Yoga, Meditation & Painting Class : Saturday October 21st 10am – 12pm @ Wolffer Wine Stand

Celebrate the abundant and creative energy of the harvest amidst the lush grapes of the vineyard. Class will begin with centering, breathing and gentle yoga stretches in a chair guided by local yoga teacher Erica Velasquez in the vineyard at Wolffer Wine Stand. A mantra and short meditation will then transfer you to your art canvas to release your creative energy, destress, demonstrate self-expression, feelings, imagination, inspiration and talent. Local artist Nicole Payne of the Salty Canvas will assist you in professional paint strokes and techniques. Art will be inspired by the beauty of the vineyard and yoga mudras.

Class Fee: $55 includes 2 instructors, 1 glass of wine, all yoga and art materials.

Register online here or RSVP to Erica at



Yoga & Yacht Sailing

Yoga & Yacht Sailing Day Retreat in Sag Harbor

Thank you to our students who joined us for beach yoga, Wolffer wine, lunch and sailing aboard HERON. The 63′ seafoam green catamaran sailed us around Sag Harbor on the most beautiful summer day. We look forward to coordinating this again next summer. Hope you will join us! 

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Erica Velasquez, Owner of Evolve East
Erica Velasquez, Owner of Evolve East

Evolve East’s monthly newsletter will include the “3 yoga tips to practice in spring,” happenings in the Hamptons, offerings,  quotes and more! Don’t miss the e-blast of May 2017 being emailed out on Monday, May 1st.

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Guided Meditations Customized For You

The Benefits of Guided Meditation

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Guided Meditations with Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner
Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner

Guided meditation is a helpful way to deepen your meditation practice. Meditation is an advanced relaxation tool which results in happiness, peace, and health as the level of prana in the body increases. Meditation brings the Mind and Body into a  state of relaxation which promotes healing. The mind becomes clear, cleansed and more focused.


Emotional steadiness and harmony as it cleanses and nourishes you from within.

Unlocks your creativity by allowing your inspiration to be heard over life’s distractions.

Heals trauma, pain or sadness

Personal evolvement and growth with deeper self connection

Personal connection, self awareness, inner discovery.

Reduce stress, pain and anxiety. Relaxation is induced which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and blood pressure drops.

Promotes healthy eating and good life choices.

Allows your body to energize itself. The body will be more energized.
Guided Meditation

*For best results, a meditation practice is encouraged 4-5 times a week for 20 minutes each day. As you develop your skills and abilities, you may be able to practice on a daily basis. Happy practicing! Thank you for reading and thank you for your support.

*Meditation Tip: Find a quiet safe place to sit alone. You may sit down using a chair, bolster, block, cushion or yoga mat. Check your poster and alignment. Make sure you have a long flat back and your shoulders are drawn back. Reach the crown of your head up towards the sky. Relax the face and unclench the jaw. Start with a few deep breathes to prepare for your practice.

Book Your Guided Meditation with Erica of Evolve East Today!

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Ladies Who Yoga & Lunch in the Hamptons

Ladies Who Yoga & Lunch in the Hamptons by Evolve East
Ladies Who Yoga & Lunch in the Hamptons

Evolve East is now offering “Ladies Who Yoga & Lunch” packages this spring in the Hamptons. Gather a group of your favorite ladies and enjoy a relaxing yoga class followed by a nutritious and delicious lunch together. Email for more details. Happy Spring!

Overview of Today’s “Ladies Who Yoga & Lunch” in the Hamptons

Sunday, April 2nd at Noon: The sun is shining in the Hamptons. Meredith, Elizabeth and Melanie gather together for a custom, private yoga class together. Class is set up on a beautiful enclosed patio which has warm sunlight and sounds of birds chirping. Class begins with a gentle pranayama practice followed by an asana sequence and ends with a deep savasana and meditation. Once class ends, the relaxed ladies float to the lunch table set beautifully with hand picked flowers. First course is an arugula salad. Second course is shrimp scampi and seasoned string beans. Dessert is an assortment of fresh fruits. The ladies cheers with sparking rosé to a beautiful Sunday in the Hamptons!


Focus of the Month : Root to Rise: April 2017

Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner
Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner

Focus of the April Month: Root To Rise

“As the spring flower grounds its roots down, it lengthens it’s stem and petals up towards the sun”

Smiling: Root your lower lip down as you length up the sides of your mouth. Try this while in Balasana, Childs Pose

Standing: Root down in your feet as you lengthen up with the crown of your head. Try this while practicing Tadasana, Mountain Pose.

Breathing: Root your diaphragm down as you inhale and lift your chest out and up. Try this while meditating.

Sitting: Root down your sitting bones as you lengthen your torso sides up. Try this while sitting in the car.

Pose of the Month:

Childs Pose aka Balasana

Excellent pose to ground yourself down and embrace earth’s transition into spring. Kneel on your mat. Bring your big toes to touch and walk your knees mat width apart. Lower your chest towards the earth. Sit your hips back towards your heels. Extend your arms shoulder width apart. Reach fingertips towards the front of your mat. Lower your head. Spread your fingers. Rest & breathe.

Root to rise tip

In childs pose, root and ground your hips and chest downwards as you bring your navel up towards your spine

Thank you Lululemon

Yoga on Sunday March 19th & 26th at 11:00am at Lululemon, East Hampton.

All levels are welcome.

Sunday March 19th & 26th at 11:00am at Lululemon, East Hampton. All levels are welcome.
Sunday March 19th & 26th at 11:00am at Lululemon, East Hampton. All levels are welcome.


Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner, Reach & Dream Big
Erica Velasquez, Evolve East Owner

I believe in the importance of being present. I believe in embracing the current moment. I believe in simply being. There is a time and place for this practice. On the other hand, I also believe in thinking ahead, thinking BIG and dreaming outside the box for a beautiful future. Goal setting is a common ritual practiced by people all around the world. Below are tips I enjoy practicing. I hope it serves you.

Dream Big With These Helpful Tips

Tip #1 : Journal – Write down or sketch your big dream and then practice the 7 why exercise. Below is an example.

Goal: Own successful day spas around the world 

Why Question Number One: Why do you want to own successful day spas around the world?

*Because I want to combine my business knowledge with my passion of health and wellness

Why Question Number Two: But why?

*Because I enjoy doing business and I enjoy helping others

Why Question Number Three: But why?

*Because it makes me feel alive

Continue this exercise until you get to “Why Question Number Seven.” Find a comfortable and quiet place to perform this exercise. Write it out carefully and dive deep into your answers. The 7th why will be the deepest answer and unleash serious truth. Once you have your 7th answer, allow this to be your affirmation for the month.  Enjoy this exercise. No judgement & no perfect answers. Just go for it and see what comes up!

Tip #2: Find a mentor, a guide or a motivational speaker: Who has worked their way to reach a goal similar to yours? Who is a leader? Who has already done it? Be inspired and ask questions to these people. It may be beneficial to follow in their footsteps, but always add your unique touch to the process. Why reinvent the wheel?  Gain as much advice from professionals as you can. Learn from your elders. Find a mentor. Educate yourself.

Tip #3: Remember mistakes and failures are your best teachings.  Learn from your mistakes and allow the failures to push you closer to your successes. It is ok to mess up. It is ok to make mistakes. These experiences will help develop your skills and make you stronger. Mistakes keep you humble. Stay focused on your big dream.

Tip #4: Meditate. I enjoy a 20 minute meditation practice early in the morning.  Sometimes I will stay laying in bed listening to a meditation or find a comfortable seat in bed. It is a great way to start the foundation of your day. Free audio meditations can be found at . I enjoy the sound of Bee’s voice and message. Take a listen when you have 20 minutes of time to dedicate to your meditation practice.

Tip #5: Enjoy the journey. If you are not having fun for the most part, change things up. You will approach obstacles along the way so if you do not truly enjoy your journey towards your big dream, then you might quit. HAVE FUN! Life is not meant to be so serious. Do what you love. Smile. Laugh at the not so beautiful moments. Enjoy the journey.

Homemade Skin Care Inspired by Chilean Relative: Homemade Skin Care – 3 Recipes For A Radiant You

Homemade skin care tips inspired by Chilean relative

3 Homemade skin care recipes

Homemade skin care inspired by homemade meal: As a teenage girl, I remember I was walking down the streets of Chile, South America with my Tia Oriana (Aunt Oriana). We were on our way to a local farm stand to find the best ingredients for a homemade meal. Upon arrival, I watched as she would pick out the freshest fruits and vegetables for family gatherings at the lunch table. Lunch is the main meal for my Chilean side of the family. My Aunt Oriana is a very talented cook and I appreciate how she would always feed us the best whole food ingredients. She purchased, prepped and cooked like a top chef. The table would be covered with the most delicious salads, assorted vegetables, fresh meats and always fruit for dessert.

In regards to homemade skin care, it was beautiful to watch the sweet nutrient dense juices of the fruits and vegetables melt into her dancing hands during lunch prep. It reminded me of a true nature beauty treatment. My Aunt Oriana always has incredibly soft and radiant skin. I am always memorized with her glowing skin. The combination of fresh produce, fresh water, natural lotions, and sunlight resulted to her beautiful skin throughout the years. My LaLa (Grandma – Abuela) is the same way. They are true examples of natural beauties in my opinion.

Inspired by these women, I have decided to share my top 3 homemade beauty treatments. You can find all of the ingredients in your local grocery store! Maybe they are already in your kitchen! Enjoy! iGracias!

Grapeseed Oil Bedtime Treatment  – Use For Homemade Moisture – Face 

6 tbsp grape seed oil for hydrating the skin

2 drops rose oil to promote a healthy glow

1 tbsp warm honey for moisturizer

3 tbsp chia seeds or 5 tbsp ground almonds for exfoliation

Directions: Mix all ingredients into a bowl until a paste forms. Sweep mixture over face and neck before bedtime. Leave on for 20 minutes then wash off with warm water. Option is to add a night cream to face and neck after the treatment for extra moisture.

Avocado Hair Mask – Use For Homemade Shine Enhancing – Hair 

1/2 Avocado which contains vitamin B and E to strengthen your hair

2 tbsp organ oil which softens unruly strands and nourishes hair

10 drops rosemary essential oil which pampers a dry scalp

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar which helps remove product buildup that dulls hair

Directions: In a blender , add the four ingredients and pulse together. Work the mask through dry hair from roots to tips. If you have oily hair, skip the scalp. Let sit for 15 minutes then rinse and shampoo out. Do this 1 x a month or as preferred.

Silky Soft Body Scrub – Use For Homemade Exfoliation – Body 

8 tbsp raw honey which soothes and heals dry skin

2 tbsp ground coffee for exfoliation and firming

8 drops grapefruit oil which has antibacterial properties

Directions: Mix all together in a bowl. Before your shower, gently massage the scrub onto dry skin. Rub in small circles. Let sit for 1 – 20 minutes. Shower off and feel silky smooth.

Enjoy making these fun homemade recipes for your beauty treatments! Drink plenty of water, sleep well and go outside today! Cheers to your health and beauty inside and out!