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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 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
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 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
  • Community
  • 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

December 19

 

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

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.

Past Modules:

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

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur [/learn_more]

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 $145.00 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 August 10th! Use Promo Code EARLYBIRD

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 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.