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Balancing Whole Body Systems

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Balance: A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. I hear the term balance often in my work as a PT and yoga instructor. “I don’t have good balance” a person may say while testing out Tree pose (vrksasana) or Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III). Or, “My neck pain is due to stress. I can’t balance work and my family.” The concept of balance evokes an image of steadiness. Smoothness. But what is balance, really? And how do we find it? A quick Google search of the word balance brought many definitions including “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct...

Asteya & Protecting Mother Earth

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

“The bounty of the earth is for the community, not the individual.” -Deborah Adele Humans unconsciously take from the earth. People buy more than they need and oftentimes, products have extra packaging which creates more waste. This waste ends up in landfills and outdoors, often containing materials that take a very long time to biodegrade. Corporations and governments take ownership of land and natural resources with a focus on creating wealth rather than supporting people and the natural world. These are gross examples of how humans steal from the earth, others, and themselves. Our language uses terminology like “I, me, mine” emphasizing possession. Modern humans claim ownership over land,...

Ask the PT: Hamstrings 101

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Stretching tight hamstrings can feel like a lot of effort with little reward. Yoga is often suggested as a great practice for stretching tight hamstrings.  The hamstrings are big, strong muscles that function to bend the knee and extend the hip. And because they cross both the knee AND the hip joint, it is necessary to stretch them with both of these joints considered, or risk overstretching one aspect of the muscle and completely neglecting another portion. This will result in the feeling of the hamstrings not really feeling lengthened at all. The hamstrings are a group of muscles on the back of the thigh. They are comprised of...

Asteya – non-stealing

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

Over the next month, Evolution community members are invited to take a deeper look at ways to practice Asteya, non-stealing. Asteya is the “third jewel” of the yamas , or restraints, and is translated as non-stealing. Asteya “calls us to live with integrity and reciprocity.” -Deborah Adele Humans take from others, the earth, themselves, and their future in conscious and unconscious ways. For example, have you ever been in conversation and can’t wait to interject your thought? Maybe you interrupt somebody before they’re done speaking or you’re thinking about your response while they talk. You’ve unconsciously shifted the focus of the conversation to yourself, stealing from the other person....