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  • Utthita Parsvakonasana: Extended Side Angle Pose

    Wide-legged standing poses—think Triangle and the Warrior poses—are the foundation to a balanced yoga practice. They cultivate strength, stability, balance, flexibility and expansion, all at once. Standing poses strengthen the legs and the core, and nurture the back. In the process, they encourage expansion, making them a great antidote to sitting at a computer, in a car or even in meditation. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) is a favorite among my students. It promotes steadiness by strengthening our connection to the ground and strengthening our ankles, knees and thighs. In particular the upper side of the body not only...

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  • Ginger Bok Choy Stir Fry

      Sometimes I like to make a meal out of whatever’s in the fridge and/or pantry. This ginger bok choy stir fry, based loosely on a recipe a fellow yoga teacher from Vancouver shared with me 15 years ago, is simple and well balanced. In Ayurvedic parlance, it feels very sattvic. Bok choy is a somewhat spicy dark green leafy vegetable. Like all dark green leafy veggies, it’s packed with nutrients. Spring is a good time of year to find tender baby bok choy. Snap it up if you can find it, but mature bok choy works just fine here...

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  • Matsyasana: Supported Fish Pose

    My fourth grade teacher, Miss Hazen, loved to travel. She had visited what seemed like every single state in the U.S. As she taught us about all the states and their capitals, she told us little tidbits about each state she’d gleaned from her travels. One of these little morsels struck a deep chord in me:  Miss Hazen talked about a curious lake out west that was so salty you could float in it. That lake happened to be in a state whose name I found equally curious—Utah. It just didn’t sound like the states I’d been to:  Indiana, Ohio...

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  • 5 Essential Yoga Poses for Cyclists

    Photo Credit: @princesspeppers_ Spring is the time for blossoming bushes, bursting bulbs and baby birds. It’s also the time when humans start to get outside. Just in the past month, I’ve seen increasing numbers of walkers and bikers on the streets. In the past 10 years, the place where I live, Salt Lake City, has become a more bike-friendly city, with innovative bike lanes and green bikes for rent downtown. This is part of a national trend. The trend toward bicycling as a transportation mode benefits not only the health of individual cyclists, but the community as a whole...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Day! Of course, we can enjoy chocolate chips any day of the year, but when there’s an actual official celebration, you pretty much have to take advantage of it. Here at Hugger Mugger, we’ll be celebrating tomorrow with everyone’s fave chocolate chip cookies. When I was a wee one, Toll House Cookies were the gold standard. But of course, the cookie world has exploded since then. Cookies now can include such unusual ingredients as kale, rosemary or olive oil. Being charged with coming up with a Meatless Monday recipe, I thought it would be fun...

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  • Enjoy a Massage Anytime: 5 Ways to Use a Foam Roller

    If there was a way to see a massage therapist every day, I’d likely do it. But besides being cost prohibitive, getting a daily massage would be time prohibitive. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the benefits of some sort of myofascial release every day? You actually can, with the help of a foam roller. Rolling different areas of your body over a foam roller is an easy way to care for your muscles and fascia—and you can do this entirely on your own and in your own time. Fascia is a soft tissue composed of collagen fibers. It’s...

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  • 5 Ways to Recommit to Yoga Practice

    No matter how much we love yoga, it’s natural for our practice to ebb and flow, especially over the long term. Like any long-term relationship, sometimes we’re madly in love with our practice, and at other times it can feel kind of “meh.” Any time you make a commitment to any sort of practice, there are times of inspiration and excitement, and times when we hit a plateau. If you continue to practice for decades, your practice will likely need to change—multiple times. Sometimes it will be more active, sometimes more relaxed. Sometimes a vigorous early-morning daily practice will be just...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Turmeric Frittata

    Sometimes I like to have breakfast for dinner. For years, I’ve made frittatas for weekend brunches, filling them with whatever veggies I have in the fridge. But I found this intriguing combination in Natural Grocers’s newsletter a few weeks ago and decided to try it out. This yummy cauliflower turmeric frittata is slightly more complicated than the frittatas I usually make, and the recipe calls for twice as many eggs as I usually use. I altered the recipe by using my usual number of eggs for a two-person frittata. I also left out the cheese and used ghee instead of...

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  • 4 Reasons to Choose a Hugger Mugger Yoga Bolster

    Way back in the mid-to-late 1980s, Hugger Mugger Yoga Products was a fledgling business in Sara Chambers’s basement. She started with a pair of thigh-hugging shorts and a strap. Soon, she was importing mats and making yoga blocks in her wood shop. Then came yoga bolsters. Inspired by the bolsters used at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, Sara began making her own. HM’s bolsters were designed to be faithful to the size, shape and firmness of Iyengar’s bolsters. In fact, they still are. We’ve made a few tweaks to our original design over the years to...

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  • Malasana: Know How to Squat

    One of my favorite things about writing about asana practice is that in the process of researching poses, I often learn something new. Even as I head into my 36th year of practice, I’m well aware that I know only a small fraction of what there is to know about yoga. So I’m always delighted when I uncover something that helps me understand the practice a little better. What’s In a Name? Such is the case with this blog’s featured pose, Malasana, commonly known as “Garland Pose.” I’ve always wondered about its name. I figured it came from the Sanskrit word...

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