Evolution PT, Yoga & Massage
20 Kilburn St. Burlington, VT
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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 Iyengar. 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 dedication of her/his own personal practice. Meet our teachers here.

Class Descriptions

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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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

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga empowers a woman to awaken herself physically, emotionally and spiritually as she prepares for birth and embraces her role as a mother. This class focuses on physical poses which create strength, stability and comfort, as well as mindfulness practices that are useful both in birth and in parenting. We practice a blend of flowing movements for stamina and sustained holds of poses for strength and mental focus.

Breathwork and meditation techniques are used to instill a feeling of trust in one’s own inner wisdom during this time of change. This class supports women in all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. We begin class with a 20-25 minute opportunity to check in as a community, where women are able to share how their pregnancy has been going and how they are feeling, as well as ask questions. This introduction time is also used for sharing birth stories from women who had been attending class. The opening discussion is followed by an hour of physical yoga practice.

Class Times: Tuesdays 4:00 pm, Wednesdays 12:15 pm, Thursdays 5:45 pm, Sundays 10:05 am

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Postnatal Yoga

The transition into motherhood can be emotionally and physically challenging as your body begins to realign after so many months growing a baby. Postnatal Yoga focuses on bringing the body back to strength and alignment in a fun and nurturing environment with other mothers.

We begin the class with a chance to talk about common themes such as sleep (or lack thereof), feeding baby, how to wear your baby, etc., and then move into a moderately-paced yoga class which focuses on relieving shoulder and back pain, strengthening deep abdominal and pelvic muscles, and building stamina.

Feel free to bring your baby with you, and a baby blanket. This fun, all-levels class is appropriate for moth­ers with babies 6 weeks to pre-crawling.

Class Times: Tuesdays 10:30 am, Sundays 12:15 pm

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Postnatal Core Yoga

Rediscover a connection to your core in this post-natal yoga class that you and your baby can attend. Learn how to use your core muscles in a balanced way to reduce bulging of the abdomen and strain on the back and hips. Meagen Satinsky PT brings her years of experience as a yoga instructor and women’s health physical therapist to this class to target your abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles.

You will learn how to strengthen your upper body with core stability to assist with all of the lifting and carrying required of motherhood. This drop-in class is appropriate for women with babies 6 weeks to crawling.

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Restorative Yoga

This therapeutic style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar as a tool to reduce the effects of stress related disease. This class is a great way to re-energize your body through gentle stretching and passive poses using blankets, pillows, bolsters and chairs as supports. Poses are sequenced together to address issues such as muscle tension, insomnia, back pain and headaches. You will leave Restorative Yoga feeling renewed and restored as well as awake and alive.

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Yoga Alignment I & II

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.

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Yoga Therapeutics - 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 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.

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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, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 to 8 AM. Join us for a unique and inspiring practice. $14 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 2-September 29
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Prana Flow

Prana Flow® – Energetic Vinyasa is a full spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga created by Shiva Rea. Students of all levels are invited to experience prana, the universal source of breath, life energy, and conscious intelligence, as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Experience innovative approaches to Vinyasa yoga and the state of flow within the rhythm of this class.

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Vigorous Vinyasa (Lunchtime)

Rather than taking your regular lunch break that can leave you feeling the need for a siesta, come get a serious workout right in the middle of your work day. This class will give you the opportunity to breathe, focus, relax and simultaneously sweat, feel the burn and build muscle definition as well as core strength. It’s complemented by a fun soundtrack to give you energy for the rest of the day!

Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15

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 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:15
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Free Community Mindfulness Practice

Join this 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 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.

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method® uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am