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Evolation Yoga Santa Barbara is ‘Sanctuary’ for Individual Growth in Yoga

We were recently featured on Southern California Homes, one of the top sites for Santa Barbara, CA Real Estate.
Check out the article here: Evolation Yoga Santa Barbara is ‘Sanctuary’ for Individual Growth in Yoga.

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THE COURAGE TO SWITCH UP YOUR GRIP

If you’ve been in a yoga studio for any real amount of time you have likely heard this phrase; “switch up your grip”. In my experience, some teachers have made a bigger point of it while others casually throw it in as they’re guiding you through your practice. Perhaps you caught this little phrase (or one like it) and reacted. Or maybe you just blew it off and continued to focus on whatever goal you had for that practice. Today I invite you to explore why this phrase is not only worth noting in your practice, but that it may well be a life changing view on your very existence. I know. . .it’s a bit dramatic but stick with me and see if you agree!

WHAT DOES “SWITCH UP YOUR GRIP” MEAN?

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Mat Magic – 10 simple cleaning tips

As a regular (well, more or less) yoga practitioner, we can all appreciate a serene yoga space and a clean mat. Your yoga mat is like your bed. Its maybe not the end of the world if its not super sparkly all the time, but it just serves its purpose so much better if it’s hygienic and fresh.

With all that sweating, a mat is not as easy to keep fresh as your bed linen. If you have a good quality mat, you have probably spent some good bucks on it, so it’s extra important to treat it the right way. Plus, big probability that you will make more yoga friends at the studio without that sweaty odor! You might have tried a few things, but if you need some help to keeping your mat clean, here are 10 ways to maintain your mat.

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JAWS MEETS YOGI

What do you do when you see a fin coming at you when you are far, far out in the waters trying to catch a big wave? You SWIM!

The other day I was body boarding in Carpinteria. I was quite far out trying to catch the bigger incoming waves. Suddenly two other body boarders (closer to the beach) started shouting. I look to my left and see a FIN coming straight at me in great speed.

IT CAME RIGHT AT ME………FAST………..VERY FAST….

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Discovering the joys of an open minded practice

I love hanging with my sister-in-law. She’s a yogi too.. .and impressive. She can do postures like crow. But our practices didn’t overlap; I was devoted to hot yoga and she to flow and never our paths would cross. When visiting one Christmas, I convinced her to come to a hot class with me. She wrinkled her nose and said, “but they sweat so much and I don’t want anyone sweating on my mat”. I laughed and told her, sincerely, that in nearly twenty years of steady practice, NOBODY had ever sweated within a yard of my mat. I ultimately prevailed and we went to class. “YESSSS,” I thought, “now she will see the error of her flow-yoga ways”. We had an amazing teacher and I eagerly awaited her verdict, which was: “Someone sweated on my mat”.

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