A professional dancer, Marja has danced for Beyonce, Oprah, the Billboard Awards, the Grammys (national commercial), Frank Gatson, Laurieann Gibson, Twista, and the Lumineers. Once the Executive Director of Dance2XS Michigan and former Boom!Crack Dance Company (Chicago) member. In 2012, Marja moved to Los Angeles after an international dance tour in Asia and, still pursuing her passion, Marja is signed as a commercial artist and educator with Movement Talent Agency.
A credentialed yoga therapist, Marja graduated from Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx program. She also holds a second five hundred hour yoga certification with Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow Yoga. Marja has mentored under SmartFlow master teacher, Tiffany Russo, and assisted Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training in Oakland and at Udaya Yoga Festival in Bulgaria. A lifelong student, Marja has continued her education with Dr. Eden Goldman's STAMPY (Soft Tissue Assessment and Myofascial Release for Bodyworkers and Yoga Teachers) workshop, Yoga for Trauma teacher training with Hala Khouri and Kyra Haglund, Healer Training I-IV with David Elliot, Reiki I, II, and Reiki Master Training with Racquel Tristan, Yoga Tune Up at YogaWorks Soho New York, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. In the summer of 2016, Marja shadowed physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy in Encino, California.
Marja teaches yoga at FOX, Disney, Viacom, Sony Motion Picture Studios, NBC Universal, and Hot 8 Yoga. She specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers and teaches Yoga for Dancers at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio's scholarship program, and for Gigi Torres' Establish Your Empire dance training program. Marja has been a guest teacher for Gothenburg Opera Dance Company (Sweden), LAX Paris, Pineapple Studio (London), lululemon Cannes, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, and Covent Garden, SHALA Helsinki (Finland), ISY (Germany), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California (2016 and 2017), USC Kaufman School of Dance, USC Trojan Force dance team, Chapman University Dance Department, The Edge Performing Arts Center (on faculty 2013-2015), The Pulse Dance Convention, Velocity Dance Convention, Diavolo Dance Company, Jacob Jonas Dance Company, Kaba Modern Dance Company, Culture Shock LA Dance Company, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Antoine Troope and Kolanie Mark's Kreativ Mindz Academy, Matt Cady and Tovaris Wilson's Unique Dance Program, and After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago).
Outside of her work with Yoga for Dancers, Marja was the in-residency yoga therapist for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, has co-led Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills' 200 hour yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017, and led Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico with fellow dancer, Omar Lopez.
Marja is a legacy ambassador at lululemon Studio City, staff writer for LA YOGA Magazine, and was featured on Galit Friedlander's DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes.
David’s classes are focused and dynamic. While holding the space for both the beginner and advanced student, he hopes to create a space in which all students can feel personal growth and change within the room.
Along with his 200 and 500 hour teacher training, David also completed his first Vipassana Meditation Course last fall on the East Coast and loves weaving meditation techniques within the yoga asanas.
He is grateful to all his teachers.
In early 2012, she received her 200 RYT training in Ormond Beach, Florida and has been teaching since, in the Seattle area. She has continued her education with a 500 RYT program and Yoga Sculpt. She has a true passion for her students whom inspire her everyday and looks forward to assisting your yoga journey/practice, any way that she can, to the best of her ability. Janelle leads a strong, steady and energetic yoga class. She can not wait to meet you!
Mike completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the guidance of Francesca Asumah, is in the process of receiving his 500 hour certification, and has also trained with Julia Planine-Troiani, Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"
Yoga is something she always did for herself and then a couple of years ago she was asked to fill in for a teacher at her nutrition club that couldn't make it. After teaching that day she realized how passionate she was to teach yoga for the rest of her life. In January of 2014, Holly signed up to become a certified yoga teacher. She is so grateful to have completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Hot 8 Yoga, Voted Top Yoga Studio in Los Angeles for multiple years now. She also teaches at both locations in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
Giving the gift of yoga to others and such a joy and she says it's a walking meditation for herself. Whenever we give we also receive so much love back. The greatest gift is the transformation of ourselves and yoga is such a powerful way to practice and transform ourselves on a daily basis. One love!
Jacqueline has been a student of yoga since 2000 when her mom took her to her first yoga class in San Francisco, California. She knew right away that yoga offered her something she had never felt before, connection to everything!
In November 2009, she quit her job as an Art Director and Designer in Singapore to complete her 200 hour Absolute Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. She has been teaching, studying and living yoga ever since. Over the next 7 years in Singapore she went on to complete 200+ hours in Anusara Immersions with Patrick Creelman, Amy Ippoliti and Ross Rayburn. After giving birth to her son in 2012 she completed 100 hours certification in Mindful Birth for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby. Her playful and adventurous spirit also helped introduce her to the Dharma Yoga Wheel. She completed the Dharma Yoga Wheel Training with the founders Dov and Raquel and loves to work with her private clients on the wheel.
Through her own self-practice and meditation, she has come to realize that you can channel your deepest life intentions while also enjoying your life. "Take our practice serious, but not ourselves!"
Her classes are alignment and breath based, focusing on what the innate intelligence of the body can teach each student. Jacque has the ability to recognize that no student is the same and helps her students find joy and ease in what might otherwise seem like a very difficult situation. In addition to her regular classes, she also offers private yoga lessons, special community events, and leads workshops and retreats, where she can share and connect more with students of yoga.
Milena is an experienced yoga instructor who has had opportunities in teaching various styles of yoga and fitness including Hot Yoga, Power, Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. She teaches in the Los Angeles area and has a wide range of students of all levels and backgrounds. "My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to understand the mind-body-soul connection and to bring more joy into life."
Milena brings a light-hearted and compassionate quality to her fun, yet intense classes.
Cassie is passionate about educating and empowering individuals to take control of their own health from the inside out. She encourages people to raise their vibration through self-awareness, conscious movement, and plant food nutrition. She is founder of The Modern Farmacy, an Urban Farm and Juice Company, advocating for sustainable, healthy, and vibrant lifestyles.
Her devotion to health and wellness, stems from her background as a competitive athlete. Her history as a runner, dancer, and World Champion Equestrian has given her a deep appreciation & fascination for health, fitness, and the human body.
While studying abroad during college, Cassie experienced her introduction to yoga at a retreat in India. However, it was not until a series of horseback riding injuries that she turned to yoga to heal and restore her body in order to continue her competitive riding career. As she became more committed to her practice, she realized the benefits went far beyond just the physical. Through yoga Cassie found a connection between mind, body, and spirit that has helped her heal, grow, and transform on and off her mat.
From the first day she stepped foot in Hot 8 Yoga, practicing in the heat has been part of her daily routine. She fell in love with Hot Yoga Barre, as it helped her regain strength and flexibility to her spine following her serious injuries. With an interest in deepening her practice, she signed up for the Yoga Barre teacher training with Nancy Norby in February 2015. This was a life changing experience, prompting an intense desire to learn more and sign up for the Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training in June 2015 with Deanna Ainsworth.
Cassie’s journey thus far with the Hot 8 Yoga community has been incredibly fulfilling. She aims to share her passion and with gratitude for the practice to inspire other yogis.