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.
ashtanga vinsyasa yoga
Ashtanga Yoga 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.
why is this yoga class more ‘de-stressing’ than others?
It’s a known fact that a regular yoga practice helps relieve stress, so why on earth is this class specifically given the title ‘De-Stress’ you might well ask….. Well, it follows my (charlotte watts) years of research and teaching, not just as a yoga teacher but also a nutritional therapist specialising in all things stress-related. This has led me to understand the particular need for we have for yoga within this 21st century context. We are not living the life ascetic on a remote mountain, but rather bombarded by constant stimulus, psycho-social pressures and the continual demands of an urban lifestyle.
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 was brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan in the late 1960s. It is an ancient system that uses ‘Kriyas’ (Sequenced Postures, breathing techniques and mantras) to strengthen mind, body and spirit.
There are thousands of Kriyas available in Kundlaini Yoga , with each one tailored to achieve a specific outcome. The technology is powerful and effective, strengthening the physical body, immune & nervous systems and the energy body. Kundalini Yoga also uses many meditation techniques that can bring clarity, contentment and increased happiness to the practitioner.
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.
power hour yoga
This power hour class designed to give you a short energetic burst of holistic workout. All the elements of a dynamic flow class, with special emphasis on building strength and core. Suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Pregnancy yoga is a the process of using yoga techniques and practices that are faciliate the strengthening of important muscles associated with pregnancy such as the pelvic floor.For more details on pregnancy yoga and pregnancy yoga classes please click here.
vinyasa flow yoga
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.
Yin yoga is mainly practised on the floor, with long held passive poses that open the body’s different meridians lines and thereby restores health, balance, and creates space. It is a very slow, meditative style of yoga with healing qualities.
A challenging alternative vinyasa practice that focuses on creative sequences with emphasis on strong inversions like head and handstands, Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Yoga Flow is a vinyasa flow practise which helps link body movement with the breath. Classes are often built around the practise of sun salutations. They build endurance, strength and flexibility.
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