Hot Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

Dana Sweitzer

My daughter and I moved to LA from Indiana the summer of 2014. It was a very difficult transition for me. Hot 8 Yoga helped me through this transition... I immediately felt the connection with the practice, the staff, the instructors, and the others who practiced with me.

As I showed up on my mat for class week after week, I was deepening my connection with myself and those around me. Friendships were created. I brought the ebb and flow of life onto my mat and left with awareness, insight, wisdom, and clarity... Most days! I had a taste of yoga and the potential it carries to impact my being and those around me. So much so that I became an instructor to share the gift of yoga with others and to love and encourage them through their practice.

 

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.

Kathleen Cruger

Kathleen originally came to yoga as an additional form of exercise. It wasn't until after practicing for a few weeks did she notice a mental and emotional shift in her life, and a positive change in the way she interacted with the world around her. Yoga quickly became part of her lifestyle, and she is overwhelming grateful for the ability to share her passion and knowledge as an instructor. She recognizes the tremendous amount of benefits a regular yoga practice can bring into one's life, and encourages everyone to give it a try. Her focus while teaching is to provide a safe, judgement-free zone, where both new and seasoned yogis alike can dive deeper into their practice and develop a strong connection with their mind, body, and spirit both on and off the mat.

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.

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

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."

Lisa Patino

Lisa stepped into her first yoga class over 15 years ago. She found the practice to be so challenging yet she continued to land on her mat day after day. As her body became stronger, she noticed there were just as many emotional benefits to the practice as there were physical. It was much easier to manage stress, anxiety and daily life.
After relocating to Los Angeles from Texas, her home state, she decided to take her practice one step further. In 2013, she completed her first 500 hr teacher training. Forever a student, Lisa continues to educate herself when ever possible. She believes that every class is a new experience and a opportunity to learn and feel something new. By connecting with her students, she has created a style of teaching that encourages everyone to embrace the uniqueness of their own bodies. From beginner to advanced, Lisa’s classes are accessible to everyone. While finding strength in the body, Lisa also challenges her students mentally. By finding the balance of physical and mental strength, Lisa creates a space of security and infinite possibility.
 

Anna Schwaber


Anna Bek wants us all to feel bright with vitality. She creates each of her classes as a collective experience with an emphasis on the cathartic release, breathwork, music and flow. The barre and sculpt classes are high-energy and guaranteed to make you work until you feel strong both inside and out. Her power yoga and yin yoga classes are geared towards building inner and outer awareness, strengthening foundations, and going deeper. She assures she will work and stretch both your mind and your body so you can feel ready for seated meditation. She is an RYT-200 yoga teacher with barre, yin, and mat pilates certifications. She is originally from Nashville, TN but lives in Venice, CA.
 

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

Facebook: Melissabourkas

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.

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

 

Alex Nashton

Alex completed her 500 Hour Certification at ISHTA Yoga under the guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger, apprenticing Yogiraj Mona Anand. This training was the catalyst for an overwhelming love of neuroscience, and specifically, a curiosity for neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself. Her personal research in this field has brought her to an abundant source of hope for the human race to change the way we relate to ourselves and others by changing the thoughts in our head. Alex's practice and teaching is now informed by the relationship between yoga, meditation, and refined change on a cellular level. Her teaching harnesses the evolving nature of the human mind so that students can empower themselves to change their own personal reality. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California where she is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience.

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.
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:

  • Thu Apr 27 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Dana Sweitzer
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Apr 27 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Apr 27 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Apr 27 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Apr 27 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Clayton Hamburg
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Fri Apr 28 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Fri Apr 28 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Corina Alfiler
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Apr 28 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Kellie St. Pierre
    at Pasadena
  • Fri Apr 28 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Alex Joy
    at Santa Monica
  • Fri Apr 28 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Lisa Patino
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sun Apr 30 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Anna Schwaber
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Sun Apr 30 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Melissa Bourkas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sun Apr 30 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Mackenzie Morrin
    at Pasadena
  • Sun Apr 30 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Alex Joy
    at Santa Monica
  • Sun Apr 30 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon May 01 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon May 01 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon May 01 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Alex Nashton
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon May 01 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon May 01 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach