Teacher Training Open House


This class is taught by:

Mike Averill

Mike was born and raised in Colorado. Having been a gymnast for much of his young life, investigating the mind-body connection has long been a passion. Yoga cemented a place in Mike's life initially as a way to manage stress, but grew into a much deeper exploration of the human experience. Mike hopes to inspire this same curiosity for life in others.

Mike completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the guidance of Francesca Asumah, is in the process of receiving his 500 hour certification, and has also trained with Julia Planine-Troiani, Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.

IG: mmaverill

 

 

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!

Tim Oakes

A San Diego native, I moved up to Los Angeles in pursuit of a college education. I studied at UCLA and completed my B.S. in Psychobiology in 2013. During my time at UCLA, I managed the Women’s NCAA Swim & Dive program. I think the combination of my psychology background and involvement in college-level athletics sparked my interest in the physical body as well as the mind. One of the most interesting classes I took at UCLA was Stress & Bodily Disease. In it we discussed the correlations between different stimuli (positive or negative) we subject our minds and bodies to and how it ultimately affects our quality of life. I’ve always been invested in personal growth and have a deep-seated hunger to learn. I think underlying all of this is an innate personal desire to understand all the inner-workings of life itself.

I found Hot 8 Yoga through a friend, and began my intro offer back in April of 2014. I quickly became hooked by the intense physical, mental, and spiritual workout I was engaging in. Yoga at Hot 8 Yoga was the first workout I became fully immersed in. I love that one’s yoga practice can be anything he/she needs it to be. Some days I come to my mat needing an intense physical workout – other days I need to engage my mind. Luckily there is everything from Yoga Barre to Hot Yoga, from Yin to Sculpt. I love the fact that I can pick and choose which classes I want to take based on the mood I’m in that day. No class-discrimination here!

I have fallen in love with Hot 8 Yoga and I want to share this passion with the rest of the yogi community! Questions/comments? I’m your guy! Feel free to reach out at tim@hot8yoga.com.

Omar Lopez

Omar Lopez combines yoga, dance and martial arts to soulful sounds and ancestral rhythms to provide a unique platform of movement meditation.

Omar is formerly a feature choreographer and dancer for several multi platinum selling entertainment icons such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mary J Blige, P. Diddy Ricky Martin, Pink and Usher ...just to name a few.

At present Mr. Lopez holds certifications with The national Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM ), YOGA ALLIANCE, 200 hr cert. EARTHS POWER YOGA and is a dedicated practitioner of GRACIE JIU JITSU.

Omar's classes will challenge the warrior spirit while allowing the practitioner to do so in a safe space of spiritual liberation and self expression.

Come and ask questions about the upcoming, Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training!!
 
Training occurs from September 9th to November 12th with Mike Averill, Janelle Johnson, and Aine O'Regan. The 10 week long program goes deep into yoga philosophy, anatomy, intelligent sequencing, and much more.