Recipe: Vegan Curry Lentil Stew

When you attend a Yoga Teacher Training with evolation, your meal plan provides home-cooked, fresh, vegetarian fuel everyday. While you’re studying, practicing and learning all things yoga, you can rest assured that one of our private chefs is whipping up something delicious for lunch and dinner. One of our go-to recipes for our hard-workin’ yogis is described below. 


Hearty and savory, enjoy this curried lentil stew on a bed of wild rice, over a pile of mixed greens. What could be better to nourish the body and mind after long days of yoga immersion? Best part? It’s super quick and vegan!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup red split lentils 

  • 1 cup wild or brown rice 

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

  • ½ cup mixed greens 

  • ½ yellow onion 

  • ¼ chopped sundried tomatoes 

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 

  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes 

  • 1 tablespoon salt & pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder 


Directions: 

  • Bring 1 cup rice, 2 cups water to a boil and let simmer until fully cooked and fluffy (about 15mins).

  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Add lentils and toss to coat for about one minute. 

  • Add broth and seasoning. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. 

  • Line a large bowl with mixed greens (or kale, spinach, whatever greens spark your fancy) and top with rice. 

  • Mix sun-dried tomatoes with lentils and pour over rice.

  • Add any additional toppings you desire! Sautéed garlic, grilled vegetables, pine nuts, etc. Make it your own! 

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How to Travel and Teach Yoga

Travelling the world and teaching yoga might sound like a far-fetched pipe-dream, but in reality it’s much more doable than you might initially think. To teach and practice in new cultures, connecting with like-minded people and experiencing the world is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you could choose to do, should you decide to put yourself out there. Here are some of our best tips on the topic. Best of luck on your yoga journey!

1) Networking websites


There’s lots of networking websites out there made specifically for yogis and studio owners. They aim to connect the two, creating opportunities for travel and teaching experiences. Sign up, check out what they have to offer, and start applying! This is one of the most common ways people find teaching jobs abroad. Make sure you clearly understand the terms of the position before committing -- accommodation, visa requirements, etc. 


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2) Brand yourself


That being said, you’d better have a sharp resume and/or online presence! Organize all your teaching experience, trainings and specializations into a well-packaged resume. Consider the impact of quality photographs that capture you teaching or practicing. In this visual day and age, photographs really allow employers to get a sense of your energy and personality. 


As for social media, there are divided perspectives. On one hand, some see it as a superficial way to brand yourself and your classes. But there’s no denying that it’s one of the best ways to reach and grow an audience to get your name out there, share your philosophies and personal yoga style. The majority of yoga studios and retreat centers nowadays market themselves on Facebook and Instagram -- so you can create connections and network with them through your own channels! 


3) Teach at hostels, resorts and hotels

 

One major way that yoga teachers facilitate their travels is by teaching at resorts, hotels and hostels. Many of these places are happy to offer Sunday morning yoga classes to their guests, or classes throughout the week. Many yoga teachers will teach these classes in exchange for accommodation, but some places will offer payment as well (just make sure to be upfront about your expectations). Bring your resume in, send emails, make phone calls… get your foot in the door! 


4) Ask your resources for connections 


Make use of the community you’ve cultivated on your yoga path! Ask your studio owner, fellow yoga teachers, even regular students if they have any possible connections in your future destination (or anywhere you’re interested in travelling to). You never know who might have a useful connection and can put in a good word for you. 


5) Join the evolation family! 


Not only do we offer training opportunities around the globe, but you can also find endless teaching jobs with us! Did you know that evolation has hosted over 100 Yoga Teacher Trainings just in the past decade? That’s miles more experience than the majority of yoga schools you’ll find online… and with that experience comes a massive, far-reaching community of graduates, teachers, retreat planners and studio owners. When you join the evolation alumni, you join that network and become part of the family. Upon graduation, you gain access to our Facebook group with hundreds of members. Expect regular posts about teaching opportunities across the globe -- North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia… take your pick! 


How to Land a Teaching Job & Impress Any Studio Owner

Between the two of them, evolation co-founders, husband-and-wife Mark & Zefea have their share of experience in running yoga studios. When they met, Mark was owning 8 Bikram yoga studios. Together, over the past 10 years, they have owned over 10 studios across the globe in different sizes, styles and formats. Today evolation has 25 independently-owned affiliate studios, and they use their expertise to help yogis around the world manage, open and run their own studios.

Recently, Zefea was asked what’s the most common advice she hears being given to new teachers looking for jobs. What’s often heard is this:


Be yourself! Be authentic!

Of course, this is grand advice. However, not the most practical. What if your authentic self likes to sleep in until 11am? Or your authentic self prefers to attend only your favourite teacher’s class? 

With all their experience hiring hundreds of yoga teachers at studios across the world… this is what evolation recommends you do to land a job.  

1. Take a class first.

The very first thing we look up when receiving a resume isn’t the candidates Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn… it’s whether or not they have attended a class the studio before. 

Imagine this: You have a steady practice at a local studio. The teachers, owner and practitioners see first-hand how dedicated you are to your practice. One day, for whatever reason, the instructor doesn’t show up for class. There’s ten minutes until show time and you’re the only teacher there. You’ve rolled out your mat, ready to practice, and the girl at the front desk asks if you can lead the class. This happens so much more often than you think, and it’s actually how many yogis land regular teaching positions! Even if this doesn’t happen, most studio owners prefer to hire somebody who’s visited the space before. 


2. Research, research research! 

The biggest rookie mistake? Not knowing the values and vibe of the studio your applying to. If you’re unable to take a class before applying, definitely make sure to do your research. So often we see people applying with an obviously copy-and-pasted cover letter; so general that nothing at all speaks to the studio they’re hoping to teach at. A common line being “I think I would be a great addition to your space!”… Explain why! In your cover letter, mention at least one thing that you like about the studio. Something like, “I took Hannah’s class and loved it!” or “I really enjoyed the communal energy of your space”. Little lines like that will go a long way. Do your homework, research the mission statement, core values, and history before your interview. 


3. Ask your own questions.

Don’t just let the studio owner do all the talking. Come prepared with your own questions! For example… “What’s your policy on hands-on adjustments?” or “How do you like to give space for savasana at the end of your classes?” or “What style of class are you looking for? Dynamic, energetic, accessible, relaxed?”


4. Show that you can sell.

Yoga teachers need to do more than just show up, teach, and leave. They need to connect with their students and create an environment that makes them want to come back, and bring their friends and family. Studios can’t survive on drop-ins alone! Show how personable you can be. Smile and all the teachers and students in the lobby, be bright and cheery when introduced. Any chance you have to show off your warm, welcoming side must be taken advantage of, because that’s just as important as teaching a stellar class. 


5. Be on time or early.

One of the most important aspects of being a yoga teacher is punctuality. You simply can’t stroll up 10 minutes late for work, if “work” is a scheduled yoga class. Your students have places to be! And so does the studio owner. Set the tone and show them that you take the job seriously. 


6. Make use of your audition class. 

Audition classes can be intimidating. Sometimes, they’re as short as 15 or 20 minutes. How can you use this time to your advantage? Show all your energetic sides as a teacher! Instead of flowing through 5 vinyasas in a row, try to balance out some warming postures, one solid vinyasa, some motivating peak poses, and grounding, meditative poses. Present yourself and everything you can do! 


7. Ground yourself first. 

You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re nervous, take some time before your interview or your audition class to ground yourself. Find a quiet space for a breathing exercise (like Alternate Nostril Breathing) or a short meditation. Remind yourself you’re just there to serve your students. Feel your feet on the ground as you teach, and feel the rhythm of your breath -- just like you’re instructing your students to do. 

How To Practice Yoga With an Injury

How to Practice with an Injury

“Alright. You’re not allowed to raise your arms over your head or make any uncontrolled twisting motions with your spine.”


This is what I was told during the first week of my Yoga Teacher Training. After experiencing intense chest pains for weeks prior, I had finally given in and went to a professional.

I was not thrilled to learn that my rib had slipped out of place, impacting all the surrounding muscles, nerves and fascia. Hence why any lifting, bending, twisting, deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing would send sharp, stabbing pains through my chest and back. If I had gone in right away after the first symptoms, they could have popped my rib back into its proper place. But since I’d waited, I had to be scheduled for three more appointments spread out over the month.

I needed to rest and heal. I did not, however, have time for that. I had a full schedule to complete 250 hours of intensive training in four weeks.

And so... I was resigned to sitting through daily yoga classes without actually moving. Watching all my fellow trainees practice-teach with one another, taking painkillers between lectures and workshops. At first, I was miserable. I felt like I wasn’t getting anything out of the training. Every day, we would go over individual postures, in depth, and learn alignment and variations. But I couldn’t participate. I considered dropping out and starting again when I had more mobility.


Mentally, it was hard to relax and accept things, because I couldn’t use yoga as a tool the way I usually do. Yoga is my meditation, my life force, how I stay calm and connected with myself. I’d been preparing for this intensive training program for months. This was my chance to deep dive into the yoga that I love, and I was supposed to just sit on the bench for four weeks?

I sat there, frustrated, in pain, for a full week before one of my teachers looked at me halfway through a very dynamic, cardio-heavy flow class.

“This is the most humble of practices.” She said, smiling. Her kind words shifted my perspective completely.


For the first time, I saw this injury as an opportunity.

An opportunity to meditate on what it means to be grateful for the body you have been given, in all its varying forms. A chance to understand when we take our bodies for granted, and to completely dive into the mental aspect of yoga. For the subsequent three weeks, I sat through 1-2 classes per day, observing the ever-changing quality of my thoughts and physical body.


My fellow trainees were supportive and kind, and I felt such a strong sense of community as I recovered, meditated, and expanded my practice without physically practicing at all. We brainstormed how to create and teach an inclusive yoga class for people with similar injuries or ailments. We studied the philosophy, history, and importance of yoga and teaching a strong class. We learned that experiencing injuries, issues, and aliments first-hand can help you to understand your students on a deeper level and teach a better class, designed with every body in mind.

On the other side of it now, graduated and teaching my first flow classes, I can recognize and accept the injury as a challenge and opportunity for growth. In hindsight, I think I received a unique trainee experience and I am no longer wishing for something better. I plan my sequences and classes to be accessible and open, and I encourage my students to practice mindfully and at their own pace, following their own breath. As a student, my own practice feels so different from before. It feels new, more intentional, and more conscious than it had before.  

So my question for you is:

How can you refresh your practice, your perspective?


Half Moon Pro Tips with Zefea Samson

Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana, also known as Half Moon Pose, provides a unique challenge right at the start of the Hot 26 practice. Each time we begin our practice, we literally have the opportunity to grow into this challenging posture, lengthening our spine as we bend laterally. The space for growth and change in this posture is always expanding, and I have found that a small adjustment or shift in thinking can take Half Moon to a new level of depth and understanding, even for experienced practitioners.

Over the last month, I’ve chosen to share a new Pro Tip each week on the evolation yoga social media channels to help you improve and deepen your Half Moon side bend practice. Each tip speaks to a common issue I have seen students experience in Half Moon Side Bend, and offers a way to improve alignment to address that issue.

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Tip 1: Keep it lateral!

“Chest up, chin up, arms back, upper body back”: these are all instructions that you hear in class to provide corrections and adjustments while in Half Moon pose. However, you must be careful in this posture to not over correct or exaggerate, turning this posture into a backbend. Half Moon side bend is a lateral flexion of the spine. Which means your spine is bending side to side, not backward or forward. While you are working on opening the front side of your body, think about keeping the back of your body tall and long. Everything should be equal distance to the mirror you are smiling in.

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Tip 2: Use your hands!

If you find it hard to get your arms straight and extended, work really hard on pressing your palms together. The different parts of your palms are connected to different strains of muscles in your arms. The more you work your hands, the more you activate and fire up all the different muscles of your arms, even while your arms are bent. Over time, this will help you to make your arms more straight.

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Tip 3: Neck Alignment is Key!

You hear the words “chin up, see your whole throat in the mirror” a lot in class. Many times, student will over correct based on this direction, and the head will start going back. To avoid crunching in your neck, keep your neck long by bringing your chin slightly back in to your throat. You can also try thinking of lengthening the crown of your head up to the ceiling.

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Tip 4: It’s all in the feet!

You are probably used to hearing: ‘bring your feet together, toes and heels touching each other’. Many people wonder why this often seems impossible or painful. The answer has to do with body mechanics and proportions. Our feet are not rectangles, rather triangle shaped, with the front of our feet being wider than the heels. The only way most people can make both toes and heels touch is by sickling at the ankles; jamming ankle bones into each other; bowing knees out; or externally rotating the hips. Allowing a slight space (distance depends per person) between the heels solves this issue for many.

Yoga Education with Evolation Yoga

Follow evolation yoga on instagram and facebook to see new pro tips every week.

Consider training with evolation yoga to enhance your understanding of each asana, while you become certified to teach and share the healing benefits with others!


By Zefea Samson

 

Gratitude for my Yoga Journey by Larissa Santoro

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It was Thanksgiving eve. I watch Instagram stories and posts of my family and friends getting ready for the holiday. My mom sends me a text that she just finished baking her apple pie. I think I can almost smell it when I close my eyes…and my heart aches, just a little bit, that I am not home.

But, I am happy. I am grateful.

 

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It has been 8 months since I became a certified yoga instructor with Evolation Yoga. Completing my training in beautiful Hawaii, which I didn’t fully realize at the time, was a complete life changing experience for me. I didn’t know what my year would look like. Would I go home and move back to NYC and get another 9-5 agency job? Which let’s be real is more like a 9-7 agency job… would I stay in CT and take a different path? I had no idea what to expect and somehow, here I am…

Back in the yoga bubble, this time at a training in sunny Santa Barbara. I can hear the trainees in teaching clinic in the other room and it’s a surreal feeling to be here, as a teacher.

Eight months lived and I am wiser. I am happier. I am more myself than I’ve ever felt, and sure, there are hard days where I think ‘what am I doing??’ and self-doubt knocks on my door, but I am so grateful to be a part of this community and on this journey.

When you train with Evolation Yoga, you join a family.

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We train together. We stay connected. Continuously grow and learn together. We go through the good, the bad, the uncertainties of life together and it is a bond that cannot be shaken.

Eight months post training and I am back in the yoga bubble.

In one week I have made new friends, that I know in my heart will turn into old friends.

I received heart-warming hugs from souls I just met.

I have been welcomed into a fellow Evolation yogi’s home for the holidays. No questions asked.

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I have taught abroad at an Evolation graduate’s studio.  

I have friends and connections all over the world.

I am part of the Evolation family.

I am grateful.

 

See our upcoming yoga teacher training programs ➝

Standing Bow Pulling Pose: Using the Wall

Dandayamana Dhanurasana

How can use the wall to explore your Standing Bow? Evolation co-founder Zefea shares her best advice.

There’s two common mistakes that are often seen in this posture.

  1. Externally-rotating the hip too much, on the side that’s kicking back.

  2. Not kicking back enough before bringing the upper body down.

For mistake #1, stand sideways, with your right arm and leg against the wall. Grab your right foot with your right hand, and raise your left arm in the air to prepare to kick back. As you slowly kick back, try to keep your entire right leg (especially the knee) against the wall until you reach full extension. You may feel you can’t kick back as much, but this prevents you from externally rotating the hip too much, so that you can really feel the benefits of the spine twist in this posture. Then repeat on the other side!

For mistake #2, stand with the front side of your body pressing against the wall. Grab your right foot behind you, and raise your left arm straight up, pressing the palm and chin on the wall. Now try kicking back and up into your hand. You will probably feel a lot of restriction as you kick back, but this allows for much more of a backbend, strengthening those muscles. Now repeat on the other side!

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7 Yoga Poses to Help You Study Better

No question, it can be difficult to transition back into school mode after the summer months. Did you know that a regular yoga practice is proven to improve concentration, focus, and overall wellbeing? Not only that, but yoga, meditation and mindfulness are known to relieve anxiety and depression, and be greatly beneficial to stress management.

We compiled some of our favourite easy yoga poses to improve brain power and study like a pro. If you or your kids are heading back to school this fall, try incorporating some of these into a daily routine! 


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1. Half Tortoise

This posture is said to be equivalent to an 8-hour sleep. With your head is below your heart in this pose, it's technically an inversion! So if you have trouble with inversions for any reason, Half-Tortoise is a great alternative to receive those calming benefits. By increasing cerebral blood flow, this pose provides maximum relaxation to the entire body and mind.


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2. Balancing Stick

This posture works every muscle, stimulating the heart, improving balance and endurance. Best of all, it's great for enhancing memory and concentration. 


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3. Shoulder Stand

One of the most accessible inversions, this pose is known as the "queen of all yoga postures". It can be held for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Stimulating the thyroid gland, this pose relieves stress and depression by regulating hormone production. It has a soothing effect on the parasympathetic nervous system to help stabilize your mood and promote deep sleep. 


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4. Spine Twist

B.K.S. Iyengar describes spine twists as a "squeeze and soak" action; they compress organs and glands, and once released, allows clean, oxygenated blood to refresh the tissues. This action stimulates circulation and has a cleansing, healing effect. Opening up the shoulders, chest, and back releases stored tension which in turn decreases feelings of anxiety. 


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5. Downward Facing Dog

One of the most widely-recognised yoga poses, this one gives us an overall, rejuvenating stretch that improves brain function and cognition. With increased blood flow to the top of the body, down-dog gives you an energy boost and clears your mind. And finally, this posture also releases any tension in the neck and spine to prevent headaches and manage stress! 


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6. Seated or Standing Forward Bend

Forward bends are all about soothing your nerves. As it stretches and releases the entire backside of your body, it also allows for blood flow to the brain to relieve stress and fatigue. If you suffer from headaches, asthma, insomnia or anxiety, try incorporating forward bends into your daily life. 

 


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7. Alternate Nostril Breathing

This is a simple but extremely powerful practice we stand by to restore balance when things are overwhelming. It serves to regulate the flow of air through your nasal passages and restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, clearing energetic channels. Learn how to do this breathing exercise here

 

Restore Balance With Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing, or Nadi Shodhana is a simple but extremely powerful practice to restore balance when life get overwhelming. Did you know that Hillary Clinton practiced this breathing exercise to relieve stress and anxiety following the 2016 presidential election? Alternate Nostril Breathing serves to regulate the flow of air through your nasal passages and restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, clearing energetic channels. By practicing this breath regularly, you can effectively bring a renewed sense of clarity to your everyday life. 

 

Just as the activities of the mind influence the breath, so does the breath influence our state of mind. ~T. K. V. Desikachar

 

How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breath:

  1. Find a comfortable cross-legged seated position. Take a moment to ground yourself, and place you left hand on your left knee. 
  2. Hover your right thumb over your right nostril, and your right pinky-finger over your left nostril. 
  3. Close your right nostril with your thumb, and inhale deeply through your left nostril. When you reach the top of the inhale, close both nostrils and hold the breath for 3 seconds. 
  4. Keep the left nostril closed and exhale completely through the right nostril. At the end of your exhale, inhale again through the right nostril. 
  5. At the top of your inhale, close both nostrils and hold for 3 seconds. 
  6. Repeat. 
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Practice this breath regularly to lower stress, improve cardiovascular and lung function, lower heart rate, and give you an overall sense of peace and wellbeing. 

Crying in Camel Pose?

Camel Pose, Ustrasana. Sometimes just hearing the name can make me feel lightheaded. When I started practicing, my friend and I used to give each other a knowing look of fear whenever the instructor would announce this dreaded posture. I can vividly remember one class, a few months into my yoga practice, where I was finally starting to feel much stronger as I set up for camel pose. It wasn't until I layed down in savasana immediately afterwards, I started crying. I laid there, shocked, confused and overwhelmed with emotion. Any possible causes of stress or sadness in my life flipped through my mind, but nothing stood out. I wiped my eyes and carried on with my practice, and the feelings faded away with my breath. 

Perhaps you've had a similar experience. It's common to feel dizzy, nauseous, or emotional in this deep backbend. But why? 

In our society, we're often found slouched over our laptops, phones, and desks... This posture is opening our body up to the complete opposite range of motion, an opportunity that is rarely found outside of a yoga studio. Although this expression is tremendously healing for our spines, it can feel anything but. We hold a lot of tension in our chest, physically and emotionally, while Camel Pose stretches and opens up the whole front side of the body. 

If you think about it, our body's natural reaction to danger is to curl inward; rounding our shoulders and upper spine, tucking our chin to our chest... similar to fetal position. This is done to protect our neck and chest, the most vulnerable areas of our body. When we bend backwards and expose these spaces we normally protect, it's forces us into a very vulnerable position. Personally, I feel more mind-body connection in this pose than any other. 

Camel pose is a heart-opener. The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is said to be tied to your sense of compassion, love, acceptance and forgiveness. This posture encourages us to open up in those areas of our life. To find new space, get comfortable with our emotions, and live life with an open heart. So next time you're in camel pose, don't shy away. Take a moment to breathe deeply, and enjoy whatever arises. 

 

Stop the words now.

Open the window in the centre of your chest,

and let the spirits fly in and out.

- Rumi

How a Yoga Practice Changes Over Time

Evolation co-founder Zefea Samson has had quite the dynamic yoga journey. She had her first experience with yoga at age 4, when her parents practiced with renowned teacher Angela Farmer in the Iyengar tradition. In her twenties, Zefea started practicing Bikram yoga in her hometown Amsterdam, and graduated from Bikram's Teacher Training in 2005. Following her teacher training, the next chapter in her life focused on competing. She represented the Netherlands as the Dutch gold medalist three times in the International Yoga Championships, finishing in the world's top 10 not once, but three times! 

Later, Zefea and Mark founded Evolation Yoga in a desire to evolve the way the Primary Hot series is passed on and to focus on a collective and community approach. Almost ten years, 2 children, and 100 trainings later, it's safe to say Zefea's practice has changed over the years. Change is inevitable, in life and on that mat. What we have more control over is how we choose to perceive those changes; whether good, bad, or simply something to embrace.

Zefea is currently in Berlin training our yogis in their 250-hour certification. Saturdays during trainings are reserved for something we call "expand class"; a chance to explore the full 84-posture series, from which the regular 26-posture class was born. These classes are a way to have fun and expand on the basic practice with other sequences and routines. Zefea shared her thoughts on this week's expand class, and in particular, her experience with full-cobra pose...

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International Championships, LA 2008

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New York Regional Championships 2009

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Leading Berlin Yoga Teacher Training, 2018

'Some postures were once a given. Now, ten years and two children later, sometimes my legs feel like rocks and my hips often cry. And on other days my spine sings and my heart smiles and I am pleasantly surprised this is still accessible to me. I'm grateful for every posture and take nothing for granted. 

"With yoga you are practicing your wholeness. Your wholeness includes your scars, your weakness, your mood swings, the days of your life you'd rather pull the covers up over your head and stay in bed. Yoga is the practice of peeling away labels of good and bad an embracing whatever form of beauty you bring to the mat each day." -Liz Huntly'

 

5 Signs You're Ready for a Yoga Teacher Training

If you’re reading this blog, I would guess that you’re interested in becoming a certified yoga teacher. Maybe you’re extremely passionate about your practice, but feeling hesitant to apply for a Yoga Teacher Training. You might be asking yourself, “Am I really qualified for this? Can I do this? Is my practice strong enough?”.

These questions are completely normal. Doubt is common. Rather than resisting the doubt, it can often be easier to accept it. One philosophy we like to live by is this:

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. -Lemony Snicket

Here are a few signs you should take the plunge and apply for your YTT.

 

 1. You share your practice with others.

You may as well be an ambassador for your local studio, with all the friends and family you bring in. When a loved one complains to you about stress, stiffness, or sore joints, you know exactly what to do... Drag them to yoga! Or at the very least, preach the benefits. You genuinely want to help those around you.

 

2. Yoga has improved your life or made you a better person.

Your practice creates balance in your life, and you can feel it when you don’t practice for a while. Maybe yoga makes you feel more connected and more at peace with yourself, and the world around you. You recognize how it enhances your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

 

3. You want more.

Maybe classes seem to be going by quicker than when you began practicing. Sometimes a class doesn’t quite feel like enough. You’ve started to search out ways to deepen your practice, whether it be from yoga and philosophy books, workshops, or personal research. And you love it!

 

4. You’re prepared to grow.

A Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most transformative experiences you can go through. With hours of daily practice, meditation and learning, you’re definitely going to go through some changes, externally and internally. And that’s something that you’re open to.

 

5. Yoga goes beyond hobby or workout for you -- it’s a lifestyle.

Your practice means a lot to you. It’s not something you do, it’s something you are. I’ts a part of your character, and you’re glad for that.

 

Evolation Takes Scandinavia!

From New York to Norway... 

Evolation is thrilled to be heading to Scandinavia for the first time! This October 2018, we will be hosting a 250-hour hot YTT in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway. Located on the Southwest coast in the heart of Fiord region, it's no question why this stunning location is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. A historic city with strong cultural spirit and views of the North Sea & towering Fjords, Bergen is the perfect Scandinavian location for this extraordinary yoga experience. 

Svanhild Hausberg is an Evolation graduate from a little island just off Bergen, called Sotra. She teaches at Hot Yoga Bergen, the studio where our training will take place. We asked Svanhild her favorite thing about her home country. 

"What I really love about Norway is the climate, the changes in the seasons, the fresh air, clean water, and the fact that we live in peace. Bergen is just big enough and has seven beautiful mountains surrounding it. When the sun is shining, it is the most beautiful place."

When asked about teaching at her home studio of Hot Yoga Bergen, she said,

"It is great. So many dedicated students. I love entering the hot room, feeling the energy, and just being present. I love the stillness, the challenging work, the balance, the breath, the discipline, and when my students smile and manage to slow down." 

Finally, we asked Svanhild about her experience training with Evolation.

"For me, it has been life changing, and I finally found my voice. It was both tough, fun, scary and very educational." 

During this 250-hour, 4-week immersion training, you will be fully equipped to teach Hot 26+2 classes and will be qualified for your RYT 200 Hour Certification through Yoga Alliance. Study and practice alongside a small group of other likeminded aspiring yogis, while creating friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime. Take this chance to dive deep into the physical asana, meditation, and yoga philosophy. 

Click here for registration, dates, and details. We look forward to practicing and learning with you! 

A Yogi's Life in the Adirondack Mountains

Today we are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first 250-hour yoga teacher training at Hot Yoga Lake Placid!

September 16 - 30, 2018
April 22 - May 18, 2019


Choose from either of these dates to train for your certification in either hot yoga or vinyasa flow. Expand your knowledge and practice, learn from world-class teachers, and embark on a transformational journey. 

Many yogis find it very special to train within nature, tucked away from your regular life, so you can let go and focus all your energy on deepening your knowledge and reaching your highest potential. In Lake Placid, you can study among the trees, overlooking the beautiful mountain range, and spend your time off walking through the woods or around Mirror Lake. 

Kristin Perry, Evolation alumni is the wonderful owner of Hot Yoga Lake Placid. Her space is a beautiful boutique studio in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Kristin completed her first training back in 2012 in Santa Barbara California. We asked her a few questions about her yoga journey...

 

What is "yoga" to you?

Love, balance, movement and unity. 

 

How do you incorporate yoga into your everyday life?

The balance aspect resonates with me on every level. Everything from balance with home and work, balance with diet, to balance on the mat, and everything between. It's such an important aspect of life.

 

What do you feel was the best aspect of your training with Evolation?

Working so closely with my teachers Mark and Zefea. 

 

What are you most passionate about?

Teaching yoga. 

 

 

Find more training details here and check out the studio here. We look forward to practicing with you in Upstate New York! 

A Day In the Life

If you've ever done your yoga teacher training, it's hard to explain the experience to someone else, because there's simply nothing like it. Have you ever wondered what it's like to be right smack in the middle of it? Gina Anderson, recent Evolation graduate, shares a day in the life.

Evolation Yoga encourages journalling during our trainings because it's a great way to track your day-to-day progress. We often have journalling workshops to help you perfect this tool that so many yogis carry with them beyond their trainings. 

If you're interested in applying for your yoga teacher training, this can be an insight into what you can expect. If you've already completed your certification, perhaps it'll bring you back to those transformational days of your yoga teacher training...

 

Gina ANDERSON

250 hour Flow Training - Buffalo, New York - June 4th-30th

#yogastory

Day 7 (June 11th 2018)

It’s the beginning of the second week! I’m learning so much, every day. And everything is fascinating!

Today during Posture Mechanics we discussed the Sun Salutations – Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B. We walked through alignment and cues. And we did an exercise on Chaturanga with broadening out through the upper back to understand the feeling of the correct alignment and how to guide students to find it. We also taught some of the poses and got feedback. I had good rhythm but need to add more cues for upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog. Kelly encouraged us to record ourselves teaching, as an improvement tool; she also said it could be helpful to become aware of any thinking language. We also discussed Ujjayi breath – what’s is all about, how it works, etc.

We practiced teaching each other outside on the lawn during Group Study and after lunch. It’s not very hot here at the moment but it was sunny out! We’re working on mastering the Sun Salutations, with the breath cues, and also developing our own integration/warm-up sequence.

We’ve been teaching every day since Day 2 of the program – first one posture at a time and now we’re linking multiple poses together. In Teaching Clinic today we taught Sun Salutations – I need to be careful with breath cues and make sure they’re smooth. Watching other people teach and listening to their delivery style and cues is really helpful for improving my own teaching. And getting concrete feedback is very useful. Teaching every day has helped me learn so much, and progressively feel more confident with teaching.

Philosophy Lectures have been really good – mostly on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras so far, but this evening we started on the Chakras, which was fascinating. I’ve heard of Chakras before but never specifically studied them. We discussed them one by one and also related them to everyday life. Chakras are energy centers in the body. Ideally energy should move dynamically through your body, but any blockages can lead to emotional or physical imbalances and even illness. Chakras can also been seen as perceptual filters – how do you understand the outside world? With a focus on grounding or communication or openness?

Doing yoga every day is making me feel great! Even through the program is intense – long hours, lots of information to learn and teaching every day, etc. – I’ve been feeling good. We have at least one class per day (or more!) plus we do poses during posture mechanics to feel things in our own body, as well as in teaching clinic.

It’s been really great to connect with everyone in the program! Some people are doing hot training and others are doing flow training – and having a mix of both has been valuable. The first week some posture mechanics were combined – which was useful for understanding different approaches to the same posture. Everyone is already making progress! From the first day when we were all terrified about getting up and teaching until now when we’re already linking poses together and becoming more confident with our cues. It’s awesome ☺

 

Meet Our Grads: Daniela Gil

“I'm committed to living a yogic life.” –Daniela Gil

Meet Daniela Gil, Evolation Yoga alumni. Daniela completed her first training with us 5 years ago in Tampa, Florida. Now she teaches in Santa Monica, Venice, and at Snapchat HQ in California. She is a reknown Akashic Records Practitioner; her spiritual readings can help you learn how to be more conscious and proactive to create positive changes in your life. We asked Daniela a few questions about her yoga journey. 

"What are you most passionate about?"
Sharing Akashic Record Reading trainings!

"What did you enjoy most about your training with Evolation?"
It was so tremendously healing and transformative. I learned so much about myself and it was an initiation into realizing my dharma and committing myself to a life of service.

"What is "yoga" to you?"
Everything! The practice of hatha yoga welcomed me into practices all types of yoga.

"How do you incorporate yoga into your everyday life?"
I'm committed to living a yogic life.
 

If you're in California and would like to learn more about Daniela's amazing work, check out her website here.

Flowing Spirit Journeys: Women’s India Retreat

"The lotus has its roots in dark murky waters, yet still grows towards the light and blossoms where it has been planted."

We're excited to offer you a special discounted price for this amazing yoga retreat with Flowing Spirit Journeys.

Kristie Lonczak, one of our Evolation Yoga teachers is running a very special life-changing, 18 day retreat through India in February 2019.

The "Lotus of the Desert" retreat is a powerful exploration of the divine feminine and how she manifests within each one of us. It is a unique opportunity to travel as a group of women, in sisterhood, supporting one another as we open and flower as the radiant beings that we are!

This moving retreat balances an inner and outer journey as we adventure through the colorful and vibrant Indian state of Rajasthan. In moments of self- introspection we will retreat into silence, yoga, meditation, sacred ritual, healing, dance, and group sharing. In other moments, we will live with presence in the movement of life amidst ancient temples, exquisite palaces, sacred waters, never ending deserts, smiling camels and exuberant locals

Highlights:
2 night camel safari in the Desert, Blue City of Jodhpur, Spiritual Delhi, Expert Guides, Sacred Sites, Powerful daily practices, Life Changing Experiences, Support in “getting unstuck,” deepening your practice, and/or putting your purpose/intentions into action

 
Does this sound like how you'd like to start your 2019? We have some discounted prices to offer you:

Register before August 1st for an earlybird discount and receive $200 off. 
Book together with a friend and each receive $100 off.
When you register, mention Evolation Yoga to receive a free massage treatment!
 
Head to the Flowing Spirit Journeys website for more information and registration. 

Contest Winner: Nick Gonzalez

Congratulations to Nick Gonzalez, the winner of our YTT contest! Nick won a free yoga teacher training with a month of guided mentorship from Evolation co-founders Mark & Zefea. 

Read Nick's entry below.

"My next 30 Years I can see it now: me at 64, still ruggedly handsome, even under a coat of gray. Active as ever, I spend my days making updates to the house, hiking Montana’s beautiful wilds with my buddies, and teaching the occasional class at my yoga studio. Although it’s not my nature to be cocky or dramatic, I’m extremely proud of the reputation that I’ve quietly built in my community for being the best at what I do: imparting the gifts and power of yoga to those who need uplifting and encouragement – people who doubt the relevance and inspirational power of the practice, as I once did. It’s why I want to start my business in the first place. I was once a lost and hardened Army veteran, struggling to single-handedly keep my anxiety and PTSD under control. I didn’t need anybody, I never asked for help. But life has a way of pushing us into the changes we need most, and as I met my wife, moved to Montana, and started my family, it became clear that the only way out of my darkness was through it. Slowly, I began accepting help. With regular counseling and the support of my wife, I started making small changes that led to an entirely new and better lifestyle. I changed my diet, stopped using alcohol or any medication, and (reluctantly) tried yoga. It felt boring. Too quiet. Not enough action. But I pushed through, kept going, and soon, my body and mind felt an enormous shift. Yoga is a big part of what brought me back to life – made me a better husband and father, showed me how to push my own limits and achieve milestones I never before imagined. Now, I’m an entirely new person, and I’m ready to take on anything. In my next 30 years, I plan to share the power of yoga with as many people as possible. I plan to complete my instructor certification and pursue training in every type of yoga available. I plan to open my own studio, where everyone is welcome and nobody is beyond saving – even veterans like me. Right now, I’m 34 years young, and my next three decades are going to be action-packed and awesome. I want Evolation Yoga to be part of the journey. Your progressive approach and dedicated focus is the ideal environment to get the most out of training, and I’m a Carp kid, born and raised – it would be transformational to walk part of my path in my own hometown, a beautiful location that will always hold a special place in my heart. So, what do you say? Will you be part of my journey?"