Hot Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

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

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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).
 

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.

Antwan Thomas

Born and raised In Jacksonville, FL, an only child, Antwans love and passion for the arts and athletics produced a super athlete with a flair for the creative. Nationally competing in Gymnastics, Springboard and Platform diving, Cheerleading and Martial Arts, health and fitness have always been a major part of his lifestyle. Having suffered knee and back injuries in his collegiate years, he was later introduced to yoga for rehabilitation. It was an instant connection " My body had never felt so energized and alive. It was a natural high I had never experienced". Working professionally in LA, ATL and MIA as a hip hop dancer/teacher/choreographer he attributes his longevity for both dance and athletics to this yoga practice! Knowing how and what this practice can do for not only your body but your spirit as well, led him to do his first teacher training of Yoga Barre this year with the incredible and incomparable Nancy Norby at Hot8yoga Studios. He is excited to embark on this new journey and chapter in life of teaching and healing lives, while having a GROOVY TIME!

Jessica Ingelmo

Jess recently moved to LA from New York City after 14 years & 7 Broadway shows. A trained singer, actor, dancer & athlete from the age of 5, she has never really been able to sit still. That is until yoga & meditation came into her life. She was first drawn to yoga for its healing properties & to move her body in a way that countered the strenuous repetition of her intense, physically demanding shows. Her life was forever changed once she stepped into the heat. Through the next 14 years she practiced as much as an 8 show a week schedule would allow, always sensing that teaching yoga would someday be in her future. After moving to LA, Jessica dove head first into a full-time yoga practice & became certified in Yin Yoga at Hot 8 under Rebekah Rivera. With 17 years of professional performance experience, 20 years of teaching dance & musical theatre, 14 years of hot yoga practice & 6 years of meditation, she brings a vast knowledge of the body & mind into the studio. Jessica strives to guide each student through their own individual journey & practice. She is thrilled to share yin yogas healing magic with her students & to continue on this incredibly healing journey that yoga has provided her.
 
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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.

Alex Heimann

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."

Alicia Easter (ACE)

ACE discovered her love of yoga in the summer of 2006, while living in Chicago, IL. Coming from a fast-paced athletic background, she struggled with yoga initially, because it forced her to mentally slow down. Overtime, ACE began to understand the practice more intimately as she started to witness profound personal growth.

In 2011, ACE attended a yoga retreat in Ojai, CA, led by Jennifer Pastiloff, who soon became a mentor and dear friend. While participating in the retreat, ACE was introduced to the concept of manifestation and it became a pronounced force in her life. Through the practice of yoga, ACE realized an intense passion for people. It encouraged ACE to follow her dreams, so she could empower others to do the same. In the spring of 2016, ACE decided to turn passion into purpose by completing a 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA. She also completed the 5-week Extensions program and since then has been teaching Yoga throughout Southern California.

Fully equipped with the education to mirror her passion for the practice, ACE is ready to share her gift of healing and mindfulness with the world. She currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with her love Andre and their cat, Sir Reggie.

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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.

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.

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the chest, shoulders, hips, pelvis, and lower spine, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness through long held postures with the use of props. Hot Yin Yoga compliments a more active (Yang) practice because it improves flexibility, ease and balance. Heated to 100 degrees.


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 11 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 11 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 11 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 11 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 11 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Jessica Ingelmo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 11 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Dec 11 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Dec 12 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Alex Heimann
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Dec 12 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 12 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Alicia Easter (ACE)
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 12 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Dec 12 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 12 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Mary Emfinger (Teacher)
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 12 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Gabriel Yelloz
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Dec 13 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Dec 13 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Dec 13 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Dec 13 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Jessica Ingelmo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Dec 13 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Dec 13 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach