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Santosha – Contentment

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

This weekend I had every intention of waking up to my alarm in time to get to early morning yoga class. I’ll wake up naturally, I thought, and will be at the studio in time to center myself. It was a busy week of focus and distractions, I didn’t practice as much as I “should have,” I felt frazzled, and my plans for early morning weekend yoga were just what I needed to get back into my happy place. And yet, I slept in both days, ignoring my alarm and waking up as class was about to begin. Was I disappointed in myself? Sure. Annoyed that my plans for...

A Mind Body Approach for Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

The health care world is recognizing the importance of treating patients with a “biopsychosocial” approach.  This is using medical terminology to describe considering someone’s body (bio), mind (psycho) and social life (social) while treating medical conditions. A wide variety of conditions such as high blood pressure as well as painful conditions such as low back pain can benefit from this approach. There is a well known link between states of mind (such as anxiety or depression) and an experience of chronic pain. Long term management of conditions such as chronic low back pain likely benefit from treatment of both the physical aspects of the condition (such as yoga asana)...

Saucha: Lighten Your Load

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

“As we begin to lose the heaviness of waste and clutter, we begin to feel lighter, more spacious and expansive. Our bodies become more alive, our minds become more clear, our hearts more compassionate.” – Deborah Adele, Yamas and Niyamas As we welcome summer, let’s begin our exploration of Niyamas, or observances. The first Niyama we will study is Saucha, or purity. Saucha invites us to explore where in our lives there’s a need for purification. A dictionary definition of purification is the removal of contaminants from something and yoga is a system of purification for the body, mind, and spirit. We accumulate impurities, or contaminants, in the body...

Release Your Psoas and Iliacus with 4 Simple Yoga Poses

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

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...