Refining Perception

by Erin Ipjian


Above all else, I think yoga is a collection of techniques designed to help us see with greater clarity. Breath and movement are excellent tools in yoga’s toolbox, but perhaps an even more direct method to ease the suffering our minds create is meditation.

I do my very best to start every morning like this - quiet, before anyone else in the house wakes up and before I let any of the outside world in. I don’t believe meditation is an escape from life. Bad things will still happen: illness, difficult conversations and situations, but if we can catch quiet times every day, I think we can gain greater control over how we perceive those inevitable challenges. It’s a never-ending practice and it helps to have a teacher to help you start, restart, or support your meditation practice.

This month, join experienced meditation teachers and practitioners Polly and Chuck as they kick off our four week meditation series at Evolution Yoga. Explore mindfulness awareness and mantra meditation techniques in a supportive group setting. Sign up at so we can save you a seat. ❤️

The Story Behind Clean & Conscious

by Erin Ipjian


The third round of our Clean and Conscious Healthy Living online program is about to start and I’d like to give a little shout out to my co-founder, Carolyn Collins of Be Healthy Within.

This project came to fruition after a long talk with Carolyn at our local coffee shop, the Glenview Grind. Carolyn and I were meeting about another equally exciting project when I found myself so inspired by her passion for helping people on their wellness journeys. I had a gut feeling that, working together, we could create something really special to serve our community.

I’ve long believed in the power of yoga and meditation to help people become more aware of the choices they habitually make and choose better. And, I believe the ways in which we choose to nourish ourselves are so vital to our ability to thrive.

I’m beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with Carolyn and offer the result of our partnership: the Clean and Conscious program.

Our winter 2019 program begins Monday, January 14th, and there is still time to sign up.

The program includes:
-weekly email content with clean eating and simple meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists
-daily yoga and meditation practices, including 15 video practices designed to support your journey towards establishing healthy eating patterns
-individual email support from Carolyn, licensed clinical counselor and health coach, and Erin, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
-additional online support from the Clean and Conscious community

So, here’s to jumping all in with those who inspire you. If you’d like to join us on this journey, sign up at We would love to get Clean and Conscious with you!

Intentions for the New Year

by Erin Ipjian


Happy New Year, yogis! It’s that time of year when so many of us set out to approach our lives anew and set the elusive new year’s resolution.

This year, how about approaching 2019 with yoga’s version of the new year’s resolution - an Intention.

Resolutions involve control, sheer will-power, and often fail. Just as force does not work well in asana practice, this rigidity in the mind often fails to deliver effective change in our lives.

Yoga practice, on the other hand, invites us to get quiet and listen deeply on the mat, on the meditation cushion, and throughout our lives so that we can begin to notice the impact of our habits and align with those daily practices that serve us and those around us best. Setting your intention for the year ahead (or for a shorter period of time) from this place of awareness is an effective tool from our yoga practice to guide us along the course of life.

This weekend, we invite you to join us for Debbie W’s New Year Restorative Yoga, in which you will enjoy an extended restorative practice, intention setting for the new year, and optional reiki.

Between weekly classes and upcoming special events, we have lots of opportunities to stay connected to your intention in 2019. Check out for our full schedule. Looking forward to practicing with you in 2019, Evolution yogis!