Shazi has trained with Conrad Gacki, Brad Koontz, and Sam Usman, and he completed his 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Deanna Ainsworth at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica, California. Shazi offers a grounded, fun, and strengthening class to deepen the mind-body-spirit connection and elicit joy. ॐ
“Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Francesca’s growth continued exponentially through yoga, which she has practiced for the past 15 years. Though her yogic experience has brought her incredible joy and unspeakable sorrow, she will be the first to tell you: You can’t heal without suffering—the heart must be broken open.
This embracing of the light and the dark gives Francesca a unique perspective on yoga—and life in general. Her classes are more often communal celebrations: pupils feel as though they have been existentially altered as they “dance with the ancients” through the 26 + 2 series. Francesca encourages her students to be their own guru—and connect with their own inner observer. She adheres faithfully to the lineage, but infuses her own brand of nurturing and empathy. And though she is a master of this singular blend, Francesca herself will say that she is still more student than teacher, always thirsting for insight.
In addition to her popular 90-minute hot yoga classes, Francesca has brought back the original 84 postures—taught by the high lord Shiva—to Los Angeles via her 2-hour, Sunday afternoon Advanced Hot Yoga class.
Francesca is truly one with the divine. She is a being made of light, her body is made of stardust—and she is LOVED: by her students, her colleagues, and especially by her two beautiful children.
The Hot8 Yoga Community is most grateful for her wisdom and knowledge.
“To create space for the universe to fill our lives with joy, we must clear the blockages, fears and patterns holding our highest selves back.”