Yoga, pilates, and massage are the key components of our Mind Body class offerings. All three practices add much-needed balance to one's life—literally and figuratively. Our wide variety of yoga and pilates classes will strengthen your core and calm your mind, and our massage classes enable students to learn the fundamentals of therapeutic massage therapy.
Through our instructors’ weekly demonstrations and individual instruction, you will be able to learn the art of complete body relaxation. The course includes essential guidelines and specific techniques in Swedish massage, Foot Reflexology, Acupressure, Trigger Point therapy, and more. Massage can be used for relieving stress and excess muscular tension and soreness, allowing flexibility and strength for greater vitality and enhancing well-being.
Pilates – Chair
An effective fusion of strengthening, toning, and core-stabilizing movements that target every muscle group using the resistance pedal of a chair and hand weights. The challenge of this class is to improve your posture, balance, strength, and coordination. All levels are welcome.
Pilates – Mat
A non-impact system of exercise that focuses on the deep muscles of the abdomen and spine. Mat Pilates classes focus on toning, strengthening, and lengthening the entire body by using only your body weight and gravity. The results include toned muscles, a sculpted waistline, improved posture, increased flexibility, and improved mind-body connection. The fluid movements coupled with the breath are designed to reduce stress and tension, leaving you refreshed and not exhausted. Workouts are safe, versatile, and effective for all ages and fitness levels.
Pilates – Yoga Fusion
Build a powerful center as you improve coordination, balance, posture, and flexibility. Develop profound awareness as you enjoy mental clarity, focus, and concentration. You will feel and function better all-around! Class includes options for working at different challenge levels so you meet your body’s ever-changing needs, precise alignment descriptions and creative visualizations so you move safely, effectively, with joy and humor, varied sequencing so you are thoroughly engaged from head to toe, and a restorative cool-down and deeply satisfying relaxation, so you finish fully refreshed and energized. All are welcome!
Yoga – Flow
This is a time for you to take a breath and move from a deeper place. This class will explore and flow through basic yoga asanas, stretches, and movements that open and connect our bodies, hearts, minds, and smiles. We will cultivate a greater range of movement, strength, balance, and a more peaceful mind. This class offers a time and place for you to slow down enough to listen to the natural wisdom of your body and your heart and to celebrate your inherent strength, freedom, and beauty through creative and spontaneous movement. The intention is that you can arrive more fully in your experience and check-in with what lies just under its surface. The hope is that you can be more comfortable within yourself, no matter what state or shape you think you are in. I’m excited about supporting your process of unpacking, unwinding, moving, and releasing what you don't need to carry and, as a result, making space for more of the good stuff. The invitation is simple: be free, move spontaneously. Leave class feeling nourished, relaxed, invigorated, and embodied.
Yoga – Hatha Mainstream
Well-rounded and accessible for all levels and ages, Hatha Mainstream Yoga classes focus on alignment, a deeper understanding of asana, and its connection to breath and its power. In the sense that it invites us to face our deficiencies and then to find ways to overcome them, yoga is no different than life; the greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity and the reward that follows. Yoga practice gives us an insight into who we are and can potentially become.
Yoga – Sunset Flow
This class teaches a strong, inspired flow and features a unique, challenging but playful moving mediation. It reflects the deep connection the instructor has to the ocean and lessons learned at the fringe of the sea, remaining present to the breath, the natural state of impermanence, and the underlying rhythms of the unknown. Awareness, alignment, strength, and flexibility are woven into fluid sequences, motivating an inner exploration of body, mind, and spirit. Students have the opportunity to move and energize, breathe, and restore, cultivating a safe and perceptive practice suitable for all abilities.
Living Flow Yoga Instructor
Natalie remembers starting her yoga path through being inspired by her mother who taught her movement and meditation at a young age. She became certified as a teacher in 2000 in various training. These included Hatha Yoga with Eric Schiffman, an Ashtanga training in Thailand with Paul Dellaghan, and YogaWorks 500hr program with Lisa Walford and Jasmine Lieb focusing on Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative. Currently, she teaches Group Classes and Privates in Santa Barbara and returned to her studies in Ayurvedic Medicine to deepen the Life Knowledge she can offer to students as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Her classes are inspired by life and cultivate and are a safe place to explore challenges in the body to create space in our lives.
Strong Flow & Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor
Hattie Bluestone began practicing yoga and meditation in 2006, at a time when she was struggling to navigate the challenges of undergraduate life at Harvard. Breath by breath, pose by pose, these practices taught her how to relate to life with more ease and kindness--with more courage, compassion, and peace. Inspired to share these practices of mind body healing with others, she enrolled in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 under the mentorship of health psychologist and author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. To deepen her knowledge of bodies and movement, Hattie went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of California, San Francisco. She continues to practice and study extensively in the Buddhist and mindfulness meditation traditions, most recently through Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer's Mindful Self-Compassion course. At UCSB, Hattie offers fun and challenging classes that weave together her love of both the physical and the mindful/heartful aspects of the practice.
Refresh & Reset Yoga Instructor
Laughing at yourself, asking questions, and trying again are all welcomed in Sierra’s classes. Her goal is to remind us all not to take ourselves too seriously—not only in class but also in our lives off the mat. Sierra is a certified Stress Management Teacher through Integral Yoga and took her 200 Hour Hatha and Ashtanga training in Dharamsala, India. Her classes focus on finding alignment, grounding, and ease in each posture, taking the time to establish stability, even in powerful flows. By offering various modifications, Sierra demonstrates that yoga can be adapted to everybody. For her, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing beginner students who once were anxious about taking a class, later experiencing the healing benefits of yoga. Yoga changed her life, and she believes it can transform yours, too!
Dr. Kendall Hassemer
Strong + Stretchy Yoga Instructor
Living and teaching the last ten years in the yoga hub of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Kendall completed her naturopathic doctorate at the National College of Natural Medicine. She has studied with many master yoga teachers, training specifically with Tias and Surya Little, Lisa Black, Doug Keller, and Baron Baptiste, and currently serves as a Yoga Ambassador for Patagonia.
Flow Yoga Instructor
"The core of my yoga teaching is that each and every human body has a deep intelligence that needs to be approached with sincerity, curiosity, and compassionate devotion. For over 16 years I have cultivated and dedicated myself to the practice and study of Yoga. I draw inspiration from many sources: nature, traditional Chinese medicine, music, Prem Baba’s Path of the Heart, and most recently from the groundbreaking work of Bob Cooley and his Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training."