Nia is a dance fusion that draws upon the energetics of the martial, dance and healing arts to offer a somatic movement experience. giving your body and mind a work out, leaving you feeling uplifted and connected to your body’s way.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa means – ‘breath synchronised movement’. Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga linking movement with conscious breath. Each class is a unique sequence of poses designed to tone your body, improve your posture, stamina and flexibility. You will leave feeling calmer, energized and more focussed.
There is room for the individual teacher’s personalities, style and experiences to come through. Vinyasa’s strength is its diversity, but will almost certainly include sun salutations. Expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, is very alignment -oriented will depend on the individual teacher. The class will be challenging but very rewarding.
The essence of Yin Yoga is surrender. To balance the heat-building, blood-pumping, strengthening “yang” side of a Vinyasa Flow practice, Yin focuses on postures that lengthen the muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis, and lower back. Students typically hold these postures for 3-5 minutes per side in order to lengthen the connective tissue that surrounds the joints and increase its elasticity. The elasticity of our connective tissue diminishes with physical activity and aging, which makes Yin essential for injury prevention and joint health. Since a Yin Yoga practice often includes several long, seated forward bending postures, it also restores energy and calms the nervous system. Pure bliss!
Hatha Yoga classes generally start with a short grounding and centering practice followed by a standing and then floor based Asanas (poses). These classes are suitable for all levels.
Start your day right! Starting slow and easy, gently waking up the body. Gradually moving into more invigorating poses. Gently release any stiffness and tightness in your body. The focus of the class is on the breath, stretching and strengthening.
It is a flow class for all levels and every body.
Leave feeling refreshed, awake and ready for your day!
A soothing yoga practice that restores the body and rejuvenates the mind. It pairs movement with breath and is a class open to everyone who wishes to unwind and Be. In. The. Present. Moment. Expect it to be nurturing with slow yet deep yoga asanas, nourishing pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxing Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) and mantras (ways to calm the mind).
An invitation to start the day by becoming more aware of both our physical and energetical body. Integral Yoga supports our understanding of consciousness through the chakras (wheels of energy) by combining Hatha and Classical Tantra Yoga practices. Includes pranayama (breathing exercises) and mantras (ways to calm the mind).
Restorative yoga is a deeply nurturing practice designed to restore physical and emotional balance. Postures are supported using various yoga props and held for 5 or more minutes. They are designed to work within the natural range of movement to help you discover where you habitually hold tension. Working mindfully Restorative Yoga will help to eliminate physical and emotional stress and tension and provide you with a time and space to rest, recharge, recover and rejuvenate. Restorative Yoga is suitable for all levels.
A class designed to support our new teachers and the local community in deepening into their yoga practice. Entry by Koha.
This six week course covers a different mindfulness technique each week, giving you a great over view of not only how to do it but also going over what gets in the way of you doing it more often. Chai has been practicing Meditation for nearly 25 years and has studied with several enlightened teachers as well living in ashrams both in India and the West. The course is secular in nature and free of dogma, great for anyone of any background. Only $60 for the six weeks.
This is a six weeks course suitable for anyone whether new to yoga or someone looking for class run at a gentle pace. Covering the basic postures and providing a foundation for future classes and a personal practice. $60 for six weeks.
Hatha Foundation Course
This course includes standing and floor based postures along with breath and relaxation guidance. It suits as a follow on from the Beginners Course and/or as a return to yoga after a break from practice or for anyone wanting to maintain their Hatha practice. $60 for six weeks.
A 6 week course specifically designed to help teenagers unlock their potential and believe in themselves.Through movement and breath the practice of yoga is sure to give foundations for better quality of life to tomorrow’s grown ups. To name a few benefits…Physically : Increase body awareness, coordination, strength and flexibility. Mentally: Increase focus and concentration, decreases stress, improves self-esteem. Emotionally: Develop emotional intelligence and offers tools for self-regulation and thus reducing impulsive actions, increase patience, resilience and confidence. $60 for six weeks.
Yoga and Nia Teachers
Nia Blue Belt Teacher (See Nia for more details about this movement practice)
Rebecca (’Bex’) Deva was born to dance. ‘It fills me with loads of energy and helps me feel connected to source,’ she explains.
Born in the cathedral city of Exeter in southwest England in 1980, Bex’s life has revolved around personal growth since she was a teenager, when she also Bex discovered African drumming and dance at the age of 15 – and she has been passionate about music and movement ever since.
Since the age of 19, Bex has managed to integrate her passions – for exploration and discovery, nutrition, permaculture and natural parenting – with business savvy and for the past two decades has made her livelihood doing things she loves.
Bex went along to her first Nia class in Christchurch in 2007, and fell in love with the sensory-based movement practice that draws from the martial, dance and healing arts. She completed the inaugural New Zealand White Belt Nia teacher-training program in 2008 and has since gone on to train Green and Blue Belt and recently the 52 Moves training.
Chaitanya Deva (Chai) Dip TM,E RYT 500
Chaitanya vividly remembers the night of his awakening. It was the first full moon of 1995 and he was mid-way through a six-month pilgrimage in Poona, India. Chai was already dedicated to a daily practice, meditating up to 10 hours a day, but it wasn’t until that night, as the moonlight dripped through the banyan trees, that he finally felt the power of the witness within him. Something switched inside and life was never the same again. He walked in and out of ‘satori’ for the next three months, before returning to the UK. Pilgrimages to India from the UK continued for the next four years. In 2000, he moved back to New Zealand. Around this time, he he started practicing Ashtanga yoga, worked as a Reiki Master completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and undertook yoga teacher training at Hot Yoga Nelson in 2008. He completed an additional 300 hours of teacher training at Purna Yoga Byron Bay in 2015. Together with his wife Bex, Chai owns Studio Evolve Nelson and runs the transformational festival, Evolve, at Founders Park.
Sue Fuller E RYT 200
Sue is a leading teacher of both Hatha and Sivananda yoga. She initially trained with the Sivananda Organization in Neyyar Dam, India and has since also studied yoga in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. She is a fully qualified Vegetarian and Vegan Nutritional Therapist and has extensively researched yoga and
yoga related topics linked to her teaching, writing and presenting. She has taught many people from different backgrounds who have attended her classes for both physical and emotional reasons. Her students include many professional sports men and women including skiers, snowboarders, climbers, cyclists and surfers.
As well as teaching yoga, Sue has lead workshops and held teacher training courses in many countries since 1995 and is the founder of Yoga2Hear, an online portal for easy-to-follow instructional MP3 downloads and CDs covering a huge range of yoga styles, pranayamas, mudras, meditation, mindfulness and chakra balancing.
Penny Adams- Nia Brown Belt
In July 2011 I went to my first Nia class when I was living in the UK. I had never really danced before and amazed myself at how much I enjoyed the class. It was the beginning of a fantastic Nia journey for me.
Since then I have completed my White, Blue, green and Brown Belts and am currently teaching 3 classes a week. Practicing and teaching Nia has dramatically changed my fitness, strength and stability. I have a below knee artificial left leg and always tended to rely more on my right leg, especially when standing. My thigh muscles on my right leg were noticeably larger. As a result of Nia’s balanced moves, my left leg now has more muscle definition and strength. I can now take all my body weight on my left leg. This is particularly important for the long term health of my right leg as it protects the joints from overwork.
Rose Middleton NZRN, MN
Rose is a registered nurse and with a passion for health and wellness. She has practiced yoga through out her life, experiencing a variety of different styles. Her teaching practice focuses on supporting people in finding balance, strength and flexibility in their body and mind.
Having taught for over two years, completing the IYTA (NZ) inc Introduction to Yoga Certificate and the Yoga Alliance International 200 hr Certificate courses, Rose is excited to join the Studio Evolve team, deepening and expanding her teaching practice while sharing her knowledge and passion.
Claudia-Sam is a student of life, always curious and finding ways to learn. She enjoys being around people and feeds off from their energy. Claudia-Sam is a Hatha Yoga Flo (Vinyasa) and Classical Tantra Yoga Coach from Montreal, Canada with over 500 hours of training in North America, Europe and Nepal.
In her classes, it all comes down to the breath. She brings students to move with awareness as they get in touch with their inner Self. Students can expect to be guided through their practice with motivation and empowerment, and to be assisted in postures hands-on. Her classes are balanced with movement (asanas), music, breathing exercises, yoga nidra (relaxation), meditation and chanting of mantras. Her classes are influenced by Jivamukti Yoga and Classical Tantra Yoga from Nepal, among others.
Elena discovered yoga in 2013. After a long search for a style that suited her, she found a studio where playfulness, discipline and yogic philosophy was combined into each class. A perfect combination if you ask her.
From that moment on yoga became an integral part of her life. She has experienced the benefits of yoga, not only in her physical practice feeling how her body became stronger and healthier, but also how yoga benefits her mind and soul, helping her find balance in life.
She completed her first yoga teacher training, in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, in 2015 in Goa, India. In 2016 she went to Bali for a teacher training in ACROVINYASA, a practice that combines two of her passions, yoga and acroyoga.
Her practice is inspired and shaped by all the teachers she has had the privileged to practice with, at local studios, at teacher trainings, yoga festivals and workshops around the world.
Originally from Sweden, she has lived abroad in Spain, US and the Netherlands. Since the beginning of 2017 she and her partner are enjoying life here in Nelson.
Maya has been practicing yoga and curious about body mind connection for longer than she can remember. Yet it took a brutal cancer diagnosis to reveal the true might of yoga. Maya tapped into all branches of yoga while undergoing years of treatment, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. Crediting yoga for an amazing recovery and in the spirit of giving back she pursued and deepened her practice learning with a wide range of teachers from various lineages. Fascinated by the extensive application of yoga and drawing inspiration from all walks of life, Maya likes to be guided by the flavor of the moment, ever changing, ever learning, ever evolving…
Kelly Gill Brydon
“Yoga brings me home. Home to my breath, my body, to myself”.