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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

SEPTEMBER – Transition Art Hop imagine: One Flight by Bonnie Acker  

It is the end of summer; the beginning of the school year. Many of us, even those without kids or a curriculum, entertain the notion that we must abandon our summer ways. But do not go gentle! You need not transition out of your summer mindset. Put on a jacket and some shoes and socks when the time comes, but hang on to the easeful aspects of summer by bringing mindfulness into your daily routine.

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Meet our Featured Teacher, Michelle Downing DPT, CFMT, RYT

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

Michelle Downing is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT), a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), and a registered yoga teacher (RYT). DPT, CFMT, RYT – that is a lot of letters to describe someone who wasn’t always so fascinated with the human body. As a little girl growing up in Hoosick Falls, New York, she was taken with the imagination. She was ringleader in the games of make believe enjoyed by her childhood friends. “I was the nerdy girl,” she says proudly as she describes her…

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The Camel that Broke the Yogi’s Back

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

We all know the word invincible. Super heroes, first responders, and people like Bonnie Acker are invincible. I used to be one of those amazing invincible beings until just the other day when I discovered the word vincible (it is a real word, look it up!) in Camel pose. A posture formerly known as Ustrasana (I will no longer dignify such a pose with anything as beautiful as a Sanskrit name), Camel is the pose that broke the yogi’s back.

Granted, I was daydreaming in class. Patañjali’s…

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Happiness in 21-Day or Less; Satisfaction Guaranteed

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

Join our 21-Day Happiness Challenge! Enjoy the simple, mindful, dare we say fun, practice of happiness in the company and support of friends and community. Here on Facebook we will share insights, experiences, and inspiration.

For the next 21 days we challenge you to take a few minutes each day to take stock, deepen the peace, increase the calm, savor the smiles, boost the playfulness, heighten the gratitude, and buoy the love in your life.

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Yoga, Exercise, and Immediate Gratification

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

While yoga is not necessarily exercise, it is a practice that, like exercise regimens, can be easily taken up or abandoned. New research on exercise can help us get on the mat and keep coming back. The new secret is immediate gratification!

In a recent New York Times article entitled Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards, Jane Brody tells us that “People whose goals are weight loss and better health tend to spend the least amount of time exercising. That is true even for…

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Happiness Challenge: Taking Yoga Off the Mat and into the Office?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

We are not suggesting that happiness be a challenge, far from it. That happiness is good for us is backed by tons of scientific research {{Citation needed*}}. Studies show that people with positive attitudes have lower rates of illness, are more agreeable, express more compassion, feel less stress, are more optimistic, and are even better looking. In many practices, gratitude is considered the most direct route to happiness.

Happiness is the bomb! Until today that is. A new study…

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The Shape of Things to Come: Text Neck and Yoga Therapeutics

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Evolution Blog | 1 comment

Did you happen the see the cover of the New Yorker the last week of February? It features the caricature of a tall guy in a jaunty pork-pie hat slouching his long upper torso over his smartphone. The curve in this character’s spine is so impossibly rounded, it’s almost a U-turn.

One of the big articles in that edition is entitled The Shape of Things to Come. The article is about the designers at Apple, but we are pretty sure the image is about the future of your neck and shoulders if…

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Top Ten Reasons You Need More Yoga in Your Life – Right Now.

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

Yoga is good for you. Even the surgeon general has come around to understanding this. In fact our new Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has a daily yoga practice (even ABC News thinks he’s wicked smart* and he does yoga every day). You should consider a daily practice, too.

Take a look at the top ten reasons you need more yoga in your life. Right now. (Buy a ten-class card and save $20 right now).

  1. Spring is taking its sweet old time getting here. You need to get off the couch and find some…
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Oh No! Finding Spring Within

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Evolution Blog |

It’s April Fools Day…a week late. Two and three inches of snow cover the ground in many parts of Vermont. Today is April 9th; there should be daffodils! Step outside for a minute and you can almost hear the grumbling of Vermonters all across Chittenden County. You can definitely feel it. April is testing us. And this is our chance to dig in.

This morning on my walk, I passed a guy who carried himself like a grumpy cat in the rain. His shoulders were clenched, his gloved hands flicked…

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