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  • Wellness Warrior: Talking Fitness and Fascia with Emily K. Benaron

    by Camille Robins

    There’s a woman in town who knows how to help you feel more at ease in your own skin, and her name is Emily K. Benaron. You might know her as the Ball Queen who leads classes in self-massage, as a yoga instructor, personal trainer, or bodyworker, or just as the warm, inviting person she naturally is. Recently, I sat down with Emily to find out how she built her multi-faceted profession -- and how she’s amassed and integrated so much knowledge about the ways bodies work. Continue reading

  • Joah Brown’s New RIBBED Fabric!

    Joah Brown has been one of our favorite yoga and lifestyle clothing lines for a long time. In fact, we are proud to say that we are one of Joah Brown’s first accounts EVER! We love them for so many reasons. They are based out of Carpinteria, CA (just a few short miles from Santa Barbara, where Drishti is located). Their clothing tends to be budget-friendly, while still being super high quality and always made in the USA. As a small, entirely female-owned and operated business, ethical consumption is extremely important to us. Finally, they’re just a super friendly and nice company to work with. :)

    Joah Brown is constantly coming up with new and innovative cuts, colors, and textures: for example, check out the 100% French Terry Army Green Grunge Cut Off, here. But one of our absolute FAVORITE new fabrics that Joah is making is their ultra-soft and comfy ribbed fabric. And who doesn’t love the retro look and feel of ribbed longsleeves, tanks, and tees?

    Check out some of our fave new Joah Brown ribbed pieces, featured below. Continue reading

  • Drishti Manager Candice Teaching New Class At Yoga Soup!

    candice davantzis The beloved Candice Davantzis!

    Our beloved Drishti General Manager Candice is teaching a new yoga class at Yoga Soup in downtown Santa Barbara, and we thought you'd like to KNOW! It's called Level 1 Lunch Break and it takes place every Tuesday & Thursday from 12:30-1:45pm.

    This class is set at a mellow pace, and is suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. To learn more about Candice's style of teaching, we sat down and talked with her a little bit about her teaching philosophy.

    How long have you been teaching / doing yoga?

    I have been doing yoga for 8 years, and teaching for almost as long. I was a very enthusiastic beginner and dove right in to my first teacher training in 2010. I don't regret it one bit. :) Continue reading

  • California Yoga Culture, from Santa Barbara to San Francisco

    The author at Yoga Garden yoga studio in San Francisco

    by Camille Robins

    Traditional yoga is thousands of years old, but around the world people practice countless modern-day variations. Different styles have developed and evolved over time, and I’ve found that yoga culture varies from place to place – from country to country, certainly, but even from city to city. Continue reading

  • Crystals 101

    “We are called in this time to enter, with the help of the stones, into a New Consciousness, a new way of being for which we have been preparing for a very long time. Within this, we will find new modes of healing, new ways of sensing, new insights into our purpose and new ways to participate in bringing forth an awakened Earth.” – Robert Simmons

    Given the negative, uncertain energy swirling around the world right now, there has never been a more opportune time to begin to work with crystals. Crystals can help to clear and transform the energy in our space and body, as well as provide protection, healing, and personal transformation.

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  • Calm the Chatter: Five Steps to Reconnecting with Breath and Body

    Calm the Chatter: Five Steps to Reconnecting with Breath and Body

    by Camille Robins

    camille2 photo by Lerina Winter, Winter Creative Co.

    Personally, professionally, and politically, this is a time of change. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos around us and within us, but in moments of overwhelm I work to seek stillness. I like to use a few simple techniques to quiet incessant thinking and doing, and often the exercise of attuning my awareness to my breath and body helps to ground me.

    Here’s what I do to calm the inner chatter: Continue reading

  • Resolution Revolution: A Resource Guide for the New Year

    Resolution Revolution: A Resource Guide for the New Year

    by Camille Robins

    journalsYou’re in line waiting to order coffee before work and your friend starts telling you about her plans to clear out 2016 and set new intentions for 2017. She uses the words “ritual,” “ceremony,” “sage burning,” and “manifestation journal,” and a new meditation app you should really check out. You start to feel bad about ordering your large latte and almond croissant when she says she’ll be having mint tea. Continue reading

  • 5 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays with Dr. Kendall Hassemer, ND

    kendall Kendall Hassemer (photo by Anna Joy Photo)

    Kendall Hassemer is in the business of staying well: as a nutrition lecturer at UCSB, a yoga instructor, and an integrative medicine practitioner with a local private practice, she has more than a few wellness tips up her sleeve. We asked her to offer 5 ways to stay healthy during the holidays, and here’s what she came up with:

    1) Spending time with family is special but not always easy. Set moments aside in your day to kindly excuse yourself to go for a walk alone, step into another room to take 5-10 deep and easy breaths, or stretch it out with a little yoga here and there. This decreases any tendency toward overwhelm and overstimulation and gives your mind and body a much-needed refresher. Reset and go! Continue reading

  • The Drishti Gift Guide for 2016!

    If the yoga room, mountain trail, or city streets are your beloved's second home, look no further than Drishti to get your gifts this holiday season! With everything from twinkling trinkets to top-of-the-line activewear, our Santa Barbara boutique + online store are your one stop shop for yoga threads and lifestyle gear. Here’s to the health and vibrancy of you and your loved ones this winter! xox, Drishti

    Stocking Stuffers

    clearingfatandthemoonEssential Oils: The more self-care tricks you have up your sleeve, the better you feel. Om essential oil and Clearing essential oil, made by beloved local yoga teacher Brianna Welke, are guaranteed to relax and refresh. $14-18 Continue reading

  • Spice it Up! Using Turmeric to Boost your Health

    tumeric smoothie
    With new research out on the harm that inflammation can cause our bodies, it only makes sense to turn our attention to turmeric, which has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory. Native to Southeast India, the bright orange root has long been touted for its health benefits, and it’s time to incorporate it into our own routines as winter approaches.

    Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that gives the root its bright hue. It’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral that soothes inflammation, which can come about from usual wear and tear on the body.

    As a member of the ginger family, turmeric is often used in its dried, powdered form as a spice; you might know it as an essential component of curry powder. You can easily add it into your diet by sprinkling the powder or blending a stub into your morning smoothie. Here’s a recipe to try:

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