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Release Your Psoas and Iliacus with 4 Simple Yoga Poses

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

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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Join Our Thanksgiving Campaign to Benefit Hunger Free Vermont

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

While many of us think of Thanksgiving as a time to celebrate and come together over tables heaping with food, there are many individuals and families in Vermont who struggle every day with hunger and malnutrition.  Evolution Yoga is proud to continue our annual tradition of helping our vulnerable neighbors during this season, and hope you will join us!

Help us support the work of Hunger Free Vermont by contributing to our annual Thanksgiving fundraiser – this year we are setting our…

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Ask the PT: Yoga for Stress Management – 3 Techniques

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

Exercise is often the go-to remedy for managing stress. The problem is, when life gets really crazy — as in, there-is-no-time-for-anything-else crazy — physical activity is the first thing that goes from many of our routines. In the west, many of us first experience the calming effects of a physical asana-based yoga class. However, a traditional yoga practice is so much more than the physical yoga postures. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there is only one posture: to sit. This…

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Ask the PT: How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

According to the eight-limbed path of Astanga yoga, concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) make up the sixth and seventh limbs. The placement of these limbs alone is enough to suggest their importance, for it is through these last two limbs that total absorption (samadhi) unfolds. And if that’s not reason enough to consider learning more about a mindfulness meditation practice, think about 1 habit or tendency (stick with the first thing that comes to mind) that you’d like…

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Ask the PT: Yoga Wall

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

Have you tried the yoga wall?   Perhaps it is time to mix it up and try something new! The yoga wall at Evolution PT and Yoga can be used to expand your practice, or to help get a practice going.  A yoga practice with the assist of the wall, using straps, pelvic slings or a bar, changes the feel of both advanced and beginner poses.  It provides stability for balance, or a challenge for balance with longer holds and altered center of mass.  The wall can provide deep stretches, or…

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Ask the PT: Physical Therapy as Part of the Postpartum Process

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I took a class. Not a birth class – but a “What do I do with the baby once I get home?” kind of class. I had spent over a decade working with pregnant and postpartum women as my PT clients. I had spent years working with one of the most skilled birth professionals I know. I had read and talked about pregnancy and birth.  Taken pre-natal yoga classes. I felt educated – to some degree – about the “before” part.  But I…

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