Yin


This class is taught by:

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."

Kat Grant

Kat, a Michigan native, first stepped onto the mat at Yoga for Performers class in college. She found yoga to be endlessly therapeutic for the mind, body and spirit. As a performing artist, yoga was particularly helpful in learning to control the breath and to ease the mind. Kat has always been passionate about connecting her two loves of yoga and music, so when she had the opportunity to join the Hot 8 community, she immediately jumped on board. She brings comfort and warmth to those around her, and she is excited to encourage others to find peace on and off the mat just as she has!

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!

Raea Brauer

Rae Brauer is a yoga instructor and health/wellness coach based out of Los Angeles, CA. She teaches several styles of yoga and curates a variety of wellness workshops, but is mostly known for the meditative qualities of her Yin Yoga and Vinyasa classes, as well as her passion for fitness and plant-based foods. As a health coach, Rae hopes to shed light on the interconnectedness of the layers of mind, body, and spirit; while also working to transcend their limitations. Her offerings include: yoga instruction, guided meditation & sound therapy, personal fitness training, and plant-based cooking demos.

Rebekah Grace Rivera

With a deep compassion for her spiritual practice and community, Rebekah’s classes are vibrant and playful, giving students the opportunity to push their limits and discover possibilities. She strives to make every yoga class unique and individual on a physical, mental and emotional level. Her classes carry the energy of vinyasa flow, while emphasizing the principles of functional body alignment. In her personal life, whether Rebekah is chasing after her little muse, diving into laughter with a friend, exploring possibilities on her own mat, reading, listening to music or perfecting the art of “meditation driving” in LA, she always looks for an opportunity to find balance and a way to connect with her environment. She believes all things in life create an opportunity to express our authenticity, and she strives to explore this reality with her students. A forever student of yoga, Rebekah has studied with a wide variety of teachers. When asked what style of yoga she teaches, her response is “Pirate Yoga, I keep what I like and ditch the rest”.
 
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Alicia Easter (ACE)

Alicia "ACE" Easter discovered her love of yoga in the summer of 2006 while on a work assignment in Chicago, IL. After only a few heated yoga classes, ACE noticed the profound effect yoga had on her personal growth and knew she wanted to share its effects with the world. It took her some time to make the leap to become certified, but once she completed her 200-hour teacher training, there was no turning back. She is certified, through Yoga Alliance, to teach heated and non-heated Power and Yin Yoga.

Fully equipped with the education to mirror her passion for the practice, ACE is here to share her gift of healing and mindfulness with the world. She created I AM FREE: Yoga, Meditation, and Intention setting workshop which she holds bi-monthly throughout Los Angeles.

She currently lives in North Hollywood, CA and loves a great Oat Milk Latte, playing with her cat, Sir Reggie, and volunteering at the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Prototypes, and The Downtown Women's Center.

 

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.

Eddy Rimada

My approach to yoga is understanding that only with a strong committed daily practice, overcoming and pushing through the urge to let the pose overcome you, can one only then begin to shed the layers of the ego that have been holding us back from becoming our truest self leading every decision with an unconditionally loving open heart.

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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).
 

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.

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.

Amanda Petro

With a 10 year background in gymnastics, Amanda was introduced to yoga in high school and immediately loved the physical aspect of the practice. It wasn't until she moved away for college when she started practicing Ashtanga & Vinyasa regularly. After two years of continuous dedication, she became hooked on not just the physical aspect of yoga but the mind, body and spiritual connection.
In late 2014 she began her journey to becoming a teacher. When she completed her RYT 200, she craved to learn more and to dive deeper into yoga philosophy. She graduated from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona where she finished the 800 hour Holistic Health Practitioner program while completing her RYT 500, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. Amanda now specializes in Vinyasa, Yin, Prenatal, Children's, PTSD, Aromatherapy and Crystal Bowl Sound Healing.
Amanda loves incorporating funky, dynamic flows and fun tunes into her sequencing and don't be surprised if you catch her dancing and singing to the music!

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.

This slow-moving class targets connective tissue through seated and lying postures held for long periods of time with the use of blocks and straps. Yin compliments the more active classes offered at Hot 8 Yoga by increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. This practice is perfect for all levels and those recovering from injury. 🔥


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Alex Heimann
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Alicia Easter (ACE)
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Mary Emfinger (Teacher)
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Gabriel Yelloz
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Amanda Petro
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 15 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Aug 16 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 16 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 16 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills