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Release Your Psoas and Iliacus with 4 Simple Yoga Poses

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Your iliacus and psoas muscles, are part of a group of muscles called your hip flexors.  These muscles can become short from just the sheer number of hours that we sit in a day, and overused when we try to sit up without our spine supported.  Short and tight hip flexors are a common cause of back ache, and hip dysfunction.  If you have ever had your psoas or iliacus released through your abdomen, you can testify to the discomfort of this technique, even if it has been effective for you in the past.  Fear not, there are simpler ways to tame these muscles.  Try out this sequence at...

Join Our Thanksgiving Campaign to Benefit Hunger Free Vermont

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

While many of us think of Thanksgiving as a time to celebrate and come together over tables heaping with food, there are many individuals and families in Vermont who struggle every day with hunger and malnutrition.  Evolution Yoga is proud to continue our annual tradition of helping our vulnerable neighbors during this season, and hope you will join us! Help us support the work of Hunger Free Vermont by contributing to our annual Thanksgiving fundraiser – this year we are setting our goal at $1500! Your participation will help this incredible nonprofit organization with the important work of providing nutrition education and expanding access to nutrition programs that nourish...

Ask the PT: Yoga for Stress Management – 3 Techniques

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Exercise is often the go-to remedy for managing stress. The problem is, when life gets really crazy — as in, there-is-no-time-for-anything-else crazy — physical activity is the first thing that goes from many of our routines. In the west, many of us first experience the calming effects of a physical asana-based yoga class. However, a traditional yoga practice is so much more than the physical yoga postures. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there is only one posture: to sit. This ancient practice of yoga focuses on mindfully living your life, breath work, concentration and meditation practices. To truly tackle the problem of stress, you need to work with...

Ask the PT: How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

According to the eight-limbed path of Astanga yoga, concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) make up the sixth and seventh limbs. The placement of these limbs alone is enough to suggest their importance, for it is through these last two limbs that total absorption (samadhi) unfolds. And if that’s not reason enough to consider learning more about a mindfulness meditation practice, think about 1 habit or tendency (stick with the first thing that comes to mind) that you’d like to change; meditation can help you get there. How does mindfulness meditation work? Simply stated, over time we collect patterns of thought and behaviors that become habits. Some may be habits...