Power


This class is taught by:

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.

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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Dakota Lupo

Dakota Lupo (E-RYT 200) is a west coast transplant who was born and raised in NYC. He completed his first 200-hr training at Yoga to the People in Manhattan and being teaching there in 2009. Specializing in power vinyasa, bikram yoga, and yin yoga, Dakota moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and teaches extensively all over the city. He leads teacher trainings, workshops for teachers and students alike, trains pros and amateurs, the young and the less young, and continues to develop his style of teaching to explore new territory. A creative by trade, each of Dakotas classes, each practice, each moment on the mat is different from the day before and also different from the person next door. With a continuing challenge to explore breath, each of his classes balance enough guidance and compassion for the beginner, with enough depth, specificity, and intense edge work for the advanced yogi. You will move. You will work. Find more at www.dakotalupo.com

John San Juan

John San Juan grew up in Harlem, NY and is a Yoga Alliance 200 Hr certified instructor. He was a former professional dancer, held pretty awesome entertainment media jobs in music and film, and has an MBA from Cornell University. Upon moving to LA, he left his corporate life, said goodbye to deep-seated life unhappiness, grew out his hair like a Samurai, and now utilizes his knowledge of Eastern philosophies, yogic tradition, Chakra energy, and his former dance background to bring JSJ yoga to his new home, LA. He encourages his students to recognize that form is always the illusion. The real yogic journey begins when we connect to the “Force behind Our Form” — i.e. what happens beyond the asana (form) practice. While proper alignment, musculature use, and asana positioning are highly emphasized in his class, equal attention is placed on connecting to breath and personal movement, so every student can tap into their own spiritual, Zen-like force. Ultimately he hopes to help his students connect to their unique Light the way yoga did for him. The world needs it (your Light) - and John invites everyone to join his mix of ratchet music, dance-y tunes, classical ballet and kirtan for a #yogakiki at Hot8 Yoga.

Meredith Meyer

Meredith has been practicing yoga for 18 years and been teaching since 2014 and what she loves about yoga is its always evolving – there’s always something new to explore and a bit of fun to be had along the way. Meredith brings a light yet grounded energy that encourages her students as they move and sweat through their vinyasa flow. By marrying the breath with creative sequencing and killer music, Meredith creates a pocket of time where students explore what’s possible. Students leave class feeling revitalized, capable, and ready to live the rest of their day...hopefully with a smile and spring in the step.

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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Christine Nguyen

Christine V. Nguyen is never quite sure whether she found yoga, or yoga found her. Always an athlete with a natural love for movement, she fell in love at first with the asana — the physical layer of the practice. It was later, when dealing with personal loss and grief within her family and interpersonal relationships, that her true yoga practice began. Yoga helped her cultivate a necessary sense of stillness and even deep gratitude, in what was otherwise a paralyzing period in her life.

Christine received her 200-HR certification through Jennifer Prugh with the Joy of Yoga teacher training in Los Gatos, California. Her training emphasized the deep roots and history of yoga, as well as safely and intuitively opening the body for the physical practice. As a result, her classes are as much about cultivating body awareness and meeting physical challenges fearlessly, as it is about opening up the heart. Christine is also Yoga Sculpt certified, and believes that this fun, challenging format helped build her strength for a more advanced vinyasa practice.

Above all, Christine believes that time on the mat is a move towards a daily practice of joy and gratitude — come and play with her!

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 Halenda

Alex loves this yoga stuff. She really believes in its power to change the world too. It's not only her studies with teachers across the country, its the inner-work and self study that she finds truly magical and transformative. That empowering self-analysis and the awareness that comes with it is ultimately what she seeks to share with you! With over 10 years practicing, 8 years teaching she's in the game for the long-haul, and she wants to share every bit of power, vinyasa, yin, pranayama, and meditation she can with you. Hopefully with a few good laughs and stories along the way. Alex keeps it light, but she takes you deep, as deep as you're ready to go!

Rebecca Kessler

Rebecca Kessler is a Los Angeles–based, 200 hour YogaWorks certified teacher, that likes to get moving to the dopest hip hop beats. Kessler has been practicing yoga everyday for the last six years and loves to share the practice that changed her life with others. In her class you can expect a carefully sequenced, but challenging Vinyasa flow that ends with Restorative poses to allow for a rewarding savasana. Linking breath to movement and movement to hip hop beats will allow you to be completely immersed in what is happening on your mat for the 60 minutes of class.

Cassie Stevenson

Cassie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She ventured to Southern California to attend college, graduating from Chapman University with a degree in PR/Advertising & Communications. Subsequently graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing. She is founder and designer of bluDemocracy, a sustainable clothing line made entirely from Bamboo.

Cassie is passionate about educating and empowering individuals to take control of their own health from the inside out. She encourages people to raise their vibration through self-awareness, conscious movement, and plant food nutrition. She is founder of The Modern Farmacy, an Urban Farm and Juice Company, advocating for sustainable, healthy, and vibrant lifestyles.

Her devotion to health and wellness, stems from her background as a competitive athlete. Her history as a runner, dancer, and World Champion Equestrian has given her a deep appreciation & fascination for health, fitness, and the human body.

While studying abroad during college, Cassie experienced her introduction to yoga at a retreat in India. However, it was not until a series of horseback riding injuries that she turned to yoga to heal and restore her body in order to continue her competitive riding career. As she became more committed to her practice, she realized the benefits went far beyond just the physical. Through yoga Cassie found a connection between mind, body, and spirit that has helped her heal, grow, and transform on and off her mat.

From the first day she stepped foot in Hot 8 Yoga, practicing in the heat has been part of her daily routine. She fell in love with Hot Yoga Barre, as it helped her regain strength and flexibility to her spine following her serious injuries. With an interest in deepening her practice, she signed up for the Yoga Barre teacher training with Nancy Norby in February 2015. This was a life changing experience, prompting an intense desire to learn more and sign up for the Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training in June 2015 with Deanna Ainsworth.

Cassie’s journey thus far with the Hot 8 Yoga community has been incredibly fulfilling. She aims to share her passion and with gratitude for the practice to inspire other yogis.

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!

Karen Pascual

I was first introduced to yoga in college, but didn’t get involved and more consistent in my practice until 2012. I was going through a transition period in my life and found yoga to be my salvation, I was going every day consistently when the studio I was attending was having their first yoga training, in which I completed my 200hr RYT through Yoga Alliance. From there I gained a ybarre and basic mat pilates certification and have been teaching these styles along with Vinyasa base yoga since. What you can expect in my class is emphasis on alignment, lots of high energy, and embracing that fire within! I fell in love with yoga because of how versatile it can be, and especially the incorporation of a mental, physical, and spiritual practice. Whether young, old, injured, unfamiliar or advanced- yoga addresses a variety of aspects one may be seeking for. Yoga takes you as you are, whole heartedly, and teaches the yogi to do the same. I want my students to have fun in my class, whatever level they may be, to explore their potential and progress past their limits. When incorporating barre/scuplt movements, there is an added high pace ambiance for those looking to condition themselves further by building strength and endurance. Let’s breathe, smile, and sweat!
This intermediate vinyasa-style class guides students through more advanced postures and creative sequencing. Power links breath to movement and may include arm-balances, inversions and twists to stretch and strengthen the body. Accompanied by music. 🔥 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 17 7:45 am - 8:45 am with Raea Brauer
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Dakota Lupo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with John San Juan
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Meredith Meyer
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 17 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Dominick Cole
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 17 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Christine Nguyen
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Laurel Erilane
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Dec 17 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alex Halenda
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Rebecca Kessler
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 18 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Dakota Lupo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 18 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Dec 18 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 18 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Dec 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Dominick Cole
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Dec 18 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Karen Pascual
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Dec 18 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Meredith Meyer
    at Santa Monica