Why the term Evolutionary?
The phrase Evolutionary Yoga is my way of articulating a process.
I find that the term evolutionary describes my view in a number of
- Most importantly, Yoga should help to facilitate the evolution
of each individual. The development of Evolutionary Yoga is like
learning a language as well as I can, to have the richest vocabulary
in order to “speak to” the needs of each person as articulately
and appropriately as possible – to be truly flexible in my ability
to teach. Ultimately, the aim is to facilitate others to be their
own teachers. Which I suspect will eventually lead me to teach
- I see Yoga as a living, evolving art and science, not restricted,
confined, or defined by culture or time.
- Evolutionary Yoga encompasses my evolution as a teacher. Because
it is an open-ended approach, an ongoing inquiry, it allows me to
weave in golden threads to the existing tapestry as I encounter
- Evolutionary Yoga is based on the evolutionary origins of movement.
The development of movement in human beings follows the same progression
as the development of movement in the animal kingdom from the one-celled
animals through the primates. Ontogeny (human development) and
phylogeny (the evolutionary development of animals) clearly show
the evolutionary, organic origins of the yoga forms. By viewing
yoga asana and pranayama through the lens of developmental movement,
one can see where an individual’s development may be inhibited or
partial. As adults, we can bring our awareness to these Basic Neurological
Patterns while revisiting them experientially. Developmental movement
repatterning is a way by which each one of us can establish an integrated
movement foundation, thus freeing ourselves from difficulties at
a root level. The scientific view that each one of us embodies
evolutionary history within ourselves supports the yogic view that
we are all one.
One of the meanings of Yoga is ‘to unite, to merge.’ A living art
and science, Evolutionary Yoga realizes this meaning through the merging
of old and new, ancient and modern. Truly, Evolutionary Yoga is part
of a long tradition of exchange and integration that has gone on for
centuries between India and China, between east and west, between
old and new. By developing Evolutionary Yoga, it is my intention
to be inclusive of all the richness that is available to us from without
and from within.