From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one month of yoga classes at Evolation Yoga, located near historic Bayshore Boulevard (up to a $150 value).
Evolation's yoga approach focuses on the introspective aspects of the discipline, drawing from the teachings of yoga masters Paramahansa Yoganada, Bishnu Ghosh, and Bikram Choudhury. The studio's core classes unify many of these aspects, most recognizably in the heated studio of Bikram yoga. Three main classes are available to people of all ages and fitness levels: the Chill 30, Warm 60, and Hot 90. Chill 30's 30-minute classes take place in a normal, temperate room and focus on meditations, with seated postures and exercises that help students achieve inner focus and serene feelings. Warm 60 is an hour-long session built around the union of yoga postures and breathing exercises, which helps center the mind as the body performs stretching, alignment-correcting poses in the 90º room. Hot 90 classes are Bikram-style 90-minute yoga sessions that take place in a 105º room, pushing students with challenging postures and meditation to help purify body and mind.
The many benefits of yoga are numerous, guaranteeing that when you knock out one goal, such as better flexibility, another will magically appear, like attaining a feeling of happiness without eating waffles filled with whole sticks of butter. Walk-ins are welcome at Evolation, but students can also check the schedule to make yoga plans in advance.
Evolation Yoga in Tampa has been featured by the St. Petersburg Times. The Buffalo, New York, location was featured in Buffalo Rising, and mentioned alongside the Williamsville location in ArtVoice. Here's what writers have said about the studios:
- …heated studios are a big part of the new Evolation Yoga, where the extra warmth — as much as 105 degrees — loosens the muscles and aids in what owner and founder Mark Drost calls "detox" (That would be sweat). – Sharon Ginn, St. Petersburg Times
- I felt that I had accomplished something by making it through the ninety minutes and promised myself that I'd return. – Thomas Tarapacki, Buffalo Rising
- Once your body gets used to this kind of workout, it’s hard to give it up, or to feel sated by other forms of exercise. – Becky Moda, ArtVoice
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's more than 30 locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, Europe, and Australia.
2825 S MacDill Ave.
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