What makes evolation different from other yoga practices
Evolation maintains the unique commitment to constantly evolve in order to match the needs of our students, teachers, and studios. While there are many effective yoga systems in the West today, we strive to be accessible to all people, by bringing the best of these traditions to our students, and evolving when necessary.
Is evolation just Bikram yoga with some added meditation?
No. While we draw much of our foundation and inspiration from Bikram yoga, evolation goes beyond simply marrying it with meditation. We’ve removed limitations from our model by moving away from a rigid structure – expanding our practice into the fuller spectrum of yoga. This means we can utilize more tools to facilitate awareness, and make the path to your Self more accessible.
How does evolation combine meditation with the physical yoga practice?
Our teachers thread meditation throughout the entire practice. We also end every class with several minutes of stillness in a seated meditation.
Why is the room heated?
The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles – allowing you to work more deeply and safely. The heat also facilitates healing, helps prevent injuries, and promotes sweating, which helps flush toxins from your body.
Are the classes with evolation a real “cardio” workout? will it help me lose weight?
Yes. No matter what your level of fitness, you’ll find this yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body – from your bones out to your pores. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
What if I’m not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening and stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try, go to your personal “edge,” and you’ll get 100% of the benefit! Everybody has certain strengths and challenges. And with practice, your flexibility will increase dramatically.
What if I have injuries or illnesses?
Please let your instructor know if you’ve recently had surgery, or have any injuries, illnesses, or special conditions. You should still be able to do most yoga postures, but the teacher will show you some modifications to prevent further injury. Trust that you’re in the right place; this yoga is good for the healing process as well as prevention.
How often should I come?
Come as often as you can. The more you come, the quicker you’ll see results. We’ve got a feeling you’ll find yourself wanting to practice fairly frequently. Why? Because it’s fun, you’ll feel amazing, and it works! Even if it’s hard for you initially, the time and effort you put into your yoga practice will be returned to you tenfold.
Can I still practice when I’m pregnant?
It is not recommended to begin a heated yoga practice when pregnant. If you have a regular heated practice of over one year, you can continue your practice with modifications. A senior teacher will be happy to go over these modifications with you. Many pregnant women find that practicing throughout their pregnancy aids the physical discomforts of pregnancy and supports them mentally and physically for birth and the post-natal period. Prenatal yoga classes (offered intermittently) and some of our dance offerings are appropriate for pregnant women regardless of experience. Please contact us for more information.
Will doing yoga while pregnant be difficult?
Usually, the first three months of a pregnancy are the hardest, as that’s the time when most hormonal changes occur. This is when many women feel nauseated and have much less energy. So, for some, it feels better to take it easier, practice a little bit less, or skip the first trimester entirely. And when you do practice, you shouldn’t feel bad about sitting down a bit more than usual.
Contact us with your questions, and we’ll get back to you with answers as soon as we can.