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Using Breath to Cope with Change

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

As we approach the equinox and move into spring, often changes in our life mimic what we are seeing in the outside world- the amount of daylight swiftly increases, a frozen river begins to rush, our driveway shifts from frozen to mud pit in a matter of hours. Changes which are perceived as both positive and negative can be stressful. The breath can be an anchor which supports us and helps guide us through times of intense change.

At first glance, the breath can teach us that ebb and…

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Yoga for Your Sole(s)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

If you’ve taken yoga classes then you’ve heard the news: feet are foundation. If you’ve ever walked, run, or even taken a seat in your favorite comfy chair, than you’ve experienced this firsthand. That’s right, even in sitting the feet can provide needed support for your body. In just the same way that nourishing the foundation of a plant goes a long way in supporting its trunk and limbs, how we use and care for our feet can affect not only how the feet feel and perform, but…

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Yoga for a Healthy Body and Self Image – Spring Series

April 20, 2017 - May 25, 2017

There is a misconception that yoga is for a specific body type. Have you been hesitant to attend a class because of your weight, shape, or doubt in your ability to do it “the right way”? Have you struggled with an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body/self-image? If so, this 6-week series is for you. We will practice gentle and restorative yoga in a safe, non-judgmental environment while exploring modifications that support you. Gentle and restorative yoga gives you space to…

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Yoga for Trauma

April 19, 2017 - May 24, 2017

Current research shows that yoga practices are integral to moving forward beyond trauma. We will integrate grounding and centering mindfulness practices, simple breathing exercises, and gentle movements to provide a space for the the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies to release and heal.

This series is appropriate for anyone who identifies as having experienced or witnessed a traumatic event – violence, victimization, loss, or other.

Bonnie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker…

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Love Your Earth: Restorative Yoga to Benefit 350VT

May 12, 2017

Join Martha for a rejuvenating practice of restorative yoga. This relaxing class allows you to draw into a deeper place inside yourself as you are guided into supported restful yoga poses. Come relax, restore and recharge.

All proceeds from this class will go to 350Vermont, the only statewide organization in Vermont working solely on building a grassroots movement to reverse climate change through meaningful, collective action. For more information, check out…

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Yoga Wall: Chest and Hips

April 21, 2017

This workshop will use the Yoga Wall to explore movement and alignment in the chest and hips. Using the wall straps and bars we will find ways to support the body and learn to cultivate strength, mobility, and stability in the hips without straining and producing tension and stiffness. Building on this stability we’ll perform postures to reduce tension and increase movement in the shoulders, thoracic spine, and neck. No yoga or wall experience is needed for this class.

This workshop…

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Pranamaya Kosha: Awaken the Energetic Body

April 29, 2017

Many of us practice yoga because of the obvious physical and mental benefits it provides. In this workshop we will take it a step further and explore the more subtle aspects of yoga to help us understand, and even control the prana (vital energy) in the body.

Through discussion, breathing techniques, physical postures, and mantra we will work to cultivate an awareness of the pranamaya kosha, the layer of the self that is composed of prana. Our practice will be physically gentle and…

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Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation: Practices for Wholehearted Living

April 22, 2017

Are you longing for…
~ Ease and openness in your body, mind, and heart?
~ Loving-kindness towards yourself and others?
~ An uplifting, contemplative mini-retreat?

Then…. join Martha for this rich adventure!

Meditation, Pranayama (breathing techniques), and Yin Yoga are complimentary mindfulness practices that foster awareness and caring: qualities of wakefulness needed in difficult times.

Come experience step-by-step meditation guidance to meet your body, mind, and emotions with…

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The Anatomy of Breath

May 5, 2017

We all know the importance of proper breathing to keep us calm, centered and balanced. However, the importance of the breath goes beyond mindfulness and relaxation. The diaphragm is the top portion of the deepest core stabilizing structures, and its misuse can lead to not only shallow breathing but poor dynamic stability of the lumbar spine.

If you have chronic tension in your shoulders and neck, this may be due in part to a lack of diaphragmatic breathing leading to overworked neck…

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