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”.

Teresa Lebron

As a Dancer of stage, film and television for 15 + yrs. throughout my career I was exposed to Yoga and would practice when I could in between dance jobs. I would also go to the gym and sometimes Pilates to help with body maintenance and injury prevention, but Yoga became where I went to more and more as it wasn’t just about the physical aspect. My spirit and my emotions always experienced something I couldn’t often put into words but knew in my heart it was right!
As I transitioned out of the industry, as a dancer, I still yearned for expansive movement so I continued to go to Yoga. Hatha was my go to for a long while then later trying other forms I fell in love with Bikram. Since 2007 I really became dedicated to practice Yoga regularly in particular Bikram and Hatha (Vinyasa, Power and Meditation).
When I finally left the world of dance and pursued other fields of work Yoga was where I went for mind body alignment. In my transitional journey, I became an Executive Assistant to Neuromuscular Therapist, Ex-Dancer, Barrence Baytos who solely works on professional athletes and Olympic competitors. From runners, to volley ball, baseball, basket ballers and teams, also at times working on dancers and actors. This environment allowed me to see and understand the variety of body types and the functioning of the human mind and body. I learned so much more about anatomy, injury prevention and recovery. Working with Barrence really confirmed the reality of my future in Yoga, my purpose, my passion and drive to teach. Especially in the world of Dance and Athletes and also those new to Yoga. As I continued working with him I was also studying for my Hatha Yoga 200-hr. teaching training at Naam Yoga Santa Monica, Ca and happily graduated in May of 2013. I pursued more training and received my Yoga Sculpt Certification in July 2014 at CorePower Yoga Studio City, Ca and in Oct of 2016 I participated in Tantris Center for Yogic Science, Yoga Immersion where I am also currently a Yoga instructor teaching Tantris Vinyasa/Power Flow.
Long careers in the field of dance and sports the body really gets worn down and a regular Yoga practice can truly be trans-formative. In general Yoga transforms even on unconscious levels. I discovered, post dance career, how much Yoga has really helped my injuries and recovery from them. Has helped my sanity in life as many curve balls have been thrown my way and has also increased my awareness and perception of life in maintaining the most positive outlook and choosing happiness as much as possible.
Yoga not only for me but for others I have witnessed has proven to be life changing physically, mentally and emotionally. It can take you through anything. It keeps you focused, keeps you strong and grows you in so many ways. An amazing recipe for achieving so much for one’s Art or Sport or just your Life. For me… I cannot live without my Faith or my Yoga.
Today I am a better person all around as I continue to learn and grow through Yoga. Being able to share and spread this wealth of knowledge and experience is a dream come true...
I am so extremely happy to be part of the Hot 8 Yoga community and so look forward to the fun, growth and the Yoga love we will all be sharing!

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.

Shannon Hurd

Shannon is a performer and artist who delights in the joy and medicine of wellness and beauty. Ranging from classical acting to the downright silly and obscure, Shannon has over 20 years experience in the performing arts, cirque, and modeling industries in the Los Angeles area and around the world.

Yoga first made its way into Shannon’s life in 2001, when she was working for Disney in Florida. After many years of an on-again, off-again practice, she found her Yoga home at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica in 2016. She completed three Hot 8 Teacher Trainings back to back: Yoga Barre in 2017, then 200 Hour Power, followed by Yin in 2018.

Yoga has gifted Shannon with so many life changing blessings...stability, strength, health, healing, the list goes on. Her desire is to share these gifts with all who seek Yoga’s life-affirming power, through loving and nurturing guidance.

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 Oct 16 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Alex Heimann
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Oct 16 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Oct 16 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 16 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 16 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Oct 16 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Teresa Lebron
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Oct 16 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Mary Emfinger (Teacher)
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Oct 16 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Gabriel Yelloz
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Oct 17 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Oct 17 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Lindsey Kimura
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Oct 17 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Oct 17 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Oct 17 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Oct 17 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Shannon Hurd
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Oct 17 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Alex Heimann
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Oct 17 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm with Erin Sanders
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Oct 18 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Tracy Bosworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Oct 18 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Oct 18 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Oct 18 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills