Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Barbara, California

8 Weeks 500hr Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Certification Training with Evolation Yoga


500-Hour Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program

Covering Hot (26+2), Flow (Vinyasa) and Yin (Restorative) yoga styles, our 500 hour yoga immersion training program includes eight weeks of training and education led by senior Evolation Yoga instructors that will guide and support you during each phase of the program. We provide course materials, reading recommendations, yoga career guidance and personalized support for all trainee's.

Come train with us in Santa Barbara while you expand upon your love for yoga and learn and grow with fellow yogis looking to gain a better understanding of the practice while becoming certified to teach in classroom, private, retreat and workshop settings.

Now Enrolling for 500-Hour Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training

  • September 9, 2019 - November 9, 2019

  • March 2, 2020 - April 25, 2020

*All experience levels welcome from beginner and intermediate to advanced


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One Studio, Two Yoga Rooms for the Santa Barbara Hot, Flow and Yin Teacher Training

A main headquarters for our teacher trainings, the Evolation Yoga studio in Santa Barbara offers an especially welcoming environment for all teacher trainee's, yoga students and instructors alike. The studio is located in the Carpinteria beach area of Santa Barbara County.  We have two separate yoga rooms, one heated for our hot yoga style classes and one unheated for all other practice styles that we offer.  It is our mission to provide adequate space (and comfort) for all studio attendees so that we all have the potential to learn something new and unique with each class and/or studio event.

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Accommodations for the 500hr Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Training

The 8-Week 500hr Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Evolation Yoga in Santa Barbara comes with options for lodging accommodations at a local, one-acre estate with a variety of private and shared rooms to choose from; an outdoor pool and jacuzzi; large patio deck area; and breath-taking views of Southern California's mountains, landscape and wildlife.  Accommodations for this teacher training are limited, contact us with any questions to reserve your space.

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Menu of Foods Available for this Teacher Training

For this teacher training, we will have private chefs onsite preparing healthy foods for all of our daily meals. We cater to vegetarian and vegan menu options and our chefs are also able to accommodate for specific dietary restrictions like food allergies and sensitivities. Please message us directly with any questions and/or requests that you may have regarding the foods being served and we will work with you to help ensure your satisfaction during your time with us.

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Transportation To and From the Hot, Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Barbara

This teacher training is located in the Carpinteria and Montecito neighborhoods of Santa Barbara, California.  There are plenty of local taxi cabs and vans along with Lyft and Uber providers in the area as well as public transportation options like the Santa Barbara Airbus.  Transportation is not provided to or from the training location but we can certainly help to address any questions and also offer more information regarding transportation options.

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Hot, Flow and Yin Instructors for the Santa Barbara Teacher Training


Melissa Williams

Melissa is certified at the 500 level, has trained in India and has more than 1500 hours of training including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yoga for Fertility, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Pilates Mat, Pre and Post natal. Also trained for Reiki Level I and II, Holistic Healing Body Massage Therapy. Melissa, believes regular Yoga practice is key to the healing process and trained with numerous incredible teachers that have inspired her every step in her journey. Her classes are physically and mentally rewarding, inspiring others to reach into their potential. Her clear teaching style will put beginners at ease, while yogis of all levels will enjoy the contrast of a challenging practice followed by relaxation. Joining asana, pranayama, philosophy, and music – Melissa invites you to ‘listen’ to your inner voice and outer body as you practice the art of yoga and connect body, mind and spirit.


Zefea Samson

Zefea had her first experience with yoga at the age of four, when her parents practiced with the renowned teacher Angela Farmer in the Iyengar tradition. She graduated from Bikram’s teacher training in 2005 and represented the Netherlands as the Dutch gold medalist three times in the international yoga championships, all those years finishing in the world’s top ten. In 2009 Zefea and her husband, Mark Drost, founded evolation in a desire to evolve the way the primary hot series is passed on and focus on a collective and community approach. In every training she keeps learning and growing herself and aims to improve further on what she can offer her students.


Mark Drost

Mark, along with his wife Zefea, is the co-founder of evolation yoga. He has been studying yoga, the philosophy of yoga, and meditation for his entire adult life. He has been practicing Bikram Yoga for over 20 years and started teaching in 2001. He has taught in hundreds of studios around the world and mentored several hundred teachers. He has founded or co-founded many studios. His inspiration for his yoga journey is to create union in the lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda. Mark brings his 35 years of experience in this tradition to his teaching and he applies this principle of inclusion to all his classes.

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Curriculum for the Santa Barbara 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

This 8-week teacher training covers all the basics behind each of the three specific styles of yoga study along with interactive group lectures and practices; daily yoga and meditation; one-on-one coaching and support as needed and more. Our intent is for you to advance forward with us while we lead you with the proper education and resources necessary for you to reach your highest potential with your practice. 

Teacher Training Curriculum

Yoga History and Philosophy

  • History, philosophy and evolution of yoga

  • Practical (and tangible) yoga philosophy

  • Eight Limb Path of Yoga

  • Bhagavad-Gita

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • Teachings and lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda and Bikram Choudhury

The Art of Teaching

  • Teaching clinics

  • How to address a group of students

  • How to use your own body as a teaching tool

  • How to use your voice, volume, tempo, and pacing

  • How to correct postures

  • Choosing the right words

  • Energy, passion, confidence, humor

  • Using your own presence and Self-awareness as a transformative teaching tool

  • Smart and conscious sequencing

The Business of Yoga

  • Teacher guidelines & etiquette

  • Appropriate conduct inside and outside the yoga room

  • How to apply for a teaching position

  • Teacher expectations

  • Student interaction

  • Role playing

  • Feedback


  • What meditation is and why it’s practiced

  • Meditation techniques

  • Silencing the mind for deeper levels of awareness

  • Establishing a connection with nature and the world you live in

  • Connecting with the true Self

Asanas (Postures)

  • Daily classes

  • Posture mechanics

  • Knowledge of asanas

  • Foundational yogic anatomy & physiology

  • Subtle Anatomy & Chakric System

  • Alignment & how to avoid injuries

  • Modifications & adjustments

  • Medical benefits

  • How to read bodies

  • Balance between body, mind and breath

  • Sequencing

Pranayama (Breathing)

  • The use of breath as a transformative tool for Self-awareness

  • Breath control

  • Different breathing techniques

  • Exploration of benefits

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Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Certifications

Evolation Yoga is a registered school through Yoga Alliance and all of our Yoga Immersion Teacher Training Programs are acknowledged accordingly around the globe. After you graduate from our 500-hour yoga teacher training, you will receive a 500-Hour Certification and you will be certified to teach Hot, Flow (Vinyasa) and Yin style classes. With your 500hr Certification from Evolation Yoga, you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 yoga teacher.


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Yoga Teacher Training Experience with Evolation Yoga

At Evolation Yoga, we take pride in the practice that we share with our fellow yoga family and we strive to ensure the best experience possible with each and every training that we conduct. Join us in Santa Barbara for eight magical weeks of pure yogic growth and transformation while you unite with a supportive community of like minded yogis.


"I just finished my Teachers training in Santa Barbara and I could not have had a better experience. The teachers are world class and the atmosphere in the studio warm. I got so much more out of the experience then I could have ever hoped for. Grateful."

Frida Bergh - Santa Barbara, CA Graduate


Tuition Costs and Payment Options

500-Hour Hot Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Barbara Tuition Fee

Teacher Training
500 Hour Teacher Training Certification

Meal Plan Teacher Training
500 Hour Teacher Training Certification with Daily Meals

Housing Plan Teacher Training
500 Hour Teacher Training Certification with Daily Housing Accommodations

All-Inclusive Teacher Training
500 Hour Teacher Training Certification with Daily Meals and Housing Accommodations


Tuition fee payments can be made via credit card, check or bank transfer payments.  To reserve and guarantee your space, a down payment of $5,000 USD is required for this training program.

Early Bird Discount

Our Early Bird Discount rate is $6,900 USD for this training. Save $500 USD on this training with our Early Bird Discount when you pay $6,900 USD in full at least 90 days prior to the start of your training.

Payment Plans and Third Party Financing

We offer flexible payment plan options as well as third party financing for our teacher training programs. Contact us to discuss the payment options that will be best for you.


From Santa Barbara, With A Whole Lot Of Love

You are cordially invited to join us in Santa Barbara for some of the best weeks of yoga in one of the most lovely locations on the planet. Spaces for this teacher training are limited and filled on a first come, first reserved basis so send us a message with reservation requests to reserve yours now.

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What's Included In This Training

  • Evolation Yoga designed training course materials and essentials

  • Training book reading lists

  • Hands-on support and assistance all throughout the training

  • Live teaching practice time for all trainees

  • 250 hours of hot yoga teacher training education

  • Yoga Alliance® RYT Certification

  • Lifetime of support for all Evolation Yoga alumni

  • Free training repeats for all Evolation Yoga alumni

Cancellation Policy

Deposits for trainings are non-refundable ($5000 for 500 hours training). All money paid to Evolation Yoga for trainings is transferable for a credit to another Evolation Yoga training in the event that trainee is unable to attend the original training they booked. Please contact us directly for more details about our cancellation policy.

Extracurricular Activities (optional)

During your free time while you attend your yoga teacher training, we encourage you to study, practice and reflect upon your experience as much as possible but you are of course welcome to partake in extracurricular activities should you wish to do so. Simply let us know and we can and will help to provide you with tips, suggestions, recommendations and resources for local activities near to your training location.