Hot Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

Lindsey Kimura

Lindsey began yoga in 2003 to balance athletic training. Her journey has been healing and transformative on all levels and a practice which harmonizes body, mind, will, and spirit. Lindsey loves connecting, teaching, and empowering others. She believes wisdom comes from within. Meditate. Live your passions. Do what you love. The universe is unlimited. Lindsey teaches yoga and pole dance, leads guided meditations, and conducts one-on-one Reiki/crystal energy healing sessions and intuitive readings (LNK-co.com).
 

Rebekah Grace Rivera

I can’t actually remember my first yoga class. In many ways yoga has always been a part of my life; sometimes more present than many other important aspects of life.

In college I took a yoga class to satisfy my physical education credits. Primarily because it was familiar to me and didn’t require much effort. At the time, I discovered it seemed to help with snowboarding, which mattered most. Learning how to regulate my breath turned out to be incredibly useful when flying down mountains at full speed. It eliminated the fear factor and helped me to push myself in ways I hadn’t before; the experience was liberating.

After college yoga took a backseat, right next to my snowboard, as I began to passionately explore the world of holistic health. Enrolling in a holistic nutrition school in New York, where the many faces of alternative health were presented to me, I discovered the importance of loving ones self and loving what it is that we do in this world.

Yoga soon returned to my life, shortly after moving to Los Angeles. I found a group of yogis that gathered together 6 days a week to practice. Under the guidance of our teacher, we moved through 3 hours of pranayama, asana and meditation before moving into our day. That was the true beginning.

I can honestly say that I was afraid to commit to the practice fully--essentially one day teaching myself. I understood the importance of living a life that embraced my passions, but I was unable leave the safety net of my salary. But that’s one of the most incredible things about this practice; the more I dove into it, the more I began to let go and embrace more of what I want in my life.

This journey has taught me how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your passion. I want to instill confidence in my students, help them find the strength to believe in themselves as my mentors and fellow yogis have for me. My yoga community continues to foster my growth, while inspiring me to be better and do better daily. My hope is to do the same for you.

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro

Certifications & Achievements
CHHC – Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
AADP – Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
500 Hour RYT – 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance - in progress
200 Hour RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
Dharma Mittra’s 500hr Teacher Training in New York - in progress
Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Children’s Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance

www.rebekahgraceyoga.com
Facebook: Rebekah Grace Yoga

 

Melissa Ciesla

Melissa made her way to her mat back in 2004 in Manhattan where the heat and calm of the yoga studio offered her a much needed rest from the hectic pace of the city. As a dancer Melissa found Bikram yoga a home away from home and a place to ease recurring injuries. After following her acting career to LA Melissa decided it was finally time to share her love for yoga and took her first of two 200 hour training programs where she became certified in Hot Power Fusion and then Power Flow. Melissa has also continued her training in Yin/Restorative yoga and has discovered a new love of the quieter part of her practice. Melissa classes focus heavily on alignment and breath...helping you to find the way your practice should fit on your body and helping to quiet the chatter in your mind.

Laurel Erilane

Laurel Erilane grew up as a competitive athlete who constantly pushed her body to its limit. She first discovered yoga at age fifteen as an alternative therapy to sports when several injuries prevented her from playing with such intensity. She now recognizes yoga as a life long practice which has guided her to travel, live and teach internationally. Her yogic roots stem from the Mukti School of Yoga, with a YA E-RYS 500 Hr certification. Laurel's teaching style emphasizes proper anatomical alignment through both classical and modern variations, incorporating the union of breath and fluid movement as a guided meditation. She believes that every time you step on to the mat is an opportunity to deepen your sense of self, and learn more about finding your own personal peace. As every day presents new challenges, we must first do the work on ourselves, in order to uplift others around us.

Erin Sanders

Erin Sanders has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. In that time, yoga has become a passion, and a calling. Along with her acting career, Erin is on a mission to bring the beauty and serenity of yoga to as many people as possible.

Erin believes that yoga is all about connection: To breath, to movement, and to yourself. She deeply cares about helping students find an element in their practice that is very personal to them, and provides them with tools they can use to take control of their yoga practice, and truly make it their own.

Tracy Bosworth

I moved from Australia to Los Angeles and soon after, I experienced my first yoga class. I was amazed at how peaceful it made me feel…I was
floating out of the classroom afterwards!
Life got busy and I got caught up in my music career spending many hours sitting editing music on a computer … Cut to 2012, and I was experiencing pain and very real back issues. I was in trouble.
After physical therapy, I discovered Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica and gave it a try. My first yin class in the heated room changed my life! In a short amount of time, I regained mobility and was free from pain and so much more.
I wanted to learn how to teach yin yoga to help others and so I took the 200 hr teacher training course under the expert supervision of Deanna
Ainsworth and Rebekah Rivera.
This is a beautiful caring community and I’m thrilled to be able to share my love of Yin with you.

Poopack Bral

Poopack has been practicing Yoga ever since she took her first class in 2002. Her passion for Yoga has evolved over the years as her mat has become her best friend. She continues to practice daily and is always searching for beautiful things in life to inspire her teaching skills. She is a graduate of the 500 hour teacher training program through YogaWorks. Poopack truly believes that Yoga can heal everyone, as well as encourage beginning students. She recognizes different levels and strengths and strives to accommodate all of her students. Poopack's Yoga classes are energetic, fun, constructive, and passionate as well as a fantastic workout. Her love of life, family, and of course Yoga are all integrated into her practice and teach. Namaste.

Chelsea Mallon

Chelsea Mallon started practicing yoga about a decade ago, but it wasn't until her discovery of the heat, and the loving, beautiful community at Hot 8 Yoga, that she became truly devoted to her yogic path. Chelsea is so glad that she began her journey through teaching training at Hot 8 Yoga. She derived a wealth of knowledge, and is very excited to radiate her passion for Hot Yoga to others. She graduated from USC with a double bachelor's degree in psychology and theatre. She has always been fascinated by the mind, body, and soul connection, and Hot Yoga gave her space to explore those interests in an experiential way that has been nothing short of life-changing. A few years ago after being involved in a bad car accident, she found herself with injuries, chronic pain, and anxiety like she'd never experienced before. She attributes Hot Yoga to being integral to her healing process, and would not have as many smiles or pain-free days were it not for this amazing practice. Because of the gifts- both internally and externally that she has received from Hot Yoga, she felt called to give back by becoming a teacher.
 
"I think that it's particularly important in a hot yoga practice to find the balance- effort and intensity are integral to this sequence, but so is stillness and listening to your body."~ Chelsea Mallon

Sarah Helt

Sarah Helt, E-RYT200
Certified Yoga Instructor + Accessible Yoga Ambassador

My yoga journey began at 18 when a friend suggested I try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga primary series and from that day forward I was hooked! However, it wasn’t until my last year of college, when my clowning and movement studies professor asked if I would assist his summer yoga intensive, that I started to consider teaching.

My initial 200 hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style vinyasa, viniyoga, and incorporated thai massage. I began my yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in my first two years, I was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces. Primarily a power vinyasa and restorative-yin yoga teacher, my life changed completely when I was contacted by a high profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. I was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. I work with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal chord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. Last year I partnered with the Accessible Yoga Movement in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.

I approach life with an open heart and zero expectations; as I believe you should approach every yoga class. I am overjoyed to share my practice with you. Come play!

La Mer

La Mer is a healer, songstress and storyteller from Los Angeles Earth. Her work centers around powerful rituals of union with soulful nature. A certified Prana Vinyasa teacher and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with over 10 years of experience in the healing and performing arts, Mer honors the ancient wisdom of eastern philosophies while allowing her sensitive and playful essence to guide the experience :) Her style lyrically integrates an intuitive blend of movement, hands on healing, reiki, sound therapy, essential oils, crystals, yoga, and other meditative practices. Aside from her creative contributions, Mer supports ocean conservation with beach clean ups and as an advocate for Mission Blue, an organization dedicated to hope spots, global marine protected areas large enough to save and restore the ocean. La Mer’s main project, In Waves, is a creatively inspired sound healing experience combining original music, live field recordings, crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, drum, and sacred song.

More info: LoveLaMer.com

Kellie St. Pierre

Kellie St. Pierre initially found yoga as a supplement to her dance training. Devoted to maintaining a healthy and lasting body she discovered a true passion for yoga, recognizing the balance and tranquility it also provided in her life. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Management and a minor in Civic and Community Engagement, Kellie found herself in Chicago, Illinois, where she completed her 200-hour yoga certification through CorePower Yoga.

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!

Alex Joy

An old soul with a young spirit, Alex believes in living life in the moment, guided by intuition, and rooted in compassion.Years of ballet and jazz dance helped Alex appreciate the self-expression and discipline of movement. While she began to notice how many athletes, and especially dancers, were injured, even immobilized, she accepted pain as a natural component of sport. However, in her teens, complications from a peripheral neuropathy made an aggressive approach to movement unsuccessful for Alex. Heartbroken, she gave up on ballet and spent years searching for a new form of expression. Then, one day, the stars aligned when she wandered into a hot vinyasa yoga class to prove to a friend that yoga wasn't for her. To her surprise, she was blown away not only by how hard she worked, but by how centered and clear she felt after. The heat eased the tension on her nerves, and the fluid movement brought back the expression that dance had once offered. In time, her mat became the one place she felt herself, and it became clear that yoga could be healing on so many levels. Yoga helped her overcome the fear of falling and let go of the need to be perfect. As a teacher, she loves helping others overcome their own fears and weaknesses. She began teaching a hot vinyasa flow class at Malibu Hot Yoga in 2011 and did her 200HR Power Yoga certification under Bianca Fearon at Hot 8 Yoga in 2013.

"For me, yoga is about more than standing on your hands or bending you head back to your toes. It is about connecting mind and body, and that's unique to each individual. We all come to the mat with different energies and challenges, and by honoring where we are each day, we grow stronger. We break through barriers we don't even know we have." She respects that no two bodies are the same. She encourages ahimsa (compassion) and mindfulness- listening to your body and modifying postures. But don't think that means you won't leave her class sweaty and smiling. "Ten years ago, I would've laughed at yoga. Five years ago, I would've said I couldn't do it. Now I wholeheartedly believe that anyone who says they can't do yoga just hasn't found the right practice or teacher for them."

Gabriel Yelloz

Gabriel and his yoga mat have been inseparable since he was just a teenager. His love for yoga, and general desire to help people drew him towards teaching yoga. He has trained with yoga masters along the banks of the Ganges river in the foothills of the Himalayas. Gabriel received his Yoga Alliance RYT 500 certification at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India. He has conducted yoga classes throughout North America, Asia, and Europe in a variety of styles to practitioners of all levels.

He instructs his students through physical and verbal cues, focusing on developing proper alignment and cultivating both physical and mental awareness, while uniting breath and movement. Gabriel believes by balancing physical strength with flexibility, and proper breathing, the body and mind become unified.

Mary Emfinger (Teacher)


Mary first started practicing at Hot 8 Yoga for a challenging workout. It was not until she added Yin Yoga into her practice that she understood the need for balance. The balance and release Yin provided to her body actually added strength to her yang yoga practice as well as to her other athletic endeavors like marathon and triathlon training. She fundamentally believes that once you experience it in your body you will feel the strength that Yin Yoga makes space for. When shes not hanging around Hot 8 Yoga, she can be found at the theater, running, eating cupcakes and snuggling with her cat. She is a feminine feminist, could talk your ear off about environmental awareness, and spends her free time walking homeless dogs at NKLA.

Mackenzie Morrin


Mackenzie comes from an athletic background and grew up hanging out in the back of the studio in her parents' group fitness classes. With a gymnastics background, she began practicing Bikram at age 8 as a weekend hobby and later found her passion in Vinyasa flow, Restorative and Yin style classes. So it came as no surprise when she did her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 and became a RYT with Yoga Alliance.
Hot Yin Yoga is a restorative class designed to release tension and calm the nervous system. With the gentle support of props, students will passively stretch and energize the body’s deep connective tissue. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of deep relaxation in a heated room of 95-100 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 23 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 23 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 23 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 23 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Aug 24 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 24 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 24 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 24 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with La Mer
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Fri Aug 25 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Fri Aug 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Corina Alfiler
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Aug 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Kellie St. Pierre
    at Pasadena
  • Fri Aug 25 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Alex Joy
    at Santa Monica
  • Fri Aug 25 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Gabriel Yelloz
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sun Aug 27 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Mary Emfinger (Teacher)
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Sun Aug 27 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Alex Joy
    at Santa Monica
  • Sun Aug 27 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Mackenzie Morrin
    at Pasadena