Hot Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

Chelsea Ogozaly


I've been practicing yoga since I was 17, when I stepped into my first class completely clueless but hoping to "heal" a lingering back injury. Like so many other people, the healing I've taken from yoga has been so much more than physical. Through the highs, lows, and general craziness of life, I always had a craving to get on my mat for the calmness and stillness it brings my mind. That craving and love of the practice led me to quit my corporate job in Boston and travel the world, studying and teaching yoga. I received my 200 hour certification in Bali studying under Louisa Sear and the Yoga Arts program, then went on to teach all over Australia. I most recently spent a month in India to reconnect with the real roots of our yoga practice and study at the Sivananda Ashram in Neyar Dam. I love yoga for the mental stillness I find through movement. As a teacher, I focus on the flow and transitions in class to create a dance in which we link postures, breathe, and attitude. I encourage students to work within their own bodies to challenge themselves but also find peace in every movement.

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!

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.

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

 

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.

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.

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."

Melissa Bourkas

Melissa’s love for movement and athletics began at a young age. She was brought to the matt as a young student studying at the National Ballet School of Canada. Melissa was immediately drawn to the spiritual benefits of yoga, a stark contrast from her rigors dance environment.

Having graduated with a BFA in dance and choreography from The California Institute of the Arts Melissa’s professional career took off. Juggling a demanding concert and commercial career meant lots of touring and performing in all sorts of conditions. Melissa found sanity for her body and mind through yoga.

In 2011, Melissa completed her 200 RYT with YogaWorks, under master teacher Patti Quintero and Olivia Barry. Due to her touring schedule Melissa began teaching privately in 2012 through out Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.

Melissa is dedicated to the needs of her students and incorporates a little bit of everything in her classes. While form and technique is of great importance she also understands her students need to feel inspired. Music, joy and growth are fundamentals in all of her classes.

Melissa is honored to join the Hot 8 Yoga community!

Website: www.melissamovement.com

Instagram: melissagenoveseyoga

Clayton Hamburg

Clayton Hamburg has pursued a passion for movement sing the tender age of 8, when he devoted up to 4 hours daily to the study of martial arts. Since then his journey has taken him into the study and performance of a myriad of musical styles and a host of instruments, an MFA in classical acting, a personal trainer certification, and a healthy dose of dancing, mime, Lecoq mask work, and, of course, the study of yoga. Clayton's desire as a yoga teacher is to bring the meditative union of breath and movement to each and every class, allowing all students to attain a new plane of self understanding, freedom, and growth.

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.
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:

  • Sun Jun 25 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Chelsea Ogozaly
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Sun Jun 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Sun Jun 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Sun Jun 25 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Jun 26 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Jun 26 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Jun 27 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Alex Joy
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Jun 27 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Melissa Bourkas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Jun 27 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Jun 27 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Clayton Hamburg
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Jun 28 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Jun 28 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Jun 28 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Jun 28 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Mary Emfinger (Teacher)
    at Pasadena