Evolutions @ Yoga
Evolutions @ Yoga
Voted Top 10 Yoga Studios by Indianapolis Monthly!
"Thank you for the beautiful yoga flow class I attended Wednesday evening. The routine was a masterful blend of poses. The instructor did a great job of leading and monitoring the class. She was helpful with new students and responsive to the participants. I loved the inclusion of a few mindful centering techniques. I attended the class while in town for my husband's surgery and hospital stay. It had been a stressful week and I was missing my yoga practice. I was blessed to have been led to your studio. The universe is an amazing place. Please continue to help people evolve by finding the power of that mind body connection. " -Donna, RYT
FaceBook Review March 2014
5 Stars! "To say I love this place would be an understatement. It's a place of warmth where I can bring peace to my mind and body with the help of great teachers. I'm so grateful to begin my first serious journey into yoga here." -Merideth
Groupon Review 2012
Evolutions@Yoga is a wonderful studio with excellent teachers who support their students at every stage in their practice.
Start Time: 11:00 am; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Just Yoga (That's what it is, Just Really Good Yoga)
Start Time: 11:00 am; Teacher: Ross Corson; Duration: 1 hour.
Start Time: 6:00 pm; Teacher: Ross Corson; Duration: 1 hour.
Start Time: 7:15 pm; Teacher: Ross Corson; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Start Time: 11:00 am; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Heated Practice: Level 1
CANCELLED FOR SUMMER SCHEDULE This class may resume in the Fall. Start Time: 4:30 pm; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour.
Rock Your Vinyasa© - HOT Vinyasa
Start Time: 5:45 pm; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Start Time: 7:30 pm; Teacher: Teresa Middleton; Duration: 1 hour.
Start Time: 10:00 am; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour.
Start Time: 9:00 am; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Prenatal Practice - Gentle Vinyasa
Start Time: 10:30 am; Teacher: Teresa Middleton; Duration: 1 hour.
Community Class $5
Start Time: 11:45 am; Teacher: Teresa Middleton; Duration: 1 hour.
Community Class $5 - Heated!
Start Time: 4:30 pm; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes.
Community Class $5
Start Time: 6:00 pm; Teacher: Susan Michnay; Duration: 1 hour.
Just Yoga (That's what it is, Just Really Good Yoga)
Start Time: 11:00 am; Teacher: Ross Corson; Duration: 1 hour.
Start Time: 5:45 pm; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour.
Rock Your Vinyasa©
Start Time: 7:00 pm; Teacher: Jenni Keith; Duration: 1 hour & 30 minutes.
As a way of giving back to the community, Evolutions' offers $5 Community Classes to help ease the financial burden of regularly attending a yoga class or multiple classes throughout the week. Our Community classes have a variety of formats (including Hot Yoga), and are open to students of all ability levels. Each teacher of Community Class brings their own flavor to the flow of practice and intensity level, so there's a little something for everyone. $5 Community Classes are on-going drop-in based classes.
Evolutions' Level System
Level 1 classes are those classes which teach the foundations and structural integrity of the yoga postures and breath. They are not necessarily "easy" or only for non-athletic types, but they do limit their scope to a formula which includes half stretching, half strengthening, and learning the foundations of alignment and breath. Absolute "Newbies". Those returning from a "break" from a past practice. Athletic types that have little to no experience of a yoga practice. New to the studio (Each studio and teacher classify their intensity levels differently based on their students and market, better to take it slower unless you really know your body and practice.) Those moving from a more sedentary to light activity spectrum into the practice. Those who just like a nice straight forward practice without frills, or have no desire to move into more advanced elements.
Level 1-2 classes help the student to move beyond the foundations and learn to really flow with the breath. These classes encompass more dynamic elements such as basic backbending, arm balances, and beginning inversions. Level 1-2 classes may be more static in nature or flow in a style called "vinyasa." Level 1-2 classes will build a fair amount of heat, and provided the necessary challenges to help you transform your practice. Students who understand and can practice the yogic breathing technique of "ujjayi pranayama". Have a fair amount of familiarity with the foundational pose names and alignments. Those looking for a more dynamic practice or to grow their current practice to the next level. "A-types" that have a hard time sitting still. Athletic types that have a fair amount of strength and a basic familiarity with the foundational poses and breath. Students returning from a "break" in their practice from dynamic forms such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hot Practices, ect.
Level 2 classes are dynamic forms of pacing and posturing that help the student really build on all their previous yoga knowledge to go to new places in their practice. These classes will be very challenging to those with little to no yogic background, even if you are of the "athletic" type. Level 2 classes are practice based classes and build on the skill sets we have learned through continued practice to discover deeper backbends, hip openers, arm balances, and inversions. At this level students are expected to begin to retain the information they have practiced and be able to "flow" rather than having to have each concept or posture demonstrated or explained in detail. Students who understand and can practice the yogic breathing technique of "ujjayi pranayama". Have a fair amount of familiarity with the foundational pose names and alignments. Those looking for a more dynamic practice or to grow their current practice to the next level. Have a regular practice of at least 1-3 times per week, or home practice. Athletic types that have a good working knowledge of the postures and breath. Students who have gone beyond the "workout" idea of yoga, and enjoy working toward advanced posturing in a conscious, non-competitive way.
Gentle Practice (Level 1)
Gentle Yoga takes a slower approach to the posture (asana) flow. We take time in postures to relax and learn to feel the poses in our own bodies. We balance strengthening with stretching to gain overall balance within the physical body. This class offers a soothing relaxation period to de-stress and let the body release toxins (i.e. physical, emotional, psychological). Gentle Practice is open to All Levels and is a good place for newbies to begin. Gentle Practice is also good for those who are recovering from injury or dis-ease.
Beginning Practice (Level 1)
Beginning Practice takes a slower approach to the posture (asana) flow. We take time in postures to relax and learn to feel the poses in our own bodies. We balance strengthening with stretching to gain overall balance within the physical body. This class offers a soothing relaxation period to de-stress and let the body release toxins (i.e. physical, emotional, psychological).
Yin Practice (Level 1)
Yin Practice is a unique style which is characterized by its long held postures. Yin practice is appropriate for ALL abilities and levels of practitioner. In this class you will explore poses which target the deep connective tissues of the joints, especially of the lumbar spinal area. This practice can rehabilitate back injuries, relieve sciatic distress, and bring about a calmer mind. Outwardly the practice looks quite passive, but any Yin practitioner will tell you otherwise. It takes determination and strength of will to overcome the natural tendency to change positions when discomfort arises in the body. In Yin we look the discomfort in the eye and hold steady to our posture. After the long hold (up to 7 min), we make minimal movements and experience whatever sensations arise in the body or mind. This is a wonderful stand alone practice, as well as an invaluable supplement to your regular practice (known as yang style).
Flexibility Practice (Level 1 and Level 1-2)
Flexibility Practice utilizes longer holds in poses to help you lengthen muscle tissue using your body's own resistance. Many props will be utilized during this class to help muscle tissue to relax and feel supported during the longer holds. This class is excellent for all levels of practitioner, and will help the intermediate and advanced practitioner to take their poses to the next level.
Vinyasa Practice (Level 1-2)
We work through heat building sequences as well as link other postures together following the breath. The word Vinyasa means "breath centered flow", so we do just that.... move with the breath. This is a practice that will build heat in the body. This class weaves in uses of blocks, straps, yoga therapy, and other creative tools to help you evolve and open into deeper stretches and strength building postures. Level 1-2 *Ok for new students who are ready to work a little harder in their practice.
Prana Flow Vinyasa (Level 1- 2)
Prana Flow® Inspired Vinyasa helps you to reach new heights in your practice. Based on the vinyasa method of Shiva Rea, this class uses creative repetition of basic body movements to condition joints, muscles, and our creative core center to guide us into deeper and deeper stages (called Kramas) of intermediate to advanced postures. The sequences are focused in their intention to build toward 1 or 2 "peak postures" once the body is prepared to safely enter and exit the pose. The idea of prana flow helps us to go beyond basic "alignment" principles of each pose and to tap into the inner workings of Prana (our life-force) which guide the body to be strong, stable, and light as a feather during flight poses. About Prana Flow®: Prana Flow Vinyasa® is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana- the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence- as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to vinyasa yoga and the state of flow within their practice to open their body and mind to new experiences and increased levels of physical strength, stamina, and well-being.
Rock Your Vinyasa©- (Level 2*)
This class is a throw-back to the old school days of Evolutions. In this class we'll explore series and sequences to challenge your body and mind in fun and playful ways. We'll work ourselves into new postures and places in our practices. We'll repeat a sequence a few times so you can watch yourself get better and develop your skills. Come and Rock Your Vinyasa! *This class encourages you to work within your own range to evolve toward Level 2 poses by building strong foundations.
Heated Practice (Level 1 and Level 1-2)
We heat the room up to 85-95 degrees and flow through a series of poses to strengthen the muscles and utilize the heat to stretch deep muscle tissues. The heat allows your muscles to expand and stretch safely and move further than you are able to in a cooler practice room. When practicing in the heat it is important to honor your own body and rest as needed. We recommend that you have water on hand (No Ice!) to sip during the practice as your body sweats out toxins. If you have questions about our Hot Practice and if it would be appropriate for you, please ask.
Rock Your Vinyasa©- HOT Vinyasa (Level 2*)
This is the heated version of our popular class, Rock Your Vinyasa! In the Rock Your Vinyasa format we work on skill building toward dynamic poses and complex shapes. This class is for anyone with a little bit of yoga experience and a desire to be challenged. We repeat sequences for a few weeks in order to reinforce the skill sets we are working on and to allow you time to watch yourself grow and evolve as you repeat the skill set. The heated version of this class allows us to work into some skill sets that require us to learn to really let go and relax such as the hips and shoulders. You can begin any time.
@Evolved Vinyasa© (Level 2)
@Evolved Vinyasa© helps you to reach new heights in your practice. Inspired by the vinyasa method of Shiva Rea, this class uses creative repetition of basic body movements to condition joints, muscles, and our creative core center to guide us into deeper and deeper stages (called Kramas) of intermediate to advanced postures. The sequences are focused in their intention to build toward 1 or 2 "peak postures" once the body is prepared to safely enter and exit the pose. The idea of @Evolved Vinyasa© helps us to go beyond basic "alignment" principles of each pose and to tap into the inner workings of Prana (our life-force) which guide the body to be strong, stable, and light as a feather during flight poses. Level 2 Class
Community Practice (Level 1 and Level 1-2)
Class will begin with a flowing warm up series and then focus on various postures each week targeting specific areas of the body. We'll end with a relaxation sequence to send you back out into the world refreshed, energized, and relaxed.
Community Practice - Heated (Level 1-2)
We heat the room up to 95 degrees and flow through a series of poses to strengthen the muscles and utilize the heat to stretch deep muscle tissues. The heat allows your muscles to expand and stretch safely and move further than you are able to in a cooler practice room. When practicing in the heat it is important to honor your own body and rest as needed. We recommend that you have water on hand (No Ice!) to sip during the practice as your body sweats out toxins. If you have questions about our Hot Practice and if it would be appropriate for you, please ask.
Prenatal Practice - Gentle Vinyasa (Level 1)
This is the class for moms-to-be! Prenatal Practice is a style which works to strengthen and stretch birthing muscle groups getting you ready for labor. You will be taught helpful breath techniques (pranayama) to calm and soothe the body and mind both during prenatal months and when things get a little intense during labor. There is a wonderful focus on connecting to your baby as well as taking time for yourself to just RELAX! Imagine that.... a place to come and just relax for a few minutes with nothing special to do. You can begin this class at ANY time during pregnancy. It is never too late or too early to begin (you can even begin pre-conception to balance hormones and get the body ready as well as stay in this class post-natal to heal and recover from birth). Many women have their first experience with yoga during their prenatal months, we will guide you and help you with any questions or concerns you may have about beginning a Prenatal practice. Just ask!
1 Class, Single Day Pass, Mix and Match Classes.
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5 Class Pass
Shareable Between 2 students, 6 Month Expiration, Mix and Match 5 Classes.
10 Class Pass
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20 Class Pass
Shareable Between 2 students, 6 Month Expiration, Mix and Match 20 Classes.
Best Price per class, Discounts for guests, Mix and Match Classes, Contract required.
$95.00 (per month)
(Saturday and Sunday, see Schedule) We recognize that there are different stages of life. Each of these life stages presents unique challenges and yoga has the tools to assist during these trying times.
Huge Savings over the Drop-In Rates!
Bring a Guest: Drop-In $10
Special Pricing Discounts may apply on workshops
Tip #1 Arrive on Time Or Early for Class
Arriving on time for class is a statement of respect for your fellow students and teachers.
Class begins by centering and dropping the congestion of the outside world from our awareness. Arriving late for class can be quite disruptive to the centering time as students around you may have to shift and move mats to make space for you, your teacher has to talk over your set up noise to keep the rest of the students relaxed and calm, and class may not be able to start on time if students are running in the door at the last minute and need to take care of payments and setting up.
If you do arrive late for class, please enter and set up as quietly as possible to avoid disrupting your fellow students as much as possible.
If you find yourself chronically late for class due to traffic or other reasons, please make arrangements to leave earlier and arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class time. The extra time before class to relax will help you focus and have a better practice!
Tip #2 Remove your Shoes Before Entering the Practice Room
A yoga space is a dedicated space and therefore considered a sacred space. In many cultures throughout the world shoes are NOT worn indoors, and NEVER worn into a sacred space. In the yogic culture we practice keeping our practice space clear of outside distractions and the practice of removing your shoes before entering the room is symbolic of leaving outside distractions behind, focusing on your practice and moving toward your goals.
Since we do not wear shoes for our yoga practice it is necessary to keep the floor clear of small particles, such as rocks and debris, which can be carried on our shoes from the outside world into the practice space. If we wear our shoes into the room we track in whatever we have stepped on into the room (i.e. gas from filling the car up, oil from the parking lot, animal feces/urine from the yard). These things are deposited onto the floor for one of your fellow students, or yourself, to breathe in or to face plant into when working on inverted poses.
Restructuring the Feet
Part of our yoga practice involves restructuring the bones and muscles of the foot so we can have better balance, and stand more efficiently without back or knee pain. Not wearing shoes in for practice is essential for proper alignment and control in the poses. **Note: Students with Plantar Fasciitis may need to wear some type of protective footwear to avoid injury, please discuss your condition with your teacher before class.
Tip #3 Don't Bring your Cell Phone to Class
Please refrain from bringing your cell phone to class with you.
Even when phones are on silent they can create a mental distraction which keeps you from focusing fully on your practice. Phones that are set to vibrate create a distraction for your fellow students as everyone in the quiet space of practice can hear the "buzz, buzz" of your phone.
Sometimes during class a student will forget and their cell phone will ring or buzz
and either everyone loses focus and looks around for the owner to silence the phone, or the student quickly jumps off their mat and rushes over to their phone. Both of these situations create the potential for serious injury to yourself or others. Many postures require concentration and focus to practice without injury and cell phones create a recipe for broken concentration which can lead to falls or pulled muscles. If you are required to have your cell phone for work "on-calls", or a serious need, please notify your teacher before class starts.
Tip #4 Don't Wear Heavy Fragrances, Practice Good Hygiene
Although that new cologne
perfume, or essential oil smells great for a night on the town, in class it can be a big distraction or cause an allergic reaction for someone in class. We practice many breathing techniques which can make us hyper-sensitive to even the mildest of smells. Please avoid wearing fragrances to class.
On the flip side, not everyone appreciates that "natural smell" so it is best to make sure our bodies are clean and fragrance free before coming to class.
During class we may begin to sweat, but if we have practiced good personal hygiene before class we should have nothing to worry about.
Tip #5 If You Borrow a Mat, Wipe It down After Class
We do have a few loaner mats available to borrow in case a student forgets their mat, or for new students who have not purchased a mat yet.
We ask that after class you please wipe your loaner mat down before putting it away. This helps stop the spread of germs and bacteria from student to student.
Tip #6 Talk Softly While Waiting for Class, Avoid Gossip Or Negative Chatter
Lobby chatter can be heard through the studio walls
so please be courteous to your fellow students by talking softly while waiting for the previous class to finish. Before and after class are times of meditation and centering for most students, avoiding gossipy or negative chatter about the hardships of your day are suggested to help create a safe and comfortable atmosphere for practice.
Tip #7 Be Open to New Techniques and Suggestions
You may have practiced once or hundreds of times, but there is always something more to learn and new ways to evolve your practice.
Each teacher and style of yoga has their own unique twist on each posture, flow for class, and approach to modifications. Your teacher is trained to observe your body as it is in a given pose or breath work and then offer suggestions to help you get to the next level. You may be familiar with a particular teacher or studio's methodology and create a mental bias to new information or suggestions offered to you when attending a new class or studio, this can stunt your own growth by resisting change. Our suggestion is to experiment and practice the suggested methods for a period of time and if it really doesn't work for you, discuss it with your teacher before or after class for further clarification or guidance.
Sometimes all we need to grow is a little personalized attention in our practice.
Its hard to get the personalized feedback we need to meet all of our goals in public classes. Your instructor is busy making sure the practice is suitable for the students in class, helping new students figure out where arms and legs go in new poses, coaxing the class the keep breath, and making adjustments in between. That's a lot to do, and when there are lots of students in the room its hard to give personalized attention while being present with the entire class.
After we have learned the basics of the poses
we need personalized feedback from time to time to make sure we are in good alignment for our bodies, as well as have the space to ask questions on things we may be struggling with. Personal training is the perfect way to learn NEW things, get further in your current postures, and stay on track with your goals!! Public class is not always the proper arena for a teacher to introduce dynamic poses/variations, meditations, or breath works as certain techniques are not right for everyone. However with personal training, you instructor can tailor your practice to meet your specific needs and teach the practices that are right for you in this moment and help you meet your goals.
Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one from teacher to student rather than in the large public classes we see today.
Students studied for years with the same teacher and learned a variety of techniques and postures suitable for their individual temperament. The science of Yoga is a lot bigger than you may imagine from just coming to public classes each week. There are techniques to train your body to do advanced postures, breath techniques to overcome low back discomfort and readjust the spine, and gentle therapy techniques to overcome and heal from injury or disease. Not every technique is right for every student, but within the vast science of Yoga there is a technique for Everyone.
Start Where You Are
Personal Training is available for ALL levels of practitioners from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners. Please contact us to schedule a session and deepen your own practice and study.
Typical Sessions are approximately 1 hour in length. Weekly or bi-weekly sessions are recommended for a period of time to develop your individual needs. Session prices are for in-studio sessions with 1 person, travelling classes and multi-person session pricing is available upon request.
Meet Your Goals
Gain Strength & Confidence
Train into Deeper Posture Variations
Better for your body than High Impact Training
Choose Yoga Therapy Sessions for Recovery from Injury or Illness, Get Better Results than Physical Therapy!
When Can I Begin Prenatal Yoga?
You can begin Prenatal classes anytime during your pregnancy (even before conception!) and continue on Post-partum to help with the transitional period after birth by being surrounded by other moms who can offer guidance and support.
Prenatal Class Schedule
Saturday's 10:30-11:30am. Drop-in's Welcome!
Benefits of a Consistent Prenatal Yoga Practice
Ease Labor Pain & Tension
Ease Nausea from Morning Sickness
Build Strength and Stamina
Reduce Ankle Swelling
Reduce Back Aches & Leg Cramps
Encourage Bonding with Developing Baby
Rapid Postnatal Recovery