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Neuroscience Loves Yoga

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Neuroscience Loves Yoga. They are going steady. Neuroscience deals with the structure and function of the nervous system and the brain; Yoga is so much more than exercise. Their love affair makes sense. Many people translate the Sanskrit word Yoga to mean union. Defining yoga as ‘union’ is a pretty sweet concept. For some it is the union of the body with the mind, for others it implies a union of self with the divine. Other translations include “to subjugate,” and “to discipline.” If you’ve ever struggled in utkatasana (fierce pose, also called chair pose), these definitions might hold some resonance for you, too. Classically, yoga is defined as...

Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

When I hear the latest health claim, I’m skeptical. I’ve studied research methods enough to know that anyone can study anything that “proves” something. And the media will take the best sound bite and run with it. Unfortunately it often takes a degree (or two) to be able to weed through the hype and truly understand research, to dissect it, and it know what the results really mean. When it comes down to researching something I’m interested in, I’m willing to weed through the stats and the lingo. With two close family members diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I jumped on the chance to read this study* on the effect...

Featured Yoga Teacher: Gaby Goldberg

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Though she lives in the sleepy little town of Cambridge, Vermont, Gaby Goldberg is busy. And though she works many jobs and wears many hats, she begins each day with sādhana, a practice that starts with meditation. “It’s my first priority. It sets the tone for the day,” she says and explains that her regular practice helps her keep an even keel when doing everything from cleaning the toilet or doing the dishes to communicating better at work or teaching snowboarding. “My practice helps me remain present, honest, firm, but kind and gentle no matter what is happening in my day.” But Gaby was not always so dedicated. She...

Strengthen Your Core for Better…Everything

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

You should strengthen your core. Let’s face it, your core is pretty much the center of it all. Ever get a gut feeling about something? Ever feel something (joy, fear, love, pride) right down to your core? Ever have a gut reaction to an idea or incident? This kind of guttural language (see what I did there?) is no mistake. Your core is the middle of everything you do. The Harvard Medical School agrees. In its article “The real-world benefits of strengthening your core,” it lists the reasons you should strengthen your core*. The list includes things like bathing and getting dressed. Almost everything we do involves core muscles....