As both a dance and yoga instructor, she teaches to inspire others to challenge themselves, feel empowered, and most importantly find joy within movement and attention to the body. Yoga provides for Kellie strength, encouragement, discipline, self-respect, and love, and she is blessed to share these benefits and so much more with others. Kellie is excited to be a part of LA’s most beloved Hot8Yoga community!
Marja is the founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers and specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, for the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio's scholarship program, and with choreographer, Gigi Torres, and her Establish Your Empire dance training program. Marja has been a guest teacher for Sweden's Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, LAX Dance Studio (Paris), Pineapple Dance Studio (London), lululemon Zurich, Amsterdam, Cannes, Paris, and Covent Garden, Shala Helsinki (Finland), ISY (Hamburg, Germany), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California, 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, Kreativ Mindz, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Creating Opportunities, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), NBC Universal, FOX, and Sony Motion Pictures Studios. Marja was the in-residency yoga therapist for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is an ambassador at lululemon Athletica Studio City, is a contributing writer for LA YOGA Magazine, and was just a featured voice on DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes.
Marja has taught at Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills since 2012, and, along with Yoga Directors, Brit Middleton and Briana DeFalco, she has co-led the 200 hour Hot 8 Yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017. Marja also co-led Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat to Tulum, Mexico in 2014 with Omar Lopez.
For more information on Marja Lankinen, please visit www.marjayoga.com.
Kristyn believes ardently in the mind/body connection, and views the practice as a way to transcend the mundane aspects of every day life. Her passion for teaching comes from the necessity to share with her students the joy and lightness yoga has brought into her own life.
Shazi has trained with Conrad Gacki, Brad Koontz, and Sam Usman, and he completed his 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Deanna Ainsworth at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica, California. Shazi offers a grounded, fun, and strengthening class to deepen the mind-body-spirit connection and elicit joy. ॐ
“Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Layna is passionate about living a healthy, well-balanced life full of meaning, growth and an abundance of love. Through every practice Layna will guide and encourage you to move within the intelligence of your own unique body, to enjoy the physical challenge and the peaceful energy yoga brings into our lives on and off the mat. Layna’s love of fitness began in her living room at a very young age, rocking out to Jane Fonda’s exercise videos! She started her teaching career at University of Massachusetts with aerobics and Pilates. After studying Iyengar yoga for a year abroad in Hawaii, Layna quickly felt this alignment based practice deepen her love for the mechanics of the body. Layna has since completed 300 hours of training with Baron Baptiste, 500 hours with Yoga-fit, and has studied with Annie Carpenter, Maty Ezraty, Shiva Rea, Denise Kaufman, Deanna Ainsworth, and is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. "You live your truth by sharing it." ~Baron Baptiste
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.
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!
Mike completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the guidance of Francesca Asumah, and has also trained with Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.