Yoga Barre

This class is taught by:

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!

Marie Kazadi

What about me? I am me. I am a passionate individual with undertones of adventure. I teach fitness, yo! My whole life has been a collection of events that have shaped me into the person I am today, without which I would not recognize the strength and wisdom that I already posses. The statistics of my career in fitness started with getting certified to teach yoga in the summer of 2011. Since then I have received 2 more yoga certifications, trained in shadow boxing technique and bag work, designed my own Bootcamps, and have also led other students into teaching! I am also a personal trainer and a successful leader of group fitness classes with an emphasis on empowerment, alignment, and good energy.

My current adventure is studying Kinesiology at A.T. Still University to increase my knowledge as a fitness professional! My mission being, to encourage a lifestyle of aligned thinking and doing to a diverse clientele to change the mindset and bodies of those who wish to optimize their lives through leadership, continued education, and support in a safe and welcoming environment. This will be achieved within the confines of integrity and the standards set forth by the field of Kinesiology.

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% ;)

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.

Kimberly Pena

With a passion for movement and wellness, Kimberly Ann is a future-focused yoga barre instructor with over 12 years of proven success working professionally in the physical fitness and wellness space. She has worked closely with various high school, collegiate and professional teams empowering dancers through her choreography, fitness expertise, and wellness knowledge. A few of her professional dance highlights include dancing for the legendary Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors Championship team, performing for artists such as Maroon 5, choreographing auditions and showcases, instructing Barre classes, and developing her own international wellness education workshop. In 2004, at the age of 18 and at the start of her dance career Kimberly Ann was in a car accident that left her bedridden and lost her mobility to walk. Through perseverance, she regained her inner strength and, more importantly, learned to adapt to adversity both physically and mentally. She went on to share with others the lessons learned from this difficult time, helping other female dancers. With this mindset, she has found a new passion for yoga. Kimberly’s mission is to weave together her passion for movement and wellness, in order for people to nurture their body, mind, and soul.

Daniele Morkel

Daniele was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, where her passion for the arts was evident from a young age. She moved to the United States to study Fine Arts at USC, where she graduated in 2013 and has since worked in motion picture creative advertising. She discovered yoga in 2011 and immediately noticed its positive impact on her life. Her confidence, physical strength and energy levels soared. Her passion for yoga grew so strong that she was compelled to share her experience with others. Taking on a dramatic new focus in her life, Daniele achieved certification in Yoga Sculpt through Hot 8 Yoga. She shares her teaching philosophy: “Nurturing my students through a holistic approach, I aim to help them make new connections that invigorate the soul and bring meaning to their daily lives.”

Shantani Moore

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Shantani has always been passionate about healthy living. She grew up an active child, dabbling in dance, cheerleading, figure skating, martial arts, and competitive horseback riding. When she decided to pursue her dance career professionally, Shantani found yoga as a way to cross-train on her days off. She very quickly came to realize the many benefits of her daily yoga practice, and fell in love with the way she felt after class. Inspired by her own experience, Shantani decided to become a certified yoga teacher through YogaWorks via destination training in Bordeaux, France. Following her yoga training, Shantani also became certified in both barre and rebounding (trampoline cardio) methods, of which she taught full-time throughout Southern California. In February 2017, Shantani was formally recognized as one of the "Top-Rated Barre Instructors in Los Angeles". When Shantani isn’t toning at Hot 8 Yoga, she can be found dancing professionally for the Disneyland Resort, Knott's Berry Farm, and various other professional projects throughout LA and Orange County. Shantani's mission is to provide a welcoming, uplifting atmosphere for clients of all levels. She uses her diverse dance and fitness training to provide creative, energizing combinations in the studio. By setting positive intention to killer playlists, Shantani will keep you engaged and empowered all the way to Savasana.. “The moment I walked into Hot 8 Yoga I felt a strong sense of community and connection. I knew I wanted to work here to share what I love most. I’m so excited to be part of the Hot 8 family! Can't wait to see y’all in class!”

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!

Jaclyn Winters

Jaclyn hails from Cincinnati, where her passion for fitness began. She’s devoted much of her life to learning about the body, exploring numerous workouts and physical disciplines along the way. She has taught and studied ballet barre technique/fitness for almost ten years, and has owned her own barre workout studio. She is known for her cueing, anatomical knowledge and fun, safe, seamless, yet challenging, choreography. In addition to barre training, Jaclyn is a certified Yoga instructor, actress and proud supporter of the love and protection of animals and environment.

Erica Woolsey

Erica Woolsey was born In Chicago Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to pursue a career in acting. After struggling with years of anxiety she stepped into her first yoga studio in 2014 and has been practicing ever since. Yoga has changed her life, body, and mindset in ways she never thought possible. A passion for acting developed into a passion for teaching yoga after she received her 200 hour yoga certification in vinyasa flow when she was 21. Erica started working at Hot8yoga a year later and went on to teach sculpt, power 1, and Barre. She has a passion for changing lives through yoga and connecting with others. She is excited to meet new faces while providing a safe and fun environment for her students in every class!

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.

Ilan Nunez

Originally from Belize, Ilan Nuñez is known for his passion, persistence, and enthusiasm. With a strong background in dance, he infuses his focus on alignment and form into his high energy classes.

Graduating from Point Park University with a BA in Dance and signed with Movement Talent Agency; Ilan has conquered many platforms in his career. Recent credits include: “The Greatest Showman Live Promo”, “WISH APP” and “Cointreau”.

Certified by Hot 8 Yoga, Ilan Nuñez is a believer in the power of a strong community. Soon after starting his practice with Hot 8 Yoga, Ilan quickly worked his way up to Sculpt instructor and is excited for his new journey and the continuation of his practice.

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.

Damara Titmus

Damara is a Los Angeles native who found a love for dance at the early age of seven. She studied ballet for many years under the direction of Patrick Franz, former Premier Danseur of the Paris Opera Ballet, and later graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy under the direction of Jean-Marie Martz.
Her professional career brought her to Denver, Colorado for many years where she learned the importance of cross training to help her body recover from injuries and sustain her most valuable instrument, her body. After experiencing years of pain in her hips, she found Pilates, which helped her to regain her core strength and align her body more symmetrically. When she returned to Los Angeles, she found a way to combine this Pilates knowledge with her knowledge of ballet and began teaching a Lotte Berk inspired Barre workout for Pop Physique in 2015.
Damara was introduced to Hot 8 Yoga through friend and now Pasadena Yoga Director, Devon Riesenbeck. After taking her first Yoga Barre class with instructor Miriam, she was completely hooked. While the movements were all very familiar to her, there was something about the Hot 8 teaching style and vibe that resonated so deeply. She found herself leaving class more fulfilled and happy, letting go of her self-doubts and criticisms (a difficult task for a ballet dancer), not to mention feeling fantastic physically! Damara is excited to share her passion for movement and fitness with all of her students. She strives to provide an environment that is welcoming, safe, and fun. See you in class!

Maya Gorodetsky

As a young girl I dabbled in almost everything; swim teams, tennis, and gymnastics, but dancing was the only thing that stuck. For about 10 years of my childhood I was a competitive latin ballroom dancer. When I am posed the question of how I found yoga, I always come to the conclusion that yoga found me! I started truly practicing at the age of 16 and have not let it go since. For a teenage girl it provided me so much more than just a physical practice. To me yoga was my therapist, my coach, and my friend. I now find one of my hobbies being to educate and spread enlightenment on what yoga truly is and the endless benefits of the practice.Through yoga I found myself and a beautiful community. My classes will push you and test your strength physically and mentally. At the same time my classes are energetic and fun. Come make this practice your own and get your sweat on!

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.”
This class is a dynamic fusion of barre work, light weights, non-impact cardio and yoga designed for developing long and lean muscles. By activating small muscles groups this class provides cross training and aids in injury prevention and recovery. Yoga Barre is a high energy class and is excellent for anyone looking to tone legs, booty, core, and arms to upbeat music. 🔥 🔥 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Heather O'Neill Teacher
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Marie Kazadi
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 17 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Kimberly Pena
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Daniele Morkel
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Dec 17 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Shantani Moore
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jaclyn Winters
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Erica Woolsey
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Dec 17 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Bailey Kai Brietzke
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ilan Nunez
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Faren Collins
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Erica Woolsey
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Christina Berkley
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Kelly Catania
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Damara Titmus
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Maya Gorodetsky
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Bonanne
    at Santa Monica