Yoga at Evolution
Evolution Yoga teachers are influenced by a variety of yoga traditions and styles including Classical Hatha Yoga, Iyengar, 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. Students should be able to sit on the floor on a bolster or blanket in order to participate in this group class.
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Burlington Community Kirtan
Burlington Kirtan meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM at Evolution.
For updates on time/location, visit Burlington Kirtan’s Facebook or call/text Jeanette Bacevius at 802-363-8287
Instruments and drums welcome, as are donations for the use of the space. Kirtan is a yogic sound practice of call and response chanting of mantras in Sanskrit. No experience necessary. All chants are taught and guided.
Community classes welcome all levels and are offered at a sliding scale rate of $10 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 into 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, following the practices of mindfulness taught by Zen master, poet, peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. These two-hour sessions include group practice of sitting meditation (two 20-minute sits), walking meditation (10 minutes), a short reading, and a period open for 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.
Sundays 6:30-8:30 pm
Nothing says summer like practicing yoga outside, overlooking Lake Champlain and the scenic Adirondack Mountains at Oakledge Park in front of the earth clock! Spend your Tuesday evening practicing and wind down your body, mind, and soul with the setting sun.
Our 2019 Sunset Yoga classes will run from June 3 – August 26 and are held every Tuesday evening from 7:15-8: 15 pm.
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.
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. 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 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 begin 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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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 2019 Yoga on the Lake classes will run from June 3 – August 31 and are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 7-8 am. New this year we will have Saturday morning classes from 7:30-8:30 am. Rainy day classes will move from the dock to the upper deck of the Sailing Center.
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 location changes due to weather, which will be updated by 6:30 am the day of class as needed.
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 allow 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 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. Yoga wall classes are not appropriate for pregnant women who have no prior experience on the yoga wall.
Sign Up for Classes. As space in Yoga Wall classes is limited to 12, online registration on the day of class through the Evolution website is encouraged in order to guarantee your spot in the class. If you are not present at the time class begins and there is a student waiting to get into a class, your spot in class will be offered to the next person on the wait-list. Please be on time to class to ensure your spot. If you don’t show for a class for which you reserved a spot and we didn’t fill the slot with a walk-in client, you will still be charged for the class.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga