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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 Winter 2021 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
There are eight limbs of yoga that collectively support us on our path to liberation. The yamas and niyamas are the ethical guidelines for yogic life, and include nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-excess, non-possessiveness, purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. Asana, or the physical movement in yoga, is only one branch of the 8 limbed path. Integral to the practice is pranayama (conscious direction of breath and energy) and pratyahara (focusing the senses). All of these five branches support dharana, or concentration. As we practice consciously directing our attention, we develop dhyana or meditation. Dhyana is the practice of paying attention for an extended period of time. Through these seven branches, we work towards samadhi (enlightenment), or the awakened and liberated heart and mind.

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.

Program Format and Schedule
We designed this program to aid students in accessing a deeper understanding and connection to Self, while building a community that is strongly rooted in compassion, with a format that allows for flexibility in meeting individual participants’ needs:

  • Four-month program format for fall and winter modules
  • Modules run Fall (Sept 1- Dec 31) and Winter (Jan 1 – May 1)
  • 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 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Individual and group mentorship
  • Small group study
  • Community
  • Social activities

Yoga for life participants receive the following unlimited member perks:

  • 10% off Evolution Adult Yoga Workshops and Series
  • Free access to special drop-in priced workshops
  • Access to our On-Demand Video Library of yoga classes

The Yoga for Life Program contains eight Saturday workshops from 5:00-7:00 pm led by Yoga for Life Faculty

Winter 2021 ​Workshop Schedule

January 16 & 30

February 13 & 27

March 13 & 20 

April 17

May 1 

 

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:

Mantra Practice

Pranayama & Mudra Practice

Meditation

Group Discussion of Readings

Reflection Exercises

Group Process

Relaxation Practices

Community Development

Module Themes

Winter 2021 Module Theme: Becoming Bodhisattvas: The path of healing, transformation, and liberation for social change

A bodhisattva is a being who works for the transformation, healing, and liberation of themself and all beings. Bodhisattvas recognize that everything is connected, and that we as individuals can’t be separated from each other, or from the heart of the divine. Through our yoga practice, we are empowered to heal our own wounds so that we are able to take care of ourselves and each other with deep compassion. In order to show up for each other, we have to practice being open to feeling our feelings and confronting our suffering. Sharon Salzberg says, “We practice in order to cultivate a sense of agency, to understand that a range of responses is open to us. We practice to remember to breathe, to have the space in the midst of adversity to remember our values, what we really care about, and to find support in our inner strength and in one another.” 

This semester, we will practice transforming the five hindrances of grasping, aversion (anger and fear), numbness, restlessness, and doubt into clarity and social action. As Dr. Larry Ward says, “Social action is about how we care for one another.” Take your yoga practice beyond your mat to transform yourself and transform the world.

Past Modules:

Fall 2020: Awakening the Heart & Mind

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

Required Texts & Listening

Required Texts:

Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World: by Sharon Salzberg

America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal
by Larry Ward

Required Listening:

Additional recommended reading for those new to meditation:

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends With Your Mind by Pema Chodron

Attendance Policy
The Yoga for Life Program is designed to enhance participants’ ability to integrate yoga practices into their lives.  In order to experience the changes that yoga can bring to practitioners lives, full participation in the program is recommended. Attending two or more drop in classes per week, establishing a daily sadhana (practice), and attending as many workshops as possible, will provide the fullest experience for participants. Yoga for Life Program participants are expected to arrive at classes and workshops on time and participate in sessions in a manner that creates a positive learning environment. Evolution PT and Yoga staff reserve the right to ask a participant to leave the program, if their behavior is disruptive, or interferes with the learning of the other participants.
Payment Options and Scholarship
Tuition per Yoga for Life Module is $549 when paid in full at time of registration, or $580 if paid via our monthly EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) contract. If you choose to purchase the monthly EFT option, you agree to have four monthly payments in the amount of $145 electronically debited from your credit or debit card account, with the first payment charged at the time of registration, and recurring payments made on the first day of each month thereafter until all four payments have been made.

$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. 

Sign Up Online – SAVE $25 when you register by December 7th! Use Promo Code EARLYBIRD

VSAC:  Yoga Instructors may qualify for VSAC non-degree grants for the Yoga For Life Program.

There are two scholarship positions available for the Yoga for Life Program. Please e-mail yoga@evolutionvt.com for our scholarship application

Cancellation Policy
The Yoga for Life Training Program includes a non-refundable $50 registration fee. A full refund, minus the registration fee, will be given for cancellations given at least two (2) weeks prior to the program start date. No refunds nor changes to the Monthly EFT agreement shall be made when cancellation is made with less than two (2) weeks notice before the program start date. Requests to cancel must be made in writing by emailing yoga@evolutionvt.com.