Marja teaches yoga and meditation at UCLA, Sony Motion Picture Studios, YogaWorks, Equinox, and Hot 8 Yoga. She is also the founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers and specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers at 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 the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago summer intensive at the University of Southern California, the USC Kaufman School of Dance, the USC Trojan Force dance team, The Pulse On Tour, The Edge Performing Arts Center, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Velocity DanceConvention, Culture Shock LA, Kaba Modern Dance Company, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), and NBC Universal. Marja taught Yoga for Athletes for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is an ambassador at Lululemon Athletica Studio City, and is a contributing writer for LA YOGA Magazine.
Marja has taught at Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills since 2012, and, along with Yoga Director, Brit Middleton, 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 and Yoga for Dancers, please visit www.marjayoga.com.
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!
When practicing the 26 poses in Hot Yoga, I am challenged every time to be courageous, risk, and even enjoy the victories, for example, going years without being able to double wrap my legs, then one day, suddenly, quietly, my legs are wrapped.
My job in the room is simply to guide. Yes, we are there to learn and support each other, but the practice is yours alone.
I have an eclectic background, including a career in the radio broadcasting industry, mostly due to my passion for music. Travel is one of my favorite things, as I am always humbled and inspired by the “less is more” way so many cultures find happiness.
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!
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!