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.
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.
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Burlington Community Kirtan
Now that the warmer weather is here, this weekly Wednesday evening kirtan will be held outdoors, with Evolution serving as a rain location. For details on location and time, visit Burlington Kirtan’s Facebook page
Kirtan is the Yoga of Sound. It is call-and-response singing 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.)
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.
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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.
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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
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.
Sundays 6:30-8:30 pm
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
Vinyasa 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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Vinyasa/Yin is a practice that guides students from movement into stillness, balancing the natural elements of yang (sun energy) and yin (moon energy). Classes begins with a heat-building vinyasa practice that unites movement with breath, and ends with a restorative yin practice of long-held, deep, relaxing, supported postures. Vinyasa is an active practice focused on engagement; yin is a passive practice focused on letting go. Combining the two traditions enables students to find a balance of effort and ease, and to move into a state of blissful, peaceful awareness.
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Yin is a quiet practice in which we hold the poses for 3-5 minutes, using props and modifications for support as needed. The longer holds allows us to calm the nervous system and work with the connective tissues, as well as explore the layers of the mental and physical body. It is a practice of depth that can bring balance to an otherwise active, busy lifestyle.
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Yoga on the Lake
Spend your early summer mornings practicing yoga right on the docks of the Community Sailing Center
, overlooking Lake Champlain and the scenic Adirondack Mountains! Emerge physically energized and mentally prepared to take on the excitement the rest of a summer day may bring. Our 2017 Yoga on the Lake classes will run from June 5 – September 1, and are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7-8 am, weather-permitting.
Note: Please bring your own towel and yoga mat, as well as layers of clothing in case of chilly temps. Check Evolution’s Facebook Page
for class changes due to weather, which will be updated by 6:30am the day of class as needed.
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: Neck and Shoulders, Spine, Spine and Hips.
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Say “ahhhh!” Find more ease and strength in your practice and in your body at the Yoga Wall. We use straps and belts to deepen twists, traction the spine, and open up the shoulders and discover how good alignment can feel. Our Yoga Wall Therapeutics teachers are PTs and yoga teachers who are as passionate about good alignment and body mechanics as you are about feeling good.Sign Up for Classes