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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

What Your Savasana Can Tell You

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 18, 2014 |

savasanaWhat Your Savasana Can Tell You I’ve heard it many times, and said it many times: “Savasana is the most important pose. All the other poses we do in our asana practice prepare us for Savasana.” For most students of yoga, this is good news. For most, Savasana is a welcome respite, a chance to unwind the body and simply be. Savasana provides a window into formlessness, into universal vastness

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Snuggle Up with a Yoga Bolster!

posted by admin on February 12, 2014 |

yoga bolsterWhy Our Yoga Bolsters Feel So Good … Meet Abraham Avelar. For more than eight years now Abraham has been Hugger Mugger’s prime bolster maker. It may seem like this would be a straightforward job, but in order to create just the right balance of inner firmness and outer softness, our yoga bolsters have to be sewn and stuffed just right. Abraham has learned the techniques well, and has invented

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Yoga Heals — Most of the Time

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 10, 2014 |

yoga healsYoga Heals — Most of the Time A yoga teaching colleague recently related a story about a student at her studio who suffers from a rare neurological condition that causes tremors. Yoga, with its ability to smooth out your nervous system ought to be the perfect solution, right? In this case, not so much. The student’s condition had actually been worsening, causing suffering for herself, and distracting her fellow students.

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Utthita Parsvakonasana: Face the Freeze with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 5, 2014 |

parsvakonasanaUtthita Parsvakonasana:  Face the Freeze with Ease It’s sunny and 14 degrees outside. The basement office in my 1917 bungalow is probably sub-60 degrees. I’ve been wearing layers indoors for more than a month. Every time I remember to pay attention, I find my shoulders ever-so-slightly hunched up and pulled forward, my body reflexively trying to guard against the cold. But here’s the thing. Hunching up and pulling in doesn’t

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Yoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on January 30, 2014 |

Sun_beams_through_cloudsYoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything Always just to your right, an angle at sunset or slashing down from the pilot light of the clouds, the slant of everything. Sometimes, no danger, just heat lightning and crickets to echo the humidity. Sometimes everything lifted on one sudden breeze, surprisingly cold as it slants through the summer opening between day and night. The golden west calls past the horizon ahead.

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2014 |

yoga for insomniaYoga for Insomnia Part 1:  Taming the Monkey Mind It’s after 3:00 am. You’re wide awake, mind racing. You might be worried about paying your mortgage. You might be puzzling over something someone said to you and rehearsing your response. Maybe an upcoming project has you feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you are excited, on the cusp of an event you’ve long anticipated. Each minute that ticks by brings you closer to

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What’s the Secret to Life? Breathing!

posted by John Young on January 23, 2014 |

breathingWhat’s the Secret to Life? Breathing! When I set out on the path to become a doctor, I really didn’t have any idea just how much stress I was inviting into my life. Fortunately, I had the good sense to marry a well-trained Yoga instructor. Before my wife introduced me to Yoga, I always thought it was some sort of stretchy self-torture. In fact, I’m still not 100% convinced that

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Back to the Roots: Warming Veggies to Take the Chill Off

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 21, 2014 |

warming veggiesWarming Veggies to Take the Chill Off Much of the U.S. population has been inundated with snow or shivering in subzero temperatures for more than a month. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from

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Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick?

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 20, 2014 |

teach yogaCreating Safe Space:  Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick? Last winter dealt me a double whammy. After three years free from all manner of maladies, the sore throat/sinus/fever malaise caught me in early December. Then in the wee hours one January morning, the nasty norovirus took hold. The most violent symptoms abated after about 24 hours, but I felt the effects for four or five days. I hear that

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Preparing the Body for Surgery: A New Kind of Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on January 14, 2014 |

preparing the body for surgeryPreparing the Body for Surgery: A New Kind of Yoga “Breathe in one nostril for a count of four, and out the other for a count of eight,” Ursula told me today, sharing the kind of thing you might hear in a yoga class. Only I wasn’t in a yoga class, and Ursula isn’t a yoga teacher, but an energy healer. Lying on a massage table, breathing as she told

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