Evolutionary Yoga guides each person in developing a practice that is relevant to his or her own body, mind, and life experience. Serving a diverse range of people, it is based on adapting yoga to support the uniqueness of each person. Most importantly, Evolutionary Yoga teaches you to work with yourself by being responsive to the signals of your body in the present.
Some of the various modalities or approaches used in Evolutionary Yoga are Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Posture Flow, Breathing and Sounding, and Meditation: Movement and Stillness, Spontaneous Yoga, and Feldenkrais. And iRest® Yoga Nidra (below). Many of these modalities overlap and are integral to each other.
The great thing about iRest® is that it lures you into meditation effortlessly, through the valley of deep relaxation. You find yourself ascending the slopes of meditation without even "trying to meditate". All this while lying down! It can also be practiced seated or standing, and then throughout one's daily life.
Herbert Benson, associate professor at Harvard Medical School says, “How can we deal with our feelings of stress? … modify our behavior by regularly invoking the relaxation response” which “can reverse sustained problems in the body and mend the internal wear and tear brought on by stress.” This practice offers tangible tools to
improve your digestion, memory, and concentration
support your immune system
reduce pain and fatigue
improve your flexibility
resolve personal problems and trauma
neutralize anxiety, fear, anger, depression, and insomnia.
Kevin Kortan is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Teacher, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Movement Therapist and Educator, Dance Teacher, and Tantric Educator. He began as a dancer and has worked with many of the leading names in contemporary performance and dance, including six years as a member of the world-renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company. Kevin is the originator of Evolutionary Yoga™ and Evolutionary Touch™, an integrative approach that unites Yoga, Tantra, Somatics, and Embodied Education. Working one-on-one is a particular emphasis for Kevin. He also offers classes and workshops in New York, Minneapolis, the U.S. and Europe.