Inspired by her trainer, Colleen, Ava went on to receive her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Shortly after, at the age of 20, she completed her RYT 200-hour yoga teacher training with David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund of South Boston Yoga in 2014. Her training certified her through Yoga Alliance in vinyasa, restorative, and prenatal yoga. Ava is passionate about helping others find their own physical, mental, and emotional strength through physical movement. Yoga and personal training are her methods of doing so, with her background and current career in dance as an advantage. Ava is always eager to learn more from those around her, including her clients and students. She understands that each student and client has a different body, with a different structure, which affects not only movement and range of motion, but also the movement pathways the body takes. Ava’s philosophy for her teaching and training is to recognize and tap into your own individual needs as a student to be able to find a balance of push and pull, challenge and ease, and growth and grounding.
Ava moved to Los Angeles in March 2016 to pursue her passions of dance, yoga and fitness. When she found Hot 8 Yoga and her incredible mentors Jonatan Silva and Briana DeFalco, she knew she knew she found the perfect environment to blend her worlds and reach others at the same time. Ava is thrilled and humbled to be working with and along side such inspiring teachers and students, and is excited to share her passion in the studio!
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."
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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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.
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.