Yin and Sound Bath


This class is taught by:

Melissa Bourkas

Melissa’s love for movement and athletics began at a young age. She was brought to the matt as a young student studying at the National Ballet School of Canada. Melissa was immediately drawn to the spiritual benefits of yoga, a stark contrast from her rigors dance environment.

Having graduated with a BFA in dance and choreography from The California Institute of the Arts Melissa’s professional career took off. Juggling a demanding concert and commercial career meant lots of touring and performing in all sorts of conditions. Melissa found sanity for her body and mind through yoga.

In 2011, Melissa completed her 200 RYT with YogaWorks, under master teacher Patti Quintero and Olivia Barry. Due to her touring schedule Melissa began teaching privately in 2012 through out Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.

Melissa is dedicated to the needs of her students and incorporates a little bit of everything in her classes. While form and technique is of great importance she also understands her students need to feel inspired. Music, joy and growth are fundamentals in all of her classes.

Melissa is honored to join the Hot 8 Yoga community!

Website: www.melissamovement.com

Instagram: melissagenoveseyoga

Chelsea Mallon

Chelsea Mallon started practicing yoga about a decade ago, but it wasn't until her discovery of the heat, and the loving, beautiful community at Hot 8 Yoga, that she became truly devoted to her yogic path. Chelsea is so glad that she began her journey through teaching training at Hot 8 Yoga. She derived a wealth of knowledge, and is very excited to radiate her passion for Hot Yoga to others. She graduated from USC with a double bachelor's degree in psychology and theatre. She has always been fascinated by the mind, body, and soul connection, and Hot Yoga gave her space to explore those interests in an experiential way that has been nothing short of life-changing. A few years ago after being involved in a bad car accident, she found herself with injuries, chronic pain, and anxiety like she'd never experienced before. She attributes Hot Yoga to being integral to her healing process, and would not have as many smiles or pain-free days were it not for this amazing practice. Because of the gifts- both internally and externally that she has received from Hot Yoga, she felt called to give back by becoming a teacher.
 
"I think that it's particularly important in a hot yoga practice to find the balance- effort and intensity are integral to this sequence, but so is stillness and listening to your body."~ Chelsea Mallon
This class will be accompanied with authentic Burmese and Chinese gongs by percussionist, Jeffrey Grant that work tremendously well for yin yoga. Yin Yoga is a restorative class designed to release tension and calm the nervous system. With the gentle support of props, students will passively stretch and energize the body’s deep connective tissue. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of deep relaxation in a heated room of 95-100 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Melissa Bourkas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jul 10 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena
  • Sun Jul 16 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jul 17 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jul 24 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Pasadena