Come and enjoy a life transforming yoga teacher training in beautiful, sunny Santa Barbara, California; a city widely known for it's health, wellness, art, and yoga communities. From stunning mountain views to some of the most beautiful beaches in California, Santa Barbara will provide the perfect tranquil setting for this period of transformative personal growth.

By the end of the 250 hour 4 week Immersion Trainings, you will be fully equipped to teach either Hot 26+2 classes or intelligently sequenced Flow (Vinyasa) classes and will be qualified for your RYT 200 Hour Registration through Yoga Alliance. 

Upon completion of the 500 hour Immersion Training, you will be certified to teach Hot 26+2 classes as well as Flow classes and Yin yoga classes, and will be qualified for your RYT 500 Hour Registration through Yoga Alliance.

Immersion Yoga Trainings currently accepting applicants in Santa Barbara are shown below

Hot 250 Hour Certification Trainings

September 3 - September 29, 2018
October 8 - November 3, 2018
January 14 - February 9, 2019
February 25 - March 23, 2019
April 1 - April 27, 2019
September 9 - October 5. 2019
October 14 - November 9, 2019

Flow 250 Hour Certification Trainings

September 3 - September 29, 2018
November 5 - December 1, 2018
January 14 - February 9, 2019
February 25 - March 23, 2019
April 29 - May 25, 2019
September 9 - October 5. 2019
October 14 - November 9, 2019

Hot + Flow + Yin 500 Hour Certification Trainings

October 8 - December 1, 2018

April 1 - May 25, 2019


Click the images below for a slideshow of our beautiful Training Headquarters in sunny Santa Barbara

Enjoy comfort surrounded by nature as you learn from the founders of Evolation Yoga. You will live and study in a private, one-acre, gated estate in the hills of Montecito, Santa Barbara.


Click the images below for a sample of our cuisine from past Trainings

Our all-inclusive food program consists of filling, healthy, and delicious vegetarian meals prepared by private chefs. We will also accommodate other dietary restrictions and food allergies


Click the images below for a slideshow of our beautiful brand new Santa Barbara Yoga Studio

Our studio offers a high quality heating system to maintain precise temperatures and levels of humidity while circulating clean oxygenated air, reducing carbon emissions, stale air and odor.

Our high quality, non-slip anti-bacterial flooring in the yoga room was selected for safety and comfort and is part of our commitment to using only non-toxic materials throughout the studio.


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You will live, study, and practice alongside a small group of other likeminded aspiring yogis, creating friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime. 

"This isn’t just a company making money selling yoga, but a true family sharing love and knowledge in the purest way. I am reminded of WHY we teach yoga… to help people to connect to the highest version of themselves, to become healthy in body, mind and spirit."

-Zana O'Conell, Evolation Graduate


Mark Drost

Zefea Samson

About Mark

Mark has been studying the philosophy of yoga and has been meditating for his entire adult life. He has been practicing Bikram Yoga for 15 years and has been teaching since 2001, teaching in over 50 studios in the US and around the world. He has founded or co-founded 12 studios and personally mentored several hundred teachers.

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About Zefea

Zefea graduated from Bikram’s Teacher Training in 2005. She represented the Netherlands as the Dutch gold medalist three times in the International Yoga Championships, all those years finishing in the world’s top 10. In 2009 Zefea and her husband Mark Drost 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.

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You can plan on arriving the day before your training starts and the day after your training ends. You are responsible for your own transportation (including transportation from the airport to the training house). Feel free to arrive earlier or stay later in Santa Barbara, but unfortunately we cannot provide food or housing outside of the training period. 

The best way to travel from Los Angeles International Airport is with the Santa Barbara Airbus.


Santa Barbara is a place with unlimited outdoor activity possibilities. Some of the most beautiful beaches in California only a few minutes drive from our training facilities. You can also enjoy many mountain trails with stunning vistas - in some places the mountain peaks and ocean waves are only two miles apart. All of this is just a short drive from a buzzing downtown area with world class restaurants.