This class is taught by:

Briana Price

A Southern California native, Briana grew up swimming competitively and dancing. She was introduced to yoga as a young athlete, and always felt called to explore yoga more deeply. New York city was the next stop for her, where she attended college and dove into the world of professional dance. Her dance career allowed her many beautiful experiences and a richer appreciation for the power of movement. After an injury, she craved a more mindful form of movement, which led her back into the arms of yoga. She has been a dedicated yogi ever since completing her teacher training. Briana is excited to share and learn and grow with everyone at Hot 8!

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.

Julia Planine-Troiani

Julia Planine-Troiani explores various forms of movement practice including Yoga, Pilates, dance, Thai Massage, Gaga, Butoh, and has been teaching her discoveries for seven years. She is particularly grateful to Lindsay Dombrowski (Yoga to the People) for her intention, ferocity and love. She is committed to holding space for people to realize their own inspirational power, agency and beauty. Yoga, like any practice, is holistic. She hopes to illuminate and encourage self-awareness through a highly physical, sensation-based experience as a means towards self-discovery that necessarily pours off the mat into "daily life". She is looking forward to sharing time and space with you and doing the good work! (ate9dancecompany.com)

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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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”.

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!

Kaliko Hurley

Hawaiʻi native Kaliko Hurley loves yoga. Kaliko first arrived on her mat in college and practiced to get out of her head. A tighter bodied person with a history of long-distance running, Kaliko is especially challenged by her asana practice. Her mantra: be patient, playful and persevere.

Kaliko received her yoga teaching certification under senior teacher Joan Hyman at Yogaworks in 2010. She also completed her sculpt certification in 2017 at Hot 8 Yoga under Cornelius Jones Jr. and Briana DeFalco.

E hoʻomaʻamaʻa kākou- let's practice!

Liz Daly

After trying yoga a couple of times sporadically throughout college, Liz rediscovered yoga "by accident" when a friend bought a Groupon to an Ashtanga studio that she couldn't use and passed it along. This time something clicked, and she was drawn to the mind/body/breath connection and the physical challenge that yoga offers. Her passion for yoga quickly grew, leading her to different studios and styles, until eventually taking the plunge into teacher training.

Liz has experienced the profound effects yoga has on the body and the mind and wants to share this path with others. She utilizes alignment, breathing techniques and yogic philosophy to create a space where students can grow, spiritually and physically, feel confident and strong in body and mind, and most importantly, have fun!

In addition to yoga, she has studied meditation in the Shambhala tradition, and completed her 300 hour training in Yoga & Ayurveda.

Camille Kappelman

Camille found yoga through her passion for dance. Growing up immersed in ballet and modern, she attained her BFA in ballet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she also discovered a strong practice in both Pilates and Yoga. After two decades of dance training she moved on to dance professionally with companies in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Camille moved to Pasadena in 2016 where she found Hot 8 Yoga and established a strong and steady practice. Immersing herself fully into the yoga world changed her outlook on life and brought about heightened passion for teaching. Obtaining her 200hr YTT under the direction of Sarah Helt and Scott Brandon she delved more fully into the world of yoga with an open heart and mind. Fusing her love of dance and yoga together, she strives to create a safe and welcoming space allowing students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. As a teacher and mentor of dance for over eight years, this new found love and deep exploration of yoga informs and heightens her instruction in both arenas, allowing students to hone their practice and find greater meaning and a greater sense of satisfaction through this demanding and beautiful work.

Milena Sarian

Milena developed a dedicated yoga practice in 2005 where she began to immediately notice the positive influence it brought to her life. She decided to leave her full time career in marketing to teach yoga full time in 2007 in order to share this gift with others.

Milena is an experienced yoga instructor who has had opportunities in teaching various styles of yoga and fitness including Hot Yoga, Power, Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. She teaches in the Los Angeles area and has a wide range of students of all levels and backgrounds. "My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to understand the mind-body-soul connection and to bring more joy into life."

Milena brings a light-hearted and compassionate quality to her fun, yet intense classes.

Jenn Criss

Jenn has explored the many facets of life with a challenge. She has been practicing yoga for three years, but defines her practice as beginning the moment she completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in 2016. She seeks to bring the old spirit of hers into class and spread compassion, love and peace. Jenn holds space for people to realize their own strength, potential and truth. To be inspired by the mere essence of life, and sensitive to its simple moments , makes her a child at heart; with this she hopes to keep the inner-child alive in all. She hopes to encourage self-awareness and consciousness in an open space of acceptance. The practice of yoga brings the practice of peace into the daily life and that is just what she seeks to do for those she encounters. Bless

Bobby Rodriguez

Bobby stepped onto the mat in 2010 after years of an eating disorder and self-medicating came to a head at the age of nineteen. Desperate to clear through the fog of anxiety and depression, Bobby found a lighthouse in the form of Santa Monica Yoga. Once armed with the tools of yoga practice, Bobby was able to find connection and a love of self he had no idea had been absent in his life for so long. Bobby is especially grateful to his first teacher, the late Gemil Everett for helping him find joy through Tantra and Anusara yoga. He is also most recently grateful for sharing time, space, and inquiry alongside the illuminating Julia Planine-Troiani and her fierce love for the work. It is in this spirit that Bobby aspires to share time, space, and the tools with you, in the hope that you too find joy and truth in them on the journey toward Self-Realization.

Yancy Schwartz

Yancy took his first yoga class in 2005 while on a skate tour in the Dominican Republic. He initially got into yoga because it made him feel lighter while skating. In 2008 he received his 200 hour Vinyasa certification from Yoga to the People in New York City. He also trained for and teaches the 26 hot postures. In 2013 he completed a 500 hour Dharma Yoga Center certification and a 50 hour Rocket Vinyasa certification from Asta Yoga. He wants to help his students evolve beyond the physical and mental, attuning to their natural rhythms and developing their 6th sense.
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:

  • Tue Aug 14 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Briana Price
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Julia Planine-Troiani
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Dominick Cole
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Karen Pascual
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Kaliko Hurley
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Liz Daly
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Julia Planine-Troiani
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Camille Kappelman
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 15 7:45 am - 8:45 am with Jenn Criss
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Bobby Rodriguez
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Yancy Schwartz
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown