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Morgan, Horses, and Yoga

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

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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Bhakti Yoga and Irving Berlin

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Evolution Blog |

For my birthday a few years ago, I was away at a three-day Bhakti Yoga workshop in Massachusetts. I did not know anything about Bhakti, but the workshop was one of my old man‘s 500-hour yoga teacher requirements and I did not want to stay home alone for my birthday, so off I went!

As it turns our Bhakti yoga is all about Love. And not necessarily the California-style-peace-love-and-granola-hippy-lovedbeads-tofu-tree-hugging kind of love or the steamy-between-the-sheets-ooh-la-vache kind…

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21-Day Meditation Challenge – Day 11: Clear Lake Meditation

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

Take a comfortable seat sitting cross-legged on the mat, or in a high-backed chair (with your feet resting evenly on the floor), or lie down comfortably in a bed or on the floor.  Let your body sink into your seat, the chair, or the floor, and bring your attention inward to the breath. Let go of your thoughts and concentrate on your breath for several inhales and exhales – following the breath all the way into your body and all the way out of your body.

As you rest here, envision a…

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How old is Yoga? Explore the Foundations of Hatha Yoga with Brian and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

We all know that yoga is an ancient practice, but what exactly does ‘ancient’ mean? How old is yoga? Why do we still practice it and how does the practice today differ from the original?

Researchers and historians trace the development of yoga back 5,000 years. Some take yoga origins even further back to 10,000 years. Now that’s ancient! But because the philosophies and practice of yoga were originally transmitted orally, some mysteries may always remain.

The history of yoga is broken…

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Yoga Twists, Myth, and Your Body

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

Any fanatical yogi will tell you that twists are among the most delicious, juicy, wonderful and sublime poses of a yoga practice. Newbies are not always so taken with the Twist. But come on, baby, let’s do the twist!

Twists are the chief nourishers at life’s feast. They are energizing. When done well, twists invigorate the core: essentially abs and obliques (the muscles that support suppleness and movement of the spine), shoulders, pelvis, and neck.

Twists detoxify the body and improve…

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Hand and Wrist Pain can be a Pain in the Neck (and Shoulders)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

Remember when you were a kid playing the game of making grotesque faces? As you stuck out your lips in an exaggerated way or made a pig nose with your thumbs in your nostrils, some well-meaning adult would say, “Stop that or your face will stay that way!” Well, too much time in your chair or at your desk can have the same long-term effect on your body without any of the goofy fun.

Like a lack of variety in your diet can lead to nutritional imbalances, a lack of variety in your physical…

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