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An Introduction to Yoga Class: The 3 Main Schools

We each tread a different path, and our choice of yoga class reflects our personal journeys and lifestyle needs. At Evolve Massage, we offer yoga classes to suit every spirit, body and soul.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha is an ancient school that encompasses many different yoga practices, each perfect for relaxation.

Traditionally used in preparation for other spiritual practices, including meditation, Hatha uses both asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing) to bring peace and enhance our understanding of the mind-body connection.

Many people use Hatha to complement their spiritual journey, unifying the body, mind, emotions and spirit to bring harmony to every aspect of their lives. This school focuses on asanas and the physical practice of yoga, as opposed to other techniques such as chanting.

Gentle and nurturing, our Hatha yoga classes are a great choice for those suffering from chronic injuries, stiff muscles and joint pain. Props are used to support students through each pose, allowing them to hold the poses for extended periods and achieve complete relaxation.

Evolve Hatha Classes:

  • Gentle Hatha – hot and regular temperature
  • Relax and Rejuvenate by Candlelight – hot

Vinyasa Yoga

Like Hatha, Vinyasa encompasses many different yoga practices. This school focuses on pranayama (breath), and students aim to synchronize movement with their breathing.

Each Vinyasa class is unique and may vary in its pace. Some include spiritual practices such as chanting, while others are more fitness-oriented and focus on improving strength.

Vinyasa places less emphasis on asanas than does Hatha. Instead, students move continuously from one posture to the next. The focus is on aligning breath with movement. This encourages relaxation and mindfulness, enhancing the mind-body connection to achieve balance.

Vinyasa yoga is great for those who are physically fit or enjoy a challenge. It can be demanding; it is advisable to join a beginners’ class at the start of any yoga journey, so the student can perfect the postures before exploring fast-paced Vinyasa.

Evolve Vinyasa Classes:

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Core Flow
  • Power Flow
  • Yoga with Weights

Yin Yoga

Founded in 1970 by the Taoist Pauline Zink, Yin is the perfect complement to the active Yang yoga styles we practise in our other classes.

This school of yoga focuses on the yin tissues — the connective tissues such as the bones, ligaments and joints. The approach is passive and requires students to hold poses for an extended period. It challenges the body by placing light stress on unworked muscles, improving flexibility and increasing blood circulation.

Like Hatha, this school is centred around asanas. It provides a deeper understanding of the body, and students are actively encouraged to relax and shift their minds from yang (active) to yin (passive) states.

Students do not need any previous yoga experience to join a relaxing Yin yoga class. However, the long periods of holding poses do mean many find the practice challenging when they first embark on their yin journey.

Evolve Yin Classes:

  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga

Yoga and You

We practice all three styles of yoga at our Hamilton studio. Join us for Intro to Yoga and we’ll help you discover which yoga class is best suited to your physical, mental and spiritual needs.

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