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Holiday Gift Card Sale – Save 15%

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Give the Gift of Yoga this Holiday Season and Save 15%! You have experienced the benefits of yoga. Whether it’s the balancing nature of the physical practices or the grounding energy of meditation and pranayama, yoga can be transformative. Help a friend or family member on this journey with a gift card from Evolution Yoga! Save 15% on Gift Cards purchased December 1-31, at the studio or online. Name your own price and let your recipient choose how they use it. Gift cards can be used toward classes, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, jewelry, music, or books. Choose the amount of the gift card, and pay 15% less than the card value: $140 gift card for just $119 $100 gift card for just $85...

Restorative Yoga for Holiday Stress

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

​As we enter the holiday season and prepare to wrap up 2018, time and energy may feel like something that will have to take a back seat to other life demands. Enter the practice of restorative yoga, adaptable to all ages and needs, and adjustable for any physical limitations. The main focus of restorative yoga is that by relaxing in poses with the aid of props and by doing simple breath practices without strain or pain, you can achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. These effects are due in large part to stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of our nervous system that’s responsible for slowing heart...

The Yamas and Niyamas: a Practice of Introspection

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Most of us are introduced to yoga as a physical practice. Keeping the body tuned up is important, but not at the expense of shying away from examining our moral compass. Yoga is a complete system of both physical and mental practices. Perhaps that’s why people get hooked on yoga as they go deeper. Yoga has its own set of guidelines set out in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali called the Yamas and Niyamas. Throughout 2018, the Evolution community has been exploring the Yamas and Niyamas – yoga’s guidelines for living an ethical life – one at a time. If you missed reading these posts every month, here’s a...

Breathing for Resilience

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

I have a 45 minute commute every morning and evening, driving to Evolution from my home in Underhill, so I listen to a lot of podcasts. I recently listened to an interview with Dr. Stephen Porges, developer of polyvagal theory, which sparked my curiosity. Dr. Porges’s research deals with the autonomic nervous system, which has two branches- sympathetic and parasympathetic. You may have learned them as “fight or flight” (sympathetic) and “rest and digest” (parasympathetic) in high school health class like I did. It is these systems which regulate our heart rate, breathing, digestion, elimination, and sexual arousal. Specifically, he looks at how different aspects of the vagus nerve...