about eva

hey. I'm Eva.

 

I am a Yoga Teacher and Educator.  

 

My own yoga practice is rooted in transforming anxiety into freedom. 

Through my teaching, I try to help my students to do the same. 

 

Apart from asana, I am passionate about educating about the deeper mechanisms of yoga. 

I get very excited to talk about fascia & philosophy, anatomy & embodiment, recalibrating our nervous systems and taking our practice beyond the poses. 

 

My intention in each class is to craft a nourishing and supportive energy for individual inner-exploration.  Through the medium of yoga, I encourage my students to foster acceptance and self-love - the most powerful catalyst for healing and transformation.

 

My love of yoga has evolved alongside my love of travel. 

I wander around offering yoga teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and online classes + mentoring.  

Follow my adventures & join me for a class!

my yoga story + journey

As yogis, we all have a yoga story.  This is mine.

 

I started yoga when I was fifteen because I had anxiety and panic attacks. My Stepmother bought me a yoga mat and ten class passes for my birthday present. I distinctly remember thinking it was a pretty lame present until I stepped into my first class. I loved the freedom of movement and felt the vibration of stress in my body soothed by conscious breathing. As an asthmatic, I had never been sporty, but yoga gave me a new sacred connection with being present in my body.  After my first experience of shavasana I fell in love with the practice of yoga. 

 

I fell hard. I did work exchanges at my local studio for classes and then my first yoga teacher training in 2008, which started on my seventeenth birthday. I didn’t have my full drivers license yet, so given that my Mom had to drive me to the 200-hr immersion course every day, she said “well I guess I might as well become a teacher, too” and we shared the experience together. (I'll always be grateful for experiencing it together). 

 

That was over 10 years ago. I taught yoga around academic classed through high school and university.  In 2011 I did my yin yoga teacher training. My love of yoga drew me to major in Religious Studies and minor in Gender Studies at Queen’s University, which included actual courses like Mysticism, Religion and Psychology, and Yoga in the East and West. Given that I could write about themes like yoga, feminism and spirituality, I was a massive nerd and graduated top of my department. I was also co-pres of the Yoga Club and managed classes and events for over 750 students.  When I graduated in 2013, my first objective was to India to do my 500-hr training and then open a yoga studio. So that's what I did.

 

India was challenging following my recent academic experiences, as I tried to analyze the phenomena of yoga, rather than be in the pure experience of it. This slowly shifted and I’ll always be grateful for the experience of living in an ashram for seven weeks to truly appreciate the heritage of yoga. But soon after, my anxiety surfaced again. I had moved to a beautiful small community and opened a studio. I continued my yoga teacher training, taking multiple courses in restorative yoga, Thai yoga massage, anatomy, yoga for the nervous system, myofascial release and various workshops.  I loved having my own business and adored the students I got to teach each day. I felt I had everything I ever wanted… my relationship, my studio, a new house, wonderful friends and students… But I felt stuck and afraid. 

 

Within a year, that all came apart. It was a wonderful disaster.  In early 2017, I sold all my shit and moved across the world. I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year, where I met another amazing community of yogis. Then one weekend I went to Paris and things changed again. As I wandered, I genuinely enjoyed my own company and I fell in love with traveling. I began to design my life around my two loves: yoga and travel. 

 

In the last two years, this journey has brought me to the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Vietnam and Italy… Yoga has been essential for me in transforming my life from fear to freedom. It has also allowed me to connect with the most amazing yogis around the world! And yoga helps me to feel at home within my body wherever I may find myself. 

 

Eva means “life” or “breath of life." Maxine is my middle name, which means “great.”  This is why I use my full name.

Since my first class in 2006, yoga has helped me to truly create a great life. My heart is so full when I can share the peace & joy of yoga with my students,  holding some space for their own unique journeys.

This my yoga story and now I am eternally grateful that I get to travel the world to learn yours. 

what I offer

Yoga teacher trainings  |  Specialized yoga workshops  |  International yoga retreats
Online classes |  Yoga teacher mentorship  |  One-on-one yoga programs  |  Mala kits

my teaching style

Gentle Yoga. Vinyasa. Yin. Restorative.

 

My flow classes seek an attentive balance between functional alignment and exploring within your unique anatomy,

without sacrificing the transformative state of flow that unites body & consciousness with the rhythmic breath.  

I encourage my students to be curious and playful on the mat while supporting them as individuals.

I welcome you to cross-reference any alignment cues I offer with the direct feedback & experience within your body.

 

While I enjoy the creative possibilities of a flow based practice, my passion is to help people release stress and anxiety.

I think my gentle energy is best expressed in my restorative & yin practices. 

 

I integrate meditative verbiage and share mindful themes to help my students reflect and connect the meaning of practice to the greater landscape of their lives. 
 
My teaching is influenced by many great teachers & styles including hatha, vinyasa, akhanda, yin, restorative, yoga tune up®, prenatal, classical kundalini,  back care yoga, chair yoga, anatomy & therapeutics, Thai yoga massage and yogic lifestyle coaching.  I also love the opportunity to draw on my religious studies background to unpack yoga philosophy in a way that's relevant, fun & engaging.  

 

I am also a certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. I love accessing the language of healing touch in massage and supportive

 

 

my heart values

Inner Practice.
To be honest, I’m much less interested in helping my students touch their toes, 
as I am in helping them feel less stress & pain and more joy & peace in their daily lives. 

 

Yogic Tools to Support Anxiety.
I am very passionate about helping people reduce stress and anxiety by integrating yoga practices,

conscious breath, meditation & mindset work, and applied yoga philosophy into their daily lives. 

Inclusivity + Accessibly.  
Every{body} can practice yoga. 
I love working in groups or privately to develop unique programs to support individual needs. 
I love using props in my teaching and helping my students to find the best variation of the pose for their body.

Supporting Yoga Teachers.
I love to work with yoga teachers to develop their message, knowledge, confidence, and classes. 

I believe in elevating the quality of training, learning proper anatomy and encouraging continuous learning.

I love teaching yoga teacher trainings and mentoring yoga teachers,

to build not only their skills, expertise and signature offerings but also their confidence as entrepreneurs. 

 

my yoga

(video by my beautiful friend at Genie Eye)

Trainings & Certifications:

200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher

Training with Yogrishi Vishvketu

& Chetana Panwar(2008)

At Upward Dog Yoga in Ottawa, ON

My first yoga teacher training was grounded in Vishva-ji's Akhanda (meaning holistic) approach to yoga, with an attention to body mechanics & balanced sequencing, while accentuating classical yogic teachings. This program provided me with the essential skills to teach gentle, moderate, and advancing hatha yoga, as well as prenatal & some therapeutic principles. I am particularly grateful for the emphasis on pranayama, yoga philosophy, subtle anatomy & meditation.

(I turned seventeen on day two of this training).

Signature Workshops

current teaching

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, for the foreseeable future I will not be teaching in Scotland or the UK. If you are registered in a program with me in the UK, we will be in touch in the coming days to support or refund you. I am deeply apologetic for this turn of events and so grateful to everyone who has supported me in Scotland. Thank you for your compassion and understanding. 

March | Morocco Retreat

Welcome the Light: Morocco Yoga Retreat

Yoga, Sunshine & Adventures at a Private Beachfront Villa

March 21 - 28th, 2020 | near Taghazout, Morocco 

includes accommodations and meals at Villa Mandala

More information...

 

May | Portugal YTT

50-hr YTT | ENERGY | Navigating the Energetic & Chakras

Continuing Yoga Education Course with Eva

May 16th - 23rd, 2020 | hosted at our home in Portugal

includes accommodations at the 4-star Hotel nearby

More information...

 

June | Italy YTT

50-hr YTT | BALANCE | Yin Yoga + Myofascial Release

Continuing Yoga Education Course with Eva

June 1st - 8th, 2020 | in Tuscany, Italy 

includes accommodations & meals at Il Gelsomino, 

a beautiful mansion in the Italian countryside

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June | Italy Retreat

Let it Breathe: Italy Yoga & Wine Retreat

Yoga Retreat at a Luxury Vineyard, with Gardens, Pools, Spa & Horses

June 13th - 19th, 2020 | in Cremolino, Italy

includes accommodations and meals at Casa Wallace

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July | Portugal YTT

50-hr YTT | BALANCE | Yin Yoga + Myofascial Release

Continuing Yoga Education Course with Eva

July 11 - 18th, 2020 | hosted at our home in Portugal

includes accommodations options at the 4-star Hotel nearby

More information...

August | Canada YTT

50-hr YTT | BALANCE | Yin Yoga + Myofascial Release

Continuing Yoga Education Course with Eva

August 25th - 30th, 2020 | at the Yoga Barn in Hanover, ON

More information...

 

October | Portugal YTT

50-hr YTT | REST | Restorative Yoga & Soothing Stress

Continuing Yoga Education Course with Eva

October 10th - 17th, 2020 | hosted at our home in Portugal

includes accommodations options at the 4-star Hotel nearby

More information...

 
 
Testimonials 
 
 
"At our request, Eva Hamilton has developed and offered a "Yoga for Anxiety" class for a group of our staff and clients, on a biweekly basis for the last 6 months. Her positivity, compassion, and knowledge make this a supportive, safe & relaxing learning and healing experience. The takeaway coping techniques that she teaches are so our clients who are living with serious anxiety, panic, and trauma. On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey/Bruce Branch, we would like to thank Eva for her practical support, forthoughtfuless and skill. The group is a definite success in helping individuals working towards their own recovery."  - Melanie Knowles Reg. N,  Counselor/Case Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association - Grey Bruce helpful
 
When I say that doing yoga with Eva saves my mind, body, soul, and spirit I with no exaggeration. During the final months of my graduate program I was a mess. I was constantly in state of panic and anxiety. I couldn't eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn't sleep-I was barely functional. I decided to take a restorative class at the studio near my uni to see if it would help manage my stress and bring me back to myself. That class led me to take 4 classes a week with Eva. Each week I felt more at peace; heart openers made me cry less, I left class feeling hopeful and grateful. Eva would check in with me, constantly making sure that the poses worked for me and all of her students individually. By the end of my program, through practicing yoga with Eva, I was becoming myself again. She made the class educational and helped me to understand the why of yoga poses not just the how. She also created a truly spiritual setting-something that is rare to find in western yoga classes these days. Yoga with Eva is a philosophical practice as well as a mental health lesson and a spiritual journey. If you ever are blessed enough to take her courses I guarantee your life will change for the better. I am a better person because of her and even though I live across the world I still take her online classes as I have yet to find a teacher as magical as her." - Nikka Tahan
 
"I have practiced yoga for just over two years as part of a yoga club and have experienced many different teachers and styles. Eva is a wonderfully mindful teacher who has calmed my inner fire and managed to tame my stress and anxiety. I now don't only get loads more out of my day but joint aches and pains and stress-related symptoms are kept at a minimum bearable level. Namaste Eva. Sincerely, Naomi MacKay" 
 
"Eva is an exceptional yoga teacher who is deeply rooted in love and kindness. She exudes a calming and peaceful energy and it feels like you are being wrapped in her warmth just by being in her class, and listening to her soothing voice. Her wisdom and appreciation for yoga and meditation practices shines through. She’s accommodating and accepting to wherever her students are in their abilities and comfort. Eva goes the extra mile for her yoga guests, and I’ve never experienced another teacher that goes the distance like she does. She is hands down, the BEST yoga teacher I’ve ever had! "- Krista Lynn Meyers
 
"Eva's yin and restorative classes are like a well needed gentle hug for the mind and soul. They are beautifully thought through and delivered with such love and generosity that it is hard not to carry this out of the class and into the rest of your day." -  Halle Brown 
 

"The thing I love re Eva Hamilton's classes is that she creates an atmosphere that is both welcoming to all abilities, shows a lot of patience, knows when to offer demonstrations or prompts when needed but can also laugh at herself if something doesn't quite work out or something unexpected happens.  Eva is highly skilled self-confidence"I am 100% a challenge - not given to high around helping people and it shows in the classes and workshops she offers especially in reducing pain, stress and anxiety through restorative and yin postures areas where her knowledge really comes across.  I have found Eva's classes so useful and an absolute must for my calender both alongside my running/swimming training and to help with stress and anxiety issues when they come up and would recommend Eva's work to anybody." - Richard Mudie

 

"Eva is one of the best yoga instructors I've ever had. She gives off a calming, positive energy that makes it pretty much impossible not to let go of your worries. She starts and ends every class with carefully chosen, inspirational words, and she emphasizes self-care on the mat -- no matter what style of yoga she is teaching, it's all about loving yourself and meeting yourself where you're at. More than once, I've felt immense emotional releases in her classes that have brought tears to my eyes. I always feel infinitely better after having practiced yoga with Eva. She is a gentle, loving soul and truly cares about her students and their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. She is always taking new courses to further her own growth and add to her students' experiences. Her love for yoga permeates her classes and is easily felt. Being a "fast-paced" kind of person, I never really liked yoga that much until I took one of her classes, because I thought yoga was just a bunch of postures. Eva taught me that it's much , more than that -- it's an approach to life that stays with you wherever you go." - Lindsay Syrett

 

"The first time I walked into a yoga studio I was 52 years old.  I decided I wanted to give it a try but felt that I needed some private instruction before I could drop into a class. Eva Hamilton introduced me to yoga that day, and things haven’t been the same since! Eva is a skilled coach and provides effective prompts to assist her students with their movements and knows when a demonstration is required. She is also patient and quick to laugh when things don’t quite as planned, on the mat. Eva is well versed in many different styles of yoga and can masterfully blend philosophy and asanas.  Eva loves to help people. This comes through in her teaching style as well as the kinds of classes and workshops she offers. She has a particular passion for reducing pain, of restorative and yin postures. I highly recommend Eva, for wherever your interest in yoga may lie." - P John Zoll

 

 

 

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