Heather began her yoga journey in 2011. After years of neglecting her body she became intrigued with those "bendy people" and stepped enter her mat. It was love at first pose, she found that not only her body was transformed but that she was finally able to heal her spirit from years of putting others first. In her classes she focuses on creating a space where students can take the time to connect with themselves and there own yoga.
Leigh Wakeford was born and raised in the beautiful “Mother City” of Cape Town, South Africa. Big dreams, and great aspirations led him to the lights of Broadway, where he has called Manhattan his home for the past 4 years. He thanks the hustle and bustle of New York City for sending him on a journey to find the peace, harmony and balance, that is essential to juggle a career based in uncertainty and a life surrounded by chaos. Yoga was the answer. “On my mat, I could shut out the noisy surroundings of the busy Metropolis, and silence the voices of doubt in my mind. Even if just for an hour a day, I found my solitude, my church.” His inevitable obsession with the Yoga lifestyle lead him to his mentors Stephanie Culen and Mindy Frenkl, under whose guidance Leigh completed his 200 hour RYT certification in December 2010.
Fast-forward to April 2012, Leigh finds himself in the City of Angels, having made a career transition from the stage to the silver screen. Committed to finding his “church” in his new home, enter Hot 8 Yoga, Nancy Norby and a new fitness concept known as “Yoga Barre”. Having been trained in all forms of dance for the past 10 years, this combination of ballet barre technique, yoga and heat opened Leigh’s mind and body to the endless benefits of merging his passion for dance, his primal need for yoga, and fascination with healthy living. An obsession was born. Leigh received his Yoga Barre certification through Hot 8 Yoga in May 2012.
“If you're ready to feel the passion, the heat, the music and the love...come join me. It's about finding balance, inside and out, and whether you're a guy, girl, young, or not so young... let’s embark on this journey together. For if I'm in that place of peace, love and light, in me as you are in yours - then we are ONE. Namaste, friends.“
Formerly a competitive dancer with a background in theater, Jane Johnsen was first introduced to yoga through the dance community and was hooked after her first savasana *Nap time, yes please!*
After a decade of practicing yoga in the heat as a means to escape the frigid winters in Chicago, she finally bought a one-way ticket to the west coast to follow her acting dreams. Once in LA, Jane quickly discovered the strong, inviting community at Hot8. Three years later, she decided to take her practice to the next level and began to share her love of yoga with the community as a teacher.
Jane creates an experience of discovery in each of her classes, with her signature comedienne humor and curated soundtracks making each challenge FUN. Whether you leave with a new favorite song, a new workout plan, or a new mindset, one thing is for sure; you’ll walk out of the studio feeling amazing from the inside, out!
Hot yoga is so much more than just fitness to me, It's a way of life. It allows me to connect to my mind, body, and spirt as well as get a killer work out. My practice continues to guide me to the person I am meant to be. Hot 8 yoga is my home away from home. The community and support continues to inspire me.
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!
Cornelius Jones Jr., E-RYT200, a natural born mover began his career sprinting alongside running backs on patchy football fields while pirouetting and harmonizing in Glee-like Show Choirs at concert halls, amid coming of age in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. He attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. Broadway bound, at the age of 22, was cast in his first Broadway show Thou Shalt Not, directed & choreographed by Tony award winner Susan Stroman. He then went on to perform as dancer & singer in the Broadway, 1st & 2nd National tour, Mexico, and Las Vegas companies of Disney’s The Lion King. It was at The University of the Arts where Cornelius first met Hatha Yoga, as a course requirement. At the beginning of his Lion King journey he discovered Bikram Yoga for physical recovery. His love for Hot Vinyasa Flow birthed after completing a rigorous Masters Degree and releasing an abusive intimate relationship, as way of mentally & physically detoxifying. He received his Vinyasa Power training through CorePower Yoga and his Yoga Sculpt and Yoga Barre training through Hot8 Yoga. An official E-RYT200, he's also First Aid/CPR certified through the American Heart Association. With Cornelius, a professionally trained dance and fitness entrepreneur, prepare yourself to not only sculpt, tone, and stretch the body, but also build on your natural physical vocabulary to free your body through prana & dance. With a voluminous music palate and weekly servings of food for thought, Cornelius teaches with love for all & out the box energy. He’s a spoken-word artist and author and loves bringing a rhythmical, lyrical, and spiritually fluid flow to his class. Expect to go on a voyage through body, soul, mind and heart. with Cornelius. Heal through Art &Yoga. Namaste. Visit him off the mat at www.corneliusjonesjr.com.
Stephanie has two puppies, Megatron and Rocket, with whom she does everything with. She enjoys taking them on hikes and snuggling up with them in bed. She also loves to travel and her favorite cities are Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Stephanie loves getting to know her students so be sure to come chat with her after class!