styles of yoga at evolve
At evolve, we believe in a balanced practice. One day your body may need a good sweat, another day it may need a gentle restorative practice. Whatever you are looking for we offer a variety of styles to suit.
Adaptive yoga classes are for people living with mobility disabilities, such as partial paralysis, amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy.
Classical yoga postures are adapted with the use of props and assistants to the needs of students living with a disability to provide the experience of the pose, whatever the level of the participant, and to deepen the body-mind awareness. Deepening the mind-body awareness can lead to a greater sense of freedom and ease in everyday activities for someone living with a disability. An Adaptive Yoga class is a chance to start exploring the impossible, to find joy in living fully in one’s body, to discover sensations that seemed lost, out of reach.
Ashtanga is an intensive hatha yoga practice with focus on strength, stamina and flexibility. The traditional system, as taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois, is renowned for its vinyasa (movement-breathing system) style.
This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with movement and postures, a process producing internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. A sequence of asanas (positions) are taught in a specified order which give the body a physical workout connected with rhythmic breathing, bandhas (internal energy locks), and dristi (precise gazing points) – helping one to attain a focused practice bringing about the union of body and mind, one of the ultimate goals of yoga.
The first series of Ashtanga asanas, called Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy, strengthens the body externally, cleanses the body internally and increases flexibility. For the beginner, it is a unique challenging fitness system. With further practice, it is a meditative flow, deeply effecting your energy level.
In this class, participants will have an introduction to the first series learning the key elements and poses involved in the practice as outlined above. Since Ashtanga is a physically demanding form, a reasonable level of fitness is beneficial to take part in this class.
A beginner to intermediate level class emphasising the development of strength, mobility, concentration and awareness through asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices). Asana will be taught in energetic sequences and longer-held postures. Pranayama will be the starting point of the class and integrated throughout. Modifications for each level will be offered, encouraging students to practice according to their level.
Hatha Yoga classes concentrate on yoga’s classical eight limb path including postures, conscious breathing, concentration and meditation. Attention is given to postural alignment, moving with the breath and deep relaxation along with an introduction to yogic philosophy. Hatha yoga in the west is known for learning the fundamentals of a yoga practice so this class is good for beginners or advanced practitioners wishing to refresh their knowledge.
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Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone and has been described as meditation in action. Postures are held for longer allowing students to develop their alignment, awareness and harmonise mind and body. The technique and sequencing helps students to develop strength, flexibility, concentration and relaxation It offers a safe and methodical progression through postures before more demanding work. All classes devote time to relaxation.
Kundalini Yoga consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. It is a complete science that includes breath, yoga postures, mantra and meditation. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands lung capacity and purifies the blood.
With a regular practice you will soon notice a significant improvement of your general health, physically and emotionally. Kundalini Yoga is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development, makes you radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life’s challenges with strength and compassion.
The focus of Pilates is to tone and strengthen your core muscles, working predominantly on your pelvis and abdomen which help support the spine. Building these core muscles are essential for strength and flexibility, two key components to a healthy and active lifestyle. So even if you are a daily yoga practitioner, pilates can bring you to a whole new level of understanding your body and acts as a great compliment to your yoga practice.
Relaxed, welcoming and friendly – everyone is welcome at this unique yoga class. Aimed at those in recovery from addictions but open to all. A gentle but grounding flow class ending with a yoga nidra (a powerful meditation) to set you up for the rest of the week.
Scaravelli Inspired Yoga is a form of yoga that can be enjoyed by everyone – the fit and the unfit, the flexible and the stiff, the young and the old. The body loves this kind of yoga and the sense of freedom and joy it brings is delicious. The health benefits are unlimited.
Vanda Scaravelli, was an Italian teacher, originally trained by Iyengar. She went on to develop her own unique approach which she describes in her inspirational book ‘Awakening the Spine’. When the book was first published this approach to yoga was described as ‘revolutionary’ and it still is.
Vinyasa Flow is a vibrant practice that connects breath and asanas/postures together to create a fluidity in your movement. The continual flow of movement keeps the mind concentrated and helps develops strength and flexibility in the body. For those with an established yoga practice.
Slow down and soften into the healing benefits of a subtle and profound practice. Yin yoga classes consist of floor-based postures which are held for up to 5 minutes, opening into the thicker layers of connective tissues around the joints. In stillness, the physical, energetic, emotional and mental states of being are refined and aligned through heightened inner awareness. Tune in to the meditative power of the breath, observing what arises when you let go of doing and enjoy just being
yoga with yoga nidra
This class will offer a short sequence to release any tension in the body and follow with the practice of Yoga Nidra which is a technique in which you learn to relax consciously. Most people think they are relaxed when they collapse on the sofa with a cup of coffee, and read a newspaper or switch on the television. These are only sensory diversions and for true relaxation you must remain mentally aware. This is Yoga Nidra , the state of dynamic sleep.
In Yoga Flow classes you are invited to flow with the breath in continuous movement from one asana into another. There will be moments allowing you to linger and savor the moment in your posture connecting to your breath and being present, exploring your true potential. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own, honoring both their edge and their limitations.