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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…

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Asteya – non-stealing

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

Over the next month, Evolution community members are invited to take a deeper look at ways to practice Asteya, non-stealing. Asteya is the “third jewel” of the yamas , or restraints, and is translated as non-stealing. Asteya “calls us to live with integrity and reciprocity.” -Deborah Adele

Humans take from others, the earth, themselves, and their future in conscious and unconscious ways. For example, have you ever been in conversation and can’t wait to interject your thought? Maybe you…

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Satya – Finding Your Truth

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

Satya is the second of the Yamas, ethical guidelines from the Yoga Sutras. Finding your true self is the heart of the practice of yoga.  We wear many hats in our personal, public and professional roles.  You may hold yourself, dress and speak differently in the business world, in your relationships with different family members, as a parent, or as a teacher.  As we move through these roles on a daily basis, it can become confusing as to who we are. There are stages in our lives,…

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Bringing Ahimsa into Everyday Life – A Winter Biker’s Tale

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

With waterproof panniers and a reflective, rugged messenger bag, I felt bad ass….until it started to rain.

I’ve always been a fair weather bike rider.  A little too much wind, stormy clouds on the horizon and I’m finding alternate form of transportation.  That is, until last year.  My partner and I agreed, that we really didn’t need both of our cars. Even though I loved, my little two seater, ultra fuel efficient 2001 Honda Insight, I really didn’t need to drive it the 5 minutes it…

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Loving Kindness Meditation: A Practical Method for Practicing Ahimsa

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

During the first week of February we explored ways to practice Ahimsa (non-violence) towards ourselves.  In this second week, we start to develop our skills of ahimsa with others in our life.  Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas, or ethical rules of Yoga.  Meditation assists us in examining patterns in our lives that we keep repeating over and over.  Negative self talk, blaming others for things that go wrong in our lives, and oh yes, let’s throw in a healthy dose of judging others,…

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Ahimsa – Nonviolence

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

“Yoga is designed to bring you more and more awareness of not only your body but also your thoughts.” – Deborah Adele

Over the next year, Evolution invites you to explore the ethical guidelines of yoga, the Yamas and the Niyamas. Each month we’ll explore one together, as a community. February’s theme of the month is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Ahimsa is the “core and foundation of all yoga philosophy and practice.”

In Deborah Adele’s book, “The Yamas & Niyamas,” she presents the…

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January Yoga Challenge Week 4 – Seated Sequence

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

Welcome to week four of our January Yoga Challenge.  By this time, we hope you have started to settle into a short daily routine.  Perhaps you have a favorite sequence that you are doing each day.  Some of you may have tried out all of the sequences, and started combining them.  The sequence that you choose to do is not as important as just getting to your mat for 5 minutes a day and practicing the art of observation.  Establish a routine.  Observe where you are in your body and…

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January Yoga Challenge Week 3 – Sun Salutation Variations

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

The beauty of Sun Salutations is that you can have an infinite number of variations.  Continue building your home practice starting with Week 1 Sun Breath variations, Week 2 classical Hatha Yoga Sun Salutations and then explore the variations of Sun Salutations for Week 3 with Gaby Goldberg in the videos below.   We have two videos for you this week.  Sun A & B variations.  In Sun B learn how to build your core strength by moving in and out of plank several times.  Remember to…

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January Yoga Challenge Week 2

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

We hope you have had fun exploring week one’s Sun Breath variations.  In week two you can start building your practice.  Gaby Goldberg has recorded a video of the Classical Hatha Yoga Sun Salutation.  Sun Salutations are the perfect practice to begin moving in time with your breath.  You open the front and back of the body in this moving meditation.  Begin in mountain pose standing at the front of your mat and observe how you feel from head to toe.  Observe how you feel in your…

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The Art of Observation – January Yoga Challenge

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge… observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.  – Denis Diderot

The new year is time of observation, reflection and the impulse to jump into action with new year resolutions.  In our haste to start anew and get moving in a different direction, one can lose the sense of where we are starting. The ancient yogis…

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