at The Last Resort in Southern Utah, or at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California—meals have always been always been the most reliable source of daily pleasure. This is partially due to the expertise and caring of the people who plan and prepare the meals, which are always wholesome, flavorful and prepared with love.

    Another reason retreat food brings such pleasure is that it’s not up to me to plan the menu, buy and assemble the ingredients, and prepare the food. I love to cook, but I also love to be...

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  • Fire Log Pose: Ignite Your Inner Fire

    Agnistambhasana: Fire Log Pose
    Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient India, fire was personified by the two-headed fire god Agni. Stemming from the same root as the Latin ignire (to ignite), Agni was the force behind heat, light and will power. According to the Vedas, Agni fueled the sun, the stars and lightning.

    In Ayurveda, Agni is the word for digestive fire, the energy that ignites the organs of digestion to process the food we consume. This month’s pose, Agnistambhasana (agni=fire, stambh=log) helps...

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  • Utah Food Bank Feeds Utah’s Families

    Utah Food Bank Fills in the Gaps
    In 2014, USA Today reported that 46 million Americans—one in seven—relied on food banks or meal services to provide for or supplement their nutritional needs. In Utah, 423,000 people—one in seven overall, and one in five children—live with the daily threat of hunger. Last year the Utah Food Bank, founded in 1904, distributed 37.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 31 million meals to individuals and families throughout the state.

    Housed in an 86,000-square-foot warehouse stacked floor to ceiling, the food bank’s Salt Lake City distribution center actually has no pantry...

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  • Meatless Monday: Red Velvet Soup

    Red Velvet Soup for Meatless Monday
    The sense of smell is said to be the sense most closely linked to memory. The fragrance of certain foods, along with the taste, can sometimes catapult me to another time and place. Such is the case with today’s recipe.

    I first tasted Red Velvet Soup a few weeks into a 30-day silent Insight Meditation retreat at The Last Resort in Duck Creek, Utah, in the 1990s. Over days and weeks, the relative lack of sensory input on silent retreats can significantly heighten your senses. Sounds seem louder, more resonant and more distinct...

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  • Yogic Help for Headaches

    Yogic Help for Headaches
    Some of us suffer from minor headaches occasionally and we don’t always have or want to take something. This article is for you.

    Sometimes we know what’s caused our headache—fumes from the engine my son started in the garage, bright sunlight, someone close by wearing too much perfume—yet many times we do not.

    If you get consistent headaches, you might look at your diet, hormonal cycle, stress level, the amount you sleep and/or environmental factors. If you are someone who has severe, debilitating headaches, please consult a medical professional.

    Sometimes we can apply...

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