Invigor8 Meditation


This class is taught by:

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)

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.

Jillian Forster


Ever since she can remember, Jillian has been dancing. Growing up, she studied various dance styles such as tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and character dance. Jillian then followed her passion and love for the arts to major in dance at Kent State University. There she was able to further her studies in dance adding in modern, post-modern, and African dance. Jillian now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. In addition to her love for dance, Jill is also an avid yogi. She has studied various types of yoga such as Ashtanga, Power yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa, Hatha and Classic Hot Yoga. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH.

Jillian is constantly looking to better her skills in dance, yoga, barre, and fitness by attending classes, workshops, and trainings. She holds numerous certifications and is always excited to learn more. Jillian is passionate about dance, yoga, fitness, and health and loves to share her passion with others through teaching and training. Her goal is to make each and every client, student, and friend who comes to her for a class or a training to feel better leaving the studio than when they came in.

Bradley Boleman

Bradley has been teaching yoga since 2014. Although before that he originally started doing yoga in 2008 from DVDs. At the time (2008) the stretches that yoga provided were great cross training stretches for dance. Although Bradley didn’t really get into the meditative/spiritual side of the practice, till 2014 when he did his first yoga class in Los Angeles. He fell in love immediately. He loved the intention part of class and moving your body with your breath was beyond freeing not just for his body, but mind and soul. As Bradley deepened his practice he realized that the true magic that yoga has to offer really heightens when you take your intention off your mat and apply it into your life. Taking a big step forward Bradley decided to do a teacher training in less than three months of his first class in LA. And since then the journey has been nothing more than liberating. His favorite quote “Movement is medicine no matter how fast or slow you move.”

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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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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Soha Panah

I grew up Orange County, California and at a very young age I found
myself loving movement and exercise. I was enrolled in every type of
activity and loved it. After undergoing scoliosis surgery, I turned to
dance because it was one of the few activities I was "allowed" to do.
After putting on my first pair of jazz shoes it was love at first
pirouette. I loved the energy, the music and the release I was able
to feel after every rehearsal. I was lucky enough to dance
competitively on a team for 5 years. I went on to teach Turbo Kickboxing (think high energy choreography) which allowed me to feel a release that I missed so much.

Now, I teach Yoga barre, Yoga Sculpt and Power 1 Yoga.
All very different, but all of which I love. Each practice brings out a different intensity and release. I received my 200 hour RYT certification with Hot 8 Yoga, being one of the best experience to date.

In my classes, we aspire to inspire each other. We inhale strength as we exhale fear.
We commit. We Show Up. We push each other to find strength. To go beyond our normal limitations. I am a sucker for energy and I love to inspire people to push
themselves to a limit they do not think they can overcome. I promise
to bring the intensity, love and energy that will keep you coming
back for more. 110% ;)

Nancy Norby

Nancy has been teaching the barre system of exercise for many years. She taught Lotte Berk in New York and Bridgehampton, owned and operated the first Lotte Berk Method Studio in Los Angeles and later Sunset Plaza Fitness. Nancy is recognized as a true expert and pioneer in the barre class format, she loves to share her expertise and wealth of knowledge. She lives in Santa Monica with her family. 

Carli Kline

Native to Sunny Southern California, Carli grew up living an active lifestyle. It wasn’t long before she developed a love for yoga sculpt. Carli started teaching Yoga Sculpt 2 years ago and has been practicing for 5 year. As yoga transformed her life, she wanted to inspire others with its gift. Yoga’s teachings have brought connection between mind and body awareness, peace of mind, and the feeling of being grounded into her life. Always open to growing and connecting, Carli continues to inspire, be inspired by her students and practice.

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!

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.

Tessa Rapa

Tessa Rapaczynski was introduced to yoga all the way back in 1999, at the age of eleven. She took her first class with Colleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti – and it was love at first down-dog! Over the years, she has practiced at various studios in New York, London, Berlin, and Los Angeles. As a teacher, Tessa draws from her own experiences and encourages fellow students to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Come to class hydrated and prepared to move your body, do work, and have fun.

Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.

 

Christopher Interdonato

Christopher is an avid yogi and loves to share his passion for yoga by teaching others. Christopher is an RYT-500 with his 200-hour certification in Power Yoga and his 300-hour certification in Dharma Yoga. Additionally, he holds certification in Restorative Yoga. Christopher has studied with teachers from all backgrounds, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Bikram and Vinyasa. His classes are designed to help students foster mind-body connection through asana to allow them to reap not only the physical, but the spiritual benefits of the practice as well. Come prepared to sweat and have fun! Christopher believes in making the transformative practice of yoga available to everyone. All levels welcome.
New to meditation? This is the perfect place to start. Become more relaxed, efficient, and compassionate in just 15 minutes. This silent practice is conducted in a group setting for a more powerful experience of deepening your collective awareness. 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Julia Planine-Troiani
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Bradley Boleman
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 11:30 am - 11:45 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 11:35 am - 11:50 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 7:20 am - 7:35 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Nancy Norby
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 15 7:50 am - 8:05 am with Carli Kline
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 11:30 am - 11:45 am with Bobby Rodriguez
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 1:05 pm - 1:20 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Christopher Interdonato
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 16 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Thu Aug 16 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Bradley Boleman
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 16 11:30 am - 11:45 am with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Aug 16 11:35 am - 11:50 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Koreatown
  • Fri Aug 17 7:20 am - 7:35 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills