Heather began her yoga journey in 2011. After years of neglecting her body she became intrigued with those "bendy people" and stepped enter her mat. It was love at first pose, she found that not only her body was transformed but that she was finally able to heal her spirit from years of putting others first. In her classes she focuses on creating a space where students can take the time to connect with themselves and there own yoga.
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.
A credentialed yoga therapist, Marja Lankinen graduated from Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx program. She also holds her five hundred hour yoga certification though Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow Yoga, has mentored under SmartFlow master teacher, Tiffany Russo, and assisted Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training in Oakland, California and Udaya Yoga Festival in Bulgaria. A lifelong student, Marja has continued her education with Hala Khouri and Kara Haglund's YogaWorks Trauma-Informed Yoga training, Dr. Eden Goldman's STAMPY (Soft Tissue Assessment and Myofascial Release for Bodyworkers and Yoga Teachers) workshop, Healer Training I-IV with David Elliot, Reiki Master Training with Racquel Tristan, Yoga Tune Up with Laurel Beversdorf and Elizabeth Wipff at YogaWorks SoHo NYC, Biomechanics with Jules Mitchell, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. For continued edification, Marja shadows physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy while preparing for a PhD program in physical therapy. Marja co-led Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills' 200 hour yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017 along with Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat with Omar Lopez in Tulum, Mexico in 2014.
Marja 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, Millennium Dance Complex, 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 Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company (Sweden), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California (2016-2018), Complexions Contemporary Ballet's summer intensive at USC (2018), USC Kaufman School of Dance, USC Trojan Force dance team, Edge Performing Arts Center, The Pulse On Tour 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, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), and lululemon Cannes, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Covent Garden, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Marja taught Yoga for Athletes for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is a legacy ambassador at lululemon Athletica Studio City, is a staff writer for LA YOGA Magazine, was featured on DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes. For more information, visit yogafordancers.com.
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.
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.
Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.
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!
Ever the student, Kari is always searching and striving to learn more, so she can be the most effective teacher possible. Her style of teaching is mechanical and super anatomically driven. However, above all, she stands behind breath as the ultimate guide. It's always breath first, form second, and the two together will unlock the magic of your practice. Kari is extremely compassionate, she keeps it effortlessly real with humor, laughter and a little bit of Jersey. She has a deep understanding that in this human experience we're all in it together.
As a student who remains forever interested in her practice, she requires that same inquisitiveness from the people who honor her with the duty of teaching them.
“To create space for the universe to fill our lives with joy, we must clear the blockages, fears and patterns holding our highest selves back.”