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Release Your Psoas and Iliacus with 4 Simple Yoga Poses

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 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...

Aparigraha: Practicing Release with the Exhale

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

One way of translating aparigraha is non-possessiveness. Possession is another word for control – in relation to something that has happened in the past, is happening in the present, or to an outcome we wish for in the future. In the body, this attempt to control can lead to shallow breathing, when we tighten in response to the fear an outcome other than the one we want. What does shallow breathing feel like in the body? Tight abdominal muscles, which limits the movement of the diaphragm, so that the body relies on the upper back and shoulder muscles to provide movement needed for inhaling and exhaling. This is the...

Yoga on the Lake 2018 – Rain or Shine at the New Site!

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 1 comment

Our inspiring Yoga on the Lake and Sunset Yoga classes start on June 4, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer SIX weekly classes overlooking the lake, all summer long! Between the grand opening of the new Community Sailing Center building and construction down at the Burlington waterfront, there are a few important things to note before heading down to class this summer: Get oriented. Know where you’re headed! Click here for directions to the Sailing Center, and check out the lay of the land: Plan to arrive early. All yoga students must check in at the Sailing Center building, and it takes a few minutes to walk...

Aparigraha – Practicing Non-Attachment

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

Aparigraha is Sanskrit for non-attachment. It can also be translated as non-possessiveness or non-greed. I was introduced to non-attachment at Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga while volunteering for the maintenance and carpentry crew. I was a recent college graduate, accustomed to striving towards goals and good grades. At the start of each day, there was a team meeting with our crew leader, “Ram” or Kevin. He gave us the daily agenda and handed over keys to a work truck. Ram always shared a story about living and working at Kripalu when it was an ashram before the workday began. It was the best part of my day! Ram...