26 & 2

This class is taught by:

Karli McGuiness

Karli McGuiness is a 4th generation yogi from a line of Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Bikram Yoga teachers. She followed in her family’s footsteps in 2010 when she took part in the National Asana Competition and attended Bikram’s Teacher Training. She has been teaching internationally ever since. Although she respects and loves all styles of yoga, Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin yoga have had the most profound positive impacts on her life; making them an offering that she feels privileged to share with her students. Fascinated by the anatomical and biological benefits of yoga, Karli continues to research the latest scientific findings in order to enrich her teaching of the practice.

Karli has done a lot of independent research to discover why yoga is so effective on an anatomical level. Conducting interviews with Barnard and Columbia University neuroscientists and with “Pure Action” based in Texas, has aided in her goal to expand her love for yoga into the scientific realm. You'll see that some of her yoga influences like Vinyasa, Dharma, Ashtanga, and Restorative have a place in these sequences. She strongly believes that there is a big benefit from practicing all styles of yoga, whichever resonates with you!

Francine Hughes

Francine has been teaching group fitness classes since 1987. Her toolbox includes a wide variety of styles such as Spin/Indoor Cycle, Cardio Kickbox, Bootcamp, Latin dance and several other group fitness type classes. Certified by the American Fitness Aerobic Association in 1993, Francine continued to pursue her passion for teaching throughout her professional career. Incorporating daily fitness is not only her personal hobby, but a lifelong mission. Francine strives to give back to the communities where she lives and teaches. It wasn't until she embarked upon her first Hot Yoga class at Hot 8 that she truly understood that yoga was not just another format but would become a new way of life personally and professionally. From the first day, first class, she knew her journey would push her to pursue a certification allowing her to share the gift of yoga with those she would encounter. Francine completed a 200 hour certification in Hot Yoga and a second 200 hour certification in Power yoga, which is only the beginning of what she expects to be a lifelong journey. Yoga enabled Francine to bring back the balance in her life connecting mind, body and spirit, which is an experience she strives to share with others. Once a cardio junky Francine credits yoga for allowing her to slowdown to dedicate time to acquiring her health coach designation, enabling her to share her knowledge in health and wellness to the yoga community she serves and others in need. Francine is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to teach to an amazing group of individuals at Hot 8 Yoga.


Deanna Ainsworth

My first Hot Yoga class ignited a lifelong passion for this ancient practice in 1996. I was inspired by my first Hot Yoga teacher who asked me if I wanted to teach after just a short time of doing the practice. My biggest fear in life was public speaking yet every cell in my body said yes! I am grateful for the many teachers who have supported my life path Kim Schreiber Morrison, Eva Vidal, Conrad Zevely, Ana Forrest, Rama Berch, Chirayu Thakkar, Bianca Fearon and Rebekah Rivera. They have instilled in me the essence of being present and how to live a balanced life. I am excited to share with you the many gems they have offered to uplift, inspire and allow a greater sense of grace.

I draw from many different modalities to awaken the art of letting go and being in command of our own happiness regardless of our circumstances. With deep gratitude for my life teachers, Lisa Nilsen (meditation teacher) and my son Nick Moody who have shown me the deeper dynamics of relationships and the true soul desire of connection.

Over the last 15 years I have explored energy work, essential oils, sound, and the indigenous wisdom of food, herbs, and color.

I am grateful to be the Yoga Director at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica as this community vibrates with authenticity, cooperation and radical acceptance.
I lead teacher trainings in the Hot Yoga and Hot Power Fusion styles as well as colead Yoga Sculpt, Yoga Barre, Yin Yoga, and Power Yoga in Santa Monica. Two of my greatest joys are leading trainings and my first grandson Ryder!
My motto is
‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’ Edith Wharton

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Deanna Ainsworth is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).

 "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize"~Swami Sivananda

Francesca Asumah

Born to an English mother and a Ghanaian father, Francesca discovered her spirituality at a very young age. Her journey started in the U.K., where she turned the “can nots” and “do nots” into self-realization and enlightenment—helped greatly by her “magicians”: the authors G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky.

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.

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 Hot 8 Yoga Community is most grateful for her wisdom and knowledge.

Greg Woo

When i look at my yoga mat, i see it as a magic carpet . I can fly, fall, twist and turn with less judgement and more wonder.

There are certain postures where i feel like I’m swimming in the Pacific or floating in space among the expanding stars. Its wild.

I am interested in Global Positioning System that is our own mind, body, and breath. I am fascinated with the technology that comes standard with being alive and awake.

Teaching others how to find a center line, practice their balance, and allow vibrations of healing through stillness is what fuels me to expect it within myself.

Come practice!

Kemi Oyemade

After graduating from USC in 2005, Kemi worked as a modeling agent with Photogenics at Smashbox studios. After leaving Photogenics in the summer of 2009 to take some time off, she came across the hot yoga studio where she took her first yoga class. After the first week she was hooked. In the summer of 2010 she completed a 200 hour training with Jason Wilkerson at Huntington Beach Hot Yoga. "I believe in the heat, and I believe in the focus and self awareness that hot yoga brings. I look forward to sharing hot yoga with seasoned and brand new yogis alike. Namaste'. "

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)

Daniel McMahon

Dan began practicing hot yoga in Chicago five years ago to address issues with anxiety and get in better physical shape. He found yoga to be much more effective than any medical intervention and gradually began practicing more frequently. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Dan discovered Hot 8, taking advantage of the opportunity to expand his practice into many different styles. In the Spring of 2016 he completed the 200 hour hot yoga teacher training under Deanna Ainsworth in Santa Monica and is excited to be a part of the Hot 8 community. Dan believes in maintaining a beginners mind and treating yoga practice as a lifelong journey. He also sees yoga as the perfect compliment to his other passion, music.

Mathilde Powell

I was born and raised in Normandy, France. I settled down in Los
Angeles after calling Australia and Singapore my home.
Three kids later, it was time to get back in shape. As a cardio girl, I was
always sceptic about yoga. But, curiosity encouraged me to take my
first yoga class in 2011. It was "hell"; no balance, no focus... But, I loved
it !
I became very dedicated to my yoga practice. In 2015, I completed my
200 hours teacher training with Hot 8 Yoga under the guidance of
Francesca Asumah. I'm very happy to share this practice with others
and to be part of the Hot8Yoga community.
I teach a powerful class in which the physical challenges balance out the
mental benefits.

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be
able to keep our mind strong and clear"
~ Buddha

Brandii Rice

As a competitive gymnast and cheerleader growing up, strenuous cardiovascular activities defined my ideal workout regimen. So you could imagine my aversion to the first hour-long yoga class I attended in college, which consisted solely of meditation and breathing. No poses. No cardio. I am pretty sure I vowed never to attend another yoga class. Ten years later, in 2010, while going through a challenging time in my professional career, I was encouraged to give a hot yoga class a try. I fell in love! The class was the perfect marriage of cardio, strength, flexibility, and self-reflection. The peace and centeredness I gained from the practice was a great counter-balance to the stressors of my day job as an attorney. After committing myself to the practice for four years, I elected to take the next step- teaching. In the Fall of 2014, I followed my passion and obtained my Hot Yoga Certification at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills under the guidance of our very own Dakota Lupo and Julia Planine-Troiani. Hot Yoga has truly impacted my being- physically and mentally- for the better; I have a greater awareness of self and of my own ability to manifest positive change in my life. I hope that my teaching, will lead others to the same or greater realization for themselves.

“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.”

This 90 minute set sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Class is composed of a standing series followed by a floor series where each posture is done twice. Through discipline and structure, 26 & 2 allows students to gain strength, flexibility and balance. Conducted without music, 26 & 2 assists in developing the concentration needed for meditation and proper alignment. 🔥 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Karli McGuiness
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francine Hughes
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm with Wess Gates
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Deanna Ainsworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Amanda Bleich
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Greg Woo
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Kemi Oyemade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Karli McGuiness
    at Koreatown
  • Thu Aug 16 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Mamohali Tsotetsi
    at Koreatown
  • Thu Aug 16 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Julia Planine-Troiani
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm with Greg Woo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Deanna Ainsworth
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 16 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Daniel McMahon
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 16 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Aug 17 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Mathilde Powell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Fri Aug 17 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Aug 17 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Mathilde Powell
    at Santa Monica
  • Fri Aug 17 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Brandii Rice
    at Koreatown