Yoga Barre

This class is taught by:

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.

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!

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.“

Camille Kappelman

Camille found yoga through her passion for dance. Growing up immersed in ballet and modern, she attained her BFA in ballet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she also discovered a strong practice in both Pilates and Yoga. After two decades of dance training she moved on to dance professionally with companies in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Camille moved to Pasadena in 2016 where she found Hot 8 Yoga and established a strong and steady practice. Immersing herself fully into the yoga world changed her outlook on life and brought about heightened passion for teaching. Obtaining her 200hr YTT under the direction of Sarah Helt and Scott Brandon she delved more fully into the world of yoga with an open heart and mind. Fusing her love of dance and yoga together, she strives to create a safe and welcoming space allowing students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. As a teacher and mentor of dance for over eight years, this new found love and deep exploration of yoga informs and heightens her instruction in both arenas, allowing students to hone their practice and find greater meaning and a greater sense of satisfaction through this demanding and beautiful work.

Lauren Arps

Born and raised in CT, I took my first ballet class at the age of 12 and fell in love right with right away. I continued taking class, performed on pointe and had the amazing opportunity to take a fantastic workshop with the Alvin Ailey dancers at a young age. I took my love for performance and the arts with me to college where I was a dance and theater major and pursued my love of acting at the New York Film Academy.
In 2012 I moved from New York to Los Angeles and took my first yoga class(it was actually online!). Right away I found the connection with breath and body to be the missing part of my should that I never knew I needed. From there I found Barre fitness and knew that this was my dream workout. The fusion of dance with fitness was such an incredibly powerful feeling that I knew was made for me!!

I am currently developing my own dance fitness routines, teaching barre and yoga classes throughout the city. What draws me to teaching is not just the movements and strength that is physically felt but the connections that I have made with people from all walks of life. Seeing others reach their fitness and personal goals is the most beautiful and rewarding feeling I have ever had. Every single day, I am happy, thankful and humble. Why? Because I love what I do!

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.

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!

Jennifer Brown

Jen has always been active, playing sports and dancing throughout her youth. She found her first yoga class around 10 years ago and loved the way it made her slow down and become more present. As soon as she found Hot Yoga Barre classes at Hot 8 Yoga, she was addicted. The classes completely transformed her body and mind, and helped her relax and get centered. Her love for the class lead her to complete her first teacher training in May of 2012 with Nancy Norby, Deanna Ainsworth, and Natasha Needles. Since then, she has trained in several other barre formats, and also completed multiple indoor cycling trainings and HIIT class trainings. She is a fitness enthusiast who strives to help people feel good, inside and out. Jen is a Florida native who graduated cum laude from Florida State University. She works full time in sales and loves working up a sweat to start her day. Jen wants to help others calm their minds, reach their fitness goals, and have some fun while doing it through her classes at Hot 8 Yoga.

Emily Cummings

Emily is an LA based Yoga and Barre instructor. With a background rooted strongly in her dance training, she likes to get people moving with intention and in connection to the breath. Music plays a huge role in Emily’s classes. She likes to move and flow to the music, and to use it to aid in meditation. Practicing yoga has helped Emily to hold space for herself, cultivate self love, and to create peace in her life. Her mission is to lead others to feel the same. She wants to inspire and challenge her students to develop a conscious, mindful practice that they carry with them off the mat and into their lives.

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!

Devon Riesenbeck

Devon was born in Cincinnati, OH where she first fell in love with ballet at six years old. She spent much of her childhood in and out of ballet classes, eventually studying ballet at a performing arts high school and at the collegiate. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in May of 2016, that fall she set out west to explore dancing in Los Angeles. While in LA, Devon's interest in yoga has continually blossomed since her arrival. As a dancer, she was eager to use yoga to keep her body in top athletic shape, but has learned that yoga provides so much more.Yoga was full of energy, with ability to calm, heal, inspire, motivate, and to break any perceived limitations or usual ideas of yourself. Wanting to share this yoga with everyone is what inspired her to take teacher trainings at Hot8Yoga, completing both a 50hr Barre and 200hr Power certification. While honoring the traditional teachings of yoga, Devon’s style is equal parts fun and hard work while creating a safe space for you to explore your own personal yoga practice. See you in class!

Jessica Cipperly

When Jessica moved to California in 2012, she was searching for something to be a part of. All it took was one barre class at Hot 8 Yoga and she was hooked. It was everything she wanted in a workout and the warmth and kindness of the people in the studio just drew her in more. When the chance to take Nancy's Barre teacher training presented itself, she knew she had to do it. Since then she has also completed the YogaSculpt and YogaVibe trainings as well. Not only has this studio changed her body for the better, it has also changed her soul. She hopes to instill these same positive changes in those she teaches. As an architect by trade, Jessica has a passion for form, function, and beauty. She brings this passion to her classes helping to shape the building blocks of the body with flow, movement, and most of all... fun!
When not in the the studio or designing buildings Jessica can be found backpacking through the mountains or exploring the world, absorbing as much beauty, nature, different cultures and new experiences that she can.

Laura Pawel

Laura is originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. At the young age of 3, she was put into gymnastics classes and immediately a spark for fitness was ignited. By the age of 14, she was commuting into Philadelphia to train in modern dance and ballet where she performed alongside a professional company. Laura graduated cum laude from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy. In addition to dance, Laura also has a passion for Circus Arts and trained handbalancing pre-professionally in Boston.
After graduating in 2015, Laura moved to Los Angeles in hopes of discovering where her true path led (and also for the lovely weather of course!) Yoga has always been a part of her life whether it’s been manifested through cross training, mental detoxification, or the need to bring movement to her body that day. From the moment she walked through the doors of Hot 8 Yoga, she knew that she had found her new home. Laura completed her Yoga Barre certification in 2016 under the guidance of Nancy Norby, Deanna Ainsworth, and mentor, Briana DeFalco. She is so thankful to have found a place that resonates so deeply with her personal beliefs.
Through her classes, Laura aims to enlighten, encourage, and connect with each one of her students. She uses her deep passion for music to create playlists that drive the class forward and stimulate her students to persevere. By the end of class, Laura hopes to have instilled within her students a newfound respect for his or her body and just how far you can push yourself. We all hold so much more power than we are aware of.


Candice Kim

Born and raised in LA, I re-discovered yoga after graduating from college in San Diego and returning home to begin working full-time. After years of being on-and-off with my fitness routine, I decided it was time to finally commit to a practice that would inspire and motivate me to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Remembering that yoga had always offered me a space to not only improve my physical well-being, but also to re-center & truly clear my mind - it was only natural that I gravitated towards it as my practice of choice.

I initially came to Hot 8 to take advantage of the free week of classes to motivate myself to get back into yoga, while giving myself the added challenge of practicing in the heat; what I found was something much more special. Hot 8 immediately drew me in with the beautiful & authentic energy that each instructor brought to his or her class, and the sense of community that I found myself walking into every time I stepped onto my mat. Having been a space of growth and transformation for me during a pivotal time in my life, Hot 8 has continued to be my home away from home.

The more I committed to my practice, the more invested and dedicated I became to the idea of moving with intention and integrity. I found myself wanting to deepen my practice further and learn how to guide others to work more mindfully on & off of their mats. Feeling a connection with Yoga Barre in particular, I completed my Yoga Barre certification in 2017 under the incredible guidance and mentorship of Nancy Norby and Briana DeFalco. I am so honored and excited to join the Hot 8 family and hold space with the community in a practice that I love so much. My goal is to provide a space that benefits everyone's intentions: whether that intention is to have a great workout, mental detox, or anything in between; and to encourage the practice of setting an intention for yourself to carry off the mat as well. Look forward to seeing you at the Barre!

Amber Ferraro

Amber has always been actively involved in various sports throughout her entire life. She is a fitness enthusiast at heart. Since moving to California in 2013, she immediately became hooked on Hot 8 Yoga's friendly community and barre class. Three years later, Amber was presented the opportunity to participate in Nancy Norby's barre training and she could not pass it up! Amber is a Florida Atlantic University graduate with a double major, Management and Marketing. When Amber is not in the yoga studio, she is the West Coast District Manager for a fashion icon brand. In her free time, Amber enjoys soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the beach, hiking, biking, running, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Amber's yoga goal is to lead her students through a 60 minute high energy, yet challenging, class that will be gratifying to the student and empower both the body and mind. She believes anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to through hard work, dedication and passion.
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:

  • Tue Aug 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Antwan Thomas
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Leigh Wakeford
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Camille Kappelman
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Lauren Arps
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Damara Titmus
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jennifer Brown
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Emily Cummings
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Briana DeFalco
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Damara Titmus
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Emily Cummings
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Christina Berkley
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Devon Riesenbeck
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Jessica Cipperly
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Laura Pawel
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Candice Kim
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Amber Ferraro
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm with Christina Berkley
    at Koreatown