Yoga Barre


This class is taught by:

Mariam Moghaddam

Mariam, a Pasadena native, began teaching dance fitness classes in 2002 at the renowned Anteater Recreational Center at UC Irvine, where she earned her Bachelors Degree.

Her belly dance fitness class not only was a hit amongst her college peers, but within the Orange County community as well. Mariam has been awarded for her format’s popularity and uniqueness, and in the process, has truly transformed the notion that belly dancing is only meant to be in the dance studio.

Mariam is also certified in various dance and cardio formats, most notably Zumba and Barre, and has taught for a few of the most prestigious fitness clubs in Seattle and San Francisco. With a strong passion for dance, 12+ years of experience in instructing, and a special appreciation for helping her clients build their pelvic floor, Mariam enjoys providing eclectic music, strong technique , and an upbeat attitude to all her classes.

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% ;)

Jennifer Brown

Jen has always been active, playing sports and dancing throughout her youth. She found her first yoga class several years ago, and has been hooked ever since. She is a fitness enthusiast who strives to help people feel good, inside and out. Jen graduated cum laude from FSU (GO NOLES!) with a double major in marketing and management, and a minor in psychology. She works full time and loves getting in a great workout at the beginning or end of a long day. As soon as she found Hot Yoga Barre classes, she was addicted. These classes transformed her body and mind, and helped her relax and get centered. Her love for Yoga Barre lead her to complete her teacher training with Nancy Norby, Deanna Ainsworth and Natasha Needles in May of 2012. Jen wants to help others calm their minds and reach their fitness goals through her classes at Hot 8 Yoga.

Carly Lind

Carly has been dancing and bopping around ever since she can remember. After dancing all her life she decided to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, for voice, to explore her other talents. She then made her way out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in performance, where she didn’t know anyone. Walking into a yoga studio and signing up for a one month unlimited at Hot 8 Yoga is where it all began, and has not stopped since. It was yoga that kept her going and it soon became a lifestyle. Taking anything from Hot Yoga to Yoga Sculpt, it is not wonder she stumbled upon Yoga Barre, a mix between Yoga, Dance, and Pilates. After training with Nancy Norby and Natasha Needles. she went on to teach. She is so passionate about Yoga Barre, seeing results immediately and wishing to bring that joy and change to anyone and everyone who will listen!

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.

Nicole Moore

Nikki comes from a dance and performance background and is thrilled to be sharing her joy of physical fitness, yoga, and dance through teaching yoga barre. When Nikki is not in yoga barre class, she enjoys flying planes, tango dancing, and training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club. She also works as a psychotherapist in Santa Monica.

Bailey Kai Brietzke

Bailey has been calling Los Angeles home since 2012. She discovered yoga in her teens when she stepped away from gymnastics and competitive cheerleading and needed something to supplement her love of movement. Having studied music her entire life, she found herself particularly drawn to the Barre style at Hot 8, because it incorporated music so heavily. She completed her Yoga Barre Teacher Training under Nancy Norby in Oct 2016.

Faren Collins

Faren Collins is originally from Atlanta Georgia. Miss Collins, began her dance career at the age of 9. She attended a performing arts high school which led her to Penn State University where she graduated with a BFA musical theatre. Miss Collins has had a diverse dance career which includeds: dancing in professional musical theatre productions, music videos, commercials, and a pro team for (the Boston Celtics) NBA. Miss Collins began her journey with Barre as a student many years ago. She fully believes barre can be a positive and life-changing experience for everyone. With her laid back, comforting, direct and fun personality class will be a challenging and invigorating experience.

Christina Molnar Garcia TEACH

Christina was born and raised in Montgomery, New York. She grew up on a small farm and led a very active lifestyle. Christina started running track and joined the swim team in middle school. Running became meditation for her and she was completely addicted all throughout college. When her knees and ankles became too injured to continue running, Christina turned to yoga for exercise. In no time, yoga became much more than just a work out. After less than a year of practicing, Christina took her first 200 hour yoga teacher training at NP Rock Yoga in New Paltz, NY. This life changing experience led her across the country to deepen her yoga practice in Los Angeles. She started practicing at Hot 8 Yoga daily and completed her yoga sculpt teacher training in March of 2017. Christina’s goal is to spread yoga, mindfulness, and fitness to her students and she teaches a fun, energetic class.

Briana DeFalco

My fascination for the body and movement began at a very young age when I started my training in New York City at the School of American Ballet to become a professional ballerina. I became reliant on self-discipline and dedication in order to achieve my dreams. Feeling the pressure of such a competitive atmosphere, I turned to yoga in hopes to find a balance. It was then, at the end of my very first yoga practice that the instructor had us chant ‘OM’. In that moment, I could feel my body not only absorbing the yoga but for the first time ever, I felt a sense of inner peace and calm rush throughout my body. After that I was totally hooked, I began practicing hot yoga regularly incorporating it into my everyday routine while I continued to pursue my dance career. After becoming a professional ballerina and dancing with some of the best ballet and contemporary ballet companies in the country, I found myself with multiple injuries. I noticed that the more I immersed myself in my yoga practice, the quicker I was able to heal and regain my strength back from injury. I was really in awe and inspired by the yoga and what it had done for my body that I decided I wanted to deepen my practice.

I moved to California in September 2012 and set a goal to spend an entire year educating myself on the body, injury prevention and my yoga practice. Yearning to nourish my desire to learn more about yoga and how to instruct others, I signed up for the 200-hour Hot Yoga teacher training at Hot 8 Yoga under the guidance of Deanna Ainsworth. I learned yoga was so much more than just a physical practice but the compassion, acceptance and mental focus cultivated in class were powerful tools that would help me in my everyday life. After that I knew I wanted to educate myself further and became certified in my favorite class, Yoga Barre! I signed up for the Yoga Barre teacher training under Nancy Norby. This was an absolute perfect fit for me; harmoniously combining both yoga and dance in a fun yet very challenging class.

The opportunity to teach and share my passion for yoga is one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have endured thus far. I strive to help guide and heal other yogis toward mind, body, and spiritual awareness. I am humbled and honored by the power of yoga and dedicate myself to passing that on.

I'm currently the Yoga Director in Beverly Hills and I'm so excited and grateful to be apart of the community here! I teach Yoga Barre every Monday/Wednesday at 5:45 pm and Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 pm! 

Anne Harriger

Anne is a certified Barre and Yoga Sculpt Instructor who began teaching Group Fitness classes in 2014. She is a Pasadena native and acquired her A.A. degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles in 2008. She developed her love and passion for living an active lifestyle while she was in college because she found that it helped her relieve stress from spending long hours in the design room. By the time she graduated she had already traded her stilettos for sneakers.

The strong connection between the body and the mind is what inspired her to teach barre. Anne is not your traditional barre instructor, she uses a combination of cardio and dynamic strength training to get your heart pumping and sculpt your body to the core! Her fitness experience includes CrossFit, kickboxing, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), personal training, Olympic weight-lifting, Pilates, yoga and barre. No matter where you are in your fitness journey Anne is dedicated to helping you become a better, stronger version of yourself!
When she is not instructing her classes she can be found spending time outdoors in nature, especially hiking in the San Gabriel mountains which have always had a special place in her heart, watching The Bachelor (with a glass of wine of course) or playing with her dachshunds, Raven and Robin!

Heather O'Neill Teacher

Heather Rebecca O'Neill began dancing at the age of four and can truly not remember a day without dance being in her life. Heather attended Orange County School of the Arts for high school as a dancer. She began teaching and choreographing at Kindorf Dancers in Cypress at the age of sixteen. This is when she truly began realizing her passion for teaching, crediting her own teachers who inspired her love for dance. Heather then decided to further her training in dance and choreography by attending California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, graduating in 2016 with her B.F.A. in dance. While practicing yoga for 7 years, it wasn't until college that Heather discovered her focus in Yoga Barre with the help of Nancy Norby and the amazing people at Hot 8 Yoga. Yoga Barre became an amazing complement for her dancing, helped with injuries from her dance career, and improved her everyday life. Just like in dance, Heather's passion grew from the amazing teachers at Hot 8 Yoga. Today she is excited to share that enthusiasm and her love of yoga barre with her students!

Dana Bonanne

Having grown up in her family’s health clubs and dance studios on the east coast, fitness is second nature to Dana. After three years of being in Los Angeles, she decided to return to her roots and join the Hot 8 Yoga teacher community. When not practicing, she is Director of Sales and Marketing for a brand promotion supplier. She incorporates her knowledge of fitness, her business acumen, and innate leadership skills into her teaching.
Dana is constantly looking to grow by attending classes, workshops, trainings, and organizing independent practices. She holds numerous certifications; Madd Dog Spinning, Yoga Barre and Yoga Sculpt. Dana’s passion for dance, yoga, weight training, running and spin is just as contagious as her enthusiasm and positivity. Her objective is to serve every client, student, and friend who joins her for a class by creating an hour of transformation. Powered by hi-energy music and genuine encouragement, her classes are the perfect combination of challenging and gratifying.
Her motto: “The body achieves, what the mind believes. Change begins in our thoughts first.”

Leigh Wakeford

Leigh Wakeford was born and raised in the beautiful “Mother City” of Cape Town, South Africa. Big dreams, and great aspirations led him to the lights of Broadway, where he has called Manhattan his home for the past 4 years. He thanks the hustle and bustle of New York City for sending him on a journey to find the peace, harmony and balance, that is essential to juggle a career based in uncertainty and a life surrounded by chaos. Yoga was the answer. “On my mat, I could shut out the noisy surroundings of the busy Metropolis, and silence the voices of doubt in my mind. Even if just for an hour a day, I found my solitude, my church.” His inevitable obsession with the Yoga lifestyle lead him to his mentors Stephanie Culen and Mindy Frenkl, under whose guidance Leigh completed his 200 hour RYT certification in December 2010.

Fast-forward to April 2012, Leigh finds himself in the City of Angels, having made a career transition from the stage to the silver screen. Committed to finding his “church” in his new home, enter Hot 8 Yoga, Nancy Norby and a new fitness concept known as “Yoga Barre”. Having been trained in all forms of dance for the past 10 years, this combination of ballet barre technique, yoga and heat opened Leigh’s mind and body to the endless benefits of merging his passion for dance, his primal need for yoga, and fascination with healthy living. An obsession was born. Leigh received his Yoga Barre certification through Hot 8 Yoga in May 2012.

“If you're ready to feel the passion, the heat, the music and the love...come join me. It's about finding balance, inside and out, and whether you're a guy, girl, young, or not so young... let’s embark on this journey together. For if I'm in that place of peace, love and light, in me as you are in yours - then we are ONE. Namaste, friends.“

Antwan Thomas

Born and raised In Jacksonville, FL, an only child, Antwans love and passion for the arts and athletics produced a super athlete with a flair for the creative. Nationally competing in Gymnastics, Springboard and Platform diving, Cheerleading and Martial Arts, health and fitness have always been a major part of his lifestyle. Having suffered knee and back injuries in his collegiate years, he was later introduced to yoga for rehabilitation. It was an instant connection " My body had never felt so energized and alive. It was a natural high I had never experienced". Working professionally in LA, ATL and MIA as a hip hop dancer/teacher/choreographer he attributes his longevity for both dance and athletics to this yoga practice! Knowing how and what this practice can do for not only your body but your spirit as well, led him to do his first teacher training of Yoga Barre this year with the incredible and incomparable Nancy Norby at Hot8yoga Studios. He is excited to embark on this new journey and chapter in life of teaching and healing lives, while having a GROOVY TIME!
Hot Yoga Barre is a dynamic fusion of yoga, body sculpting, barre work, and non-impact cardio designed for developing long and lean muscles. This hour-long class is packed with toning exercise that sculpt the buttocks, abdominals, thighs, and arms. The class is filled with strengthening postures at the barre working legs and abdominals fused with yoga postures on the mat to release and lengthen from the barre work. It will also improve your posture and form a sculpted physique. Hot Yoga Barre is an intermediate level class practice in a room heated to 104-109 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mariam Moghaddam
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Jennifer Brown
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with April Eaton
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Carly Lind
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jillian Forster
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Mariam Moghaddam
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Bailey Kai Brietzke
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Faren Collins
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Christina Molnar Garcia TEACH
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Oct 23 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Briana DeFalco
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Anne Harriger
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Heather O'Neill Teacher
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Bonanne
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Oct 24 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Oct 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Leigh Wakeford
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Oct 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Mariam Moghaddam
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Beverly Hills