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Yoga 101

Yoga 101 Class at Evolve Fitness, Hamden, CT

Not quite ready for yoga flow but wanting more than gentle yoga?

yoga 101 is a basic introductory class to yoga. It will slowly and clearly explain postures allowing students time to practice moving in and out of them.

Students will work at a slower rate than yoga flow classes.

class includes breath work and centering, proper warming up the spine, basic sun salutations, warrior poses, deep stretches, balance, and core work.  Each class will end with a 10-minute savasana (rest). no need to worry that you can't keep up with the class...

yoga 101 provides a safe non-competitive place to learn yoga basics.  if you have been curious but hesitant to try yoga, this class is for you!

mondays 6:30-7:30pm  
thursdays 5:15-6:15pm  

Yoga Flow

Yoga Flow Class at Evolve Fitness Hamden CT
Leave Evolve Fitness feeling restored and evolved.

Begin with breath awareness. Add movement.

Unite breath and body to create a flowing, dynamic and challenging vinyasa style class that is Yoga Flow.

This multi-level class includes Sun Salutations, Warrior sequences, balance challenges, twists, and core work to tone, strengthen and lengthen the entire body.

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace in a non-competitive atmosphere. Modifications and props are offered so that this class is appropriate for both new and experienced yogis.

Experience practicing yoga in this peaceful and beautiful 1850 restored barn and feel its history.

Challenge your body and leave feeling peaceful.

sundays 9:00-10:00am
tuesdays 9:00-10:00am
thursdays 9:00-10:00am
saturdays 9:00-10:00am

“i have been a student of lauren’s for about five years. she radiates love and light. her classes are grounded in gratitude. her intuitive nature enables her to provide classes where her students can truly learn and grow physically and spiritually.”
-Sarah H. New Haven, CT

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga at Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

Experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful practice designed to release tension, reduce stress and promote relaxation. Yoga props such as blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters are used to help deepen body exploration.

Perfect for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported, and relaxing practice.

mondays 5:15-6:15 pm
thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm  
fridays 10:15-11:15 am

"i have been a follower of lauren's practice for over a decade, and consider myself a lauren groupie.  i love the way her practice instructs us in spiritual growth alongside yoga postures. she celebrates not only the joy of movement but the joy of being present."
- laura h., new haven, ct

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga at Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

begin with an ocean breath. Take time to breathe. Settle in for one hour of acceptance and surrender. The essence of yin is yielding. Yin yoga targets your deep connective tissues, fascia, ligaments, joints and bones.

Yin yoga holds poses for a longer period of time, being much slower and meditative, teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts. Yin yoga is not restorative yoga but does include restorative poses.

Benefits include lengthening the connective tissue, increasing flexibility, boosting circulation while encouraging cellular healing and hydration and reducing stress.

Instead of using our body to get into the asana, we use the asana to get into our body.

tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm 

Yoga-pilates fusion

Yoga Pilates Fusion at Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

Combine classic Mat Pilates exercises, Sun-Salutations, Warrior Poses and balance challenges with popular music and you have Yoga Pilates Fusion!!!

This hour class combines thirty minutes of standing work with 30 minutes of mat work focusing on core strength while training the body as an integrated whole.

Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

You will leave class feeling longer and stronger!

fridays 9:00-10:00 am

"lauren is an inspiring instructor.  her knowledge and capabilities are vast, her correction of technique timely and kind, and her enthusiasm infectious.  lauren's classes are always challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable."
-Jo B., wallingford, ct

mat pilates

Pilates is a mind-body discipline developed by German born trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. Mat Pilates is a low-impact unique set of exercises done on the mat based on six principles: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision and breathing. It focuses on the core muscles of the body and helps to lengthen and strengthen all of your muscles.

Mat Pilates is the forerunner to the Reformer Pilates workout (which is done on a unique "apparatus" developed by Joseph Pilates himself) and requires no equipment. Mat Pilates creates a "thinking body." You will feel longer, stronger and stand taller!

Benefits of Pilates:

  • increases core strength
  • increases metabolism
  • increases bone density
  • improves posture
  • enhances body awareness (proprioception)
  • increases flexibility and mobility
  • improves balance
  • boosts immunity
  • increases energy

every other wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm.  (this class alternates with yoga pilates fusion every other week)

Step & sculpt

Step and Sculpt with Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

Step aerobics uses 30-60% more calories than traditional aerobics with particular emphasis on hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Combine simple and fun choreography with strength training intervals using stability balls, free weights, kettlebells , toning bands and you have the ultimate body shaping, fat burning, and strength training class...... and it's fun!

tuesdays  5:15-6:15 pm
saturdays 10:15-11:15 am 

"lauren has a big heart and through it creates an atmosphere of generosity and acceptance. her skill at varying the classes keeps it fun and interesting."
-kathleen h, hamden, ct

Strength training

Strength Training with Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

As we age we experience reduction in muscle mass, strength and function called sarcopenia. These changes begin as early as 30 and continue at a rate of 3% to 5% per decade. The good news is that strength training can help you maintain and rebuild muscle at any age.

We will use a variety of dumbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, bosu trainers, stability balls and more to build muscle and boost our metabolism.

Sundays 10:15-11:15am

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga at Evolve Fitness in Hamden, CT

A gentle and nourishing practice designed to prepare you both physically and emotionally for childbirth.  Asana are specifically designed to build strength and stamina as well as provide comfort and relief for growing mommies and their babies.  Special attention given to relaxation techniques that will provide you an opportunity to bond with your unborn child. Give yourself the gift of prenatal yoga during your pregnancy.

saturdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
(canceled until further notice) 

"lauren turned a pregnancy filled with fear into one of calmness and readiness. for a small time each week, i was able to truly relax and embrace being pregnant, find physical relief from my aches and pains, and connect with other moms-to-be. she always made us feel beautiful for what our bodies were going through, not easy when you are 9 months pregnant!"
-tessa p, wallingford, ct

"Lauren's prenatal class was a great mix of stretching to ease the aches and pains, and breathing to connect with my baby. i was already a yoga student when i became pregnant so she helped me gently push myself to make my practice slightly more athletic while still being mindful my limits. i truly believe my labor and delivery was a more pleasant experience because of her class! I will definitely take this class again during my next pregnancy."
-kara n, wallingford, ct

Stott Reformer Personal Training

Stott Performer Personal Training with Lauren Henrici at Evolve Fitness in Hamden CT

exercising with the pilates reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness.

the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment that leads to improvements in overall health including better posture and graceful and efficient movement.  pilates is known for creating long strong muscles without bulk.

Learn More About Pilates Private Sessions

private and small group sessions are available.

for more information, please contact lauren directly at (203) 671-6692 or

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