Online Yoga for Life Program
Fall Module Begins Sept 1st – Sign Up Online –
Take your yoga practice to the next level with Evolution’s Yoga for Life program. Explore the depth of yogic techniques that can transform how you experience the world. Wondering what that means?
Yoga for Life was created with the intention of guiding students in developing a steady personal practice and applying yoga philosophy to daily life, so the practice evolves off the mat and into living your yoga.
As a member of the Yoga for Life, you will join a sangha (community) that will support you in developing your personal practice, living a yogic life, and progressing on the path of awakening for the benefit of all beings. Each module has a theme, with books and readings that support the philosophical study of the theme. The home practice includes mantra, pranayama, mudra, and meditation to facilitate deep focus and personal growth. Weekend workshops include some asana, and students have the opportunity to practice asana daily through the unlimited drop-in class pass included with membership. Members also have the opportunity for 1:1 mentorship with Rachel. These sessions support students in developing their meditation practice, developing a comfortable and aligned meditation posture, developing a personalized home asana practice, and applying the principles of yoga to daily life.
For the safety of our staff and community, the Fall 2020 Yoga for Life Program will be held online via Zoom. Given the current facts, we believe that this is the best way to help protect our community while continuing to provide enriching learning opportunities.
Director of The Yoga for Life Program Rachel de Simone DPT, YT 200,
Rachel has been teaching yoga at Evolution for over seven years. As one of our veteran faculty, she has developed the curriculum for the Yoga for Life program and is Senior Faculty in our 200 Hour yoga teacher training program. Rachel is committed to making the practice of yoga accessible to all students. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and has a passion for adapting meditation, pranayama, and asana practice to meet students’ physical needs. Her professional interests involve yoga practices that calm the nervous system and support patients with managing pain. Her personal yoga practice is focused on cultivating bodhicitta, or the awakened heart and mind. She believes that yoga is a living practice, not limited to time spent on the mat. As a teacher, she supports students in the bodhisattva path: the path of awakening consciousness and compassion for the liberation of suffering for all beings.
Here’s what past participants say about our program:
“Yoga for Life has greatly deepened my understanding of the principles and philosophy that are integral to the asana practice so many of us know and love. The instructors are true teachers, creating a safe space for spiritual exploration and discovery. Joining other curious and seeking individuals, while learning together and from each other is part of what makes the program so rich. Yoga for Life has truly helped me develop and integrate a personal practice, self-awareness and greater skills into my everyday life, particularly in how I handle life’s more difficult and challenging events. Thank you for this life-nourishing program.”Yoga for Life Philosophy
Every part of our practice (studying philosophy, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, asana, etc.) is yoga. But the true yoga is living your yoga. What is the purpose of our time on the mat if not to guide us into becoming more engaged, compassionate, and aware beings? Your personal practice informs your life, and your life informs your practice. And, this is a lifelong practice of cultivating peace in the world, starting with cultivating peace with ourselves.
- Four-month program format for each module
- Modules run Fall (Sept 1- Dec 31) and Winter (Jan 1 – April 30)
- Unlimited drop-in classes per module to facilitate commitment to a regular practice (good for 4 months from the start date of the module, or from date of registration if after start date)
- 8 Saturday workshops 5:30-7:30 pm
- Individual and group mentorship
- Access to our online video library of yoga classes
- Small group study
- Social activities
Yoga for life participants receive the following unlimited member perks:
- Free mat storage
- 10% off Evolution Adult Yoga Workshops and Series
- Free access to special drop-in priced workshops
The Yoga for Life Program contains eight Saturday workshops from 5:30-7:30 pm led by Yoga for Life Faculty
Fall 2020 Workshop Schedule
September 12 & 19
October 10, 17, & 24
November 14 & 21
The content of each workshop will support the theme of the semester. Each workshop will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of yoga through experiential learning. The workshop structure is as follows:
Pranayama & Mudra Practice
Group Discussion of Readings
Fall 2020 Module Theme: Awakening the Heart & Mind
Bodhichitta, or the awakened heart and mind, is always available, in times of joy and in times of suffering. Throughout the arc of our lives, we will all experience love, fear, joy, sadness, contentment, struggle, connection, anger, and a whole host of other ups and downs. If we close ourselves off to the fear, sadness, struggle, and anger, we also close ourselves off to love, joy, contentment, and connection. We have a choice: We can let the hard times harden us, or we can transform our suffering into compassion and use it to open our hearts. This Yoga for Life module will explore the path of liberation by awakening and opening the heart and mind. We will develop a personal mantra, pranayama, and meditation practice that aims to connect us to our own hearts, and to each other so that we can show up in our lives with mindful, loving awareness.
Winter 2020: Resilience
Fall 2019: Contentment, Joy, and Happiness
Winter 2019: Meditation – the Path Towards Harmony
Fall 2018: Yoga for the Benefit of All Beings
Winter 2018: Diving Deeper
Fall 2017: New Horizons
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur [/learn_more]
$549 per semester if paid in full at time of registration or
$145 per month if paid via a monthly electronic funds transfer(EFT) payment contract (four payments of $145 billed to your debit or credit card once per month.) The total cost for the monthly payment option is $580.
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VSAC: Yoga Instructors may qualify for VSAC nondegree grants for the Yoga For Life Program.
There are two scholarship positions available for the Yoga for Life Program. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for our scholarship application