Online Yoga for Life Program
Winter Module Begins January 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.
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 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
- 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
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
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.
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
Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World: by Sharon Salzberg
America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal
by Larry Ward
Episode 43 Healing America’s Racial Karma with Dr. Larry Ward
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
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org for our scholarship application