hot + flow + yin 500 Hours, mar 26 - may 19, 2018


Come complete your 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 backdrop for this period of intense transformation.

During this 500 hour 8 week immersion training, you will be fully equipped to teach Hot 26+2 and Vinyasa classes and will be qualified for your RYT 500 Hour Certification through Yoga Alliance. This course also contains an intro to Yin Yoga.



You will live and study in a private, one-acre, gated estate in the hills of Montecito, Santa Barbara.


Enjoy comfort surrounded by nature as you learn from the founders of Evolation Yoga. 



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


Your daily practice is at the flagship Evolation Yoga Studio, a beautiful and elegant Hot Yoga studio with clear and direct ocean views. 

Our studio has two rooms with stunning flooring, natural light through many windows, and most importantly gorgeous views of the ocean. 




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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



Zefea Samson

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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Mark Drost

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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Evolation’s curriculum will expand your knowledge of yoga, advance your ability to teach, and give you a deeper understanding of topics that are often missed in other trainings.

Whether you want to deepen your practice, embark on an amazing journey, or become a professional teacher; Evolation is here to help you reach your highest Self and tap into your unlimited potential.

Throughout the training, you will participate in:

  • Daily classes
  • Posture mechanics
  • Teaching clinics
  • Anatomy lessons
  • Practical and tangible yoga philosophy
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama (breathing)
  • Subtle anatomy/chakra systems
  • The business of yoga
  • Sequencing (For flow students)

Our highly experienced teaching staff will develop a personalized learning path based on your individual needs, prior training, and teaching experience.

In addition, our commitment to you is that before your graduation you will teach at least one full class, if not more.


  • 08:00 – 09:00 am Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 10:30 am Group study
  • 10:30 – 12:00 am Class and Meditation
  • 12:00 – 01:30 pm Lunch Break/Study
  • 01:30 – 03:00 pm Teaching Clinic
  • 03:00 – 05:00 pm Posture Mechanics
  • 05:15 – 06:45 pm Yoga Class
  • 07:00 – 08:30 pm Dinner
  • 08:30 – 09:30 pm Lecture: Philosophy


  • Immersion: We recommend that you participate in our immersion training to reap the maximum benefits from this transformative experience. This would be for 30 days in a row.
  • Extended: mostly in the evenings and on weekends over a 5 or 6 month period, configured to meet your personal schedule
  • Module: immersion training split into 1,2, or 3 week-long modules at multiple locations of your choice


Evolation trainings are:

  • Inclusive of all ages (18+), body types, and physical requirements
  • Focused on developing each individual
  • Hands on, small group settings
  • Taught by tenured teaching experts
  • Accommodating of all levels of experience

If you've ever thought about sharing your passion for yoga with others and expanding beyond your limits, now is the time to take the next step and dive deeper. You are ready when you can enjoy a consistent practice for 30 consecutive days and are comfortable being drug- and alcohol-free for at least 30 days.



The Evolation Yoga 250 hour training costs $7,400. Additionally, our all inclusive food program costs $1,150 while our housing costs $2,500 for your entire stay.


You are eligible for the Early Bird Discount if you pay for your training in full at least 90 days prior to the start of the training. The discount for the 500 hour training differs from the 250 hour; please ask us for full details on the Early Bird Discount for our 500 hour training.


There is a $250 application fee to start the process. This fee is refundable if you are not accepted into the program. This money is credited to the cost of tuition upon acceptance into the program

NOTE: Your spot in an Evolation Training is not officially reserved until after you pay the initial payment on your payment plan (this is not your application fee).


With your investment in an Evolation Teacher Training, you receive:

  • The Evolation training manual
  • Free repeats on the same training
  • Discounts on different trainings
  • Post graduate support and guidance.

After you pay in full or your initial payment on your payment plan, you will receive the teacher training manual so you can begin preparing for the course.


NOTE: Payment plans are not available if your registration is within 60 days of the training date. In this case you must pay in full to secure your place.

Remember, your spot in a training is only secure once you have made the initial payment on your payment plan (this is not your application fee). You will also receive your training materials at this point.

We offer a multitude of different payment plans to best accommodate your financial needs. Our payment plans for the 500 hour training are different from the 250 hour training - please ask us for detailed information on payment plans for the 500 hour training. We typically offer installments of 2, 4, and 8 payments that scale slightly with price.

Click on the button below to apply to this Evolation Yoga Training. There is a $250 application fee that demonstrates your commitment to taking part in this program. Your application fee will be returned if you are not accepted into our program, and if accepted it can be applied to any training date and location.

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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. 


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.