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Politics, Religion, Yoga, and Non-harming

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

As this painful, divisive, excruciating, acrimonious, interminable election season winds down, we thought we’d take a look at Ahimsa, yoga’s first tenet. It means non-harming; it is something we as a people have been lacking lately.

I saw a meme online this morning: “When it’s all over, all that really will have mattered is how we treated each other.” How well have we treated each another? Not very.

Ahimsa is the very first of the Yamas and Niyamas (think of the Yamas and the Niyamas as…

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Featured Yoga Teacher: Martha Whitney, 25th Anniversary

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martha Whitney’s yoga teaching. This morning I had the privilege of spending some time with her on the phone talking about how her practice and her teaching have evolved. We both sat at our windows enjoying the fall. Our conversation was bookended by morning glories and blue jays. Of the flowers, Martha joked, “They’ve gone wild. Some days I try to count them – that’s a little bit compulsive.”

She started practicing yoga more than 30…

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Neuroscience Loves Yoga

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

Neuroscience Loves Yoga. They are going steady. Neuroscience deals with the structure and function of the nervous system and the brain; Yoga is so much more than exercise. Their love affair makes sense.

Many people translate the Sanskrit word Yoga to mean union. Defining yoga as ‘union’ is a pretty sweet concept. For some it is the union of the body with the mind, for others it implies a union of self with the divine. Other translations include “to subjugate,” and “to discipline.” If…

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Featured Yoga Teacher: Gaby Goldberg

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

Though she lives in the sleepy little town of Cambridge, Vermont, Gaby Goldberg is busy. And though she works many jobs and wears many hats, she begins each day with sādhana, a practice that starts with meditation.

“It’s my first priority. It sets the tone for the day,” she says and explains that her regular practice helps her keep an even keel when doing everything from cleaning the toilet or doing the dishes to communicating better at work or teaching snowboarding. “My practice…

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Strengthen Your Core for Better…Everything

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

You should strengthen your core. Let’s face it, your core is pretty much the center of it all. Ever get a gut feeling about something? Ever feel something (joy, fear, love, pride) right down to your core? Ever have a gut reaction to an idea or incident? This kind of guttural language (see what I did there?) is no mistake. Your core is the middle of everything you do.

The Harvard Medical School agrees. In its article “The real-world benefits of strengthening your core,” it lists the…

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Morgan, Horses, and Yoga

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

Evolution Yoga teacher, Morgan Merrihew would neither admit nor deny that her first name comes from the Morgan horse, that noble breed that was to influence the course of horse breeding in the United States and the world. (It is fun to note here that the first ever Morgan horse was bred in Vermont by Justin Morgan in the 1780s.) But she did concede the she had the horse Jones early on in her life.

As a girl growing up in the Adirondacks, she begged her parents for a horse. She pleaded…

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Mindfulness Meditation: It’s for the Birds!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

This is what weekdays are like: get to class, get to work, get to rehearsal, get to the meeting, get in the car, get some food…go, go, go! You know the feeling. In fact, you might even be able to add a few more things to this list. Faced with such a time-crunched schedule of commitments, who could possibly have time for present moment awareness? The simple answer: you!

Finding present moment awareness – the spiritual gateway drug to meditation and mindfulness is simple. It’s not easy,…

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Janet Carcadden on the UVM Medical Center’s HealthSource!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Evolution Blog | 1 comment

Our fearless leader Janet Carscadden PT, DPT, OCS, Cert MDT, E-RYT, is tenacious about healing. She has dedicated her life to the study and practice of yoga and physical therapy. She builds custom yoga programs for her clients to treat musculoskeletal injuries. She also lectures on the science of therapeutic yoga and how to integrate yoga therapy into healthcare. And directs the continuing education courses for healthcare professionals in therapeutic yoga here at Evolution…

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No more Pain in the Neck! Free Your Neck and Upper Back this Saturday.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Keep your head on your shoulders.” It is a euphemism for using good common sense. Similarly, the expressions “hold your head high,” and “keep your chin up,” encourage us to be confident and optimistic. But when you’ve got neck tension, whether it’s chronic or intermittent, literally ‘keeping your head on shoulders’ or holding it high can be difficult or even painful.

Pain here interferes with your ability to keep body and soul together. Pain here…

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Practice Yoga at Home – Atma Prema!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

Yoga is the foundation of my spiritual life. It also comprises much of my social life. My best friends are those people I practice with on Tuesday nights. Being in a room full of like-minded people moving mindfully and seeing the good in one another and in themselves is just about as good as it gets for me.

My favorite word used to be shakti, which Wikipedia defines this way: the primordial cosmic energy…the dynamic [feminine] forces that are thought to move through the entire universe.…

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