Get Well at WELL Loft
By Michelle Ebbin   |   October 13, 2020

I believe that the ultimate goal of all fitness, wellness, and beauty routines is to not only make you healthier but to help you become, literally and figuratively, more comfortable and confident in your own skin. Your skin is the face you present to the world and just as the eyes are windows to the […]

Susan Crosby: Personal Trainer & Fitness Expert
By Dalina Michaels   |   July 7, 2020

Montecito mom Susan Crosby has been offering work out sessions and personal training for years, but now with everyone staying home, she has found a new way to connect with her clients. The Crosby family first moved to Montecito in 2003, thinking (like everyone else!) it would be a great place to raise a family […]

 

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We Can Dance
By Michelle Ebbin   |   June 4, 2020

I love to dance but I know that dancing does not come naturally to everyone. However, as the world is reeling from all the terrible news and people are suffering from cabin fever (and WildCat remains closed!), dance of any kind, from ballet to break dancing to drunk dancing, is something that everyone can do […]

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
By Michelle Ebbin   |   May 7, 2020

If you’re finding it difficult to stay calm and not be completely overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts every realm of your life, you are not alone my friends. I’m right there with you and nearly everyone I know is feeling the collective anxiety and mental anguish of this challenging time. […]

Sheltering in Love Workshop
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 30, 2020

Barbara Rose Sherman – a Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500 Certified Instructor who is also a UCLA Trained Mindfulness Facilitator (TMF) and UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Practices affiliated instructor as well as a Certified Meditation Teacher (CMT) – invites everyone to join her online to nourish and nurture yourself during the coronavirus crisis. Sherman will lead a restorative […]

Patagonia’s Price-less Pandemic Yoga Practice
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

Patagonia, the Ventura-based designer/distributor of outdoor clothing and gear, is helping the local community combat the coronavirus through offering several yoga classes online free of charge. A three-part Yoga & Wellness Series with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach Julie Peacock, comes to a close on April 28 with a 30-minute vinyasa practice […]

Discount at DiviniTree
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

DiviniTree Yoga, the studio located across the street from city hall in downtown Santa Barbara, doesn’t have any workshops planned over our next week, and also doesn’t offer as many different streaming classes in the time of COVID-19 as its two main competitors. But newbies to the virtual studio can sample all of them for […]

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Free Fundamentals of Yoga
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2020

Santa Barbara Yoga Center’s free monthly introduction to the practice, principles and purposes of yoga haven’t been postponed due to the pandemic. They’ve migrated over to the Zoom platform, where veteran teacher Kat Connors-Longo will lead the two-hour class designed for beginning students who would like to learn the basics before attending an ongoing class, […]

Access to Alexis in our Anxious Times
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 9, 2020

Santa Barbara native Alexis Slutzky has spent decades as a wilderness guide, mentor, MFT, reclamation practitioner, and council trainer who also specializes in indigenous wisdom traditions, rites of passage, depth psychology, ritual and ceremony and community exploration. Her grief work – which has brought people from both far and wide to retreats at Arroyo Hondo […]

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Get Off the Couch!
By Michelle Ebbin   |   April 2, 2020

Hello, my social distancing, hand washing friends out there! How are you coping amidst all this mayhem? Does anyone even know what day it is? As the apocalyptic pandemic of COVID-19 intensifies and our collective anxiety increases exponentially each day we remain under quarantine, I think it’s remarkable that any of us can peel ourselves […]

The Solo Joy of Sunrise Summitting
By Nick Schou   |   March 26, 2020

One person who has no problem practicing social distancing in Montecito’s front country is Andrea Strand, 42, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner who gets up well before dawn each morning to ride her bike up various paved inclines, especially Gibraltar Road, with the goal of reaching the top by sunrise. “I’m the unofficial hill […]

Downtime to set up streaming at DiviniTree
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 19, 2020

DiviniTree Yoga went one step further to make “the conscious choice” to temporarily close its physical studio and switch to offering classes online. “This was the most challenging and gut-wrenching decision I’ve ever had to make as a small business owner,” wrote owner Jill Agonias. “I know for a fact that yoga and this supportive […]

Soup’s Off at Downtown Studio
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 19, 2020

“In fourteen years Yoga Soup never closed its doors, not once,” owner Eddie Ellner wrote in an email and note late on Monday, noting that the studio has stayed open “through fires, storms, slides, illness, locusts, bad hair days, insurrection.” The impetus was to take the line by poet Robert Frost to heart: “Home is […]

Salt Cave Staying Open
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 19, 2020

Salt, which bills itself as the largest underground crystal salt cave in North America, is not ready to close its cave nor its doors, as the boutique features pink Himalayan salt in crystal cave rooms, massage and facial treatments, and unique products made in Santa Barbara for the home, body, and cooking. “We’re still open […]

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