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Saucha: Lighten Your Load

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 0 comments

“As we begin to lose the heaviness of waste and clutter, we begin to feel lighter, more spacious and expansive. Our bodies become more alive, our minds become more clear, our hearts more compassionate.” – Deborah Adele, Yamas and Niyamas

As we welcome summer, let’s begin our exploration of Niyamas, or observances. The first Niyama we will study is Saucha, or purity. Saucha invites us to explore where in our lives there’s a need for purification. A dictionary definition of…

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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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Aparigraha: Practicing Release with the Exhale

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

One way of translating aparigraha is non-possessiveness. Possession is another word for control – in relation to something that has happened in the past, is happening in the present, or to an outcome we wish for in the future. In the body, this attempt to control can lead to shallow breathing, when we tighten in response to the fear an outcome other than the one we want.

What does shallow breathing feel like in the body? Tight abdominal muscles, which limits the movement of the…

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Yoga on the Lake 2018 – Rain or Shine at the New Site!

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 1 comment

Our inspiring Yoga on the Lake and Sunset Yoga classes start on June 4, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer SIX weekly classes overlooking the lake, all summer long!

Between the grand opening of the new Community Sailing Center building and construction down at the Burlington waterfront, there are a few important things to note before heading down to class this summer:

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Aparigraha – Practicing Non-Attachment

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Evolution Blog |

Aparigraha is Sanskrit for non-attachment. It can also be translated as non-possessiveness or non-greed. I was introduced to non-attachment at Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga while volunteering for the maintenance and carpentry crew. I was a recent college graduate, accustomed to striving towards goals and good grades.

At the start of each day, there was a team meeting with our crew leader, “Ram” or Kevin. He gave us the daily agenda and handed over keys to a work truck. Ram always…

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Brahmacharya: Practicing Moderation

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Evolution Blog | 1 comment

Brahmacharya is the practice of non-excess, moderation, and right use of energy. It’s the practice of experiencing the pleasure, wonder, and the mystery of life without over-indulgence. Brahma is Sanskrit for God or creation. Charya translates to mean “one who is established in”. Brahmacharya can then be translated as “One who is established in the way of God or the creative force.” When you choose to look at yourself and your energy as sacred, the practice of moderation…

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