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Yoga at Evolution

Evolution Yoga teachers are influenced by a variety of yoga traditions and styles including Anusara, Vinyasa, Kripalu and Yin. Because we believe appropriate class placement is a crucial part of creating a safe and nurturing class atmosphere for each student’s practice, the class listings focus on the level of yoga practice as well as the style or tradition of the class. Each teacher brings to Evolution Yoga a deep and experienced understanding of yoga alignment principles, philosophy and the dedication of her/his own personal practice. Meet our teachers here.

Class Descriptions

Alignment

A 60-minute yoga class  designed to develop the foundations of a structurally sound asana yoga practice. Learn how to deepen your practice through alignment focused postures. Each month this class will examine the therapeutic benefits of evolution yoga’s pose of the month. Discover how appropriate sequencing of postures will allow you to gradually build strength and flexibility. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, you will learn to shed your patterns of compensation to build a strong and open physical practice.

Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm
Fridays 12:15-1:15 pm

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Beginner Yoga

Beginner Yoga enables students to explore yoga from the ground up in a safe, fun, non-competitive environment. The class emphasizes building body awareness, connecting movement and breath, and finding alignment in your own body. It is appropriate for students at all levels, including beginners, who wish to build a strong yoga foundation or reconnect with their yoga roots.

Beginner I Saturdays 7:45-8:45am

Beginner II Sundays 9-10 am

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Burlington Community Kirtan

Kirtan is the Yoga of Sound. It is the call-and-response signing based on ancient chants and mantras. Some think of it as devotional chanting others think of it as just plain fun. Kirtan can calm the mind and lift the spirit. All voices (regardless of your own perceived singing ability) and all ages are welcome. This class is free. Come join a community of voices! (Donations are appreciated for the use of the studio.)
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30

Community Class

Community classes welcome all levels and are offered at a sliding scale rate of $5 and up. We believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone in the community. A sliding scale class creates the opportunity for the practice of satya (truthfulness), in looking honestly at what you can contribute for your yoga practice or in honor of those who cannot contribute as much.

Class Times: Weekdays. Check the Schedule.

De-Stress Yoga

Take some time to unwind and return to your center of balance. De-stress Yoga is a slow, deep practice that combines gentle flow, yin, and restorative techniques. Particular attention is paid to areas where we typically hold tension, including the neck, shoulders, and hips. Postures are suitable and adaptable for all levels. Calming breathing techniques, meditation, and an extended Savasana (closing relaxation) are also woven in to the practice.

Class Times: Sundays 4:30-5:30 pm
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Kripalu

Kripalu yoga is a yoga of self, a practice of turning inward (pratyahara) to turn back out with greater understanding, peace and strength. In Kripalu yoga, breath unites the mind and body so that there is wholeness and the ability for the body to flow. Kripalu is sometimes thought of as a state of stillness through motion, a window open to direct experience. Regular practice leads to greater self-awareness, universal understanding, compassion and love.

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Kripalu Yoga conveys the authentic spirit of yoga and does so in a commonsense practice accessible to everyone. You don’t need the body of an athlete, the mind of a mystic, or the lifestyle of a monk to benefit from Kripalu Yoga. Kripalu allows you to choose the level of physical intensity right for your body. It recognizes that every body is different. It encourages you to create a lifestyle supportive of your health by listening to your own body.” -Richard Fauld

Mindfulness Practice

Join this free weekly sangha (community) gathering, dedicated to practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Zen master, poet, peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. To be mindful means to dwell deeply in the present moment, to be aware of what is going on within and around us. These free, two-hour sessions include group practice of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a short reading, and a period of dharma sharing. While these gatherings do include practices taught in many forms of Buddhism, one does not have to be or become a Buddhist to join – anyone, regardless of background, is welcome. One only need to be interested in mindfulness meditation practice, and be respectful to others in the group.

Vinyasa

Vermont Vinyasa ClassVinyasa translates as “flowing with breath” – this dynamic style of yoga joins physical postures, or asanas, with inhales and exhales, creating a steady internal rhythm for the practice. The vinyasa practice is a form of hatha (“ha” = sun, “tha” = moon) yoga which draws inspiration from a wide range of yoga styles and backgrounds. Vinyasa classes at evolution blend flowing movement with a lighthearted attitude and a clear attention to detail.

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Yoga and Meditation

A gentle, flowing yoga practice interwoven with moments of pause for mindful meditation, this class encourages easeful opening of the physical body while cultivating awareness and appreciation of the present moment.
This class is appropriate for beginners and for those wanting to deepen their mindfulness practices of yoga and meditation.

Wednesdays, 8:15-9:30 am
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Yoga on the Lake

Start your day with an invigorating yoga class on the docks of the Community Sailing Center, Downtown Burlington, Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1-Sept 2, 7-8am . Join us for a unique and inspiring practice. $15 a class drop in or use your class card. Note: Check Evolution’s Face Book for class status due to weather – rainy day classes will be held at Evolution. The Facebook page will be updated by 6:30 am the day of class if the forecast is iffy.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 am, June-September
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Yoga Therapeutics

Yoga Therapeutics are yoga classes taught by our physical therapists, all certified yoga instructors. These drop-in classes are focused on finding ease and relieving pain in specific areas of the body

Upper Back and Shoulder –  Too much time at the computer? Too many texts? Both activities bring our heads forward and our bodies out of ideal alignment. This yoga practice will focus on relieving the stiffness, tension, and stress that causes upper back and shoulder pain. You’ll find freedom of movement through breath work, strengthening, mobility, and postural awareness and a nice break in the middle of the day. Tuesdays 12:15-1:15 pm

Hips – Learn how to gently improve flexibility in your hips to find freedom from stiffness or pain. Meagen Satinsky draws on her depth of knowledge as a physical therapist and yoga instructor to teach the secrets of sequencing a practice, using breath work and relaxation to bring your hips back into balance. Tuesdays 5:45-7 pm

Backs – Learn and practice yoga strategies for release in the low and mid-back. Thursdays 12:15-1:15 pm

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