Introduction to Basic Inversions

Learning to invert can be a fun experience. There are many little steps that we can work toward getting to the full expression of these postures. Join Melissa for 1.5 hours of fun exploring how to invert effortlessly into and out of inversions. Mastering inversions is the antidote to fear, anxiety, weakness, inversions help regulate the nervous and endocrine system. You will learn the correct way to get into some basic inversions and arm balances. All levels welcome, we will be partnering so you will be supported while we explore the fundamentals of an inversion practice.

Saturday May 11 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
$20 Pre-registration | $30 Day of (free to members)

link to register:https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=185489&stype=-8&sTG=27&sVT=16&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=100000137

Meditation and Pranayama Workshop

Meditation and Pranayama Workshop 

Meditation is a practice to both focus and quiet the mind.  In this workshop, we will explore techniques to help quiet our minds, so we can feel spacious and clear, so we learn to exist and find acceptance in the present moment, and, most importantly, so we connect to what is true and our innate wisdom.  Workshop will include some flow yoga and moving meditation to prepare the body for sitting, breathing techniques to both focus and calm the mind, guided meditations, and a list of sources to continue your meditation practice on your own.  *A blanket or meditation cushion is recommended for sitting, however you can also lie down for meditation as well.  

Pre-registration $20, $30 day of, FREE for members.

Here is the link for registration: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=185489&stype=-8&sTG=27&sVT=16&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000041

Asana Fundamentals

Asana Fundamentals

Join evolation co-founder and studio owner Zefea Samson for an introduction in posture mechanics. In this interactive workshop Zefea will familiarize you with some general concepts about the body and about yoga poses. This will bring a new sense of body awareness to your postures. Zefea draws from her understanding of Iyengar, Bikram and other teachers that have inspired her on her path. She integrates these with her own profound understanding from her life long practice and 15 years of teaching. Regardless of what type of yoga you love, this workshop will give you a new perspective on your practice.

All ages and experience levels welcome.

Saturday March 30th
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
$30* (free to members)

Embodying The Yoga Sutras

 

Embodying The Yoga Sutras

Join Autumn Adams for an introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras outline the 8 Limbed Path via simple sutras or threads of knowledge. In this workshop, we will combine movement, lecture, and discussion to explore how we can embody the yoga sutras in our daily life.

All ages and experience levels welcome.

Sunday February 24
1:30 – 3:30 PM
$30* (free to members)

East Meets West – A Merging of Philosophies

East Meets West
A Merging of Philosophies

This 2 – hour workshop with Julian will give you a deeper look into how practicing yoga benefits our mind/body, and how we can merge those philosophies with health and wellness here in America.

All ages and experience levels welcome.

Saturday January 12
12:00 – 2:00 PM
$30* (free to members)

Alignment and Awareness Master Class

Alignment and Awareness
Master Class

This 2 – hour workshop with Linda dives into the deeper and more subtle layers of the yoga practice. Through the framework of all – levels flow, expect to be pushed beyond your comfort zone while you engage in longer holds, recieve constructive alignment cues and observe mindful awareness of your unique body throughout your practice. Workshop will also include some pranayama (breath work), guided meditation, and time for Q & A.  All ages and experience levels welcome.

Sunday December 9
1:30 – 3:30 PM
$30* (free to members)

Yin yoga & positive changes in your life

Gain a Better Understanding of
Your Health and Positively Change

The goal of this workshop is to give you a deeper understanding of why yin yoga is good for us and how we can use yin yoga as a compliment to our yang practice and our daily life.

This workshop is a combination of a deeper understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine, directly related to the postures in this workshop, combined with Western Anatomy. You will get an introduction to the concepts fascia, joints, and meridians. You will also receive information that will give you a deeper understanding of your health and ways that positively affect it. At the end of the day you will leave with postures for your home practice.    All ages and experience levels welcome.

Saturday September 22
1:45 – 4:00 PM
$30* (free to members)

Build an unshakable foundation

 

Harness Pilates Principles for Your Practice

Join our teacher Leanna Doyle in learning classical pilates mat fundamentals while accessing a deep connection with your core. This class will be held Saturday, August 25th from 2:00 – 3:30pm, and is $30(free to members). All ages and experience levels welcome.

Beginning at a young age, Leanna Doyle had a passion for movement as an art form. While studying dance at California State University Long Beach, she was introduced to additional conditioning through Pilates training. This was the beginning of her on-going love and lifelong study of the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates. Leanna has a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and many ongoing and fitness related professional certifications. She has had an experienced career teaching children’s dance and creative movement, adaptive physical education, pre and post – natal fitness groups, fitness classes of all kinds, Pilates, and, of course Yoga.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
You’ve felt it. Those moments you get from your yoga practice that fill you with peace. Those moments where you feel spacious and lighter and you catch glimpses of your true spirit. Those moments where you feel glimmers of light guiding your way and internal answers to your questions.

Maybe you felt it in Savasana, the ending rest after a long, sweaty physical yoga class. Maybe you felt it later in the day when you were strolling on the beach gazing out over the horizon. Maybe you felt it though an interaction with another person, where your souls actually saw each other and the connection felt effortless. Maybe you even felt it driving in your car, sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, as you witnessed the peaceful acceptance of something beyond your control.

No matter where or when you felt it, something inside you keeps bringing you back to the yoga practice to feel it again and to feel it more deeply.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY?

So where do we go from here? HOW do we feel it more deeply? How do we peel away more layers of the habitual and negative and blocking patterns we hold onto and bring in more of the peace, spaciousness, light and truth?

The answer is simple. You just keep going. The answer is there is no answer. There is no end. There is no final practice where you instantly feel: I’ve made it! I’m perfectly blissful and content and enlightened forever and ever… The end! You just keep going. And there is no right way. There is no direct path. There is no finale. There is no award. You just keep breathing and moving and sweating and being still and listening and growing, and you just keep going.

Personally, I have chosen many times in my life to GO, and by going, I go deeper in my practice. First, it started by going to yoga class three times a week at the same time with one specific teacher. Then, I started going to different teachers, different class times, different types of yoga practices, and LOTS of workshops. Then, I decided to go do a yoga teacher training in Hawaii, then I decided to go on a yoga retreat to Joshua Tree, and from there, it simply continued… I just kept going! I would go on these experiences to deepen my yoga practice. And each time I went, I felt more and more of the moments I mentioned: peace, space, truth, light, and internal answers. I just kept going and, as a result, I kept feeling deeper and deeper connections.

Have you been asking yourself- where do I go from here? Has your soul been wanting more? Next time you find yourself in savanna or gazing at the horizon or having a conversation or sitting in traffic, let yourself feel your internal answers and listen to what they are saying to you. You’ll know where to go. There are retreats and trainings all over the world. There are countless guides and different practices and specific workshops out there ready assist you in going deeper. You just need to go.

~ by Linda Baffa
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Linda Baffa is our lead Flow teacher at Evolation Yoga Santa Barbara, leads retreats all over the world and, through Evolation Yoga, helps lead yoga teacher trainings. Evolation Yoga in Santa Barbara is now offering monthly workshops to go deeper in your practice, which are free to members! If you are looking to deepen your yoga practice start with a workshop at the studio and to take it even further, consider retreats or teacher trainings for yourself. Visit www.lindabaffa.com or www.evolationyoga.com to see the possibilities on where to go from here!