The Hugger Mugger Mission
TO CREATE HIGH-QUALITY, TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR, AND INNOVATIVE YOGA PRODUCTS
We are committed to making the very best props and tools for the practice of yoga asana (body), meditation (mind), and pranayama (breath). Hugger Mugger’s consistency and boutique-quality products continue to earn a trustworthy reputation with yoga studios and teachers worldwide.
TO PROVIDE AUTHENTIC, DEPENDABLE PROPS FOR YOGA PRACTITIONERS OF ALL SHAPES, SIZES, AND ABILITIES
After 34 years in the yoga products business, our original and B.K.S. Iyengar-inspired props continue to be produced to their original specifications. Hugger Mugger’s newer innovations are carefully planned and designed in collaboration with an in-house team of yoga teachers and practitioners (as well as some yogi and wellness friends we’ve met along the way).
We believe that every body is a yoga body, and that all humans should be treated kindly and equally. We take pride in these values, and we like to think that’s one of the things that sets Hugger Mugger apart.
TO OFFER EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER CARE & SERVICE
Consistent high standards of quality are not just limited to our products. We treat our customers as valued, long-term friends, and are grateful for the relationships we have built over our many years in business. We take pride in knowing we have the most knowledgeable and friendly customer care representatives in the yoga products industry. Please feel free to contact us at any time!
TO CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY OF YOGA
We believe that cultivating a more yogic lifestyle embarks us on a Journey to finding contentment and freedom. While we recognize that we are all on our own different paths in life, we know the practice of yoga unites us. We celebrate this Journey with mindful, educational, inclusive, and uplifting communications and media.
TO TREAT OUR EMPLOYEES LIKE FAMILY
We strive to provide a great environment for our employees to work and grow in their career paths and yoga practices. We have many valued, long-term employees and work hard to create a community that is understanding, inclusive, and supportive. We find great value in encouraging our employees to pursue their own life passions and yoga journeys so they can come to work feeling refreshed and motivated.
TO SUPPORT YOGA STUDIOS AND TEACHERS
The traditions of Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga inspire us, and we honor the wisdom, service, and diversity that we see in all yoga teachers, past and present. We aim to be a helpful resource by providing three teacher-focused services: Wholesale Accounts, a commission-based Affiliate Program, and an educational Blog written by yoga teachers.
TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
We maintain the philosophy that it is important to assist the people in our community. Throughout the years, we have donated our time and products to a number of different charities. A percentage of all SRP sales is donated to a different organization each quarter. Thank you for the difference you will make when you choose a new Hugger Mugger product!
The History of Hugger Mugger
In 1986, Hugger Mugger Yoga Products was founded by Sara Chambers in Salt Lake City, Utah. A custom furniture builder, Chambers was a devoted student of Cita Mason and David Riley, local Iyengar Yoga teachers, when she attended her first weekend workshop with the late Mary Dunn.
During the workshop, she observed Dunn searching for an appropriate strap to demonstrate a modification to a pose. One student brought a belt to the workshop, which worked much better than the thrift store neckties everyone else was using. Dunn continued to borrow that belt throughout the weekend, setting off a spark in Chambers’ creative mind.
A HISTORY OF INNOVATION
The following week, Chambers showed up to her class with two newly made yoga props. The first was a 1-1/2-inch-wide Cotton D-ring Strap based on the belt she saw in the workshop. The second was a pair of maroon velour gym shorts made specifically for yoga practice, finished with thigh-hugging elastic bands that stayed in place during inversions and wide-legged poses. The strap and shorts were immediate hits, and she began taking orders for them that night.
Motivated by her new inventions, Chambers began making Iyengar-inspired yoga props in the basement of her home. She named her company Hugger Mugger, after the shorts that started it all. (Hugger Mugger means “to conceal.”) She consulted with her teachers to come up with sturdy, innovative, and functional products, including handmade yoga blocks set to B.K.S. Iyengar‘s specifications.
To add to the collection, Chambers started importing and selling the latest 1980s Iyengar yoga discovery: a makeshift yoga mat cut from European under-carpet padding. After receiving feedback that this material would crumble after a few months, she decided to develop a sturdier, stickier mat. This was when the USA-made Tapas Mat, the first mat ever designed specifically for yoga, was born.
HUGGER MUGGER TODAY
Hugger Mugger moved to a larger space in 1989, as the company began to grow. In 1997, Sara Chambers took on a partner, David Chamberlain, to help her expand the growing business and, again, move into a larger space. They both have since retired, but we continue to be a woman-run company that honors Sara’s original vision: to provide innovative, premium-quality products for every style of practice, to employ and empower yoga teachers and students, and to create a wide circle of friends throughout the world.
We take great pride in the product line we have created, which currently features USA-made and handmade products, heavy metal and phthalate-free yoga mats, and eco-friendly yoga products, including biodegradable TPE mats, natural rubber mats, cork and bamboo blocks, and more.