Two women experiencing yoga class together

Experiencing Yoga Classes Together

Healing, relaxing yoga enhances your progress along your chosen spiritual path. The energy of a group adds a further dynamic, increasing the intensity and benefits of yoga classes for mind and body alike.

Perfecting Practices

When you first begin practicing yoga, you will find group classes offer a great support structure. Here, you can learn about asanas and pranayama under the guidance of a yoga teacher. You can amend poor posture, perfect your techniques, prevent injury and begin your journey within the safety of a group.

These classes are the best place to learn your limits. An experienced yogi will teach you when you have more to give, and will not let you push further than your breath allows.

The act of going to a group session offers further benefits, especially at the start of your journey. Classes help you establish a habit of regular practice in those crucial early days, while studios such as these at Evolve Massage in Hamilton are specially designed to reduce distraction and create a relaxing ambience. By making time to visit, you are committing to your journey. Best of all, you will be surrounded by other students on the same path. You can inspire each other to engage, focus and progress.

Common Purpose

As we each continue on our spiritual journeys, the people around us play important roles. We can learn much from the experiences of others, and group yoga classes give us the opportunity to consider different viewpoints. We each might be traveling separate paths, but we have a common purpose.

The pursuit of this common goal means great friendships are often formed within group classes. We all need a community, and creating a supportive, loving social circle helps to bring balance to our lives. Coming together to practise and cultivate a positive group energy enhances our progression along the spiritual path, introducing us to new ideas that support our growth.

Group Flow

As fabulous as our new mastery and friends are, these are not the only reasons we choose to experience yoga together.

Companionship helps to keep us focused. We concentrate on our bodies and their connection to our minds and become completely immersed in the practice. It is a state Steven Kotler refers to in his book, The Rise of Superman, as “flow,” although others have called it “mindfulness” or “being present”.

Whatever you name it, this concept is one of the greatest gifts of group yoga classes – a collective awareness that helps us evolve to a higher state.

Your Journey

The mastery of any form of yoga takes discipline, time and focus. It is not an easy process, and surrounding yourself with a like-minded community at group yoga classes ensures you enjoy your journey every step of the way.

Woman pracicing yoga for spirit, body and soul.

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.