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

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?"

Yoga Dads

This Father’s Day, we want to share the story of two recent Evolation grads. 

Fyona and Hugo Flinn are a father-daughter yoga team from Limerick, Ireland. The pair have been practicing hot yoga for almost 10 years. Fyona became hooked on the practice while working in Belfast as a child psychologist. After years of playing hockey, hot yoga was a welcome change that improved her flexibility and sport-related injuries. Fyona firmly believes that physical and mental health go hand-in-hand, and that yoga represents the bridge between the two. Her passion for yoga encouraged her father to begin his own practice, and he quickly became hooked as well. 

After a few years of dedicated practice, the Flinns decided they wanted to dive deeper into yoga and learn to teach others. As a result, they made the long flight out to Hawaii for their Hot Yoga Teacher Training. Rather than bonding over a weekend camping trip, the pair took two months off to complete their 500-hour teaching certification.

Going off the grid and becoming fully immersed in the yoga lifestyle for two whole months was quite the adventure to share. Classes, meditation, philosophy lectures, and exploring the beautiful island of Oahu made for an "incredible experience, made even better by getting to share it with my dad. I think that Evolation created a very positive, supportive environment that brought out the best in both of us." 

Hugo felt lucky to spend so much time with his daughter. "To do so in the yoga bubble, on the same path, was particularly special." 

We’re grateful to have these two lovely yogis be a part of the Evolation family. With a shared passion for the healing powers of yoga in body and mind, Fyona and Hugo have returned home to Ireland and have begun their teaching journeys. Both have received incredible praise for their classes at Bikram Yoga Limerick and Yoga Farm Belfast. We’d like to send our congratulations to the Flinn’s for their incredible achievement and a Happy Father’s Day to all the yoga dads out there!


Week One Yoga Challenge: Stretching Back


Week One Challenge: “Stretching Back”

Prize: Yoga Retreat in Hawaii


This week we kicked off our 100th yoga teacher training in Buffalo, NY with our founders Mark Drost and Zefea Samson.

Nine years, 26 locations, and over 1,000 graduates later, evolation has reached this milestone; an extraordinary journey of yoga.

Warrior III/Balancing Stick is a balancing pose that requires you to stretch back while reaching forward - all the while cultivating strength and support. That is how we are looking at this achievement. We want to celebrate our history – how far we’ve come – as well as the excitement for what the future holds. And we want to celebrate by really connecting with all of you; past, present, and future students & teachers.

We will be hosting four weekly challenges throughout the month of June, with some very exciting yoga prizes. Stay tuned on Mondays, when we will post the details of each challenge on Facebook, Instagram, and here on our website. Every weekend we will announce the winners.

Week one’s prize will be two spots at our yoga retreat in Hawaii. The following 3 weeks will be more geared towards yoga teacher training…

The theme this week is “stretching back”.


Here’s how to enter:

- Post a photo from your early days of yoga on Instagram and/or Facebook.

- Share with it how you began your yoga journey! Why did you go to your first class, and what did you think of it? What made you want to go back? Share whatever you think is meaningful about the beginning of your personal practice.

- Use the hashtag #evolation100 and tag us in your photo.

- Make sure your photos/account are set to “public” so we can see it.


Good luck, yogis! We look forward to hearing your stories. 

how to prepare for teacher training - practically

how to prepare for teacher training - practically

We’ve said it before and will say again that your teacher training experience begins the day you decide to register for training. That’s right! While you may not be on-site with other trainees and learning through your immersion experience each day, the learning process begins as soon as you decide to register. It starts with your first “Yes!” to your transformational yoga journey.