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Ask the PT: How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

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...

Ask the PT: Yoga Wall

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

Have you tried the yoga wall?   Perhaps it is time to mix it up and try something new! The yoga wall at Evolution PT and Yoga can be used to expand your practice, or to help get a practice going.  A yoga practice with the assist of the wall, using straps, pelvic slings or a bar, changes the feel of both advanced and beginner poses.  It provides stability for balance, or a challenge for balance with longer holds and altered center of mass.  The wall can provide deep stretches, or limit range of motion after injury.  Everyone can find a way to use the yoga wall to deepen their...

Ask the PT: Physical Therapy as Part of the Postpartum Process

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I took a class. Not a birth class – but a “What do I do with the baby once I get home?” kind of class. I had spent over a decade working with pregnant and postpartum women as my PT clients. I had spent years working with one of the most skilled birth professionals I know. I had read and talked about pregnancy and birth.  Taken pre-natal yoga classes. I felt educated – to some degree – about the “before” part.  But I honestly didn’t really have any experience with kids. Or babies. I was well into my...

Yoga is an Effective Practice to Manage Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

Dealing with pain is exhausting. Not only do you have to be hyper aware of movements, positions and activities that may increase your pain, but at the same time, you are likely not sleeping well. This excessive attention from the brain takes both mental, and physical energy. Your brain starts to reorganize. Larger and more diverse sections of the brain will start to devote themselves to tracking your symptoms. Once more of your brain is dedicated to your pain, your nervous system goes on high alert. Activities, movements, even thoughts that wouldn’t usually trigger pain, now add to your experience of pain. And guess what? You now have even...